Year 6 Polar Bears and Pelicans


Polar Bears: Miss Michelle Foster    

Pelicans: Mrs Laura Roberts, Mrs Tessa Burbridge

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Karen Searles

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.


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

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

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

Within the year, we teach specific, longer units of work on narrative writing based on key texts, explanation writing and persuasive writing. 

Reading: During the day, there will be many 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 daily “Guided Reading”, where children rotate experience different activities linked to developing their reading and comprehension.

Spelling: Spelling is taught daily for 15 minutes focusing on specific letter patterns, focus on spelling rules and learning words from the Yr 5 & Yr 6 curriculum.

SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar): This is taught for one lesson a week and is applied throughout the rest of the lessons for the week. 


We follow the new science curriculum and teach Science within each topic. Areas covered are: 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.


Information Technology (IT) 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


During the Autumn term we focus on life in World War Two exploring the Blitz, evacuation, the Battle of Britain and the Home Front. 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:

One piece of maths and one piece of english homework will be set each Friday and is expected to be handed in the following Wednesday. This homework is a consolidation exercise to give the children the opportunity to show what they already know. As well as this, the children also have daily reading expectations and the learning of spellings. Homework is differentiated to suit the needs and requirements of the children. Once a term there will be a home learning topic piece of work, this will be more creative and linked directly to the topic. 

We actively encourage parents to read with their children and regularly check reading diaries to see that this is being done. 

To find out more about your child’s curriculum please contact your child’s class teacher or click this link to go to the national curriculum.

St Peters Skills Progression - Yr6 (304.0 KiB)