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Children in Primary Education Curriculum Year 6 have opportunity to work using a variety of materials and styles through topic work such as

  • people in action
  • observation of work of famous artists
  • a sense of space

In design and technology they design and make a hat and a creature.



The French language is taught in an interactive way, using songs, games, videos and other audio visual activities.
Pupils will cover the following topics:

  • Introduce yourself (name, age)
  • Descriptive adjectives
  • Greetings
  • Vocabulary related to school
  • Colours
  • Shapes
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Vocabulary related to Christmas
  • Vocabulary related to Easter
  • Vocabulary related to summer
  • Listening activities
  • Speaking activities
  • Reading and writing activities



During Primary Education Curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the Cyprus and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world.
They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
In Primary Education Curriculum Year 6 they learn through the following topics:

  • Mountains, Oceans, Deserts
  • Rainforests
  • Environments



Fluent Greek speakers in Primary Education Curriculum Year 6 follow the Ministry of Education Greek curriculum taught in all the government primary schools.
Our aim for children learning Greek as an additional language is to provide them with vocabulary and give them the confidence to use it.
Using songs, games, rhymes, vocabulary with pictures and lots of oral work and projects we build on the work in Primary Education Curriculum Year 5 to teach children to

  • Describe themselves
  • Ask for items in shops
  • Describe how they are feeling
  • Compare

We cover topics such as

  • Shopping
  • Seasonal celebrations
  • Health
  • The environment
  • Holidays



During Primary Education Curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Cyprus and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
In Primary Education Curriculum Year 6 the following topics are studied:

  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Victorians
  • The British in Cyprus



At the American Academy Nicosia we teach English (Reading, Writing and Grammar) based on the outlines given in the English National Curriculum. In addition we follow a grammar scheme of work which builds skills year on year. Guided reading is also an aspect of our curriculum which supports the English National Curriculum objectives.
In Primary Education Curriculum Year 6 the children are taught:


  • Read a broad range of genres
  • Recommend books to others giving detailed reasons
  • Make comparisons within/across books
  • Support inferences with evidence
  • Summarising key points from texts
  • Identify how language, structure, etc. contribute to meaning
  • Discuss use of figurative language
  • Discuss & explain reading, providing reasoned justifications for views



  • Use knowledge of morphology & etymology in spelling
  • Develop legible personal handwriting style
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose; use models of writing
  • Develop character & setting in narrative
  • Select grammar & vocabulary for effect
  • Use a wide range of cohesive devices
  • Ensure grammatical consistency
  • Develop a voice as a writer
  • Using a variety of strategies
  • VCOP, story mountains, talk for writing, WOW words






  • Use appropriate register/ style
  • Use the passive and active voice for purpose
  • Use features to convey & clarify meaning
  • Use full punctuation
  • Use language of subject/object

Speaking & Listening

  • Use questions to build knowledge
  • Articulate arguments & opinions
  • Use spoken language to speculate,
  • hypothesise & explore
  • Use appropriate register (tone of voice) & language



Use and Apply Mathematics

  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy

  • Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy

Counting and Number Relationships

Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy
Solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages (e.g. of measures) such as 15% of 360 and the use of percentages for comparison
Compare and order fractions, including fractions >1
Multiply one-digit numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers



  • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • Use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers (e.g. 1/3 ÷ 2 = 1/6 )
  • Associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents (e.g. 0.375) for a simple fraction (e.g. 3/8)


Position and Transformation

  • Recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets
  • Draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
  • Describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants)
  • Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles
  • Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
  • Illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius



  • Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
  • Convert between miles and kilometres
  • Use, read, write and convert between standard units using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
  • Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa
  • Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes
  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units


Data Handling

  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average



  • Express missing number problems algebraically
  • Use simple formulae expressed in words
  • Generate and describe linear number sequences
  • Find pairs of numbers that satisfy number sentences involving two unknowns
  • enumerate all possibilities of combinations of two variables



  • Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
  • In Year 5 children’s skills are developed in these areas: breathing, dynamics, phrases, accuracy of pitch, metre, staff notation and rhythmic patterns. Recorder skills are developed.
  • At present, children are offered the chance to have individual or group lessons on a variety of wind instruments. The school provides children with the opportunity to sing in the school choir.


PE (Physical Education)

  • We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. Year 6 children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Ball skills, dance, athletics and gymnastics are taught during these lessons. A short, intensive programme of differentiated swimming lessons takes place in the summer.
  • We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co-operation and fair play with others. We have a football team, a basketball team and a volleyball team.
  • Both friendly matches and competitive games are played throughout the year.
  • There is an annual sports event held in the Spring Term for either athletics or marathon running. There is also a Fun Sports Day held in the Summer Term.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme, which helps to improve behaviour thereby improving learning.
Children have a chance to discuss topics which help them to develop social skills; become aware of their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the subject of bullying and know how to avoid it or what happens if they come across it; set goals; make and keep friends; how to prepare and cope with changes.
Themes throughout the year:

  • New Beginnings focuses on developing children's skills in four key areas: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
  • Getting On and Falling Out focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
  • Say No to Bullying focuses on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can tackle this problem.
  • Going for Goals aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour.
  • Good to Be Me focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
  • Relationships explores feelings, including loss and embarrassment, within the context of our important relationships with family and friends
  • Changes aims to give children an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and equip them to manage their feelings.
  • Each theme begins and ends with a whole school assembly and each class follows the theme at their level using circle time and any class opportunities that arise naturally.


Religious Studies

Using the Good News Bible children explore the character of God and our self esteem. They also explore the challenge of being a responsible citizen of the world.



The study of science at the Primary level covers the following three main areas:

  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes

The new 2014 curriculum helps children develop a hands on experiential knowledge of science in the following topics:

  • Forces in Action
  • Interdependence and Adaptation
  • The Human Body
  • Changing Circuits
  • Scientists
  • More About Dissolving
  • Reversible and Irreversible Changes




See an Overview of the Primary education curriculum 6th Year 


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