St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Year 6 Curriculum Overview


Identify key geographical features of the countries of the United Kingdom, and show an understanding of how some of these aspects have changed over time.

Locate the geographic zones of the world.

Understand the significance of the geographic zones of the world.

Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle

Human geography, including: settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water supplies.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Use the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and keys (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of the United Kingdom and the world.

Use a wide range of geographical sources in order to investigate places and patterns.


Britain's settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots.

The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.

A local history study.

A study of a theme in British history.

History of interest to pupils.

Art & Design

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.

Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products. Improve mastery of techniques.

Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.


Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.

Design & Technology

Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately.

Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Understand and use electrical systems in their products, such as series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors.

Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


Look at nutrition, transportation of water and nutrients in the body, and the muscle and skeleton system of humans and animals.

Look at the human circulatory system.

Look at resemblance in offspring.

Look at changes in animals over time.

Look at adaptation to environments.

Look at differences in offspring.

Look at sources, vibration, volume and pitch.

Look at appliances, circuits, lamps, switches, insulators and conductors.

Look at circuits, the effect of the voltage in cells and the resistance and conductivity of materials.

Work Scientifically.

Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders, cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton and tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Take part in gymnastics activities.

Take part in athletics activities.

Perform dances.


Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.

Personal Development

Study role models who have achieved success.


Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of Standard English.

Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.


In the chosen modern language:

  • Speak
  • Read
  • Write


Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand.

Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing.

Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts.

Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Use the properties of shapes and angles in increasingly complex and practical contexts, including in construction and engineering contexts.

Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways.

Use and apply measures to increasingly complex contexts.

Gather, organise and interrogate data.

Understand the practical value of using algebra.

Religious Education

Study the beliefs, festivals and celebrations of Christianity.

Study other religions of interest to pupils.


Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

Take part in conversations about books.

Read and listen to whole books.



Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.

Write stories of adventure.

Write stories of mystery and suspense.

Write letters.

Write plays.

Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


Write recounts.

Write persuasively.

Write explanations.

Write in a journalistic style.

Write formally.


Write haiku.

Write poems that convey an image (simile,

word play, rhyme and metaphor).