Year 6 Curriculum Coverage
A key part of our learning in Y6 is showing movement in our drawings. The children do this firstly by looking carefully at the proportions of the body through oval action figures and then use sketching to develop observational skills. This will then develop into an investigation of portraiture, where they look at the proportions of the face. Then the children practise techniques to help improve their pencil sketching before producing a self-portrait. Y6 also look at more abstract forms: E.g. the children studied how Salvador Dali used every-day objects and turned then into abstract paintings. They then designed their own painting, using the ideas they had studied.
DT: In DT we spend some time looking at structures, in particular bridges. The children look at different designs of bridges and then using what they have learnt design thier own bridge that must take the weight of a toy car. After SATs the children complete an enterprise project where they must set up a business selling a product or service to the rest of key stage 2. In order to do this they must carry out market research, costings, design, packaging and marketing. This culminates in the children selling their products to years 3, 4 and 5. The winning group is the one that makes the most profit.
In history, Y6 learn to look at and to compare primary and secondary sources. This is done as part of the learning challenge about the ‘Slave Trade’. The children compare the opinions and viewpoints of the many groups of people who were involved in the trade by reading autobiographies, letters and diary extracts. This helps them to gain an understanding of the behaviour and motives of these groups. Role play is used to deepen their insight and the children debate in role as representatives of different attitudes. 18th Century attitudes towards race and culture are compared with those of the 21st century and the children discuss how the legacy of slavery has influenced British culture.
Y6 also look at how crime and punishment has developed through history, the children look at the types of crimes and the way they were punished from Roman timess through to the 20th century.
As our study of an ancient culture we look at the Aztec civilization including how the Spanish invasion led to the downfall of the Aztec people.
Y6 pupils compare the geography of North America with that of the UK. They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by their environment. They carry out a geographical enquiry by asking geographical questions and using geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT. They also consider the cultural aspects of life in the contrasting locality. – comparing the culture of people living in countries in North America with that of the people of Sheffield.
They are taught to use atlases, maps, plans and globes at range of scales.
Investigative skills are the main focus of Year 6 science and the children regularly carry out investigations using the principles of fair testing. The children also learn to think about the accuracy of their results and about developing conclusions from own their results as well as from the results of others. Health and safety issues are also emphasised, so that children are able to work safely and independently.
Many areas of science are revisited during this year that were previously studied in other year groups, but with an emphasis on application of learning and the development of investigative skills.
Y6 children enjoy being active and using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. We provide opportunities for them to take part in dance, games, gymnastic and athletic activities. E.g. they are taught to play and make up small-sided competitive games, using skills and tactics.
There are also opportunities for children to take part in inter-school sports activities, such as gymnastics, cross-country, rounders and athletics with children from the local ‘Family of Schools’.
Y6 children sing songs with increasing confidence, skill and expression and become aware of their contribution to the performance. They explore their thoughts and feelings when listening to music from a variety of countries
In all of our mathematics/numeracy work we aim for our pupils to enjoy mathematics and to see its relevance to real life. It is important that they develop mental calculation strategies so that their first reaction to a question is ‘Can I do that in my head?’ They will also develop effective methods of written calculation for all four rules of number: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
Other key skills include the ability to:
Wherever possible the skills and knowledge gained in mathematics lessons will be applied in other areas of learning such as science, geography and history.
As well as the discrete teaching of PSHE, through such SEAL topics as ‘Going for Goals’, an important part of our leaning occurs through visits, such as our residential visit and the Crucial Crew visit.
The residential visit is a significant step for many of our children as it is their first stay away from home. The aims of the visit are to develop independence and the ability to work in teams. The children that overcome the challenges that they face grow in self-confidence; a self-confidence that is also evident when they face challenges back at school.
The Crucial Crew visit, which is organised by South Yorkshire Police, is part of the children’s transition to Y7 learning. The day is spent preparing the children for becoming more independent within the community. They role play different scenarios and dangers they may face in the years to come and learn how to stay safe.
Practical application of IT skills is the main focus for Y6. An example of this would be the work carried out with spreadsheets to solve problems such as party planning or their use in data handling and modelling.
The children use safe websites to conduct research as part of literacy projects and to practise maths skills on sites such as Sumdog. An important part of this work is the development of knowledge about e-safety, which is enhanced during the visit to Crucial Crew.
Presentations for classmates are also enhanced with the aid of PowerPoint and other software, to develop speaking and listening skills.
English is very much at the heart of the Year 6 curriculum. Our daily English sessions use the leaning from our half-termly learning challenges and other areas of learning to inspire and inform discussion, reading and writing. For example, during our ‘Slavery’ topic the children will read about various important figures on both sides of the anti-slavery debate. This reading leads to discussions and debates about the motives of these historical figures and eventually to written discussions.
Book studies form an integral part of our English learning, through the in depth study of a number of books such as Coraline, Holes and Skellig the children learn inference and deduction skills and how and why an author writes in the style they do.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ is an excellent resource for helping children with basic English skills.