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Welcome to Year 6!  


Next half term, PE will continue to be on a Monday and Friday afternoon!


Please take the time to read our class page.

Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. 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 Harkins and Mrs Questa. Miss Hicks will teach all day on a Monday and Tuesday and every alternate Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Myers will teach every Wednesday morning, alternate Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Harkins will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. 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 Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your PE uniform with suitable sports trainers, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster – before you come to school!


Upcoming Events: 

(The transition dates were provided by parents - please double check dates and times if you think these dates apply to you.)

04/06/18 - Training Day

05/06/18 - Special Visitor in school

06/06/18 - Visiting transition teacher from Boston Spa High School 

08/06/18 - Visiting transition teacher from Rossett School 

13/06/18 - GSAL Transition Day

20/06/18 - Sports Day (fingers crossed for the weather!!)

26/06/18 - Special Y6 trip (ssshhhhh....)

27/06/18 - Back-up Sports Day

02/07/18 - Crucial Crew pm. (Children will be back in school at approximately 3.30 - 3.40pm)

03/07/18 - Wetherby High Transition Day & Leavers Service at Ripon Cathedral

04/07/18 - Wetherby High Transition Day

05/07/18 - Wetherby High Transition Day & Tadcaster Grammar Transition Day

11/07/18 - Boston Spa Transition Day & the Harrogate Schools Transition Day

12/07/18 - Boston Spa Transition Day & the Harrogate Schools Transition Day

16/07/18 - Leaver's Service rehearsal

19/07/18 - Leaver's Service at St Oswalds Church  - Parents welcome, this will be in the morning.

25/07/18 - Final assembly of the year - all welcome. Time tbc

Crucial Crew - This will be on 02/07/28 in the afternoon. The children will be due back in school at approximately 3.30-3.45pm


Latest News: 

It is a busy week next week in Year 6.

Monday 2nd July - Crucial Crew. Everyone needs a packed lunch because we needed to have an early lunch in school before we leave. We will do PE in the morning so the children will still need to come in their PE kits as normal. Please remember to bring a water bottle to school to take with you.


Tuesday 3rd July - Leavers Service at Ripon Cathedral. This is for pupils only. We will have lunch before we go, but everyone must bring in a water bottle to take with them.



Wow, it has been a very exciting week for Year 6. On Tuesday we visited Light Water Valley which was linked to our topic and our end of year treat! 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, Black Pearl, the Claw or the Caterpillar. Well done Year 6 and thank you to everyone who was able to help or who volunteered. We have had such an amazing year so far, please be very proud of your children, because we are. 😊


On Tuesday 5th June, year 6 took part in their final topic launch which was a '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. All the children thought the workshop was both amazing and challenging. Scroll down to see the photos.


Congratulations to our Y6 cricketers who had an amazing day at the U11 Kwik cricket competition!  Fingers crossed for the team who have got through to the next round.


SATs and Amazing attitudes in Year 6!

Phew - SATs are over and we all survived the week!

We would like to say just how proud we are of every member of our class. You have approached this week with great determination, perseverance and courage. Everyday you have walked into school and tried your hardest and we could not ask for anything more from you. SATs and testing are a part of school life but it is important to remember that they don't assess everything about you. They don't tell us about how determined you are; what a great footballer, dancer, sports leader, brother or sister that you are; how kind you are or what a superb friend you are. All of these things (and more) link together to make you into the person that you are and will become. There will be no homework over half term - rest and enjoy your family time!

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on our teacher assessments in writing, reading, maths and science.  Our teacher assessments will be submitted to the authority at the end of June. It is important that the children continue to work hard and push themselves after SATs.  


Time is flying by and we can't believe you are now in your final halfterm in our school. This term will be the busiest, but the most exciting, as you prepare to move onto new and exciting adventures. But before you leave, we have an incredible amount of hard work to get through to ensure that you are 'High School Ready'! We know that you will continue to thrive throughout the rest of the year and we will continue to have fun with our learning. 


D-Side: A few weeks ago, the children had a visit from D-side to support with our PSHE Curriculum. D:side is a comprehensive drug and health education programme which encourages children to make positive and healthy life-choices and promotes a positive approach to life. Year 6 had a workshop on Cannabis and the effects on the body. Cannabis is an illegal drug that is very often talked about in the media, and unfortunately is the first illegal drug that a lot of young adults are introduced to. d:side discuss why people may decide to take cannabis, what effects it could have on a person’s body, the laws surrounding it (and the possible consequences if found using it by the police). They deliver a drug chat whereby they ask the children to help us make a list of any drugs that they have ever heard, and they then talk about why some drugs are medical and some non-medical, and also why some are legal and some illegal. They only work with the drugs that the children tell them (and don’t introduce them to the names of any new drugs).


27-02-18: Health and Wellbeing Hygiene Discussion - This session was really valuable and the children enjoyed being asked their opinions on things. It was really informative and they learnt a lot about why we need to wash their hands; why they need to catch their sneezes; antibiotics and the importance of why we only need to take antibiotics when we only need them and not at other times. The visitor leading the workshop praised the children for their excellent behaviour and positivity. Well Done Year 6.





