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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:

28/11/17 - School nurses to complete height and weight check with Y6 pupils.

4/12/17 - Christmas Play Dress Rehearsal

6/12/17 - Christmas Performance (afternoon and evening)

11/12/17 - Please bring in any certificates for our classroom certificate celebration

12/12/17 - School Christmas Lunch

13/12/17 - Talent Show!


Latest News:  Updated 24/11/17

Costumes for the Christmas production:

Please can the children bring in their costumes in a named bag Wednesday 29th or Thursday 30th November. This is so that we can be ready for our dress rehearsal on Monday 4th December.


Angels: Cricket whites (these can be provided) and a halo ** They will also need a jacket, gloves for when they are market sellers**

Stall sellers: cap/hat, ordinary clothes (no labels), apron (optional)

Customers: ordinary clothes (no labels)

Children: ordinary clothes (no labels)

Carol Singers: black bottoms (leggings, joggers, jeans etc), white top, light coat (optional)


Please remember that the hall does get very warm so please avoid thick clothing.


Homework 24/11/17

Maths Revision Guide: p. 25 and p.26

SPAG Revision Guide: p. 14 and p. 34



If the children find the pages in the SPAG and Maths revision guide challenging, please just let them do what they can rather than complete the whole page.




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.
  • 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.)

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 discovering what life was like in Ancient Benin! 



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 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.



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 vary sentence structure depending on whether it is formal or informal.
  • I can use a variety of organisational and presentation devices correct to the text type (cohesive devices).
  • I can sustain and develop ideas logically in both narrative and non-narrative writing.
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses. (Commas for clarity.)
  • I can use adverbs, preposition phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail, qualification and precision.



Read Write Inc. Spellings

Unit 1 – 3 focuses on revising the different suffixes.

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.




  • Place Value: read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit. Rounding decimals and converting decimals/fractions.
  • Four Rules: perform mental and formal calculations of whole numbers and decimals in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - applying to reasoning problems.  
  • BIDMAS/BODMAS: use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four number operations. Children need to know the meanings of both as BODMAS is the old curriculum and BIDMAS is the new!
  • Algebra: express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers to satisfy equations.
  • Measure: calculating perimeter, area and volume of shapes. Properties of 3D shapes.



Our first topic will be all about Light, covering the following objectives:

  • I can explain how light travels.
  • I can explain and demonstrate how we see objects.
  • I can explain how a periscope works.
  • I can explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that casts them.


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.



Creation & Science – Are these ideas conflicting or complementary?



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: Orienteering, this is our outdoor PE session so please ensure you are dressed for the British weather! Our trip to Temple Newsom will be linked to this.
  • Friday: Dance, a dance coach from Leeds Rhinos will be leading the children in an indoor, topic-related dance. Selected children will be taking part in the next stage of the advanced dance qualification.



Our first Geography topic will be based on maps and linked to orienteering in PE. We will cover:  

  • I can answer questions using a map.
  • I can use Ordnance Survey symbols and 6 figure grid references.
  • I can plan a journey.
  • Orienteering and Geography fieldtrip at Temple Newsom.


French is taught in blocks and will be taught next half term.


PSHE/British values:

  • Identifying barriers to friendships.
  • Exploring ways to understand conflicts in friendships and finding ways to manage and overcome these conflicts.



Robinwood: The blog is now live. Please follow the link below to keep upto date with our Year 6 adventure to Robinwood.






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