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Garden Suburb Junior School

Year 6

curriculum map 

Click below for an overview of the topics covered in Year 6:

Curriculum Overview


Click below for an overview of the English Curriculum in Year 6:

English Overview Year 6 (Autumn Term)


Click below for an overview of the Mathematics Curriculum in Year 6:

Mathematics Overview Year 6 (Autumn Term)


Year  Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Science in Year 6.

Liv    Living things and their habitats

Pupils will be taught to:

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

Animals, including humans

Pupils will be taught to:

  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans

Evolution and inheritance

Pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution



Pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them



Pupils will be taught to:

  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Computing in Year 6.

We are app planners

The Year 6 units form a sequence, beginning with this one in which the pupils learn about the capabilities of smartphones, think of a problem that a smartphone or tablet app could solve, and then pitch the idea for their app.

We are project managers

This is the second in the sequence of Year 6 units in which pupils work collaboratively to develop a smartphone or tablet app. Pupils apply computational thinking to the task of managing a complex project.

We are market researchers

The pupils conduct research into the potential market for their app, using an online survey together with interviews or focus groups. They analyse the data and information they obtain and create a presentation summarising their findings.

We are interface designers

In this unit, the children will start to design the look/ feel of their app’s interface. They begin by sketching ideas, planning the different screen layouts for their app and developing these using a wire framing tool.

We are app developers and marketers

In this unit, the pupils draw on their work from the previous Year 6 units to create a working app. They write down their algorithms, and use a programming toolkit to code them. The pupils work collaboratively to produce marketing materials for the app they have been developing in the Year 6 units. They create a poster or flyer, develop a simple website, and shoot a short video.

religious education & british values 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Religious Education in Year 6.

Why are some buildings considered to be special?

In this unit of work children will identify the key features of a mosque and identify how it is used by its community.

What makes a time special?

In this unit children will explain how festivals make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. Children will describe the significance to believers of the life and teachings of Muhammad, Moses, Jesus Christ and the ten gurus.

What can we be sure of? How do we know that we can be sure?

In this unit children will be able to explain how some beliefs about god are shared by different religions and how they make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. They will be given the opportunity to think about questions that arises from the initial question: Is there a God? The children will explore Native American ideas about God and design and make a god’s eye. They will also explore ideas about God from the Hindu religion.

How should we behave?

In this unit the children will investigate the link between faith and moral behaviour. They will learn how a religious code of conduct can be a source of wisdom and inspiration for living their lives.

What happens when we die and is there life after death?

In this unit children will be encouraged to think about and reflect on a personal answer to the question: What happens when we die? The children will be able to explore feelings associated with death through poetry.

Decision Making

The children will learn how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. In particular, they will learn about Emmeline Pankhurst, a British woman who campaigned for women's rights, and was known for founding the Suffragette organization.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in History in Year 6.

Local History

Children will learn about the history of local area including the Suburb Quest where the class will find out who the founder of the Suburb was, significant local residents and famous buildings.

Word War 2

The children will learn how to use both primary and secondary sources to find out about the causes of World War 2. They will use their speaking and listening skills to debate and form their own opinions. They will use their enquiry skills to understand the differences between war in this country and abroad looking at aspects such as the Blitz, rationing, the role of women and world leaders. The unit ends with a trip to the RAF museum.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Geography in Year 6. 

Suburb Quest

Children will:

  • explore the history of the local area

  • investigate the human and physical features in the local area

  • create an information leaflet about Garden Suburb


Children will:

  • use a map to identify mountain ranges around the world

  • learn how and where mountains form

  • debate the impact of tourism on the environment

design technology 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Design Technology in Year 6.

Design and make pencil cases for a purpose

In this unit, the children will design and create a pencil case using a variety of techniques and materials.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • evaluate the functional and appealing design of a range of pencil cases for a variety of purposes

  • design their own pencil case aimed at a particular individual or group 

  • use a variety of materials and patterns to help them design

  • use a variety of tools and develop skills to make their pencil cases



In this unit, the children will design and create a shelter that is built for a purpose.      

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand that different shelters serve a range of purposes

  • investigate how and why a shelter can collapse when loaded

  • apply their knowledge to design their own shelter to meet a specification

  • make a model of their idea and work as a team

  • make modifications to their designs if necessary

  • evaluate their own and their peers’ shelters, suggesting changes to make it better


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Art in Year 6. 

