Year 6 Curriculum
‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’, provides opportunities for the children
to develop their knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Bible and the forms of literature that are found in the different books. Important Liturgical Seasons are studied and the children will gain a greater appreciation of the Traditional prayers of the Church and some of the signs and actions associated with prayer. Children will explore some of the Church’s beliefs about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the feasts that are celebrated in her honour, and why her role in the life of Christ was so important. The Confirmation programme will be studied in detail as children prepare for this sacrament. Attending and serving at school masses are an important part of our religious worship and we attend Benediction within the school year. We enhance our links with the parish community by becoming active junior members of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Year 6 pupils learn that writers create texts for different purposes and audiences including to entertain, recount, describe, explain, persuade and to inquire. They are exposed to and create a range of texts to meet these needs including poems, autobiographies, short stories, letters and a range of other imaginative, information and argument texts. Pupils are taught about, and work to improve, their use of different punctuation which builds on prior learning, and writing should become more complex and accurate in terms of punctuation and grammar. Pupils become aware of ways to organise their writing for different purposes including use of subheadings where appropriate and use of paragraphs to organise and sequence ideas. They are encouraged to broaden their vocabulary to more accurately and vividly present their ideas, through use of thesaurus and dictionaries. Spelling skills are developed through a greater awareness of word patterns and origins. Pupil’s skills in Speaking and Listening are developed through self-monitored group discussions, giving and receiving of instructions, recounting school and life events, reciting poetry and performing plays. Year 6 pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure, making sure they read a range of books and develop a passion for novels. Fluency is a key skill and this is one of the focuses in Year 6 along with developing a greater ability to retrieve, infer and deduce from texts.
The pupils will, continue to consolidate and extend their knowledge in written and mental methods of all four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will be given the opportunity to practise, consider and refine their mental calculation strategies. They will solve real-life problems involving money, measurements and time. When studying shape and space they will learn how to recognise regular and irregular shapes as well as rotating, translating and reflecting shapes. They will apply the knowledge gained when studying the topic of fractions, decimals and percentages and how they are related to solve a wide range of problems. Pupils will be given the opportunity to explain their methodology and understanding of numeracy topics when carrying out investigations on a regular basis. They are encouraged to explain the decisions they make and check their results and will be able to put their mathematical skills to the test when working on various practical situations. Pupils will be challenged to work collaboratively to solve problems and explain their reasoning. They will be introduced to simple algebra and encouraged to satisfy number sentences involving two unknowns.
In Year 6, pupils will be encouraged to work scientifically and become involved in investigations. They will be encouraged to ask focused questions and seek to plan their own investigations, using two or more variables and predicting the outcomes. Pupils will collect their own data for investigations and interpret their observations, recording them in diagrams, written reports, tables and simple graphs. They will be encouraged to reflect on their investigations, identify difficulties and suggest improvements. They will examine the evidence they collect and reassess their hypothesis. Students will understand what it means to have a fair test and the usefulness of repeating measurements. Topics covered throughout the year include: How we see things; Classifying Organisms; Evolution; Life Cycles; Staying Healthy and the Circulatory System; Electricity and Circuits.
The children will continue to develop their skills in word processing and desktop publishing and are encouraged to use them in all aspects of their work. They will also be working on the planning and creation of a smartphone app that will incorporate all aspects of the computing curriculum from using technology safely and respectfully to developing an understanding of computer systems and how they work, writing and understanding algorithms, basic programming and understanding search technologies.
The curriculum encourages children to be active through challenging and enjoyable activities which include swimming, athletics, dance, gymnastics and games where children will participate in a number of activities, including: football, netball, athletics, and rugby. The children’s tactical awareness in team games will be a focus as their knowledge of each sport develops. The children will have the opportunity to attend events held at Blessed Edward’s competing against other feeder schools. Emphasis is placed on pupils developing positive attitudes to the conventions of teamwork and fair and honest sporting behaviour.
Pupils will learn about life in Britain during the Second World War and what effects this had on children. They will use a range of sources, including newspaper reports and recollections of people alive at the time. They will consider the reasons for and results of key aspects of the war. They will learn about life in Ancient Greece and assess the impact of Greek civilisation on the modern world.
Pupils will study the Mountain Environment, giving consideration to the features of mountains and locating the world’s most prominent mountain ranges. The children will investigate, through research, other places in the UK or further afield that share a similar physical environment. They will visit the Malvern Hills and use ordinance survey maps to identify features. Pupils will develop their understanding of the effects of climate change and the need for sustainability. Map skills and the awareness of the physical world around them will continue to be developed.
Children will learn and sing songs from around the world and from different periods and genres. Music lessons will provide the children with the opportunities to listen, compose, perform and appraise. Children are encouraged to evaluate their own contribution and performance and will cover topics ranging from jingle writing to the development of popular music since the 1950s.The children are given the opportunity to take part in both a percussion lesson and singing lesson provided by Worcestershire County Council.
In Art the children will explore the rural and urban landscape as a starting point for two-dimensional work. They will also explore the ideas, methods and approaches used by different artists throughout World War Two when creating propaganda posters. They will design and make their own Greek style sculptures. Children will be given the opportunity to record their observations through drawing, photography or computer software packages. They will use shape, form, space, colour, texture and pattern to develop and communicate their ideas.
Design and Technology
Pupils follow the design, make and appraise process to create a range of products to meet varying needs and suit different users. They become more confident and effective in deciding on the qualities of various materials to best meet task requirements. They work collaboratively to solve problems and are aware of safety procedures. In year 6, linked to our History topic on World War Two, they will investigate rationing and devise a menu of wartime recipes.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citzenship
In Year 6, we focus on teaching the children about relationships, bullying and taking risks. We teach them the importance of respecting themselves and others to ensure the happiness of all. The pupils will discuss the use of keeping healthy and the use of drugs. As part of our SRE education we use the ‘In The Beginning’ programme which helps the children make sense of the world around them and covers important, yet sensitive, details about puberty and relationships between others.
Modern Foreign Languages
French will be taught throughout the year and a variety of topics will be covered to build on the children’s existing knowledge.