William Levick Primary School

William Levick
Primary School

Year 6

Summer Term 2022

Year 6 are really looking forward to their final term at William Levick. We are travelling back in time to the Ancient Maya civilisation period, where we will be finding out about a whole range of items, such as: locating where Maya people lived, placing the Maya civilisation in history, about cities and society, everyday life, farming, religions and the writing used by Maya people.

In English, we are finishing Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick before moving onto reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We will also  look at explanation texts before writing our own explanation based on our science topic – how we see things. After half term , children in Year 6 will be writing recounts based on their residential visit and writing a narrative based on the short film Alma.

In maths, we are revising key concepts before SATs assessments. After SATs, children will explore area and angles in shapes, before moving onto looking at pie charts. Finally children will be putting their maths skills to use by problem solving and taking part in transition tasks.

In science, we have started our topic 'Light' looking at how light travels and how we see things. In PSHE we are learning about first aid before moving onto the topics 'Changes' and 'Growing up'. In French we are learning vocabulary for types of transport and in PE Year 6 are improving their cricket skills.

Finally, Year 6 are really excited about their forthcoming trip to Kingswood Centre, where they will experience abseiling, leap of faith, orienteering and bushcraft. Sounds like a great term! Full details of the learning taking place in Year 6 this term can be found here.

Spring Term 2022

The children in Year 6 are continuing to work extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum. An outline of the learning which will take place in the spring term can be found here.

The main topic this term is rainforests. Children will locate rainforests on maps, research about countries in which they are located and investigate the animals and plants that live in these complex ecosystems. Then we will be moving on to looking at tribal life and also the effect of deforestation on the rainforests. In art, children will evaluate, then use the work of Henri Rousseau to recreate their own rainforest artwork using printing and drawing skills.

This term in English we are reading the book ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman. We will also be using the wordless picture book ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tann as the basis of writing non-linear narratives and persuasive leaflets. After half term, we will using the film ‘Francis’ as a stimulus for writing both a narrative and a newspaper report.

In maths, we be recapping our understanding of numbers to three decimal places before multiplying and dividing decimals. We will move onto percentages, then algebra, where children will look at forming expressions before moving on to solving more complex equations. Other topics will cover converting measures and calculating the area, perimeter and volume of shapes. Finally the children will be introduced to calculating ratio.

The first unit in science is ‘Electricity’ where children will learn to draw circuit diagrams and compare the variations in different circuits. The second science unit is ‘Heart and Blood’ where children will find out what blood consists of and how the circulation system works.

Autumn Term 2021

What a fantastic start to the new school year! The children have settled back into school life quickly and have a super attitude towards their learning. An outline of what we are learning in the autumn term can be found here.

The main topic this term is geography based, as we look closely at mountains and deserts. Children will be locating these on maps, learning about physical features, such as the formation and weather conditions. Then we will move onto human geography, looking at tourism and survival in these extreme places.

In English we are reading the fantastic book Malamander by Thomas Taylor. This is will the basis of narrative writing, before moving onto using the wordless picture book ‘Flotsam’ to look at the impact plastic pollution has in the oceans. We will use the short film ‘Otkapodi’as a stimulus for a recount and writing from different perspectives.


In maths, we will understand and use numbers up to 10,000,000. This will include using these larger numbers to calculate using the four rules of number (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). We will then move onto learning about fractions and applying to different calculations and problems. At the end of the Autumn term, we will learning about the position and direction of shapes in grids with four quadrants. 

The first unit in science is ‘Classification’ where children will learn about comparing and sorting living things into groups, as well as creating their own branching keys. The second unit is ‘Evolution’ where children will look at the similarities and differences in offspring and how changes in living things have been made on Earth over a long period of time.

In art, children will evaluate then use the work of David Hockney to recreate their own mountain artwork using a range of media. After the October half term, in DT, children will be designing and creating their own pencil case using textiles.