Year 6 Polar Bears and Pelicans


Polar Bears: Miss Michelle Foster
Miss Aimee Crouch

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Karen Searles

Mrs Jenine Heward


Year 6 is an important year in the growth of the children’s personal and social development and we hope to make the year a special and memorable one for the children and help them to scale new heights in their learning. For those going to the Isle of Wight, this will be an exciting, sometimes life-changing experience. We will be helping the children prepare for the transition to secondary school, as well as guiding the children through Sex and Relationship Education. So it’s a busy but exciting year ahead for the children and staff!


The children follow the new national curriculum for Mathematics, and we will be continuing to use Abacus to support the teaching of Maths in Year 6.

Children will continue to extend their written and mental arithmetic skills alongside developing heir problem solving and reasoning skills. Learning will include place value, the four rules, money and real life problems, fractions, decimals and percentages, ration and proportion, shape, space and measures and statistics.

Children will be taking part in a “Maths Detective” morning each fortnight, specifically aimed at developing their problem solving and reasoning skills.


The children access a range of fiction and non-fiction genres in reading and writing including:

Non-fiction: Reports, recounts, instructions, explanation, persuasion and letters.

Fiction: Poetry, science fiction, classic texts and a range of modern authors.

Within the year, we teach specific, longer units of work on narrative writing (suspense and short stories), explanation writing and persuasive writing. Some of these genres are taught using “Talk for Writing”, where children learn a given piece off by heart using actions to aid them with their own writing. Children will have opportunities for extended writing each week, both within Literacy lessons, fortnightly Writers’ Workshop mornings and the wider curriculum.

Reading: During the day, there will opportunities for children to read. Some children will be heard to read on a one-to-one basis, regularly. We also teach reading skills through weekly “Guided Reading”, where children rotate experience different activities linked to developing their reading and comprehension.

Spelling: Spelling will take many forms, including learning vocabulary related to the topics, focus on specific letter patterns, and focus on spelling rules and work on words spelt incorrectly in their own writing.

SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar): This is taught regularly throughout the week, either as focused lesson or as a “starter” to a Literacy lesson. We build on children’s current knowledge of SPaG and learn about a variety of tenses, word classes and applying punctuation alongside other things!


We follow the new science curriculum and teach Science once a week. Topics covered will include: light, electricity, the circulatory system in the human body, evolution and inheritance and classification.

Children will develop their knowledge and understanding within these areas of learning but also take part in a variety of experiments which will develop their investigative skills such as prediction, fair testing, recording results and evaluating.


ICT is embedded in all curriculum areas. Specific skills and programmes will be developed using the computers in the ICT suite. This includes multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, search engines as well as programming using 2Code on Purple Mash. We also spend time exploring E-Safety over the year, particularly considering social media and safe searching online.

Foundation subjects


The first half of our World War 2 topic focuses on Britain at home, exploring the Blitz, evacuation, the Battle of Britain and the Home Front. During the second half of the term, we will look at how World War 2 affected others in Europe, specifically the discrimination of Jews through Ann Frank. Over the term, we will be using the text “Blitzed” by Robert Swindells, as well as Anne Frank’s diary to support children’s learning.

In the spring term, we learn about the ancient Maya civilisation, considering how and when they lived, their beliefs and their unique counting system.


Through our topic, WW2, we will look locally at Henfield in the war, as well as consider the geography of cities across the country as a whole through the Battle of Britain.  In Spring, we will move to South America, where we will learn about the physical and cultural geography of the continent and compare and contrast different countries through this. We will also revise specific geographical skills such as reading maps using latitude and longitude during this topic.

Design Technology

Our focus area is controllable vehicles, where we will combine work on forces and movement with designing and making a controllable vehicle, and racing them in our South American carnival.


We will be carrying out various artist studies, and developing pencil techniques, printing, textiles and 3D art. Examples of artists that we study are Paul Cummins (sculpture) and William Morris (textile and print).


We develop the children’s skills in invasions games, including tag rugby, hockey and netball. Skills are also developed in striking and fielding games such as rounders. We also play tennis over at the Leisure Centre in the summer term. Indoor PE over the year covers gymnastics, dance and circuits.


PSHCE is a huge focus, particularly in the summer term when we cover moving on to secondary school and Sex and Relationship Education; a parent meeting to view some of the materials we will be showing the children is planned for the summer term.


We follow the National Curriculum and develop the children’s skills in listening and responding to music, as well as composing. Music compositions will often relate to the current topic and more specifically to our Young Voices concert at the O2 in the new year, which explores popular music as well as music from different genres and regions.


Home learning is set in line with the school policy:

Weekly Maths will be set on a Friday and due in on a Monday. This will usually consist of an online Abacus homework, as well as a paper based task sent home in Maths home learning books. This home learning will be differentiated to suit children’s needs.

Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday (children also have time to practise these in the mornings at school too). Again, these are differentiated to suit children’s needs

Topic home learning will be in the form of a “grid” where we expect one task to be completed per half term. Children will have three options from which to choose and we will set a specific date for this to be completed by.

We also encourage daily reading from children. We will be checking reading records once a week and will use this time to discuss what your child has read as well as give our own recommendations. We encourage you to read to your child, as well as your child to read to you!

St Peters Skills Progression - Yr6 (304.0 KiB)