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Year 6 - Topic Overview


Amethyst Class                                          

Teacher: Mrs Moore and Mrs Cutting

TA: Mrs Lejeune

Violet Class

Teacher: Miss Dowling

HLTA: Mrs Barlow



TERM 1 - Darwin's Delights


Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the world’s oceans? Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy à Explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands and become inspired by their natural beauty and unique eco-system, before enjoying traditional fables about well-known animals. Create your own fable, including anthropomorphism, and then write a non-fiction report to explain the truth behind the myth! Embark on a journey to Down House: The Home of Charles Darwin and recount a typical day for our favourite explorer, then tackle plastic pollution with Greta Thunberg, as we write persuasive letters about the future of our planet.

Maths à Secure our number understanding as we revisit place value, rounding, positive and negative numbers, the four operations and are introduced to algebra.

Science à Learn about how scientists develop theories and understand the world around them, by exploring fossils and looking at the clues they present to us from the past. Take a look at genetics and inheritance, and see if you can spot the similarities you share with your family members. Discover more about Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection by conducting your very own investigation about beaks!

Geography and History à Travel with us around the world to the vibrant continent of South America, visiting the Galapagos Islands located in the Pacific Ocean and build upon your map reading skills.  Then venture back in time to the Victorian era and explore sources to discover more about this pivotal period in British history, as well as learning more about the life and times of Darwin.

Art à Look at the colour wheel in depth and make choices about colour combinations that you will use within your unique artwork inspired by nature. Develop your watercolour skills and use clay techniques to recreate a Darwin-themed sculpture.

Computing à Use Microsoft Publisher to create an informative booklet all about Charles Darwin! Become familiar with the functions of Publisher, research information with accuracy and learn how to scan and insert pictures and other tools.



TERM 2 - Frozen Kingdom


Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.

Wrap up well, everyone and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time…

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy à Inspired by our Residential to PGL, create a scrapbook all about your amazing adventure, before we embark on a turbulent journey across the Atlantic on the HMS Titanic…

Maths à Build upon your Year 5 knowledge as we dive into our Fractions, Decimals and Percentages learning this term!

Science à Learn how polar animals have adapted to their environments. Create your own complex Antarctic food webs before looking at the classification system and comparing the World’s poles.

History & Geography à Begin by exploring the world’s biomes and continents before packing your bags and heading on an Antarctic expedition with your classmates. Will you be prepared enough to tackle the hostility of the poles? Dive back in time to 1901 and reveal the secrets of the Antarctic learnt from Captain Robert F. Scott’s expedition.

Art and Design Technology à Design and create a block printing plate inspired by Inuit Artwork. Then use the TASC wheel to create your own polar-themed diorama using different medias. 

Computing à Work as a team to investigate research and present a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on a country from the Arctic Circle and be prepared to review how your peers did with their presenting skills!

Music à Discuss the dimensions of music using Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ before listening to and evaluating modern compositions and scores for effect. Create a music board and compose a musical score for a cheeky, thieving penguin. 


TERM 3 and 4 - A Child's War


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson Shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territories. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sank ships.

Subjects covered in this topic.


Literacy à Transport back in time to the middle of 1940 and learn the importance of rationing by creating, evaluating and writing instructions for your very own eggless sponge or ‘Dig for Victory’ garden. Help an evacuee prepare for their new experiences as they are evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Travel over to wartime Germany and meet young Rose Blanche, discovering how her life changes when war arrives in her town.

Hop on over back to the English countryside and join William and Tom in the well-loved novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Create play scripts, persuasive letters and diary entries which retell their beloved time together.

Maths à Begin your Geometry adventure as we look at: area, perimeter, volume, units of measure (length, weight and capacity) and ratio and proportion. Practice quick arithmetic skills and embed your four operations skills.

Continue on your geometry journey with 2D and 3D shapes, nets, co-ordinates, properties of circles, translation, rotation, reflection and symmetry. All whilst still practising our multiplication tables and mental arithmetic skills.

