Year 6


Year 6 class is taught by Mrs Claire Merrifield and

Mrs Caroline Dinham (Friday only)

Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs R Cuttler



Y6 Lanner Matrix 1 overview (1)


Autumn Term 1 2024


Let’s go back in time to the Victorian era (1837- 1901) and begin to understand the impact of Queen Victoria and the Industrial Revolution on Britain and the rest of the world.


Reading will be taught daily through our core text: ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl.

Let’s take a look at where the story is set!

During our writing sessions, we will learn about a range of genres as we immerse ourselves in this book and it’s incredibly rich vocabulary. These writing opportunities will include inventing descriptive flashbacks, publishing discussions on equal rights and planning and designing persuasive adverts for a ‘mech-animal’. Later on in the term, the children will also be examining some some classic Victorian poetry.


As mathematicians, we will be learning and applying a wide range of maths skills, including converting imperial and metric heights using census information from local workhouses, embedding Y5 and Y6 place value knowledge, as well as the consolidating and mastering the four operation methods: column addition, column subtraction, short and long multiplication and division. Please visit our Maths page for our current calculation policy.


In history, we will be investigating the question, ‘How did the Industrial Revolution impact Victorian Britons?’

We will first examine who Queen Victorian was and how she changed throughout her reign. We then deduce what life was like for the workers of Britain; comparing those from various classes. To conclude our investigation into the Victorian era, we will learn about the fight for children’s rights and the significance of Lord Shaftesbury and Dr Barnardo.


Our science topic will be ‘Animals, including humans’. We will investigate the following questions:

How does the circulatory system work?
Why is diet and exercise important?
Does exercise have an impact on our heart rate?
What impact do drugs and alcohol have on the body?
Should smoking be banned?


In art, we will be exploring the works of William Morris and comparing his work to influential movements from Gothic (medieval) period (13-14th century), Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Romanticism (19th century) styles.  Who was William Morris and what was his style? Was he really one of the best influential designers of the nineteenth century? Who influenced him?

Design Technology

After our William Morris study, we will research the toys used in the Victorian era (to include automatons). The children will research their designs, plan and make their own automaton. They will explore a focused practical task looking at cams. Will they be able to design an automaton based on the brief? Whose will be the most successful?

Religious Education

During our RE sessions, we’ll be thinking about ‘Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?’ 

Spiritual inquiry and experiences can be intensely personal or wonderfully collective and Cornwall offers both. It offers space for quiet reflection and is also home to a wealth of faith communities and spiritual groups. Our Year 6 children will given the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences of Cornwall and explore why some people feel that their spirituality or faith is supported by being in Cornwall.


During our computing sessions, we will be learning to identify characteristics of effective adverts. The children will then design their own advert for ‘Coghearts’. Throughout this module, we will discuss rules for working with the video cameras, e.g. asking for permission, always presenting, people well, treating the equipment with respect.


‘Gym Sequences’: We will be learning to use balances/ counterbalances and incorporate them into a sequence of movements and balances (symmetrical and asymmetric).

‘Step to the beat’ We will be learning to understand the value of aerobic exercise. We will measure heart rate and note any changes during and after a sequence of step-based activities to music.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Many thanks for all your continued support.