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 Thursday to be marked in class.
  • Weekly short SPAG or maths consolidation /revision exercises using the books to be self/peer marked during lessons. 
  • Spellings – The children will have fortnightly 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.)
  • From January 2018 we will be sending home short SPAG, Reading and Maths  SATs papers as part of the homework.
  • Purplemash 2Do activities and Active Learn maths - We have just started to send home some computer based learning. The children have all been given a log-on these and they write in their planner the homework. When the children log onto their accounts they will be able to see their homework in the 2Do section on Purplemash and in their account on Active Learn. The children have all been shown how to use their accounts.  Please talk to us if you are unable to access online learning.


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:

Our final topic will be 'Theme Parks'. The children will create and programme a theme park ride using technic Lego and computers. They will also be using their maths skills to create and finance their own theme park, use writing skills to create persuasive leaflets and finally looking at healthy foods to create a Healthy Snack to sell in their theme park. The topic will include a 'Special trip....!'  



This half term we will be learning about the Greeks.  The children have discussed what areas of Ancient Greeks they would like to learn about - mostly the gruesome bits!  As well as the important questions like the 'WHO', the 'WHAT', the 'WHERE' and the 'WHY', the topic will be based around these areas:


  • Greek houses;
  • Myths and legends;
  • Greek Gods;
  • Greek food and drink;
  • Greek entertainment;
  • Greek pottery.

Famous battles and wars:

  • The Peloponnesian War, the Battle of Marathon, the Trojan War;
  • Armour and weapons;
  • Animals used in war.

Their legacy:

  • Greek medicine;
  • The 'Big Thinkers';
  • Social hierarchies, citizenship and democracy.



Writing: We will be assessing the children on all of the key aspects of writing for the end of KS2. Our writing will still be linked to our topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on.

The children can:

• write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader (e.g. the use of the first person in a diary; direct address in instructions and persuasive writing)

• in narratives, describe settings, characters and atmosphere

• integrate dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action

• select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires, doing this mostly appropriately (e.g. using contracted forms in dialogues in narrative; using passive verbs to affect how information is presented; using modal verbs to suggest degrees of possibility)

• use a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs

• use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout their writing

• use the range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 mostly correctly^ (e.g. inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech)

• spell correctly most words from the year 5 / year 6 spelling list,* and use a dictionary to check the spelling of uncommon or more ambitious vocabulary

• maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed.2



Reading: Linked to a topic-based book.

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
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • 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
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • 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.



Our SPAG will be linked to our writing.



We will be consolidating 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.





Maths will be linked to our topic and we will also be focusing and consolidating on the expectations for the end of KS2 which are:


• demonstrate an understanding of place value, including large numbers and decimals (e.g. what is the value of the ‘7’ in 276,541?; find the difference between the largest and smallest whole numbers that can be made from using three digits; 8.09 = 8 + 9/?; 28.13 = 28 ++ 0.03)

•calculate mentally, using efficient strategies such as manipulating expressions using commutative and distributive properties to simplify the calculation

(e.g. 53 – 82 + 47 = 53 + 47 – 82 = 100 – 82 = 18; 20 × 7 × 5 = 20 × 5 × 7 = 100 × 7 = 700; 53 ÷ 7 + 3 ÷ 7 = (53 + 3) ÷ 7 = 56 ÷ 7 = 8)

•use formal methods to solve multi-step problems (e.g. find the change from £20 for three items that cost £1.24, £7.92 and £2.55; a roll of material is 6m long: how much is left when 5 pieces of 1.15m are cut from the roll?; a bottle of drink is 1.5 litres, how many cups of 175ml can be filled from the bottle, and how much drink is left?)

•recognise the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and can express them as equivalent quantities (e.g. one piece of cake that has been cut into 5 equal slices can be expressed as 1/5 or 0.2 or 20% of the whole cake)

•calculate using fractions, decimals or percentages (e.g. knowing that 7 divided by 21 is the same as 7/21 and that this is equal to 1/3; 15% of 60; 11/2 + 3/4; 7/9 of 108; 0.8 x 70)

•substitute values into a simple formula to solve problems (e.g. perimeter of a rectangle or area of a triangle)

•calculate with measures (e.g. calculate length of a bus journey given start and end times; convert 0.05km into m and then into cm)

•use mathematical reasoning to find missing angles (e.g. the missing angle in an isosceles triangle when one of the angles is given; the missing angle in a more complex diagram using knowledge about angles at a point and vertically opposite angles).




Our topic will be all about 'Evolution and Inheritance ' covering the following objectives:

  • 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


Algorithms and Programming:

  • I can design a solution by breaking a problem up.
  • I recognise that different solutions can exist for the same problem.
  • I can use logical reasoning to detect errors in algorithms.
  • I can use selection in programs.
  • I can explain how an algorithm works.
  • I can explore 'what if' questions by planning different scenarios for controlled devices.



People of God: How can following God bring freedom and justice?  Using the Bible, children will look at Exodus and explain connections between the story of Moses and the concepts of freedom and salvation, using theological terms.



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. We will be outdoors for all our PE sessions.

  • Monday: Football and then moving onto High 5 Netball.
  • Friday: Rounders and Athletics  



.- 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.



The children have thoroughly enjoyed sending and receiving their letters to our link school. Last term the children had an amazing experience of being taught by Camille Savy, a trainee teacher from France. This term, Mrs Myers will be teaching French and we will continue our letter writing and the teaching of language and French culture.


PSHE/British values:

  • Identifying barriers to friendships.
  • Exploring ways to understand conflicts in friendships and finding ways to manage and overcome these conflicts.
  • Themes linked to transition to High School.






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