Staincliffe CE Junior School

Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 6

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

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Akroyd, Mrs Patel, Mrs Shaikh

Below is the AUTUMN TERM overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the autumn 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 - 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 Autumn term, the children will learn about: Place Value and Rounding, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Angles and Circles, Multiples, factors & Prime Numbers & measures, Units of Measures, Comparing, Ordering, Simplifying Fractions, Multiplying Decimals 10, 100, 1000, Written methods of multiplication and division, Calculating Fractions, Interpret Data and Line Graphs as well as 2D and 3D Shapes. The children will also be taking the first set of assessment and practice tests. 




In Literacy, the Children will be looking at the novel ‘Clockwork’ by Philip Pullman. They will write a version of the story from the point of view of Putzi the cat.  After looking at Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, the children will write a newspaper report about the brutal murder of King Duncan as well as witches spell!  Later in the term, we will be reading a non-fiction text called One Boy’s War which charts the real life experience of a young soldier in the First World War. To finish off the term we will also be letter writing, answering reading comprehensions and producing an account of what life was like for a soldier during the Great War.




Physical Education


In Autumn Term 1, the pupils will be practicing their social skills in PE. They will learn to cooperate with others giving feedback to improve their own and other pupil’s performance. The children will also help organise roles and responsibilities, guiding a small group through a task.

In Autumn Term 2, after half term, the children will be working on improving their creative skills. They can will be able to effectively disguise what they are about to do and use variety and creativity to engage an audience. They will link actions and develop sequence of movements that express their own ideas. 




In the Autumn term, the children will be looking at Animals including humans. They will look at the main parts of the human circulatory system. The children will look at the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle. We will also consider how water and nutrients are transported within the body.    In the second term of the term, the pupils will look at Living Things and Their Habitat. They will investigate how living things can be classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences. They will consider micro-organisms, plants and animals. The children will use their scientific vocabulary to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.



Foreign Languages 


In French this term the children will learn how to describe a house, the different rooms and who lives there. They learn about prepositions to explain where items are arranged in their bedrooms and consolidate the grammar and vocabulary they have learned by writing a letter to describe their family, home and bedroom.  They will also be looking at a football themed unit where pupils develop and practise many important learning strategies that they can use in their future learning of other languages and subjects. Children develop their reading, speaking and listening skills, responding to questions about footballers, building to writing their own football player profiles in French based on research of a chosen player.




In the Autumn term, the children will look at Coding which will be structured around the PRIMM approach (Predict, Run, Investigate, Modify, and Make). The children will have plenty of opportunity to be creative in this unit. We will also look at Online Safety in this half term, where children will understand the impact of their actions online and learn ways to keep themselves and others safe online. We will then move on to look at Blogging, applying all their learning about how to be safe on the Internet.




Over the course of the year, Year 6 will be covering a unit of music from Charanga. All the learning is focused around one song: 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 Autumn Term 1 our topic will be ‘Being me in my world’. We will look at how individual choices can have an impact on people in the immediate community and globally and explain how this can influence the choices they make.

In the second half term our PSHE topic will be ‘Celebrating Difference’. In this piece we will look at ways in which difference can be a source of conflict or a cause for celebration.



Religious Education


Over the Autumn term the children will be exploring the question: How do Sikhs show commitment?

This unit further develops the knowledge and understanding of Sikhism including worship practices and invites the children to reflect on areas of faith in action in Sikhism.  The content of the unit supports pupils to understand and evaluate concepts such as values (and how they inform religious practice), symbols, commitment and service within Sikhism.  In so doing, the unit also enables pupils to reflect on the significance of these concepts in their 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 learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; working as a group to design a hat, creating zentangle patterns and subsequent prints, painting in the style of impressionist painters and exploring the piece ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper.




Design Technology


In Design Technology, Year 6 children are enjoying creating their automata. Using woodworking materials and skills, pupils construct a window display using an automata mechanism; measuring and cutting their materials, assembling the frame, choosing cams, designing the characters that sit on the followers and also finishing with a foreground and background.




In History this half term, the children are studying the Romans and are looking at the invasion of Britain, the Roman army and why it was so successful, Boudicca and the role she had to play in the development of Britain and the legacy of Roman culture upon Britain.




In Geography, children will be considering whether Rome could be built in a day - a European city study of Italy.

They will consider where in the world it is, being able to name principal cities and consider key physical and human characteristics. The children will also look at geographical similarities and differences of Italy.




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

Think about the story Clockwork. Imagine you are Karl – you must design your own clockwork figure to go in the clock tower of Glockenheim. Be sure to annotate your figure to explain what it does/how it moves and works.

You could make it if you are feeling creative!

Thinking about our PSHE topic ‘Celebrating Differences’ draw an image of yourself and annotate what makes you so special and unique. Think about your physical appearance as well as your personality… remember you are GREAT!

You have been learning all about the human body and the role of key organs like the lungs and heart. Show me what you know… this could include sketches of the body with labelled paragraphs/ 3D models or simply an informative piece of writing.

Research an aspect of the Romans and create a pop up diagram related to it. Think back to the pop ups you did in Y5- slider, box fold, mouth fold, lever, spring.


Write a WWI poem from the point of view of a WWI soldier (first person). It does not have to rhyme if you don’t want it to. Remember to use verses and capitalisation.


Research volcanoes and produce a fact file that includes labelled diagrams.

Could you make a model volcano… maybe even do an eruption at home (with adult supervision) and take a photo!


Produce a piece of work relating to the story of Macbeth e.g. a storyboard, book review, Witches spell etc. How could you present the piece of writing?


Design your own French house. Can you label the different rooms or items within it? You could make a 3D model house using a shoebox and attach labels.


In Design Technology we created our own Automata toys… can you create a different design using similar techniques? Remember the health and safety and ask an adult if required.


Where in the world… what can you tell me about Italy? This could include maps, fact files and any other way to present what you have discovered about where this country is and what it is like.


Create a storyboard for the Christianity Christmas Story.