Year 6 2020 - 2021

Mr Hancock

Welcome to the Spring Term of Year 6

During the term, we will be studying the topic of Lights, Camera, Action, incorporating a variety of subjects, including geography, history, DT and art. The children will learn about some of the pioneers of the cinema, such as the Lumiere Brothers. They will also gain an understanding of the technological advances which have led to the multi-billion pound movie industry which we have today.

In addition, the children will look at the silver screen on a global scale, discovering the wondrous animation of studios such as Studio Ghibli, Aardman and Walt Disney. They will also practise the skills of cartoon drawing and develop this into creating their own character.

Book Study

Our main book study this term will be the Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. We will also explore other writing linked by theme or genre to further expand the children's vocabulary and understanding of literature and writing. 


Orphan, click keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most previous secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hudden messsage from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender and spellbinding mystery.



In maths, we will build on our previous learning, with a particular focus on algebra, ratio and statistics. We will also continue to work extensively on arithmetic, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing both independently and as part of reasoning and problem solving.

We will also recap our knowledge and application of common factors, common multiples, prime numbers and square numbers, as well as calculating using fractions.

There are some great links below for you to practise:

Times Table Rock Stars      

BBC Bitesize

There are also plenty of learning opportunities on MyMaths and on the maths sections of online learning.



This term in science, we will be continuing our study of animals including humans, identifying the main parts of the human circulatory system and describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We will also look at the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the body and the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals.

Later on in the term, and linked with Lights, Camera, Action, we will explore light, where children will recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines and use this concept to explain how objects can be seen. They will also look into other phenomenon of light, such as shadows and refraction.

Through all of this, the children will focus on further developing their scientific skills through their application of the five types of scientific enquiry:

  • observation over time
  • pattern seeking
  • identifying, classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing
  • research using secondary resources


To access some interesting science-themed resources, please click the following link to access the Science Links and Resources webpage.

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Excalibur Primary School

Ivy Lane

Tel: 01270 845781
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