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Welcome to Year 6!  




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:


12/03/18 - Bike Ability week (Further information already sent home)

12/03/18 - Science Week

22/03/18 - Harlow Carr Science Trip

27/03/18 - Non Uniform Day - Please bring an Easter Egg for the Easter Bingo

28/03/18 - Rugby Tournament (pm) for Y6

14/05/18 - 17/05/18 - SATs Week

21/05/18 - SRE week

05/06/18 - Special Visitor in school



Latest News: 


08-03-18 Homework for this week: The children have been given their homework for this week. The purplemash activitiy is the 'Football Time' which links to the passive and active voice - this, and all other homework sent home, will need completing by Tuesday 13th March. There are some other activities set on purplemash which were added as optional homework for last weekend (when we were unable to send their homework home due to snow), these are optional, but please feel free to complete any today! Alternatively, there are lots of activities linked to the Ancient Greeks on purplemash which your child can look at if they wish. These have not been set as a 2Do, but you can find them from the home section.


D-Side: Last week, 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.


Bike ability - Letters went home last week outlining the days which your child needs to bring their bike and helmet into school.

Please remember the training will take place in all but the most severe of weather so you should ensure that your child has warm and waterproof clothing especially gloves - last year we had snow, rain and hail. We suggest that children wear trousers or tracksuit bottoms when training. The children will have lunch at school as usual. If you have requested to borrow a bike or a helmet, these will be loaned to your child on the day. The children are not to ride their bikes in the school playground. Please remind them to walk their bikes round to the Year 6 classroom. If the children are at Breakfast club, they may put their bikes in the shelter in the front playground.


John the Greek - Thank you for providing the white sheets last week! The children had an amazing topic launch day learning fascinating facts about the Greeks - including  gruesome medicine! Please ask them to talk to you about their favourite part of the day.  




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:



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: Big writes will be linked to topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on. Our composition focus will continue to be:


  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses. (Commas for clarity.)
  • I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.
  • I can use adverbs, preposition phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail, qualification and precision.
  • Using similes, metaphors and personification.
  • I can distinguish between formal and informal writing.
  • I can create atmosphere in my writing.
  • I can use modal verbs to suggest degrees of possibility.
  • I can use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout my writing.
  • I can use passive and active sentences.



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.



  • I can use a semi colon, colon and a dash.
  • I can use a hyphen.
  • I can identify the present perfect, past progressive and the subjunctive form in a sentence.
  • I can identify and use passive and active sentences.
  •  Revision of different types of sentences
  • Revision of adverbs (when they don't end in ly) 



Read Write Inc. Spellings

Unit 5 - suffixes

Unit 6 - sh sound spelt ti or ci

Unit 7 - sh sound spelt si and ssi

Unit 8 - silent letters

Unit 9 - ei and ie spellings

Unit 10 - words ending in ible and able


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.




  • Calculating perimeter and area of 2D shapes (including circles).
  • Calculate the volume of 3D shapes.
  • Properties of 3D shapes, including nets.
  • Identify and classify properties of 2D shapes.
  • Calculating missing angles.
  • Converting units of measure (including miles to km)
  • Position and direction - Re-plot and finding missing co-ordinates in all four quadrants.
  • Statistics - Calculate and understand the MEAN average.
  • Construct and interpret time line and conversion line graphs.
  • Consolidation of percentages and construct / interpret pie charts.
  • To read and write Roman Numerals.
  • To interpret timetables.
  • Multi-step word problems using all four operations.
  • Ratio and proportion - continue sequences and finding the nth term.



Our topic will be all about 'Living Things' covering the following objectives:

  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  •  Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics



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.

  • Monday: Rugby with a coach from Leeds Rhinos. We will be outdoors for all our PE sessions.  
  • Friday: Haka dance 




We do not have a geography focus this half term.



French will taught with Camille Savy, who is a trainee teacher from France. She will be supporting Mrs Myers in 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.






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