Science à Start with learning about electric currents within a circuit. Make scientific prediction and test them and learn about how electricity is generated and used in everyday appliances. How do we admire the amazing world around us? Light of course! Learn about how light behaves and travels and how our incredible eyes and brain are able to see.

Geography & History à We begin by looking at key wartime figures from across the world and the important events that took place throughout World War II. We will: look at the machinery that both the ‘Allies’ and ‘Axis’ powers used; use primary and secondary sources to discover information about the Battle of Britain; report on the events of Pearl Harbour; become wartime spies; undertake a geographical study of Warsaw, Poland and how the war changed this city; and finally learn about the D-day landings and the events which led to the end of the war.

Computing à We will use a variety of programmes across the term to enhance both our Topic learning and our navigation, research and computing skills.

Artà Design your own propaganda poster and moving images that capture war related scenes using a variety of medias.

PSHE à Empathise with people from the war as we look at different moral values that helped people to cope during and after the war. See how these values are still applicable in our daily lives and become a mindful citizen in our school.

Music à Turn on your wireless and sing along to Dame Vera Lynne, The Andrews Sisters and of course - soldier favourite - ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’. Warm up your vocals and stand to attention as we serenade Hawkinge House with our nostalgic performance.


TERM 5 - Hola Mexico!


Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country. From its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals. Discover the mysterious world of the ancient Maya civilisation. Have you got what it takes to be a chief? Let’s find out…

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy à Become inspired by the tastes and sounds of Mexico as you create your own free verse poem. Embrace the amazing Mexican festival of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ with the Rivera family, using the film Coco to create flashback narratives. Draft a persuasive travel brochure to one of the world’s most picturesque destinations. Learn about the Coffee Vs Gangs initiative that helps Hondurans get off the street and onto coffee farms.

Maths à Learn about the inventors of 0 as you decode the Maya number system. Master your Maths learning as we revisit our Stage 6 objectives and apply them to problem solving and investigative work, polishing our understanding of key concepts ready for Secondary School.

Geography & Historyà Jump into Google Maps and explore Central America and the key landmarks of the Ancient Maya civilisation. Use a range of sources to uncover the past learning about: Maya beliefs and Gods, social classes and daily life, important historical landmarks, Maya inventions and sports, and native animals to the countries of the continent.

Music à Absorb yourself in the dramatic tones of El Jarabe Tapatio and the playful uplifting Spanish sounds of La Cucaracha as we listens carefully to sounds and instruments that make up two very different musical scores. 

Design and Technology à Activate your tastebuds by experimenting with the tastes and smells of Mexico! Immerse yourself in the delectable delicacies of Mexican cuisine by: making your own guacamole and salsa; adapting a traditional recipe to create a Mexican sweet treat; and experimenting with vegetarian recipes when producing Mexican bean burgers.

Computing à Become a Google Map Master and locate points from their latitude and longitude co-ordinates. Where will you end up?


TERM 6 - Blood Heart


Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry… blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons don’t be squeamish and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat… what makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.

Subjects covered in this topic.


Literacy à Bring all your Literacy skills into your most important piece of writing, an autobiography all about you! Report upon the dangers of smoking and participate in a discursive debate about whether the Government are doing enough to stop smoking.

Maths à Master your Maths learning as we revisit our Stage 6 objectives and apply them to problem solving and investigative work, polishing our understanding of key concepts ready for Secondary School.

Science à Pump! Blood! Use song and drama to learn about the circulatory system of the body, learning the components of this system - including our heart - and how they work together to keep us alive. Reflect on a healthy lifestyle and discover the 8 main blood groups in an exciting, hands-on lesson (N.B. No creatures or children will be harmed in the name of Science.)

Topic à Research the life and time of William Harvey, finding out about his life work and how it has impacted people today. Understand the effects of drugs on the human body and how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Monitor your own cardio activity through different cardio tasks.

Computing à Crack codes, debug algorithms and become a keyboard genius with ‘Code Combat’. Can you escape the castle?



Curriculum Overview