Curriculum Overview

Year 6 - Spring 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.

Blood Heart

Unit Overview

At the start of our project, we’ll dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we’ll write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about how the circulatory system works. We’ll measure our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In D&T, we’ll make model hearts. We’ll read shape poetry, and write poems inspired by the heart. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We’ll visit the ‘Give blood’ website, and make a flow diagram to illustrate the circulation process. At the end of the project, we’ll create fact files to share what we have learned.


Our Parkfielders will be surgeons for the day whilst they have the opportunity to dissect a real heart to reveal the internal features including the atria, ventricles, valves and the cord-like heart strings.


Groups will create a model heart with labelled parts to accompany and illustrate their written fact files.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

The enhancer will be both Art and Design Technology.


The class will be reading Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing:

  • Explanations of how the heart works.

  • Biographies on Dr William Harvey

  • Adverts to discourage others from smoking

  • Non-Chronological Reports on the heart, blood and circulation


In this unit of work we will be completing outdoor exercise activities and analysing the impact on our own heart rates.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Name and describe the purpose of the circulatory system and the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. (Science)

  2. Explain that the circulatory system in animals transports oxygen, water and nutrients around the body. (Science)

  3. 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. (Science)

  4. Take accurate, precise and repeated measurements in standard units, using a range of chosen equipment. (Science)

  5. Choose an appropriate approach to record accurate results, including scientific diagrams, labels, timelines, classification keys, tables, models and graphs (bar, line and scatter), linking to mathematical knowledge. (Science)

  6. Report on and validate their findings, answer questions and justify their methods, opinions and conclusions, and use their results to suggest improvements to their methodology, separate facts from opinions, pose further questions and make predictions for what they might observe. (Science)

  7. Explain the impact of positive and negative lifestyle choices on their body. (Science)

  8. 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. (Science)

  9. 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. (Science)