The sections below detail the curriculum for Year 6 pupils at Hexham Middle School.
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Autumn 1 & Autumn 2
- Understanding form.
- Introduction to working as a sculptor.
- Joins in clay.
- Firing and glazing ceramics.
- Creating a creature model.
Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1 & Summer 2
- Observational drawing
- Creating texture through rubbings and material overlays.
- Experimenting with ‘found’ materials to create imagery.
- Creating large scale mobiles based on drawings.
- Scratch: Animated Stories
e-Safety: Talking Safety Online
- Construction and manipulation of spreadsheets.
e-Safety: Super Digital Citizen
- Using Kodu to understand visual programming and how to use the Kodu programming language.
e-Safety: Privacy Rules
Spring 2 & Summer 1
Creating Your Own Game
- Game designing and problem solving skills.
e-Safety: What’s Cyberbullying / Selling Stereotypes
Using and Applying Skills
- A combined project utilising a range of different software linking with the Explore topic.
e-Safety: Selling Stereotypes (continued)
- Preparing and cooking savoury dishes, using a range of cooking techniques.
- A healthy and varied diet.
- How ingredients are grown, caught, reared and processed.
- Food hygiene and safety in the kitchen.
- The Eatwell Plate.
- Simple sensory analysis.
- Basic knife and cooking skills.
- Cooking a variety of complex dishes.
- The importance of fibre in our diet.
- How ingredients are sourced and produced.
- Seasonality and sensory analysis of selected produce.
Autumn 1 & Autumn 2
The Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall
- Persuasive writing – evacuation leaflet
- Recount – diary entry
- Narrative – writing in role
- Propaganda poster, persuasive speech
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG): Revision of Year 5 objectives, verb tenses, types of noun, pronouns, apostrophes, subjunctive mood.
Spring 1 & Spring 2
Extracts from: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, The Jungle Book, Frankenstein
- Reading comprehension including questions testing literal understanding, inference and deduction, recognition of authorial intent.
SPaG: Determiners, types of pronoun, active and passive voice.
Summer 1 & Summer 2
Wonder by RJ Palacio
- Narrative – descriptive writing, creation of an informative leaflet, writing from alternative perspectives, creation and performance of playscripts in role.
SATs revision of all KS2 SPAG coverage (Years 3-6)
A Child’s War
- The life of an evacuee
- The Second World War: key dates
- The geography of Europe
- The coastline of Britain
- The Blitz
A Child’s War
- Rebuilding Britain: cities of the UK
- The story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust
- An introduction to German
- Victorian Britain
- Victorian schooling
- Change-makers of Victorian times
- Cities and transport
- French – towns, homes and furniture
- Baghdad – Ancient Islam
- Development of Dubai
- The history of computing
- French – countries and nationalities
- Local geography
- Social reformers
- The history of science
- French – avoir and etre
- Study of the life and work of Charles Darwin.
- Introduction to Japanese
- Place value to 10,000,000
- Ordering and rounding
- Calculating with negative numbers
- Four operations: fluency in calculations, multi-step problem solving
- Order of operations
- Common multiples, factors and prime numbers
- Identifying parts of a circle and calculating missing angles
- Fractions: simplifying, ordering, fraction sequences, adding and subtracting, multiplying, dividing, working with mixed numbers
- Four operations with decimals and calculating with percentages
- Measurement: perimeter and area including triangles and parallelograms
- Converting units of measurement including miles and km
- Volume of cubes and cuboids
- Algebra: linear sequences, use of formulae, equations and variables
- Ratio and proportion including scale factor
- Statistics: interpreting and constructing pie charts and line graphs
- Calculating the mean as an average
- Angles and coordinates in all four quadrants: finding missing coordinates (reasoning)
- Geometry: translating shapes, describing properties and working with nets
- Preparation for End of Key Stage Assessments
- Key Stage 2 SATs (May)
- Perimeter and area: functional skills project
- Measures and statistics: interpreting and constructing scatter graphs
- Design a new board game: team project
- Problem solving, reasoning and investigative mathematics: preparing for Maths in Key Stage 3
- Keyboard skills course to advance keyboard skills to include rhythmic accompaniment and chords.
- Composition and performance
- Listening, theory and skills tests.
Autumn 2 & Spring 1
- Compose using sequences (musical patterns).
- Using pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre.
- Extended compositional ideas
- Final performance
- Compose a modern piece using sequences.
- Exploring musical timings e.g. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8.
- Composition of individual melodies.
- How to conduct music in a variety of timings.
- Musical composition in 3/4 time.
- Written melodies using music notation.
- Invasion Games 1:
- Invasion Games 2:
- Cultural Games:
- Aussie Rules Football
- Gaelic Football
- Striking and Fielding:
What is Judaism?
- What does it mean to be Jewish?
What does it mean to be a Hindu?
- Hindu Gods
- Caste System
- Rama & Sita
What is the importance of prayer in religious faith?
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Common prayer
- Prayers from other world religions
- Buddhist prayer flags
What does it mean to be a Muslim?
- Five Pillars
- Social justice
- Humanitarianism and aid organisations
What does it mean to be part of a community?
- What is a community?
- Community cohesion
Animals Including Humans
- The main body parts and internal organs (skeletal, muscular and digestive system.)
- How the circulatory system works.
- How to keep our bodies healthy.
- Exploring the way in which light behaves, including light sources, reflection and shadows.
- Constructing simple series circuits.
- Represent a simple circuit in a diagram using recognised symbols.
- Combining skills and knowledge of light and electricity.
- Classification of animals into commonly found invertebrates and vertebrates.
- The Linnaean classification system.
- Selective and cross breeding.