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Summer Term


***Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 4th July - children need to be in school uniform for both the Crucial Crew trip and the visit to Ripon Cathedral. Thank you. ***


PE will remain on a Monday and Friday. Monday will be High 5 Netball with Miss Hicks; Friday will be Athletics and Rounders with Mrs Myers. Both PE sessions will be outdoors.



Wow, it has been a very exciting and busy few weeks for Year 6. The children thoroughly enjoyed their 'Technic Lego Fairground' workshop where they had to design, build and programme their own rides. The children developed their skills in design technology and programming and linked this to their latest topic! They used motors, cogs and gears to make the ride spin and then plugged them into a laptop to program the ride by adding music, speed variations, length of time of the ride, stop/start and changed the rotation of the spin.


We then visited Lightwater Valley and tried out the real rides! The children were absolutely amazing on our visit. Their behaviour was outstanding and they were so positive and supportive of each other; showing courage and enthusiasm when going on rides. They listened to each other well and decided fairly which rides to go on and which order to do them in. They demonstrated every aspect of our RESPECT code and as a result, had an amazing day. Everyone (including teachers and helpers) pushed past their doubts and fears and tried rides like the Ultimate, Twister, the Raptor or the caterpillar. Please be very proud of your children, because we are!


Today we visited Harlow Carr where the children thoroughly enjoyed using the Carl Linnaeus system of classifying living things. We discovered many different types of oak trees; found plants which were around during the time of the dinosaurs; saw a living fossil and learnt how different alpine plants have adapted to suit their environment. We think that everyone has come away learning something new.


Thank you to our helpers who make all of our visits possible.




Well Done Year 6

We are so proud of you all. You have shown an amazing attitude and approached your SATs with enthusiasm and positivity. We know that this week is the result of a Year (and your whole school life) of hard work, resilience and smiles. Well done!

Remember that we are still assessing your work up until the end of the school year so you still need to try your best at all times!

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come into school and help with breakfast.


The Year 6 Team :-)





Welcome back to your final term at Collingham, we have such a busy and hopefully exciting term ahead of us.  

We hope you enjoy reading our class page; latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.


Your teaching team will be Miss Hicks, Mrs Myers, Mrs McCarney, Mrs Questa and Mrs Meek. This term Miss Hicks will teach all day on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (With Mrs Meek teaching RE for the last lesson on a Monday). Mrs Myers will teach all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs McCarney will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Thursday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. We will also have Mrs Questa joining us on a Friday morning to teach small groups of children.  In Year 6, we are becoming even more responsible and independent learners. We inspire and cultivate a mature approach to taking control of our own learning, becoming ready to face the risks and challenges in our futures, whilst embedding independence, resilience, teamwork and empathy.  


Our PE days are now Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 13th June - New Topic Launch Day in school

Tuesday 20th June - Lightwater Valley (Packed lunch needed)

Wednesday 21st June - Sports day am.

Monday 26th June - Year 2 and Year 6 trip to Harlow Carr - Science  (Packed lunch needed)

Tuesday 27th June - My Healthy School Survey

Monday 3rd July - Year 6 to Crucial Crew in Harrogate (Packed lunch needed)

Tuesday 4th July - Year 6 to Leavers Mass at Ripon Cathedral (Packed lunch needed)


Thursday 20th July - Year 6 Leavers Service (am)


SPORTS DAY - Wednesday 21st June in the morning


Latest News:


Please note that the date for the trip to Harlow Carr has now changed and will be on Monday 26th June.


Members of the School Nursing Team will be in school as part of The National Child Measurement Programme on Thursday 20th April. They will be weighing and measuring all the children in Year 6 (unless you have informed them otherwise). You will be notified of the results by letter in a sealed envelope labelled 'For the attention of Parent/Carer'. If you require any further information please ring the School Nursing Single Point of Access (SPA) 0113 8435219.



Monday 8th May - Thursday 11th May 2017

We would like the children to arrive at school for 8.30am during SATs week. This is so we can all participate in Wii dance in the hall followed by breakfast! We find that children being around their friends and eating a good breakfast helps them to feel positive and alleviates any possible anxiety.  If you are able to help make and clear up the breakfast (toast and hot chocolate) from 8.30am during SATs (Mon - Thurs) please contact the office with your preferred day. We need about four helpers per day please.


Monday 8th May: Reading Paper -1 hour for reading and answering questions

Tuesday 9th May: SPAG Paper 1 - Punctuation and Grammar, 45 minutes.    SPAG Paper 2 - Spelling, 20 spellings (15 minutes)

Wednesday 10th May: Maths Paper 1 - Arithmetic, 30 minutes.    Maths Paper 2 - Reasoning, 40 minutes.

