Year 6 Teachers’ Notes

Welcome to the Year 6 area of the NeverOffTopic website!

children-fossil-hunters-smallThis website provides  resources to teach science and also to teach about the relationships between science and religion. The menu on the right takes you to the pupils’ pages.

Overall the key message for students is that science is not necessarily incompatible with faith. Some useful ideas you might want to share with children are –

* Scientists are a diverse community – some have a religious faith and some do not.

* Science and religion are mostly concerned with different types of questions.


Curriculum Objectives

The lessons provided support the Primary Science National Curriculum and the Primary RE National Framework:

Science Key Stage 2, Year 6 National Curriculum

Children will learn to

* recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago

* recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents

* identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Primary Key Stage 2 RE

* Pupils discuss different perspectives on questions about the beginnings of life on Earth, so that they can describe different ways science and religions treat questions of origins


Teacher Notes for each unit




Natural Selection, Evolution

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Mary Anning, Fossil hunter


Mary Anning Presentation


Do we have to choose?

year6-do we have to choose


Creation and Science

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Teachers’ Workshop on Evolution and PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is a short version of one delivered in a free CPD session for Year 6 teachers with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Contact for more information or see


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