Staincliffe CE Junior School

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, Mrs Shaikh

Below is the SPRING TERM overview - this covers everything that your child will be working on throughout the spring 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 - 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 Spring term, the children will learn about: Perimeter and area, Area and volume, Fractions, decimals and percentages, Negative numbers, Mental and written methods including money and decimals (4 operations), Order of operations, Simple Formulae, Reflections and Translations and Problems involving measures. The children will also be taking the second set of assessment and practice tests.




In Literacy, the Children will be looking at the novel ‘Beowulf’ drawing ideas from different versions. They will write a non-chronological report about one of the characters from the text as well as writing a descriptive fight scene, attempting to build tension and suspense.  The children will develop their complaining skills, writing a formal letter of complaint about monsters.  Later in the term, we will be reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ where the children will write a motivational speech to encourage people to join the expedition, giving reasons why.




Physical Education


In Spring Term 1, Year 6 children will be developing their cognitive skills in the lessons by being taught how to use their awareness of space/others to make good decisions and to understand ways (criteria) to judge performance. They will do this by improving their balance and coordination skills through specific drills designed to target these areas and by applying these skills to games such as 'Dodgeball' and 'Beanbag Raid'.

In Spring Term 2, the children will be working on their physical skills. They will develop and apply their jumping and landing and one leg balance through focused skill development sessions, modified/ non-traditional games and sports and healthy competition.




In the Spring term, the children will be looking at Evolution and Inheritance. They will look at the fact that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. The children will recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. They will also identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.




Foreign Languages 


In French this term 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.




In the Spring term we are looking at Text Adventures. We will move on to 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.




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 Spring Term 1 our topic will be ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will look at how to set realistic yet challenging goals for ourselves and how we can stay motivated to achieve these. During this piece, we will also identify problems in the world that concern us and work together to find ways to make the world a better place.

In the second half term our PSHE topic will be ‘Healthy Me’. In this piece we will look at how we can take responsibility for our health and make choices that benefit our health and well-being. We will also understand why some people might make the wrong choices for their well-being and how we can help them.



Religious Education


Over the Spring term the children will be exploring the question:

What do Christians believe about Jesus’ death and resurrection?

This unit we are looking at the Christianity and understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will explore: Palm Sunday and the link to kingship; Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper; Good Friday and the crucifixion; Easter day and the empty tomb. The children will explore stories from the Gospels around Holy Week and the Easter story, and study the celebrations of Jesus’ death and resurrection, in an attempt to explain links between scripture sources and Christian beliefs.


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: exploring art with a message, looking at the works of Pablo Picasso and Käthe Kollwitz and through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture, creating artworks with a message.




Design Technology


This topic draws upon pupils’ skills and knowledge of structures, challenging them to design and create a model of a new playground featuring five apparatus, made from three different structures. Creating a footprint as the base, pupils can practise visualising objects in a plan view and also get creative with their use of natural features and cladding for their structures.




In History this half term, the children are going to be conducting an in-depth local history study. The study will focus on the area around Staincliffe and look at how historical events are significant or reflected in the locality of Batley and its surrounding areas.




In Geography, children will be looking at the question ’Why do oceans matter?’ This unit looks at the water cycle, how the ocean is crucial for human activity and how humans can help to support the ocean. They will continue to develop their geography skills: locating physical features on maps, using atlases, globes and digital mapping as well as applying maths skills by creating graphs.




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.