Year 6 – Curriculum Overview
Year 6 is a year in which pupils begin to become more independent, explore new opportunities, and take on more responsibilities in preparation for life in the next phase of their education. Our extensive curriculum and tailored activities ensure this type of personal growth is fostered and getting them prepared for the SATs examination during the Summer term.
In English we examine a wide range of literature from different authors including poetry. Lessons are sometimes formal, sometimes innovative as this gives the pupils a broad skills base – we may study apostrophes one day and be involved in role play the next. We like the variety!
All areas of the maths curriculum are covered according to the National Curriculum. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ maths lesson here: it may be that we use the Smartboard, individual whiteboards, a wide variety of mathematical resources or formal textbooks. Basic skills are given importance and these are then put to practical use in investigations, for example, pupils may be asked to design a theme park.
Just as historians find out about the past using primary and secondary sources, we try to make learning history an interactive experience, for example by looking at artefacts and documents during our study of World War II.
Our school places great emphasis on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural well-being of our pupils and this is central to all aspects of our teaching. Specifically, issues of personal growth, relationships, economic understanding, health and citizenship are covered weekly in PSHE lessons when we may debate current affairs, rules, safety and personal responsibilities. We also foster an understanding of the rule of law and British values.
In ICT skills are further developed to be put into practice both in discrete ICT lessons and in other subjects – pupils learn to create animations, use spreadsheets, control a variety of simulations and hone their desk top publishing skills.
For Design and technology pupils take part in a Mini-enterprise where they have to be project managers and design, build and test their products.
Pupils have PE timetabled once per week through which we develop core skills to enable children to become well rounded sportsmen and women as set out in the new National Curriculum. Children in KS2 are given the opportunity to do various sports activities such as Swimming, Archery, Martial Arts, Pilates and Tennis.
A popular aspect of increased responsibility for Year 6 is to become a volunteer helper for the younger children. This can involve anything from painting with Foundation Stage children to being a buddy to a KS1 child.
Long Term Plan