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Welcome to the Year 6 Page!

Hello to all of our Year 6’s! Here is all the information about the exciting learning and plans we have in store for the term ahead:

English – Cogheart


This term, we will be reading Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. This book is set in the Victorian

era, where murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping adventure. Children will

be hooked and the strong, female heroine of Lily is a great character to inspire all

children.   We will be writing for a range of exciting purposes: look out for our character

descriptions of The Kraken and our very own Mechanimal designs.  While enjoying

writing about the book, we will also explore grammatical structures and all children will

be working towards gaining our reading gems – who can collect them first?


This term, we will begin with revisiting and developing our understanding of place value and the four operations.  We will take our time to ensure the foundations of mathematical understanding are fully revised and secured after such a long break away from school.  Times tables knowledge is also a key element to mathematical success and we will be including these in our daily teaching.  It will be a great opportunity for us to assess any gaps the children may have in their understanding and quickly address these to allow them to grow in confidence as the year continues.

Our History topic this term is Crime and Punishment and we will be kicking off the topic with an immersive workshop on 15th September where we will be introduced to a range of punishments and the crimes they were attributed to.  Throughout the topic, we will explore the chronology of British history while learning about the developments, changes and sometimes horrors of our judicial system.  We hope to even have a zoom call with a real-life judge!

Geography will be revisiting our understanding of the world – including continents and oceans – before moving on to learning about biomes and their complexities.

In science, we will be learning about Electricity and Light.  We will explore the importance of two key figures: Michael Faraday and Sir Isaac Newton.

As we begin the year, we will be looking at the importance of E-Safety and a range of key PSHE themes involving British Values and what can impact on our mental health – both positively and negatively.  We are aware of the challenges the period of lockdown ha had on all of us, and we are here to support your child’s transition back to school routine.

P.C. Anna, who visits us annually, will be on hand to share the S.T.A.R workshop with our Year 6 children at some point in the Autumn term also. 

Creative opportunities this term are plentiful with plans for class assembly performances; musical expression (exploring everything from Motown to Jazz and Blues); fine-art drawing; 3D clay sculptures; computer coding and much more.

Please make sure your child has the appropriate kit (i.e. black shorts, white top, trainer etc) in school each week – bringing it to be washed at the weekend.  The growth of outside areas means that one some days more than one class may join together for lessons.  Our outdoor sports this term include Handball, Netball and Football.  Please can children ensure they have either leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a jumper in school as the Winter weather sets in.

Each week, we will set work of English, Maths, Times Tables and Spelling to support learning in class.  This will all be set on SeeSaw (with paper copies available) and will need to have been submitted by Wednesday. 

Homework is an integral part of learning in Year 6.  To help support the children who find completing this at home tricky, we will run a homework club on Monday lunchtime in 6S.  Here Year 6 teachers will be available to support children in their learning.

We are looking forward to our first term with the children and we hope that they will enjoy the topics we shall be teaching them. If you have any concerns, please feel free to pop in and see any of us.

 Miss Andrews, Miss Smethurst and Mr Morgan