Year 6 Long Term Plan

Year 6 2016/17 All About Us Light and Fire Our World Water and Ice Great Moments Power and Energy
Topic Title Industry in Bradford Light and Time Classification Environmentalism Great Voyages Technology
Science Health and Lifestyles
Children find out about the circulatory systems in humans and recognise the impact of diet and lifestyle on the ways their bodies function. 
Light and shadows The eye
The children learn about the properties of light and how our eyes depend on it for sight.
Classification of plants and animals
Children learn about how and why animals are classified in a variety of ways.
Children investigate the effects of a range of different pollutants.
Darwin Evolution and Adaptation
Children learn that living things have changed over time and how fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
Children learn about how circuits are put together and analyse the success of different circuits
Science investigation Heart rates
Children ask and answer questions about their resting heart rates.
Light carousel
The children look a number of short investigations that aim to develop their inquiry skills.
Children investigate the best ways to make circuits for specific purposes.
History Industrial revolution in Bradford The development of light technology
Children learn about how light sources have developed over time.
Children learn about the notable achievements of Karl Linnaeus.
Pollution Incidents
Children look at a number of famous and important pollution incidents from history.
Darwin’s voyages
Children learn about Charles Darwin and the significance of his voyages.
The  Industrial revolution to the technological revolution
The children learn about how technology has changed over time especially over the last 100 years.
Geography UK cities, regions and features Time zones
The children use a range of maps and atlases to identify the position and significance of the topics and lines of longitude and latitude.
Children learn about biomes and their key attributes. The children model the different biomes found on Earth.
Hemispheres and poles, global warming and water pollution
The children identify the position of the polar regions and use maps and atlases to identify the features of these places.
Great Voyages and world geography
Children name and locate the countries and continents of the world associated with some of life’s great journeys.
World industry and trade links
Children look at how land use differs around the world and how it has changed over time.
Computing e-Safety
Children learn about how to keep themselves safe online and what it is and is not acceptable to share on the internet.
Children use modelling programmes to create representations of real life objects.
Computer Science
Children create and debug programmes involving sensors.  
The children use computers and computer programmes to help them model and predict outcomes.
Satellite mapping


Art and Design Self Portraits
Children combine different mediums to create split self-portraits.
Light and fire
Children experiment with colour and media to create still life pictures of light and fire.
Biomes collage
Children use collage to create representations of biomes
Water and ice
The children use ice and water to create interesting effects in paint.
Observational drawing
Children emulate Darwin and make realistic representation of animals and plants.
Lowry and Industrial landscapes
Children use technology to help them to create cityscapes in the Lowry style.
Design and Technology Healthy Food Periscopes
Children design and build periscopes that use mirrors to change the direction of light.
Pressing plants


Water power
Water sanitisation
Children develop and understanding of how mechanical systems are used in purifying water.
Vessels with sails
Children plan, make and design a method of water transport.
Design energy saving gadgets
Opportunities for English  Handwriting


Re-telling a known story (The Magician’s Nephew)


Children use their science to help them write reports about what they have found out.

Children think about how to build suspense in story openers.

Persuasive texts on why water is important.Letters to local businesses.Fiction
Create atmosphere using a range of sentence types.
Writing stories based on the virtual excursion to the Epic Citadel. Non-fiction
Opportunities for Mathematics Number and place value

Mental Maths Strategies

Time, speed


Area, biomass Measurement Large numbers, indices Measurement of heat, energy and force
RE Keeping fit   Initiation rites   Special People  



Children develop their understanding of French greetings and combine phrases into simple conversations.


Children look at French classroom instruction and use them in context .

Colours and Countries

Children learn more about French colours and the names of counties.

Where do we live?

Children develop conversations relating to where and how we live.


Children think about how they can use holiday vocabulary in simple conversations.


Children think about how to discuss which occupations they would like to do in French.



Sports Hall Athletics

Children take part in a variety of modified track and field activities. Some children will take part in competitions against other schools.

Tag Rugby

Children play Tag Rugby thinking about the key elements of ball control, communication and movement.


The children experiment with movement and balance.

Rubbish dance   Invasion Games and Stick and Fielding Games.

