Year 6

Year 6 Curriculum


At Scotch Orchard Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Within our English lessons, we ensure that children ‘write for a purpose’ and focus on one writing genre each half term

We have a book-led English curriculum with challenging and engaging texts used in all Key Stages. This includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day and book fairs to further enrich our English curriculum. We also have Reading Cafe sessions throughout the year for our KS2 pupils. 


In Key Stage 2, Scholastic Reading Pro is used to ensure children are reading a range of books appropriate to their individual lexile level.  Shared reading takes place within English lessons to provide enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also regularly share stories with the class, displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader. 


At Scotch Orchard, we believe that every child should have access to high-quality maths education through a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school coherence that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering Maths. Our aim is to develop confident mathematicians who acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

We use ‘Power Maths’ to support us in ensuring children are proficient in their ability to fluently recall facts and prior knowledge, reason confidently and problem-solve independently. Children spend time becoming true masters of content: applying and justifying their knowledge in multiple ways.

Overview of Year 6 content:

Foundation Subjects

ScienceEvolution & Inheritance  Light ElectricityLiving Things & their Habitats Animals, including Humans
HistoryHow was Britain affected by World War 1?

Black History Month: Martin Luther King
How was Britain affected by World War 2?How did Britain recover from World War 2?

Local History Study: How was Lichfield effected by The Civil War?
GeographySouth America: Human & Physical CharacteristicsSouth America – Brazil: Biomes & Vegetation beltsSouth America – Brazil: Distribution of natural resources and economic activity
ComputingInternet communication

Variables in games

Introduction to spreadsheets
3D modelling


P.EHockey – Outdoor Adventurous ActivitiesFootball – GymnasticsAthletics – Rounders
MFLFood and lifestyle
Y6 mastery of conversation
Surviving in France: transactional languageLife in other Francophone countries
MusicHow does music bring us together?
BBC ten pieces: Lark Ascending
How much does music connect us to our past?

BBC ten pieces: Anna Meredith
How does music improve our world?

BBC ten pieces: West Side Story
REInvestigate ceremonies associated with joining or belonging to a faith and talk about commitment

Explore the meaning of stories from religious sources and reflect on the significance of key phrases
Find out about the activities of a local religious community and make links with key teachings

Make links between belief and action and reflect how this might have local, national and international impact
Raise questions about issues which cause people to wonder and investigate answers found in religious writings and teachings

Investigate stories about God’s relationship with people and suggest how, for some, this helps them make sense of life
ArtDrawing with perspective, light and shadowAcrylic and watercolour paint techniquesSculpture using a framework
DTTextiles: using CAD and combining different fabric shapesElectrical systems: cams, pulleys and gearsFood: celebrating culture and seasonality