Year 6

In Upper Key Stage 2 there is a greater focus on more formal learning and recording in lessons. Children continue to read daily in school with an emphasis on developing comprehension, deduction and inference skills. Most children will now be free readers and will continue to take home high quality texts to read. They also continue to have daily lessons in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), English and maths, with a greater focus on the accuracy and length of their writing and on their ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems.

Towards the end of Year 6, children will complete National Curriculum Tests in Reading, Maths and SPaG, which are marked externally. They will also have their pieces of writing from throughout the year formally assessed. The scores that children achieve are collated by Lambeth and are used to compare schools both locally and nationally. You will receive your child’s National Curriculum Test results in their end of year report. Children have plenty of opportunities throughout Key Stage 2 to prepare them for these formal tests.

We have a topic-based approach and make creative cross-curricular links through each topic, where appropriate. Every term children learn skills in Science, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, PSHE and Citizenship, RE, P.E, Computing, Music and Spanish. The units that children in Year 6 will be studying this year are shown in the table at the bottom of the page. Through the year, the curriculum is enriched through a range of educational trips and visits. Further information about what children are studying is sent to families in a Curriculum Newsletter every term.

In Upper Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to attend regular cricket and computing lessons at the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre at the Kia Oval. For children who wish to continue to play an instrument, this is offered through London Music Masters, and many of our pupils continue to receive violin tuition throughout Key Stage 2.

Upper Key Stage 2

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Personal focus



Science Year 5 – Forces

Science Year 6 – Evolution and inheritance

Geography – Local people and their legacy (BHM focus)

History – BHM person of impact from history

Art and design – Famous fashions (collage)

Design and technology - Invention challenge (what is my legacy?)

Computing – E-safety

Music Year 5 – Don’t Stop Believin’ (Charanga)

Music Year 6 – Livin’ On a Prayer (Charanga)

P.E. – Dance

Spanish Year 5 – Buildings and directions

Spanish Year 6 – Classroom routines, simple negative

R.E – Rules for living

PSHE and citizenship – new beginnings

My Footprint

Science Year 5 – Sound

Science Year 6 – Animals, including humans

Geography – My footprint (environmental focus)

History – Energy through the ages

Art and design – Environmental art (sculpture)

Design and technology – Eco-friendly buildings (study and design adaptations for the school)

Computing - Computational Thinking 1; coding

Music Year 5 – A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten (Charanga)

Music Year 6 – Urban Gospel, Benjamin Britten(Charanga)

P.E. – Gym sequences

Spanish Year 5 – Places/days of the week

Spanish Year 6 – Clothes/expressing opinions

R.E – Human responsibility for the environment

PSHE and citizenship – say no to bullying


Spring Term 3

Spring Term 4

Local focus



Science Year 5 – Properties and changes of materials

Science Year 6 – Light

Geography – volcanoes

History – World War 1 (link to English – War Horse)

Art and design – Propaganda art movement (painting)

Design and technology - poppies

Computing – Multimedia

Music Year 5 – Classroom Jazz 1 (Charanga)

Music Year 6 – Classroom Jazz 2 (Charanga)

P.E. – Striking and fielding

Spanish Year 5 – Hobbies/future tense

Spanish Year 6 – Family/adjectives

R.E – Celebrations related to key figures

PSHE and citizenship – Going for Goals/Persistence

Life After Conflict

Science Year 5 –Science Week - Space

Science Year 6 – Living things and their habitats (prep for NC tests)

Geography – focus on displacement of people

History – refugees

Art and design – Giacometti ‘Post War Trauma’ (Drawing)

Design and technology – design and make a blanket (to donate)

Computing – Computational thinking (part 2)

Music Year 5 – Benjamin Britten, A Tragic Story (Charanga)

Music Year 6 – Fresh Prince of Belair (Charanga)

P.E. – Athletics/young olympian

Spanish Year 5 – Fruit/food

Spanish Year 6 – Home

R.E – Expressing Faith in art, drama and song

PSHE and citizenship – Getting on and falling out


Summer Term 5

Summer Term 6

Global focus



Science Year 5 – Earth and space

Science Year 6 – Electricity (prep for NC tests)

Geography – focus on the Persian empire

History – focus on the Persian empire

Art and design – Persian patterns (printing)

Design and technology – design and make a mosaic (Islamic art)

Computing – Internet, networks and web; IT in the world (2 short units) links to Global focus

Music Year 5 – Stop! (Charanga)

Music Year 6 – Make You Feel My Love (Charanga)

P.E. – Pilates

Spanish Year 5 – Sports/Easter

Spanish Year 6 – Jobs/Easter

R.E – Ideas about God

PSHE and citizenship – Good to be me

How Other People Live

(Country focus: South Africa)

Science Year 5 – Living things and their habitats/Animals including humans

Science Year 6 – Living things and their habitats (prep for NC tests)

Geography – South Africa

History – Nelson Mandela

Art and design – Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets (textiles)

Design and technology – Enterprise

Computing – Multimedia - Sports and healthy living

Music Year 5 – Reflect, Rewind and Replay (Charanga) + Performance

Music Year 6 – End of Year Performance

P.E. – Net games

Spanish Year 5 – Breakfast/ingredients

Spanish Year 6 – Requests/furniture

R.E – Leaders in religious communities

PSHE and citizenship - SRE