Year 6

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught largely through lessons tailor made for the class. Occasional use is made of Abacus and Cambridge Mathematics test books as well as photocopied resources from a variety of books and websites. Children who require additional support outside of the daily mathematics lesson have one-to-one teaching with a teacher or highly trained teaching assistant.

  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals mentally by 10, 100 and 1000, and explain the effect.
  • Derive quickly division facts corresponding to tables up to 10 x 10.
  • Develop and use mental calculation strategies from previous years, particularly those involving decomposing numbers.
  • Extend written methods to include:
    • addition and subtraction of numbers involving decimals
    • short multiplication and division of numbers involving decimals.
    • long multiplication of a three-digit by a two-digit integer.
    • short division of numbers involving decimals.
  • Know how to calculate using brackets
  • Know and use terms including factors, prime numbers and square numbers
  • Develop understanding of equivalent fractions including reducing a fraction to its simplest form by cancelling common factors.
  • Use fraction notation and reduce fractions to their simplest form by cancelling common factors.
  • Use decimal notation, know what each digit represents and put decimals in order of size
  • Find percentages of amounts
  • Understand the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Use a fraction as an ‘operator’ to find fractions of numbers or quantities,
  • Solve problems involving ratio and proportion.
  • Read and plot co-ordinates in all four quadrants.
  • Use co-ordinates to locate places on a map
  • Use a protractor to measure acute and obtuse angles to the nearest degree.
  • Find the mean, median, mode and range of a set of data
  • Draw and analyse graphs and pie charts
  • Solve problems by extracting and interpreting information presented in tables and graphs.
  • Reason about shapes using their properties,
  • Reflect, rotate and translate shapes
  • Compute the area and perimeter of shapes
  • Convert measurements within the metric system and between metric and imperial
  • Solve problems through working cooperatively with others and sharing ideas constructively.
  • Solve problems through adopting a systematic approach

English

Reading

Year 6 read a wide variety of texts including sets of novels and short stories as well as the Rigby Navigator resources. Children requiring additional support work on ‘Reading for Meaning’.

  • Read and interpret poetry on specific themes
  • Compare how poets from different times/places present experiences and use language
  • Read biographies and autobiographies looking at characteristic features of the genre
  • Read news articles to develop understanding of the structure and genre
  • Read structured discursive texts and look at characteristic features of the genre
  • Understand how writers use different structures to create coherence and impact
  • Appraise texts, deciding on their value, quality or usefulness
  • Analyse strengths and weaknesses of arguments presented orally and in writing
  • Develop comprehension of texts when reading by using inference and deduction
  • Understand underlying themes, causes and points of view in what they read
  • Compare how writers use language
  • Read extensively across a variety of genres and discuss personal reading

Writing

  • Write biographies in English using paragraphs to structure work
  • Write a biography in French using the third person and key vocabulary
  • Write news articles in a journalistic style using appropriate structures
  • Write discursive texts using paragraphs to structure work
  • Write stories using different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader
  • Draw on knowledge of features of formal and informal writing
  • Spell familiar words correctly and employ a range of strategies spelling strategies
  • Spell words with prefixes and suffixes
  • Use a range of strategies to edit, proofread and correct spelling in their work
  • When writing, select words and language to give precise meaning
  • Select words and language drawing on knowledge of features of formal and informal writing
  • Use varied structures and including paragraphs to shape and organise texts
  • Develop sentence structures, in particular embedded clauses
  • Write making confident choices regarding vocabulary, sentence structure and paragraphing

Speaking and Listening

  • Present arguments orally and participate in debates
  • Present a prepared talk
  • Discuss ideas, topics or issues, criticise constructively and respond to criticism

Religious Education

  • Develop an understanding the history of the Muslim faith
  • Know the significance of the 5 Pillars of Islam to the Muslim faith
  • Understand the role of the Mosque and the significance of the Qur’an for Muslims
  • Contrast aspects of the Qur’an with the Bible
  • Know about and compare the lives of Moses and Mohammed
  • to develop knowledge of pilgrimages, in particular the Hajj
  • to understand how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed
  • Compare aspects of Islam and Christianity including fasting/Lent and charitable giving

