Year 6 Autumn 1 Term Curriculum

Autumn 1 Term – More Questions than Answers

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

  • As geographers, we will explore the topical local issue of traffic in Richmond Park and consider its impact.
  • As scientists, we will investigate the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle through practical experimentation and analysis of data.
  • Within computing, we will create geotrails by exploiting the use of audio-visual media.

Responsible Citizens

Cooking & Nutrition

  • Through Science and PSHE we will be looking at the importance and consequences of eating healthily and exercise. As well as the impact and effect of certain food groups on the human body.


  • We will use the question ‘Should traffic be allowed to use Richmond Park?’ to initiate a further discussion about this and other local environmental issues.

Spiritual & Moral

  • Through class discussion arising from literacy, science and geography topics we will consider questions for which there are a range of opinions and no definitive answers.


  • We will recognise and appreciate the beauty of Richmond Park and reflect upon its significance within the local community whilst showing respect for a range of viewpoints.

Year 6 Subject Skills


There’s A Boy in The Girls Bathroom

  • To draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • To predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • To discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • To participate in discussions about books, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • To explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read
  • To provide reasoned justifications for their views
  • To identify the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
  • To select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
  • In narratives, to describe settings, characters and atmosphere and integrate dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • To use a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
  • To assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
    To propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify the meaning
  • To ensure the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing
  • To ensure correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register
  • To use the first 3 or 4 letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary
  • To proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • To distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • To use a thesaurus
  • To use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (i.e. omitted) relative pronoun
  • To use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing
  • To use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
  • To use a colon to introduce a list
  • To punctuate bullet points consistently


Richmond Park; A Traffic Study

  • To describe and understand types of land use
  • To interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps and diagrams
  • To use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in a local area using a range of methods such as sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
  • To communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and quantitative skills
  • To use the 8 points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and keys (including the use of OS maps)



  • To understand what friendship is and the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, honesty, loyalty, kindness, generosity and trust
  • To participate in discussions around healthy friendships that are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded
  • To acknowledge that most friendships have ups and downs and discuss how to manage emotions associated with this
  • To gain and develop an understanding of trust; considering who to trust and how to make the decision as to who is trustworthy
  • To learn how one another manage conflict and to seek advice or help from others if needed

Healthy Living

  • To understand the importance of consuming a balanced diet and partaking in regular exercise
  • To consider the characteristics of a poor diet
  • To be aware of factors that can cause ill-health, such as smoking, alcohol-use and drug-taking
  • To consider the impact of physical activity on the efficiency of the heart
  • To make links between healthy living and the circulatory system


  • To read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • To round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • To identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers To identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1 000 giving answers up to three decimal places
  • To use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
  • To use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
  • To solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operation and methods to use and why
  • To multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • To divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
    To solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts year 6 follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work.


Staying Alive: Circulatory systems and the impact of lifestyle on bodies

  • To recognise parts of the circulatory system
  • To describe the ways nutrients and water are transported within animals
  • To understand the function of some of the parts of the circulatory system
  • To understand the need for a healthy balanced diet
  • To investigate some effects of exercise on the body
  • To take measurements
  • To present data in appropriate ways
  • To use evidence to support or refute an assertion
  • To explain the effect of drugs on the body
  • To analyse data and suggest how it supports ideas about a healthy diet and lifestyle


We are explorers: creating geotrails

  • To select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices.
  • To develop further research skills involving digital maps and geographically located information
  • To develop further their abilities to take photographs, record audio, video and notes when on location
  • To develop technical skills using a geographic information system to add and edit the content on a digital map
  • To develop collaboration skills including reviewing others’ work and contributing to a shared project

Art and Design

  • We are explorers: creating geotrails
  • To select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices.
  • To develop further research skills involving digital maps and geographically located information
  • To develop further their abilities to take photographs, record audio, video and notes when on location
  • To develop technical skills using a geographic information system to add and edit content on a digital map
  • To develop collaboration skills including reviewing others’ work and contributing to a shared project
  • Year 6 follow the Switched On Computing scheme of work. To increase awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • To develop control, creativity and experimentation
  • To create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve mastery of art and design techniques
  • To understand the influence from great artists, architects and designers from history.
  • To study illuminated manuscripts and decorate own initials, in conjunction with ‘Pride in Presentation’

Design & Technology


  • To design a product which combines different fabric shapes
  • To design a purposeful, function and appealing product fit for purpose based on a simple design specification
  • To produce detailed lists of equipment and fabrics relevant to the task
  • To formulate step-by-step plans to select from and use a range of tools and equipment
  • To compare the original product to the design specification
  • To test product and critically evaluate the quality of the design, manufacture and functionality


Basketball & Fitness

Pupils will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.

They will learn to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils will be taught the following through basketball and fitness activities

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best



  • To listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • To read carefully showing understanding of words phrases and simple writing
  • To describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • To understand basic grammar appropriate to the language
  • To understand the key features and patterns of the language


BBC 10 Pieces-No Place Like

  • Perform in a small group, Using the voice to improvise and create a vocal piece.
  • Develop an understanding of composition and organise musical ideas



The principal aim is to explore what people believe and what difference it makes to how they live.

  • To identify and explain Muslim beliefs about God, the Prophet and the Holy Qur’an
  • To describe the ways in which Muslim sources of authority guide Muslim living
  • To make connections between Muslim beliefs and Muslim ways of living in the UK today
  • To give evidence and examples to show how Muslims put their beliefs into practice

Curriculum Overview

  Autumn Spring Summer
Literacy/English Focus texts –

‘There’s A Boy In The Girls’ Bathroom’; ‘Twelfth Night’

Focus texts –

‘War Boy’; ‘Friend or Foe’

Revision and consolidation of reading and writing skills
Science ‘‘Staying Alive’ – investigating healthy living; ‘Let it shine’ – exploring the behaviour of light ‘Electrifying!’ – investigating circuits; ‘Classifying critters’ – exploring how living things are grouped ‘We are evolving’ – a study of adaptation
Information Technology Creating geotrails; project planning with spreadsheets Cybersafety research; creating adventure games Modelling climate change; creating a yearbook
Humanities Geographical local enquiry –

traffic in Richmond Park

History – study of an influential figure from the 20th century (Gandhi)

History: World War Two – how the war affected lives of civilians; evacuation; the Blitz; rationing; propaganda; women’s changing role The life and influence of Martin Luther King Geography: Rainforests – study of a contrasting locality; climate; rainforest ecosystem; wildlife; culture; employment; human impact on the rainforest and global implications
Design Technology Designing and making puppets Designing and making air-raid shelters Designing and making pop-up books
Physical Education Basketball; gymnastics; hockey Badminton; dance; football; tennis Cricket; rounders; athletics
Personal, Social, Health Education Relationships; going for goals Saying no to bullying; good to be me New beginnings; changes
Religious Education Sikhism; Christmas in the church Key events in the life of Jesus; Jewish worship Exploring the evidence of religion in the local community

Year 6 Autumn 2019 curriculum plans overview