Children play a range of games, practicing the skills they have developed over the year.

Music   Newby’s Nativity
The children work in groups to prepare a Nativity.
PHSCE Puberty
Children look at the changes that are taking place inside their bodies.
The children look at what makes positive and negative relationships.
Trips and Visits #LoveBradford

The children took part in a world record attempt in Bradfords City park.


The children take a trip to the hospital to find out more about how they can look after themselves and others.

National Media Museum

The children visit the NMM to a range of light and shadow workshops.

  Water  Treatment and Natural Water Sources

The children visit a local water treatment works and find out how water is made safe for humans.

Epic Citadel

The children use the iPads to go on a virtual excursion to the ancient world of the Epic Citadel!


Environmentalism, Water Hygiene & Sanitation

This half term Year 6 have been learning about environmentalism, water hygiene and sanitation. We started by considering why saving water is important and the impact this can have on ourselves and others, we then moved on to learning about how the water cycle works.

After this we were well prepared for our day out at Headingley Water Treatment works, we learnt about how the machinery works and the process the water goes through before it reaches our taps. We found out about all the disgusting things that have to be filtered from our water before it’s safe for us to consume. We were also lucky enough to spend some time exploring the beautiful Meanwood Park.

After this we were inspired to do further research, we researched a charity called Water Aid and found some astonishing facts about how many people aren’t as fortunate as us and don’t have access to clean and safe water. We were visited by two dedicated workers from the charity who spent time explaining to us further how Water Aid help in countries such as, Pakistan.

We finished our half term by beginning to consider the impacts of writing a persuasive letter to business owners informing them of the work Water Aid does and how they can help.


1. We researched the 6 main Biomes.

  • Deser
  • Tropical Savannah
  • Temperate Deciduous Forest
  • Rainforest
  • Taiga
  • Tundra

2. We choose to become an expert in one of the Biomes.

2. We collected any resources that we needed.

4. From this …………  To this!


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This half term Year 6 have been working incredibly hard in order to be ready for their SATs tests. They took tests in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar and maths. They’re the first year group to be tested under the new curriculum and we’re all really proud of their hard work. However, it’s not all ben about tests this half term. We are in the final planning stages for our Year 6 camping trip to Blackhills where the children will have the opportunity to sleep under the stars, take part in archery and take on the challenge of the high ropes!


This half term, our topic has been Environmentalism. We started the term by thinking about why saving water was important and learned about how the water cycle works. We then enjoyed a day out at Yorkshire Water Treatment Works and spent some time walking around the beautiful Meanwood Park. We learnt about how Yorkshire Water processes huge amounts of water every day and realised how lucky we are to have clean flowing water coming into our homes. We finished the term by looking into the litter problem in our own community and wrote some letters to local businesses encouraging them to help in sorting this problem out.

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Year 6 ended a busy first half term with a fantastic trip to the National Media Museum. The purpose of the trip was for us to begin to look at the topic ‘Light and Shadow.’ Since returning from the half term holidays, Year 6 have had wonderful conversations about what they have learnt from the visit which was then written up in a non-chronological report. It has been great to read the interesting information that was learnt and remembered!


It’s been a typically busy start to the year in Year 6! Our topic is ‘All about us’ so we began by learning all about each other in a variety of  ways. One  way was to draw a self-portrait using half a photo of ourselves. The children have produced some really good results  and their work is now on display in class. Next time you’re in school come and have a look. We then used the story The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis as a stimulus for our own writing. We began by using the way this great author describes in his writing to write our own description and then wrote part of our very own fantasy story built on the ideas in the book (see example below). The children are really enjoying this text and we eagerly await the next adventures of Polly and Digory!

We have just begun learning all about the terrible events of the local Newlands Mill disaster of 1882 and we are going on a tour of the local area later this week to find out some more information about the community of West Bowling. We look forward to updating on what we find out!

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Congratulations to all children on a year of excellent progress in their learning. We hope you feel proud of what you have achieved. The teaching team thanks you all for your hard work and wishes you every success in your future goals and dreams. We have really enjoyed working with you and watching you grow into young adults. Now go and be the best that you can be!