Curriculum Overview

Year 6 - Autumn 1

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Darwin's Delight

Unit Overview

We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard, or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environments over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists. Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought. Ready to trace the origin of species? Let’s set sail.


David Attenborough's Galapagos Islands documentary


Reflection time - What have I learnt?

Pupils create a nature documentary around their own creature.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Art and Design.


The class will be reading Wonder by A.J Palacio


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a narrative on 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman.


In this unit of work we will be conducting science investigations outside

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Classify living things, including microorganisms, animals and plants, into groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences
  2. Plan and carry out a range of enquiries, including writing methods, identifying and controlling variables, deciding on equipment and data to collect and making predictions based on prior knowledge and understanding
  3. Choose an appropriate approach to recording accurate results, including scientific diagrams, labels, timelines, classification keys, tables, models and graphs (bar, line and scatter), linking to mathematical knowledge.
  4. Identify that living things produce offspring of the same kind, although the offspring are not identical to either parent.
  5. Describe how animals and plants can be bred to produce offspring with specific and desired characteristics
  6. Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment, such as giraffes having long necks for feeding, and that adaptations may lead to evolution.
  7. Ask and answer deeper and broader scientific questions about the local and wider world that build on and extend their own and others' experiences and knowledge.

8. To use relevant scientific vocabulary to report on their findings, answer questions and justify their conclusions based on evidence collected, identify improvements, further questions and predictions.