Year 6

After focusing on natural disasters and the impact of these across the globe, our focus now in Year 6 shifts to the courageous explorers who have attempted to scale the great peaks of K2 situated on the boarder of Pakistan and China.

We will be concentrating our attention on the Sherpa climbers who attempted to reach the summit of the world’s most challenging mountain. Our topic will focus around the descriptive narrative ‘Buried in the Sky’ which documents the courageous climbers’ experiences.

During our Science lessons, we will be enhancing our knowledge of electricity and making predictions relating to why a circuit will or will not work. We will also learn about static electricity. Furthermore, we will discover more about the mountains and deserts of North America and begin to understand their geographical importance.

Our writing opportunities for this half term all link to disaster, explanation and survival.  You can get ahead with your knowledge by finding out what it was like to climb K2 and discovering more about the lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama. Try searching online using YouTube for clips of K2 and climbers experiences when attempting to ascend it.

Further research into climbing equipment and survival techniques will really benefit your learning experience.

Science, Computing & Mathematics

In Science, we will be exploring how electricity works and how to create electrical circuits. To do this, we will learn about the components of an electrical circuit and make predictions about how different components can affect a circuit. We will learn how to hypothesis and conduct a variety of investigations using a range of testable questions and materials, focusing on analysing and evaluating the results before suggesting  areas for development and improvement.

In Computing, we will begin to develop our Excel skills, learning how to input data and formulas correctly.

In Mathematics, we will be focusing on division, order of operations, negative numbers, rounding, factors, multiples and prime numbers.  We will also continue to develop speed and fluency during arithmetic sessions.

English: Reading, Grammar and Writing

Using K2’s Deadliest Day, we will begin by writing quality setting descriptions with the mountain as our subject.

We will then move on to a short narrative detailing the adventures and explorations of mountaineers. We will be concentrating on using language to advance the action and the formality of our writing and being able to choose and use formal and informal styles appropriately. In Reading, we will be developing our inference skills and learning how to interpret unfamiliar vocabulary in context. We will continue to broaden our experience of different text types and use our increasing knowledge to write freely within a given context. In Grammar, we will be learning about parenthesis, subordinating conjunctions and direct speech.

P.E., Music, R.E. and Personal Development

In R.E., we will be exploring the values, morals and responsibilities of Christianity and learning about how beliefs can differ within a faith.

In P.D., we will learn about the change in responsibilities as we grow and develop our abilities to stay safe when travelling during the winter months and beyond.

In P.E., we will be developing our gymnastic skills, including performing individually and in small groups.

In Music, we will be preparing for the Christmas Performance and continuing to hone our pitch, volume and intonation when singing.


Please click on the links below to see the newsletter, homework sheet and curriculum topic overview.

Year 6 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2 - Oct 2019

Year 6 Homework - Autumn Term 2 - Oct 2019

Year 6 Topic Overview - Autumn Term 2 - Oct 2019

Year 6 Swimming Competency (2018-2019)

Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres - 89/102

Use a range of strokes effectively - 79/102

Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations - 41/102