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This term we are reading 'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl. It will form the basis of much of our reading curriculum. Using the text as a stimulus, the children will be taught comprehension skills: they will draw inferences, such as characters' feelings, thoughts and actions, they will predict what might happen, summarise the main ideas of the text and identify how language, structure and presentation contribute the meaning. In addition, the children will be working on improving their reading speed and fluency.


During the autumn term we will also be completing a variety of written pieces of work which will incorporate spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, handwriting, presentation and composition. We will write formal letters, setting descriptions, short stories, balanced arguments and diary entries.  The children will be taught how to plan, draft and edit  their work using cohesive devices, to appropriate punctuation and to make successful grammatical choices.


The children will also have daily spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons which will focus on a variety of concepts:

  • subjunctive form
  • using passive verbs
  • perfect form of verbs
  • expanded noun phrases
  • modal verbs
  • relative clauses
  • hypens, brackets, dashes, semi-colons, colons and bullet points

The Books I will Read -

'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl



Initially a focus for this term will be the children's arithmetic.The children will learn how to add, take away, multiply and divide fractions. They will also need to master all four operations and apply their learnt methods to increasingly large numbers, for example by dividing 35,645 by 26 both fluently and efficiently. Children will also need to be able to deal with numbers up to three decimal places.


Once we have tackled the children's arithmetic, the main focus for the Autumn term will be the children's understanding of number. The children will be taught the following areas in maths:


  • Place value: numbers up to 10 billion including numbers with 3 decimals places
  • Negative numbers and solving problems
  • Understanding the order of operations
  • Number properties including factors, primes, multiples, squares and cube numbers
  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Fractions; including all four operations, ordering fractions decimals and % and real life applications
  • Ratio and proportion: solving problems by scaling up and scaling down




During the Atumn term, Year Six will be taught the topic 'Animals Including Humans'. They 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


During the second half of the Autumn, the children will complete the topic 'Living Things and Their Habitat'.

They will be taught to:

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics


Throughout both of these topics, the children will be taught to work scientifically using practical scientific methods, processes and skills. They will be taught to:

  • plan different types of scientific enquiries
  • take measurements
  • record data
  • use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative tests
  • report and record findings including conclusions



In RE this term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging

and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Our first topic is called ‘People’ and we will focus on members of our family. We will

also spend time looking at Islam and the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur.



Sculpture - 'The Tree of Life'


The children will be taught to use wire and to develop their techniques to create a sculpture.



Spreadsheets - a real life application of mathematics 


Spread sheets are used all over the world and in everyday life to enable people to manage large quantities of data efficiently and effectively. Over the course of this unit of work the children will learn:


  • What a spreadsheet is and why we need them?
  • How to add functions to spreadsheets
  • How to check for errors in spreadsheets


The children will complete the unit of work by designing and building their own spreadsheet to fulfil and particular task with a given set of data -  much like any professional would need to as part of their job. The final task will very much take into account the child's current level of competency and will be designed to stretch their understanding to the limit.



The children  will focus on their art curriculum for the autumn term

FRENCH - je sais parler en francias...


French is taught in school by Madame McCormick and is one of the diamonds in our school curriculum.


The children will develop their fluency in the spoken word. They will learn conversational French which will be almost exclusively oral. Our children will learn how to speak about themselves and communicate, in French about objects, days of the week, directions and birthdays.


The children learn a number of French songs and importantly develop their understanding and knowledge of French traditions and other French speaking nations outside of Europe.



The children will be completing the units 'Livin On A Prayer' and 'Benjamin Britten- A New Year Carol'.

They will be taught to:

  • To listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing confidence, accuracy, fluency, control and expression



During the autumn term, the children will complete the topic 'I Am A Warrior'. It will address the Dark Ages and will focus on the following areas:

  • Britain's settlement by the Anglo Saxons.
  • Roman withdrawal from Britain in 410AD and the fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Scots invasion from Ireland to northern Britain
  • Anglo Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms, place names and village life
  • Christian conversion - Lindisfarne
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • Viking raids and invasion
  • Resistance to Alfred the Great and Athelstan
  • Anglo Saxon laws and justice
  • Edward The Confessor and his death in 1066


The topic will be taught through historical enquiry whereby the children will start with a question and will they will have to investigate using a variety of primary and secondary sources. The following are the lines of enquiry that they children will investigate.

Anglo Saxons

  • Why did the Anglo-Saxons invade and how can we possibly know where they


  • What does the mystery of the empty grave tell us about Saxon Britain?
  • How did people’s lives change when Christianity came to Britain and how can

we be sure?

  • How were the Saxons able the see off the Viking threat?
  • Just how effective was Saxon justice?
  • So how dark were the dark Ages really?



  • What image do we have of the Vikings?
  • Why have the Vikings gained such a bad reputation?
  • How did the Vikings try to take over the country and how close did they get?
  • How have recent excavations changed our view of the Vikings?
  •  What can we learn about Viking settlement from a study of place name endings?
  • Raiders or settlers: how should we remember the Vikings?



Year Six will be completing a unit of gymnastics during the first half of the term and athletics during the second half. They will be taught to develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance whilst communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will learn to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities.




Online Safety  – Share Aware/ Net-aware

The children will complete tasks which focus on how to stay safe online


Kids Safe Programme - The programme will focus on the following areas:

• Stranger Danger
• Vandalism and crime prevention
• Racism and bullying
• Drugs
• Road safety
• Green Cross Code



Throughout the term, we will focus on our Social, Cultural, Spiritual and Moral aspects of learning. The children will be taught to engage and understand  the moral and social challenges of our time; they are taught how to keep themselves safe and healthy and they will gain an excellent understanding of what it means to be a British citizen. In order to do this, we have a variety of activities planned.


The children will learn about other faiths throughout the Autumn term and across the rest of the school year.

The children will celebrate:


  1. Yom Kippur

  2. Hanukah

  3. Christmas

  4. Passover

  5. Easter

  6. Ramadan/Eid


Over the Autumn term, the children will participate in a variety of assemblies which will focus on British Values. The topics they will focus on include:

  • Is it ever right to fight?
  • Why Educate?
  • All humans are equal…but some are more equal than others.
  • No vote. No voice.
  • Who is my neighbour?


The children will also look at the work of Emmeline Pankhurst. A piece of artwork will be completed focusing on her work. The children will learn about why she was such an inspirational figure alongside Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Rosa Parks.



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