Year 6

Yearly Overview  Year 6

World War 2

Game Changers

Shockwaves and Lava


Beginning a new journey

Question Who were the real heroes and villains of WW2? How do natural disasters impact the earth?

What significance did Pompeii have in changing lives forever?

Is life always better on the other side?

Did your social class affect your time on the Titanic?

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Off curriculum units Book Unit

The Journey

See route planner.

      Kensuke’s Kingdom

Setting description

  SATS! Transition unit- Moving on

Relate to current affairs (Syria, immigaration)

eTwinning       Collaborate with Mr Underwood in Hong Kong to create project work around this topic.        



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

  The Enemy Airman

Writing a historical narrative

 The Diary of Anne Frank

Write an autobiography/biography alongside blogging a diary

Most recent earthquake in Italy – newspaper report. Volcanic Panic

Write an adventure story

Individual writing pieces

-Lava Monster

– How to survive instructions

Titanic – Diary (survivor case study)

Victorian setting description


  See more detailed planning documents and route maps.



See individual year group progressions and planning documents.



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding


Research, investigate, experiment and



Use idea that light travels in straight lines


Explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.



Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit


Compare and give reasons for variations in components function.


Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Evolution and Inheritance


Recognise that things can change and that fossils provide information about the past


Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Living Things and their habitats.


Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and difference


give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

Animals including humans


Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood


Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.

Changing Materials.


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Why did WW2 start?   Debate ‘Why was Hitler a hero to some?’

How did the Blitz affect London?

How did the war affect Britain (jobs rationing, evacuation, homefront)


Locate WW2 within British History

Notice connections to prior events (WW1)






Who was Anne Frank and why was she considered a hero?

Was Ottofrank the real hero?  Was breaking the law the right thing to do?


Timeline: understanding significant events in history.

Note connections, contrasts and trends over time.

Devise historically valid questions


Shock waves and Lava

History of Pompeii

Study  significant disaster zones (Nepal)

Why is Mount Vesuvius a ‘Game Changer?’  Compare earthquakes and volcanoes – which has the most ability to ‘change the game?’


History of Pompeii

–          Study a range of primary and secondary sources

Create historically valid questions.

Did your social class affect your time on the Titanic?


Case studies of peoples, comparing the different classes – jobs, home life, schooling, education.

Reasons why people boarded the Titanic.

Why is it so significant?


Locate Victorians  within British History

-Notice connections to prior events

-Study a range of primary and secondary sources

-Create historically valid questions




Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Map skills

Study the journey that Germany took to invade.

Compare the countries views.

Map work: locating battle and route through Europe.


Locate countries, use maps, keys, coordinates confidently.

  Map skills and coordinates of key geographical features.

Research project based around the questioning.  Audience to present to paired school.


Study longitude and latitude of volcanoes and earth quakes

Study of oceans and mountains

Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn

Where are the tectonic plates situated?

  Map out the journey of the Titanic – where it docked from and to.

Study the coordinates of the sea where the Titanic sailed.

Study Icebergs (link to maths)


Mathematical skills – size and scale – impact these could have to cause danger.

Use coordinates, keys, maps, locate significant areas in the sea.



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Blitz sketch merged scene


Sketching and pencil techniques


TASC wheel – to prepare a WW2 meal (as maths project) which links to rationing.


(see detailed maths planning project)

Learning cooking skills.

  Mood boards to represent volcanic eruption or earthquake



Tone and colour

Texture of materials


Can you create a volcanic inspired picture?



Tone and colour Texture of materials

Oil pastels: blending/ watercolour

  TASC wheel – large model of the Titanic.


Pencil sketching and shading

Looking at tone and colours


Tone and colour Texture of materials

Oil pastels: blending


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding



Tasc wheel- in addition to the cooking, the children can design and make a rag rug using authentic materials.


Learn how to weave using scrap materials to create a rag rug.  Braiding skills.

TASC- Can you create an exploding volcano?



Research- how does a volcano erupt?

Evaluate   and compare designs

Gather, organise materials , design and construct volcano

SCIENCE- erupt using chemicals

  TASC wheel – large model of the Titanic.

3D models, blue prints, materials

Evaluate and , compare designs

.Gather, organise, design, and construct 


ICT   We are app planners We are project managers We are market researchers We are interface designers We are app developers We are marketers
Skills, Knowledge, Understanding   See rising stars programme of study See rising stars programme of study See rising stars programme of study See rising stars programme of study See rising stars programme of study See rising stars programme of study


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Music that creates suspense and tells a story of events.

Blitz composition

Link to ICT?


Evaluating rhythm, beat, tempo and the impact it has on the audience. Composition and effect. Performing using a range of musical instruments.


Add to when spoken to coordinator.


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding Running, jumping, shooting, dribbling and passing.              


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Christianity and Judaism

Religion during World War Two


Raising questions and studying sources to find answers.

Non-Religious beliefs

Humanism and Atheism

My belief

Answering the BIG questions

Religious, Spiritual and Moral expression

Raising questions and studying sources to find answers.

SMSC Focus on the persecution and segregation of the Jewish community during ww2.   Focus on emotion and empathy demonstrated by communities of natural disasters   Real Love Rocks

–          Bundling healthy relationships

–          Grooming

–          Online safety

–          Keeping safe