Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 6

Teachers - Mrs Hemingway (6H), Miss Ahmed (6A), Mr Jones (6J)

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Akroyd, Mrs Patel (Maternity leave), Mrs Shaikh and Mrs Latif

Below is the SUMMER TERM overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the summer term in Year 6. 

For the full year overview of all subjects covered across this year group, please click on the Long Term Plan link below:

Year 6 Long Term Plan 2023 - 2024

PARENTS' OVERVIEW - SUMMER TERM  2023/24 (downloadable doc)


PARENTS' OVERVIEW - SPRING TERM  2023/24 (downloadable doc)


PARENTS' OVERVIEW - AUTUMN TERM  2023/24 (downloadable doc)




In Year 6 we follow a progressive approach where the children get experience of mathematical concepts in blocks of a week or two weeks. They then revisit these concepts over the year to ensure they have mastered the knowledge and understanding. 

We encourage the children to be independent learners in maths and they utilise their Maths Toolkit to support their learning when required. Over the course of the Summer Term, the children will learn about: Interpreting data, Ratio and proportion and Fractions, Decimals and Percentages in preparation for SATs week. After SATs, the children will undertake problem solving activities including designing a maths board game and solving mathematical murder mysteries to consolidate all their learning in Year 6.




In Literacy, the Children will be looking at a diverse range of texts this term. The first half term will be taken up looking at one of the first Science Fiction novels H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. There will be opportunities to write a narrative including speech and to build tension and suspense using sensory techniques. We will then be looking at the Ancient Greek myth: The Odyssey which focusses on the adventures of the Ancient Greek hero Odysseus. Work covered in this topic will include: an incantation to a Greek God, a diary entry and a letter. Of course, we will be continuing to work on reading comprehension skills and looking at how to answer questions effectively. There will also be regular spelling tests and grammar activities within lessons and as standalone sessions.




Physical Education


In Summer Term 1, Year 6 children will be developing their health and fitness skills in the lessons. They will learn to describe the basic fitness components, understand how often and how long they should exercise to be healthy and to record/monitor how hard they’re working. The children will do this through various team games such as ‘Beanbag Raid’ and ‘Dodgeball’ which will involve working hard to improve their fitness levels. As well as this, the children will be taking part in various level challenges to help improve their balance and coordination skills.

In Summer Term 2, after half term, the children will be working on improving their personal ability with the aim of developing their resilience and positive attitudes towards different tasks. They will develop these skills through games called ‘Throlf’ and ‘Scatterball’ where they will work together to improve their perseverance. They will also have the opportunity to build on their agility and coordination skills.




In Science, the children will be looking at units on Light and Electricity. Children will investigate sources of light, how light travels and how shadows are formed/changed. They will take part in science experiments to develop their scientific enquiry skills. They will also look at the anatomy of the eye. Investigations into electrical circuits will be conducted as well as using circuit symbols to draw and analyse effective circuits. They will then use their skills learned to produce an electricity loop game linked to DT.




Foreign Languages 


Over the course of the year, the children will learn sports vocabulary and how to express their preferences. They expand their knowledge of country names and develop their cultural knowledge of the French game ‘petanque’, the annual ‘Tour de France’ and the Olympics. They will contribute to a magazine article about the Olympics. They will then look at a football-themed unit where children develop and practice many important learning strategies that they can use in their future learning of other subjects and languages. Children develop their reading and speaking and listening skills by responding to questions about footballers. Using this knowledge, they create their own football player profiles based on research by a chosen football player.




After the holidays the children will continue with their computing sessions. They will look at  Networks where children will have the opportunity to find out more about how networks work, understand computer networks including the Internet, learn how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web and explore the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

The children will then look at Quizzing which will involve them using a variety of Purple Mash tools to create quizzes on different topics and for different audiences and they will also have  the opportunity to share them with others. Next, they will look at Binary where children will have the opportunity to understand the binary system which involves the children writing digital data that involves just 0’s and 1’s.  Finally, children will revisit the topic of Speadsheets by applying their understanding to appropriate software.




Over the course of the year, Year 6 will be covering a unit of music from Charanga called Happy by Pharrell Williams - a Pop song with a Soul influence about being happy. What makes you happy?


They will also be working with Kirklees music school to learn and hone their musical skills by performing with a Ukulele.


Personal Social
Health Economic Education


In Summer Term 1 our topic will be ‘Relationships’. We will look at how to look after our mental health, understanding our emotions and how to control our emotions when dealing with difficult situations.

In the second half term our PSHE topic will be ‘Changing Me’. In this piece we will look at growing up and puberty. Not only is this topic extremely important but it is also compulsory for the children to understand and appreciate the changes that they will be going through shortly.



Religious Education


Over the Summer term the children will be exploring the question:  How does growing up bring responsibilities and commitments?

This unit will look at how different faiths prepare young people for the transition from childhood to adulthood. We will be studying Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs within Judaism and Christening/Baptism and Confirmation within Christianity. The children will take part in discussions around meaning, purpose and value and how it may influence us in our own lives.


Art and Design


In Art, we have been using Kapow to hone their Art and design skills. In this collection of lessons children revisit their still life skills, creating a variety of pieces influenced by different artists and using a range of mediums. They use charcoal, erasers and paint to depict their chosen composition of special objects before using them to construct a memory box to showcase their work.




Design Technology


In DT, children will be working on the Kapow unit ‘Electrical systems: Steady hand game’. They will understand what is meant by fit for purpose design and form follows function. They will get chance to design and develop a steady hand game using a series circuit, including housing and backboard, applying their science learning.




In this unit the children will track the development of the great Islamic city of Baghdad including trading practices and everyday life, comparing it with contemporary cities in Western Europe. We will then learn about the spread of Islam through the Middle East and beyond and the legacy of and continuing influences of early Islam.




In Geography, children will develop an understanding of ‘Where does our energy come from?’ They will consider why energy is important, looking at different types of renewable and non-renewable energy. The children will continue to develop their geography skills of mapping and locating places around the world. They will finalise the topic by considering where in school a solar panel could be located.  




Every week Year 6 children will:

  • be given a maths activity, either linked to their learning that week or revisiting a previously taught skill
  • be expected to read their reading book and get their reading record signed x3 weekly
  • play on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed
  • learn their weekly spellings (each week has a different list focus that the children have been practising in school that week)

Each term Year 6 children will:

  • be set their black book homework tasks. They need to choose AT LEAST 3 activities to complete which will be shared with their class and teacher. It could include art work, writing, computer presentations, 3D models, posters etc.





Homework for research


Write a newspaper report for what has been discovered in ‘War of the Worlds’.


Create your own ‘alien creature’ from War of the Worlds. Include a labelled diagram of its features.


Show off your understanding of French sports… could you show your vocabulary for the different Olympic sports?


Using your still life skills, sketch an item from around your home. It could be a bowl of fruit, a favourite toy or even something from your garden.


Produce an information leaflet/ non chronological report all about ‘LIGHT’. You could draw the parts of the eye and think about how light creates shadows.


Thinking about the ‘Maths board game’ unit we looked at in maths, can you create an alternative board game? Think about the different maths skills you could show off eg fractions, percentages, 2D shape and the 4 operations (+-x/).


Show off something you have learnt in Computing… email it to your teacher!


Create a comic strip to retell the story of Odysseus… we can’t wait to see some of your cartoon sketches.


What have you learnt about ‘Electricity’? Could use circuit symbols to draw and label a circuit diagram… explain why it will work. What about an incomplete circuit diagram? Why won’t it work?