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Y6 Autumn term

Topic: Deserts and Water



In English, we will be learning about a range of fiction and non-fiction text types linked to our topic work, such as non-chronological reports, instructions, explanatory texts, letters and adventure stories. We will be using Talk for Writing to learn how a text is constructed and what the key features of this text type are. This will enable pupils to model their own writing on these texts. Pupils will also have the opportunity to learn spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. The children will engage in a range of reading learning experiences, including enjoying a class book and a weekly library session. Daily reading groups will focus on developing skills in understanding texts, making comparisons, drawing inferences, making predictions and evaluating how authors use language.



In Mathematics, pupils will cover a range of mathematical topics covering understanding place value, calculating with the four operations, geometry, measures and fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils will also develop their reasoning skills and mathematical thinking. Fluency of essential number facts will be practised regularly during maths lessons and in other opportunities throughout the school day. Pupils will be encouraged to notice and use maths in other the areas of the curriculum too.



In Science, pupils will learn how living things are classified into groups according to a variety of characteristics and identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. They will learn how to plan and carry out different types of scientific enquiries and record results using classification keys and line graphs. Pupils will also develop their skills in effective research and how to present their information clearly, using scientific diagrams and labels. Pupils will find out how their circulatory system works and how to keep it healthy, creating data through investigations and recording and analysing results. As part of the Water topic, pupils will investigate what affects evaporation and insulation, measuring carefully.



Children will learn about history in the Spring and Summer terms.



In Geography, pupils will be developing their use of maps and atlases as part of their topic studies, including learning how to use grid references, map symbols and keys. Through learning about orienteering, the children will use the 8 point compass. Pupils will learn to describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including rivers and the water cycle. They will also learn about the human response to extremes in temperature.


Art and Design

In Art, pupils will be developing a range of skills, such as drawing, painting and sketching, linked to their topic.


Design Technology

In Design and Technology, pupils will be designing and making houses suitable for living in extreme desert and arctic environments.



Pupils will learn about greetings, numbers up to 100, people and clothes. They will also work on their Spanish phonics to develop their reading and listening skills.



After starting the term learning about rhythm, bear, riffs and rap, pupils will be learning about melody, sequences, identifying different musical styles and improving performances.


Physical Education

In striking and fielding, pupils will learn to hit and bowl balls accurately while also learning to work effectively in a team to play cricket and rounders. In gymnastics, pupils will be developing sequences on the floor and apparatus, including a range of elements.



Over the next term, pupils will explore the Be The Best You Can Be values and how they apply to them as children and as learners. They will also explore a range of philosophical questions raised from stories read together as a class.


Religious Education

In RE, pupils will discuss beliefs in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism with a focus on the Trinity and image of God; Tawhid and Akhira; and Brahman and Atman.



In computing, pupils will be learning to take photographs using different settings an upload the photographs onto the network into folders. They will then develop their skills in editing photographs and compiling photographs using software.


Visits and visitors

  • Africa Alive

  • Flatford Mill

  • Arctic explorer

  • Railway Children performance

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performance and workshop


Learning outside the classroom

  • Forest Schools

  • Orienteering


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

  • We will continue with our focus on Building Learning Powers and will also be learning how to ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ through regular circle time.

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