People in Action

Children will use a variety of techniques to produce a piece of art that represents a person in action.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand the concept of sequencing actions

  • make comparisons between artwork in terms of style, material and subject expressing opinion

  • extend their knowledge of different artists from different times, recording visual effects

  • adapt ideas from artists and designers to make a collage which represents movement

  • experiment with shape and tone to create movement, extending cutting and arranging skills

  • review work, demonstrating an understanding of context, processes, methods and language used


Sense of place- The Blitz

Children will use a variety of techniques to create a landscape scene using photography as a starting point.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • explore and develop ideas about how landscape is portrayed by different artists

  • record different features of local landscapes

  • use a variety of techniques to reproduce a landscape scene using photography as a stimulus (photos from the Blitz)

  • use the horizon and perspective to sketch a landscape scene accurately

  • develop line drawing skills of perspective

  • use colour to build depth


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Children will create a piece of artwork depicting the island in the style of Henri Rousseau.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • analyse a piece of work by Henri Rousseau, looking at the use of colour and shape

  • create a piece of artwork depicting the island in the style of Rousseau

  • develop drawing and colouring skills, using perspective correctly

  • understand what inspires artists to work in a particular style

  • use a range of medium for a desired effect

  • learn how to work with watercolours correctly


Below is an overview of the skills that are taught in Music in Year 6. 

Singing and Performing

♫ The children will be encouraged to sing with confidence by expanding their known repertoire across diverse genres. They will improve breathing in phrases, singing in 2 or more parts. They will be encouraged to perform famous repertoire using polyphony and complex syncopation. They will perform famous works, traditional and world music, and will be encouraged to play their own instruments in class projects. They will participate in an end-of year musical production and learn all related repertoire with voice or chosen instrument.

Improvising and Composing

♫ The children will compose and improvise with increasing confidence, in groups and alone, using diatonic melody and the full spectrum of simple and complex rhythmic values. They will learn about the chromatic scale, and use it in creative projects. They will  compose and improvise to increasingly specific instructions, and discuss their creative choices with their peers.

Listening and Aural Awareness

♫ The children will learn about popular song form (verse, chorus, bridge, etc) and will be able to write down the form of an excerpt or song when listened to. They will learn more in-depth about instrumental and vocal timbres, and recognize more complicated changes in pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and texture, expressing what they hear using musical vocabulary and Italian terms. They can echo phrases using syncopation, and can talk or write in detail about the elements of music across all musical eras and many genres.  


Autumn 1: School life in Spain and the UK

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Making comparisons between their own school routines and school routines in Spain
  • School subjects
  • Writing statements about school life
  • Creating a school timetable.


Autumn 2: Creating a cafe

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Verbalising quantities of food and drink
  • How to express preferences about food and drink
  • Learning strategies for unknown words
  • Analysing a menu
  • Writing a café script and performing it to the class.


Spring 1: River project

In this half term children will cover the following topics that have cross-curricular links to Geography:

  • Rivers of the world in Spanish
  • The course of the Amazon River
  • Asking and and answering questions about rivers
  • Creating a presentation about a river of their choice.


Spring 2: Theme Parks

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Writing a short text about themes parks
  • Writing a postcard to a friend describing a visit to a theme park – including preferences of rides
  • Using the imperfect tense.


Summer 1: News

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Looking at Spanish news from a variety of resources
  • Writing about sections in a newspaper
  • Writing an article about themselves for a school magazine.


Summer 2: Places in a Town

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Writing statements and questions about a town using the past and present tense
  • Revising places in a town
  • Using the past, present and future tenses and related adjectives to write a piece on about their town.

physical education 

Below is an overview of the units that are taught in PE and Games in Year 6. 



Pupils will be taught how to navigate areas around the school using maps and coordinates and incorporate mathematical understanding in order to create and play a range of physical games


Pupils will be taught to develop their technique, control and balance through movement across different apparatus


Pupils will be introduced to athletics activities and a range of exercises from sports day as well as competing in track and field events such as long jump, sprints and relay races in preparation for athletics tournaments.

Sports Day Preparation

The children practise the activities they will be competing in, in preparation for sports day.


Pupils will be taught various dance steps, sequences and routines as part of rehearsals for the Year 6 Production.




Pupils will be taught to develop the basic principles of attacking/defending tactically and how to use equipment safely and professionally.


Pupils will be taught the skills of dribbling, shooting and attacking/defending tactically in a game situation.


Pupils will be taught to the necessary skills for different shots and movement in a competitive match as well as volleying at the net.

High 5

Pupils will build on shooting, positioning & movement skills within a match situation.


Pupils will be taught a range of controlling shots: dig, set and spike, with and without a net.


Pupils will be taught to develop striking and fielding skills as well as tactical strategy within a competitive match situation.