Thursday 11th May: Maths Paper 3 - Reasoning, 40 minutes


During the afternoons we aim to be teaching one normal lesson and having one revision session.


Homework expectations:

In preparation for the children being ‘High School Ready’ homework will be planned in the following way:

  • Weekly times tables test on a Friday to be marked in class.
  • Weekly short SPAG or maths consolidation /revision exercises to be self/peer marked during lessons. Later in the term, children will receive their revision guides which will form the basis of this homework. Alternatively we may ask children to complete the online homework using abacus.
  • Spellings – The children will have weekly spellings tests based on spelling patterns rather than a list of words. Following the test in class, words that the children will need to learn again will be recorded in their spelling books and we ask that you revise these with your child at home.
  • Reading – reading journals to be completed, signed and brought into school every Thursday. Please record the comprehension questions you ask your children but answers do not need recording.
  • Longer topic-based learning will be sent home with clear instructions as to how and when it will need to be completed by. In order to get children High School ready, part of this will include research and therefore longer deadlines will be given. The beauty of these learning logs is that when completed, they are incredibly different as the children take their learning in different directions. This is then shared and marked with peers so all children can access these amazing learning discoveries.
  • Homework diaries contain a weekly thinking activity that will need to be completed. (These are not formally marked.)

In Year 6, the children will all receive a homework diary in which they will record all their homework and deadlines. These are similar to the journals most schools use in Year 7. These will need signing each week and brought into school every day.


Curriculum this half term:



We will be continuing our learning about the Ancient Greeks.



Writing: Big writes will be linked to topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on. Our composition will focus on the children demonstrating all writing objectives across a range of subjects. This will support us when making our teacher assessments for writing.

We will also be learning about the life of William Shakespeare and two of his tragedies: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.  This will also inform our writing.


Reading: Linked to a topic-based books and information.

Children to be able to understand what they read by:

  • checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
  • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
  • provide reasoned justifications for their views.



  • I can use a hyphen to avoid ambiguity.
  • I can identify adverbs (when they don't end in 'ly')
  • I understand and can identify the past progressive, present progressive.
  • I can identify different sentence types - question, command, statement and exclamation.
  • I can use the subjunctive form.
  • I can identify the present perfect form.


Speaking and Listening

  • I talk confidently and fluently in a range of situations, using formal and Standard English, if necessary.
  • I can ask questions to develop ideas and take account of others' views.
  • I can explain ideas and opinions giving reasons and evidence.
  • I take an active role in discussions and can take on different roles.
  • I listen to, and consider the opinions of, others in discussions.
  • I can sustain and argue a point of view in a debate, using the formal language of persuasion.
  • I can express possibilities using hypothetical and speculative language.


Read Write Inc. Spellings

  • Units 10-12 focuses on revising the different suffixes. We will then revise the Year 5 word patterns.
  • Alongside these will be the orange words, these are spellings on the word list for Year 5 and 6. A copy of these can be found in the back of their spelling logs.



  • Calculations: Consolidation of written methods of long multiplication and long division, including problems.
  • I can use a simple formulae
  • I can generate and describe linear number sequences.
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Reading timetables
  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems.
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average.



Evolution and Inheritance:

  • I can describe how the earth and living things have changed over time.
  • I can explain how fossils can be used to find out about the past.
  • I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents)
  • I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.
  • I can link adaptation over time to evolution.
  • I can explain evolution.



The World Wide Web – Communicating, E-safety and using the internet.

  • I can follow the school’s safer internet rules.
  • I can use technology in ways which minimise risk.
  • I recognise the potential risk of providing personal information online.
  • I know how to report anything suspicious.
  • I understand that some information on the internet is copyrighted and may not be downloaded.
  • I recognise that some people may publish content that may not be accurate.
  • I can create ‘strong’ passwords.
  • I can competently use the internet as a search tool.
  • I can use knowledge of the meaning of different domain names.
  • I can use appropriate strategies for finding, critically evaluating, verifying and validating information.






Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your school PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.

  • Monday: High 5 Netball with Miss Hicks
  • Friday: Athletics and Rounders



  • I can describe how places are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features.
  • I can name the largest desert in the world and locate desert regions in an atlas.
  • I can identify and name the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn as well as the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.
  • I can explain how time zones work and calculate time differences around the world.




Bonjour!  We will start this year recapping on conversational French: introductions, the weather, the date etc.  We will then be learning about the classroom environment. 


PSHE/British values:

  • Keeping yourself safe.
  • Healthy lifestyles.



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