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Welcome to Year 6!


We hope that you had a fabulous half term! 

Remember that Monday 4th November is a training day so enjoy it - read lots and rest! 

News flash: PE continues to be on Mondays and Fridays. 

In addition to this, please wear your PE kit on Thursday, 7th November, 

 so that we can perform your cheer routines during the open afternoon.



Welcome to Year 6 and we hope you enjoy reading 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.

As Year 6 children, 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 developing independence, resilience, teamwork and empathy.  

Mrs Myers, Miss Hicks, Mrs Crabtree, Mrs Meek and Mrs Questa are all involved with teaching and learning in Year 6.

Mrs Myers will be teaching Mon, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon and alternate Wednesday afternoons.

Miss Hicks will be teaching Thursday morning and all day Friday.

Mrs Meek will be teaching alternate Wednesday afternoons.

Mrs Crabtree is our Teaching Assistant and will be supporting teaching and learning every morning.

Mrs Questa will be joining us on a Friday morning to teach small groups of children. 


Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or coved with a plaster. Monday will be indoor PE and Friday will be outdoor PE.


Upcoming Events:


Monday 4th November – Training Day

Thursday 7th November – Year 6 Topic Sharing Open Afternoon from 2.30pm

14-11-19 and 21-11-19: Parent Consultation Evening

06-01-20: Staff Training Day

05-03-20 and 12-03-20: Parent Consultation Evening

25-03-20: Year 6 Topic Afternoon

Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April - BikeAbility for Y6. More information will follow. 

11-05-20 until 14-05-20: - KS2 SATs Week 

01-06-20: Staff Training Day

10-07-20: Year 6 Topic Share Morning. 9:10 - 10.20

Latest News:

Parent Open afternoon on Thursday, 7th November 2019.  This is from 2:30pm onwards.  We hope to see you here but there will be activities for all children to do so don't worry if you can't come due to work and other commitments : )


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 Wednesday 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 weekly spellings tests based on spelling patterns and the list of Year 5/6 word. 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 2020 we will be sending home short SPAG, Reading and Maths  SATs papers as part of the homework.

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:

Topic Ancient Benin 




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.


  • Cohesive devices
  • Fronted adverbials (consolidation)
  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Emotive language
  • Formal and informal language
  • Colons, Semi-colons and Dashes



The first half term we will be writing:

Non-Fiction – The Invention of the Lightbulb.

Fiction – The Alchemist’s Letter

Diary genre to prose

Interview – Understanding character through dialogue.

Non-fiction – A piece linked with our topic – shhhhhhh…. To be confirmed


We will cover the following objectives:

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

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




Year 6 will continue to follow the Read Write Inc Spelling programme. Each unit will cover a spelling pattern focus and a selection of Y5/6 Statutory Spellings. The children will have a weekly spelling test. This will either consist of selection of spellings linked to the spelling pattern which will be practised during the lessons or the Year 5/6 orange words. The children will bring their spelling log books home daily where spellings will be recorded by the children.


Unit 1: Suffixes – verb endings and superlatives

Unit 2: Suffixes – verb endings and changing verbs to nouns and nouns to adjectives

Unit 3: Suffixes – Noun to adjective

Unit 4: Suffixes – ‘Swap, double, drop!’

Unit 5: Suffixes – Dropping the ‘y’




Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and including decimals down to thousandths.

Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy (Nearest whole number, ten, thousand etc)

Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero.


Mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

It is a statutory requirement that all children know their times tables by the end of Y4. We will continue to monitor this with weekly tests on a Wednesday (including multiplying decimals such as 9 x 6 = , 9 x 0.6 =


Formal Written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (short and long formal methods).


Order of operations – BIDMAS / BODMAS


Reasoning and problems relating to all the above.




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 make safe choices about the use of technology.
  • 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.
  •  can create strong passwords.
  • I can use knowledge of the meaning of different domain names.
  • I can use a range of technology for a specific purpose.




The Creation Story versus Science.

Are these views conflicting or can they be 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. We will be outdoors on a Monday for our PE sessions.


Monday: Gymnastics Coach. The children will look at creating and linking sequences to specific timings as a team. Indoor PE.


Friday: Team games and ball control skills. This is about leading a team and communicating a strategy. This will be outdoors so please wear appropriate clothing.




This will be linked to our residential.

  • I can plan a journey.
  • I can describe how some places are similar and dissimilar in relation to human and physical features.
  • I can use maps, aerial photos, e-resources to describe what a locality might be like.



This will be taught Autumn 2


PSHE/British values:

This will be taught Autumn 2



Watercolour skills linked to our topic.



This will be linked to our topic.
















Calculation Policy for Mathematics. How we teach calculations in year 6

Year 6 Long division

As per our calculation policy, this is the method that children in year 6 must use when completing long division.

The Y6 parent's meeting presentation from 10th September 2018