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St William of York Catholic Primary School

Year 6

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2020.

Spring Term Topics 2020

Please see our curriculum map (below) for further information.


Following the 'Come and See' scheme of work, our topics for this term are:



Death and New Life



Throughout the spring term, the children will be studying ‘The Man Who Walked Between the Towers’, by Mordicai Gerstein; ‘The Giant’s Necklace’, by Michael Morpurgo and ‘The Watertower’, by Gary Crew and Steve Woolman.

In preparation for the Key Stage 2 tests, SPaG and written work will include:

  • Active and passive voice
  • Building cohesion within and across paragraphs
  • Blending action, dialogue and description
  • Using hyphens to avoid ambiguity
  • Using the ellipsis to link ideas between paragraphs
  • Revision of concepts taught previously



Concepts covered will include:

  • Number: Decimals
  • Number: Percentages
  • Measurement
  • Number: Algebra
  • Number: Ratio
  • Geometry and Statistics


Basic skills practice/revision in both literacy and numeracy will continue throughout the term.



The children will learn about evolution and inheritance



The children will develop control techniques using cardboard and modroc.


Design and Technology

Design and make a torch



We will continue to follow the 1Decision scheme of work with focus on transition and peer pressure



  • Online Safety (ongoing)
  • Design, write and debug programs



Work will include the research of differences between European and South American homes and lifestyles; describing rooms; presenting information about opinions and future aspirations.



Improvisation and composition



Hockey and dance



Homework routines will continue from the autumn term. Additional homework may be given to support preparation for the tests.



We intend to run after school clubs before and after school to support SATs revision – we will send out information in due course.

This year’s SATs tests will take place during the week commencing 11th May 2020. 

Please see below for the link to the Power Point used at our welcome meeting. 

Welcome to Year 6 - we hope you all had a fabulous summer.

Below is an outline of the Year 6 topics. Please visit this page regularly for frequent updates. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mrs Nevin and Ms Shellien

Topics for Autumn Term 2019


Domestic Church – Family - Loving

Baptism/Confirmation – Belonging - Vocation and Commitment

Advent/Christmas – Loving - Expectations.


Our class novel is Private Peaceful by Michael Murpurgo. We will also be studying war poetry and persuasive texts. Written work derived from this will include:

  • Recount
  • Diary entries
  • Poetry
  • Persuasive writing
  • Narrative
  • Explanation

Throughout the units taught, the children will be taught the following basic skills:

Active and passive voice, cohesion, formal and informal speech, question tags, synonyms and antonyms, clauses, proofreading, semi-colons and colons.


  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Multiply multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions or by rounding as appropriate for the context.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using the formal written method of short division, interpreting remainders according to context.
  • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.
  • Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.
  • Compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1.
  • Generate and describe linear number sequences (with fractions).
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominations and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form
  • Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts.


Light, Animals including humans.


Young Authors – creating storyboards and eBooks.

Stocks and Shares – analysing data and developing ‘office’ skills.

Online safety – ongoing.


Developing mapping skills.


What was the impact of WW1 on the people of Liverpool?


WW1 artist Paul Nash, with particular focus on his style, drawing and painting skills.


Using electrical and mechanical components to design and make a working torch.


Sentence building – read and write sentences with connectives.


Rhythm and pulse, notation and vocabulary.


Netball (defending and attacking) and gymnastics (balance and sequence). Our PE day is Thursday - please send kits in as soon as possible.

As you know, homework is an important part of consolidating the children’s knowledge of what they learn in school. The children will receive spellings and punctuation or grammar based homework on Mondays, to be returned on Fridays. Additionally, they will receive numeracy homework on Fridays, to be returned on Mondays.

Many thanks for your support, we will see you soon.



Year 6 curriculum map

  • Our Mission Statement
  • Together Everyone Achieves More.
  • To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.