Physical Education

  • Understand the rules and how to play tactically in netball, rounders and hockey
  • Develop ball and team skills in netball, rounders and hockey
  • Develop and improve technique in dance and movement
  • Consider safety when undertaking any activity in PE
  • Understand the basic principles of warming up and why exercise is good for health
  • Evaluate their own and others’ work and suggest ways to improve it
  • Improve swimming technique and extend repertoire of swimming strokes

PSHE and Citizenship

  • Consider how the seven SEAL themes relate to ourselves and our lives
  • Develop confident strategies to help prevent bullying, problems and uncomfortable feelings
  • To be confident about one’s own identity and views
  • To recognize some of the harmful effects of taking illegal drugs, alcohol and smoking cigarettes
  • To know about physical and emotional changes associated with puberty
  • Evaluate their own and others’ work and suggest ways to improve it
  • Know the role of the police in keeping us safe
  • Understand the features of democracy and contrast it with other political systems
  • Research and discuss topical issues including those in the local and national news
  • Know the importance of conservation, animal welfare, and humanitarian issues
  • Investigate the lives of inspirational people who have campaigned for freedom

Science

  • Revise the water cycle and other applications of evaporation and condensation
  • Know that some changes in materials can be reversed whilst others can not
  • Know the hazards of fire and very hot substances
  • Know micro organisms are living and that some are beneficial and some harmful
  • Know the importance of washing hands
  • Know the importance of storing food correctly
  • Know the importance of safety precautions including washing hands,
  • Know how to take and lift fingerprints and match them to their owner
  • Know that life processes are common to humans and other animals; and include nutrition, movement, growth and reproduction
  • Know about the main stages of the human life cycle including reproduction
  • Know how to structure an investigation and make it a fair test,
  • Know how to measure accurately and then, record, represent and interpret data
  • Understand and use scientific vocabulary

Geography

  • Follow and draw maps and plans
  • Investigate a river, identifying the physical features using correct terminology
  • Draw comparisons between rural South Wales and the urban locality of our school
  • Develop knowledge of other countries
  • Locate Bangladesh on a map, ask questions about and comment on the geographical features
  • Use secondary sources of information and analyse evidence and draw conclusions
  • Compare land use, industry and life styles in Bangladesh with Great Britain
  • Know the importance of conservation, animal welfare, and humanitarian issues

History

  • Develop an understanding of chronology, using dates and vocabulary relating to the past
  • Know how to find out about the past, and to reflect on the reliability of the evidence
  • Know about characteristics of Ancient Greece including attitudes, beliefs and way of life
  • Describe and make links between main events and changes across a time period
  • Ask and answer questions, recording information relevant to the enquiry
  • Recognise that the past can be represented in different ways
  • Know how to research famous people and the impact of their actions, inventions and discoveries

ICT

  • Gather information from a variety of sources including the internet
  • Use photographs and appropriate music to create a slide show
  • Review, modify and evaluate work
  • Develop keyboard skills
  • Use a variety of programs to create and present work including sound and visuals
  • When conducting research, make decisions about the value of material sourced
  • Know about e-safety and how to protect themselves when using the internet and other technologies

Art

  • Look at features of Impressionist paintings to inspire landscape painting
  • Know about the work of Georgia O’Keefe and develop close up observational painting
  • Understand the significance of the paintings on Ancient Greek pottery
  • Recognise the influence of Greek architecture on buildings today
  • Develop strategies for drawing human body
  • Develop use of perspective in drawing

Music

  • Prepare songs for performance developing pitch, diction and voice production.
  • Perform songs, using actions or dance where appropriate
  • Sing rounds in several parts
  • Sing songs in unison and two, three and four parts,
  • Use ICT programs to compose, edit and modify music
  • Reproduce rhythms accurately using a range of percussion instruments
  • Compose music using combinations and layers of rhythms

Design & Technology

  • Research a technology project using the internet, brochures and face to face interviews
  • Collaboratively design and build structures from wood
  • Research kites to assist in designing and constructing a kite
  • Research, design and bake bread for specific occasions

Educational Visit

  • 4 night residential visit to an outdoor education centre
  • British museum to support learning about Ancient Greece
  • 2 night residential trip to a local venue
  • Outing to mark the end of the classes time at St Aidan’s

Modern Foreign Languages (by Carolyn)

  • Develop French vocabulary
  • Develop sentence structures in French to describe people
  • Develop questions and answers
  • Knowledge of the verbs to be and to have

Booster clubs

  • Level 6 maths group