Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Staincliffe C of E Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy

Year 6

Teachers - Mr Tiplady, Miss Thomas and Miss Wilby.

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Shaffi, Mrs Zaman, Miss Latif.

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 link below.

Year 6 Long term plan 2021-2022.


To look back at the work your child covered last term, click on the link for the Year 6 Autumn term overview.

Year 6 Autumn term overview 2021.



Over the course of the Spring Term, the children will learn about: Perimeter, Area and Volume, calculating with fractions, negative numbers, mental and written methods involving the 4 number operations, the order of operations (inc. BODMAS), simple formulae, reflections and translations, problems involving measures, interpreting data, consolidating on understanding and plugging gaps. The children will also be taking regular arithmetic and reasoning tests to prepare for SATs. 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 where and whenever required.



Literacy: Children will be looking at a diverse range of texts this term. Half of the term will be taken up looking at texts about monsters, in particular the famous Old English epic poem Beowulf. There will be opportunities to write a narrative, a non-chronological report and a biography. Formal letters of complaint will also be written. We will then be looking at a text about Ernest Shackleton, the famous Antarctic explorer. Work will include researching a member of Shackleton’s crew and then presenting the information, writing a personal statement and an acceptance letter and producing a motivational speech which demonstrates the qualities needed to be a true leader of men. 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.


Guided Reading

Over this Spring term, Guided Reading will cover a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types such as mysteries, non-chronological reports and leaflets. In Guided Reading, we teach the children how to develop a range of skills (as shown by our VIPERS below). As well as this, children will be regularly completing SATs style questions in class in order to prepare for their SATs test this year – a large part of this will involve encouraging the children to skim and scan texts to find answers more quickly and answer questions with the appropriate amount of detail needed in order to gain the marks. In order to aid the children’s reading development, they are expected to read three times a week at home.

We will look at the following texts in Spring 1: The Asrai; The Wizard of Menlow Park; and The Bermuda Triangle.

We will look at the following texts in Spring 2:  Curse of Cogston House (part 1); Urban Wildlife Trust; Treasure Island; and Curse of Cogston House (part 2)


PE- Physical Education

In Spring Term 1, Year 6 children will be developing their social skills in the lessons. They will learn to show patience and support others, cooperate well with others and give helpful feedback and will have opportunities to give and receive sensitive feedback to improve themselves and others. The children will do this through various small team games such as ‘River Crossing’ and ‘Kabadi’ which will involve a lot of communication and working collaboratively. As well as this, the children have been taking part in various level challenges to help improve their balancing skills.

In Spring Term 2, after half term, the children will be working on improving their physical ability to be able to perform and repeat sequences with clear shapes and controlled movements, to perform a variety of movements and skills with good body tension and will hopefully use a combination of skills confidently in specific contexts. They will develop these skills through a game called ‘Jumpball’ where they work in small teams in an attempt to knock their opponent’s 3 ‘target balls’ off the cones using their ‘team balls’. They will also have the opportunity to build on these skills through specific skill practice sessions. 



Initially in Spring 1, children will be continuing to look at Living Things and their Habitats as they will complete a practical experiment involving sampling different environments for different plants species. This Science unit has had a heavy focus on variety within a species and classifying plants and animals based on their characteristics. This knowledge will be used as a foundation for unit.   

When this experiment is complete, children will then move on to look at Evolution and Inheritance. This involves the children looking at Darwin’s theory of evolution and understanding what fossils are and how they help us to track changes across millennia. Children will also continue to think about the adaptations of animals and how this may drive evolution. We will discuss how the characteristics we have are determined by the DNA we inherit from our parents and why we may inherit certain genes. Finally, we will cover Life Cycles.  This unit will be continued over the remainder of Spring 1 and for the rest of Spring 2.



In the first half term we are looking 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. 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.

After the holidays the children will 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.


PSHE- 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.


RE- 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 skills

This term, in Art, Year 6 will develop their skills in art and design. Their topic is ‘Make my Voice Heard’ where they will be exploring art with a message. Children look at the famous ‘Guernica’ by Picasso and the confronting works of Käthe Kollwitz and through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture.



In Music we will be looking at ‘Classroom Jazz 1’ where the children will be considering Jazz and improvisation and Swing. The children will listen to four different pieces of music- Desafinado by Stan Getz (swing),  Cotton Tail by Ben Webster, 5 Note Swing by Ian Gray and Perdido by Woody Herman. The children will practice various musical skills starting with listening and appraising to music, moving on to playing an instrument then finishing with performing and sharing with others. We can’t wait to hear what the children create!


DT- 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 plan view and also get creative with their use of natural features and cladding for their structures



In Geography, for the first half of the term, we will be looking at modern Italy as a contrasting European country. Work will focus on the landscape, climate and the culture of Italy as well as a brief study of flora and fauna. Children will be completing map work, identifying major cities and regions, looking at physical geography and also human geography (land use, trade, industry and leisure). There will be some cross curricular cross over with literacy work when we undertake a short study of volcanoes (including Mt. Vesuvius).



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 half 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.