Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Year Six is a year full of literary adventures, from Africa to South America and even outer space. The children read and enjoy a great range of books; which enlighten and engage them as well as inspire them to learn about the world around them both in the present and the past.
Autumn 1 - Refugee Boy
WOW! Factor: African drumming
Fantastic Finish: Free Alem Protest
Book: Refugee Boy Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
During this half-term, we will experience a variety of genres and will develop our use of different techniques to engage their audiences within our own writing. As the half-term progresses, we will investigate the reasons for migration and immigration which will give us the opportunity to use our mathematical skills such as data handling.
We will also refine our map reading skills, identifying the location of countries that are presented in the book. This will lead us to looking at artwork and music from different cultures.
Autumn 2 - Street Child
WOW! Factor: Victorian Workshop (Hitchin Schools Museum)
Fantastic Finish: Victorian Toymaking
Book: Street Child Author: Berlie Doherty
During this exciting unit, we will love learning all about Victorian times and experience what life was like at a Victorian school. Whilst reading our book, we will learn about how difficult life could be at this point in British history and will design and make moving Victorian toys during our art and design lessons.
Spring 1 - The White Horse of Zennor
WOW! Factor: Cowrie Shell Treasure Hunt
Fantastic Finish: Cornish pasties
Book: The White Horse of Zennor Author: Michael Morpurgo
In this unit we will be studying Cornwall, looking at the geography of the area and exploring how tin mining was used. As part of our science topic, we will be learning how to classify living things. This includes going out into the local environment to find animals and plants to classify ourselves. We will be developing our cooking skills by planning and making our own ‘Cornish Pasties.’
Spring 2 - Wonder
WOW! Factor: Walk around New York and draw the skyline
Fantastic Finish: 3D skyscrapers and buildings
Book: Wonder Author: R. J. Palacio
We will start this unit by exploring the geography of New York and England, looking at the similarities and differences between them. We then use this knowledge to create charcoal art based around New York City. Both our RE and PSHE topics are based on respect and tolerance, looking at how it is promoted within the community. In science, we will be learning about genetics and adaptation.
Summer 1 - Macbeth
WOW! Factor: Macbeth Workshop
Fantastic Finish: Acting a scene from Macbeth
Book: Macbeth Author: Shakespeare
We will begin this unit by looking at the physical and human geography of Scotland, comparing it from medieval times to today. We will also be developing our artistic techniques by painting landscapes using watercolour. In PSHE we will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy, considering both our physical and our mental and emotional health.
Summer 2 - Friend or Foe
WOW! Factor: British Pathe news clips /Build an air raid shelter
Fantastic Finish: VE Day Street party
Book: Friend or foe Author: Michael Morpurgo
Throughout this unit we will be learning all about World War II. In our history lessons, we will be looking at the impact WW2 had on the local community in Luton and understanding why Luton was significant during this time.