Year 6

Autumn 1 - It's a mystery


Why? What? How? Surely you have questioned things in the past? During this topic we will investigate strange phenomena including: Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, Loch Ness, crop circles and UFOs. We will explore the unexplained, looking for evidence and for reasons as to why they have happened. As part of this, you will become a detective to solve the mysterious murder at Marwell Manor.

We will encourage independent thinking for many of the world’s unanswered questions. Within Art, Banksy will be our focus, looking at meanings behind his pictures and having group discussions about whether graffiti is art or vandalism. You shall also create your own graffiti name tag in the style of Banksy.

As well as this, in RE, we will explore creation stories based on different culture’s beliefs; explaining the mystery of how the Earth and its people were formed. Computing skills will be utilised to design a wanted poster for escaped convicts from Alcatraz prison – did they survive?

We will be describing, in Science, how living things are classified into groups based on similarities and differences including microorganisms, plants and animals. Feeling fit and supple? Get ready to create gymnastic sequences and get physical with team games in tag rugby.


Mathematics Chest 
- place value, including reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 – multiples, factors and prime numbers - multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers up to four-digits by a two-digit whole number using written methods – converting metric measures including measurements of length, mass, volume and time – Maths Art to sew a symmetrical pattern using coordinates in four quadrants


Autumn 2 - Amazing Authors


Journey back in time to the days of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Study playscripts, texts and produce drama based on the play Macbeth and the novel Oliver. Film your very own version of Macbeth and key scenes from Oliver, then perform your modern retelling of Shakespeare’s prose using rap!

Have you ever taken for granted running water, footpaths, or the indoor toilet? We will look back in time to Victorian Birmingham and compare it to how we live today. A trip to the Black Country Museum will help to bring a bygone era to life for you.

Art and Design will entail a reproduction of a Victorian scene using pencil, designing and building a bridge from straws based on the work of Brunel and creating and sewing a cross stitch calendar. Ever wondered how the human body works? The heart, blood vessels and blood will be studied, the impact of diet and exercise and lifestyle on our bodies will be explored and we will learn why nutrients and water are so important to our survival.

Living in the twenty first century, you need to be technologically aware; therefore you will use Espresso to write simple code for an animation.


Mathematics Chest 
- comparing, ordering and simplifying fractions – multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 where answers are up to three decimal places        - drawing 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles – identifying and describing 3D shapes – constructing 3D shapes from nets – interpreting and constructing pie charts and using them to solve problems


Spring 1 - The Caribbean


Let’s escape to a tropical paradise to study the islands of the Caribbean! Firstly, locate and name the many beautiful islands within the Caribbean Sea. Compare the weather to ours back home, study famous Caribbean figures and the effect that we, as tourists, are having, both positively and negatively, on the islands. Learn about the diverse and rich heritage of the Caribbean through the use of refined internet searches.

As well as this, plan your own family holiday to a 5*, all inclusive Caribbean resort. Feel the beat of music through the ages by studying different artists and genres of music, for example Bob Marley, reggae, calypso and rock steady. Move that body whilst choreographing your own rhythmic dance routine.

Enjoy listening to traditional stories of the little trickster and Anansi, who despite his size, is fearless and prepared to take on anyone! Put yourself in Usain Bolt’s golden shoes and experience the feelings and emotions of winning the Olympic gold medal.

Bring the colours of the Caribbean to life by weaving a fish to create an underwater scene and design a flag for your own Caribbean hideaway. As part of RE you will discuss who is responsible for providing justice and how this impacts upon modern society. During Science, you will recognise that living things have changed over time and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.

Finally, to celebrate the end of a fantastic topic, the year group will share together in a Caribbean Inspiration Day. Wonderful foods and drinks will be tasted, carnival masks and drums will be designed and decorated and limbo skills will be put to the test!


Mathematics Chest 
- add and subtract fractions – find equivalent fractions – simplify fractions –compare fractions, percentages and decimals – translate simple shapes using  2 step instructions - reflect regular shapes across axis and using mirror lines – identify coordinates within four quadrants – calculate perimeters and areas  of regular shapes including triangles – recognise that shapes with the same area can have different perimeters


Spring 2 and Summer 1 - World War Two


Put that light out! Let’s journey back to life in Birmingham during World War 2. We will explore the impact the Blitz had on the home-front in Birmingham, the effect of rationing on people and how to survive a terrifying air raid. Become an international code-breaker to save the British Isles from ‘Operation Sea-Lion.’

In addition to this, you will understand the importance of the Battle of Britain as a significant turning point in British history. Utilising your art skills, you will create a silhouette image of the Luftwaffe attacking Birmingham. Experience life as an evacuee through the media of film and role play, whilst studying the different characters in Goodnight Mister Tom.

Can you imagine years of hiding in storerooms above a warehouse from people who simply do not like your religion? Well put yourself into Anne Frank’s shoes, whose story lives on through her moving, daily diary entries. World War 2 favourite songs, such as ‘run, rabbit, run’ and ‘it’s a long way to Tipperary’ will be performed in groups.

As well as this, we will be exercising our computing skills through the program Scratch where you will be able to develop your own characters and animation. PE is a fun mixture of invasion games, such as hockey and football and don’t forget your goggles for the summer term’s swimming lessons!

In Science you will be studying the topic of light, understanding that light travels in straight lines and being able to explain how shadows are formed. To consolidate your learning, we will enjoy a year group trip to the World War 2 Cannock Chase museum.

Please note this topic covers two half terms as you will also have the opportunity to demonstrate all of your English and Maths knowledge in the Year 6 SATS 


Mathematics Chest 
- solving problems calculating percentages – using simple formulae – using and converting units of measurement for length, mass, volume and time  – interpreting and constructing line graphs – reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 10,000,000 – solving multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction  - carrying out long multiplication and division – adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators 


Summer 2 - Lost at Sea and the Mayans


Imagine life on a desert island, separated from your parents, all alone.  Or are you? Delve into the adventurous world of Michael who finds himself falling overboard on a round the world yacht trip.

Washed up ashore, he needs to learn to survive, quickly! We will also set sail to New York upon the world’s greatest ship, the Titanic and experience life as both rich and poor travellers.

Use your computing skills to produce a fact file detailing the various species of that incredible creature……the shark. Put your atlas skills to the test and identify the names of all the world’s continents and oceans.

Transport yourself back to 2600BC and experience life in Mayan Society. Use your historian skills to research key aspects of Mayan life such as: their beliefs and gods, food and daily routines.

Cricket, rounders and athletics will be our focus in PE lessons, whilst still continuing to swim on Tuesday afternoons. Within Science you will build circuits using: batteries, bulbs, switches, motors and solar panels and will produce scientific diagrams to show our final efforts.

Don’t forget your last ever week in your Calshot career, during which you will enjoy putting on the amazing Leavers’ Performance (which will be full of song and dance) an evening at the Year 6 prom, a day out on the mystery trip and the final Leavers’ Assembly. 


Mathematics Chest 
using the inverse to calculate missing number problems - finding equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages – calculating percentages of values – interpreting and constructing pie charts and line graphs – calculating the mean