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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Full Time School

Year 6 Subject Overview



The school is guided by the current statutory programmes of study for English and mathematics at KS2.


The aim of the English curriculum is to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading and writing skills and vocabulary.
Pupils are taught to speak clearly and how to convey ideas confidently using Standard English. Communication skills are developed through speaking and listening, presentations and debates to allow pupils to explore ideas and to help organise their ideas for writing.

Pupils have the opportunity to read and write a wide range of genres throughout the year, including stories, plays, poetry and a variety of non-fiction texts.
Reading comprehension skills are developed across the curriculum and pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure as well as for information.

Pupils have the opportunity to write for a variety of purposes. They will write clearly and coherently for a range of contexts and audiences. Pupils are also taught to use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Reading and writing skills are developed across the curriculum and are regularly set extended pieces of writing often linked to other subjects, in particular humanities.

Pupils are also set reading comprehension tasks throughout the year, mainly as homework, although these are discussed in class. Pupils are encouraged to use the school library for personal reading and research. Fifteen minutes a day are set aside for silent sustained reading.


Homework is set once a week and should take approximately one hour to complete. Tasks relate to the current topic being studied, comprehension and spelling. Pupils are also expected to read for at least 20 minutes daily to develop higher order reading skills and improve comprehension.


The aim of the maths curriculum is to help pupils become fluent in using maths, develop their mathematical reasoning skills and to help solve problems logically.

Pupils’ skills in both written and mental calculations are developed. They are taught to make connections between different areas of mathematics and how to solve a wide range of problems.

Topics include:

  • Number and place value up to 10 000 000
  • Negative numbers
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division (Including long multiplication and long division)
  • Word problems
  • Factors, multiples and prime numbers
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – properties of shapes
  • Geometry – position and direction
  • Statistics

Pupils are taught problem solving as a separate lesson once a week by the Key Stage 3 maths teacher. However, problem solving is part and parcel of all maths topics and this is addressed within all topics.


Homework is set regularly and should take approximately one hour to complete. Tasks generally relate to the current topic being studied and pupils are encouraged to practice their times tables and division facts as well as mental maths skills. However, they can also involve topics previously taught as an opportunity to revisit a variety of concepts.


In science, pupils cover a range of topics to help them to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. This is done through exploring ideas, asking questions, research and investigation work. They also begin to recognise how scientific ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.

Topics include:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light and how we see things
  • Electricity

During the year key concepts from units in previous years will be revisited to help assess the pupils’ levels at the end of the year.


Although the main focus drive for homework is English and maths, science will from time to time feature as appropriate.


The aim of the humanities curriculum is to inspire curiosity and interest in the world around them and the past. It is taught through focussed teaching sessions, research, discussions and investigations and takes the form of topic work with either a geographical or historical focus.

Current topics include:

  • World War Two
  • The Mayan Civilisation
  • Ancient Greece
  • Maps and mapping
  • Mexico


Each term pupils will be given a range of homework tasks based on the topic we are studying. These allow students to research areas that they are particularly interested in and help extend their learning. These pieces of work should take longer to complete and can be done over time. They will be expected to have completed at least two of these during the term.


ICT is taught as a separate subject by KS3 staff, although pupils are regularly encouraged to use their skills in other areas of the curriculum.


PSHE covers three main themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It is taught through discussion, videos and a variety of activities.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Growing and changing
  • Keeping safe
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Healthy relationships
  • Valuing differences
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Taking care of the environment
  • Money
  • Relationships and Sex Education


Art is taught as a separate subject by specialist KS3 staff.


Lessons are provided at Seymour Leisure Centre. This consists of a half hour lesson once a week. Pupils are taught dependant on ability. Pupils are taught swimming techniques as well as personal survival skills.


Educational visits are very much part of the curriculum programme. Past and current visits include The National Gallery, The Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms, The Natural History Museum, The London Transport Museum, The Wallace Collection and the Sutton Life Skills Centre.