The sections below detail the curriculum for Year 6 pupils at Hexham Middle School.

Should you wish to know more about the curriculum followed at HMS please contact admin@hexhammiddle.org.uk. Your query will be passed to the relevant Curriculum Leader and we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

Clay

  • 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

Texture

  • Observational drawing
  • Creating texture through rubbings and material overlays.
  • Experimenting with ‘found’ materials to create imagery.
  • Creating large scale mobiles based on drawings.

Autumn 1

Interactive Stories

  • Scratch: Animated Stories

e-Safety: Talking Safety Online

Autumn 2

Spreadsheets

  • Construction and manipulation of spreadsheets.

e-Safety: Super Digital Citizen

Spring 1

Kodu

  • 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

Summer 2

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

Modern Fiction

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

Classic Literature

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

Modern Fiction

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)

Autumn Term

A Child’s War (History)

  • The Blitz
  • Evacuation

How has life changed since 1948? (History/Geography)

  • Rebuilding Britain

Spring Term

Exploring Scandinavia

Vikings vs. Saxons

  • Conflict and resolution (History)

Summer Term

Water World

  • Kielder
  • Cross-curricular links with ‘Blue Planet’

Investigating Rivers

  • Field study (Cockshaw Burn)
  • Links to the Tannery in Hexham (History and Geography) 

Autumn Term

  • Family and descriptions
  • House and home

Spring Term

  • Body parts
  • Monsters
  • Fairy tales

Summer Term

  • Introduction to sport
  • Le Monde Francophone (French-speaking world)

Autumn 1

  • 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

Autumn 2

  • 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

Spring 1

  • 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

Spring 2

  • 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)

Summer 1

  • 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

Summer 2

  • 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

Autumn 1

Keyboard Skills

  • 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

Sequences

  • Compose using sequences (musical patterns).
  • Using pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre.
  • Extended compositional ideas
  • Final performance

Spring 2

Modern

  • Compose a modern piece using sequences.

Summer 1

Time Keeping

  • Exploring musical timings e.g. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8.
  • Composition of individual melodies.

Conducting

  • How to conduct music in a variety of timings.
  • Musical composition in 3/4 time.

Summer 2

Music Notation

  • Written melodies using music notation.

Autumn 1

  • Invasion Games 1:
    • Football
    • Rugby

Autumn 2

  • Run4Fun
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

Spring 1

  • Invasion Games 2:
    • Rugby
    • Hockey

Spring 2

  • Cultural Games:
    • Lacrosse
    • Aussie Rules Football
    • Gaelic Football
    • Handball

Summer 1

  • Orienteering
  • Athletics

Summer 2

  • Striking and Fielding:
    • Cricket
    • Rounders
    • Golf

Autumn 1

Being in my World

This covers understanding rights and responsibilities as a British citizen.

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

This covers racism, cultural difference and bullying.

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

This covers jobs and careers.

Spring 2

Healthy Me

This covers the topics of smoking, alcohol, first aid and body image as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Summer 1

Relationships

This covers getting on and falling out, relationships and technology.

Summer 2

Changing Me

This covers self-image and puberty.

Autumn Term

What is a church?

  • Design a new church/place of worship
  • Visit to Hexham Abbey
  • Research: explore Islamic key religious buildings
  • Cross-curricular links with Geography/History/Design Technology.

Spring Term

What happens when people die?

Easter story

  • The Stations of the Cross explored in the classroom and in research.
  • Stations put up in Fellside Hall

Summer Term

Stories of Christianity

  • Research: explore the meaning and significance of one Islamic story and present findings.

Autumn 1

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.

Autumn 2

Light

  • Exploring the way in which light behaves, including light sources, reflection and shadows.

Spring 1

Electricity

  • Constructing simple series circuits.
  • Represent a simple circuit in a diagram using recognised symbols.

Spring 2

Light/Electricity

  • Combining skills and knowledge of light and electricity.

Summer 1

Classification

  • Classification of animals into commonly found invertebrates and vertebrates.
  • The Linnaean classification system.

Summer 2

Evolution

  • Evolution
  • Selective and cross breeding.
  • Adaptations