Year 6


Mrs Lindsay
Miss Manning
Mrs Hey
Miss Wakefield
Miss Veal
Mrs Chatwin
Miss Hill

Hello and welcome to Year 6!

SATS - click here to access our recent parents SATS meeting: SATS presentation 
If you were unable to make it to our curriculum meeting, please click on the link to access the presentation used: Curriculum Presentation to Parents

We are really excited to welcome you to our Year 6 page. Here you will find lots of information about the curriculum, our learning in Year 6 and our expectations. As part of the curriculum, children in Year Six are expected to be able to confidently spell a range of words including all of the Year 5/6 spellings. Each week, your child will receive their weekly spellings on Friday and will be tested on these on the following Friday. Please ensure your child is dedicating time to this at home.

Your child’s reading skills are key to their success in school and reading for at least 10 minutes every night – whether this is your child reading independently or through shared experiences – is important. Please sign their reading diary noting what they have read, any comments and perhaps any words that they found difficult.
Homework will also be sent out weekly every Friday and will be expected to be returned the following Thursday. This will be a piece of English and Maths which will help consolidate their learning from that week. The children should be able to complete this independently, but of course support can be given if required.

Children in 6M and 6CH have PE on a Tuesday afternoon.
Children in 6H and 6V have PE on a Thursday afternoon.
Children are expected to come to school in their PE kits on the day they have PE.

Spring Term:
We will be reading Emma Carroll’s ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.
‘After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.’

We will be reading ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palacio.
A brutally powerful story of a 10-year-old boy named August Pullman, who has a facial anomaly. He is an ordinary kid who plays Xbox, is obsessed with Star Wars, but despite the 27 operations done for his face he will never look normal.

We firstly look at the animation ‘Beyond the Lines’ to inspire a narrative based on the Normandy Landings of 1944 from the perspective of a veteran’s grandsons who travel back in time to experience the harrowing scenes of D-Day. 
We then complete a confessional recount from the perspective of World War II veteran Joseph Robertson where he recalls a German soldier he killed during the Battle of the Bulge and the reoccurring nightmares he faces.

As part of our History unit, we study the persecution of the Jewish under the dictatorship of Nazi Germany and use this to inspire a diary entry written from the perspective of Anne Frank about her time spent in hiding.

Finally, we finish the term by studying the poem ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Tennyson. We learn the poem as a class and explore the archaic language used. We use the structure and features used to inspire our own poem about World War II.

History – Year Six will head back to 1939 and uncover the events which led to Britain’s involvement in the Second World War. We will learn about life under the terrifying dictatorship of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, the impact of evacuation in both Britain and Europe, the significance of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz and how our locality remained united with Britain in the fight for victory against Germany. 

Geography – Our Summer unit is called Time Zones and children will be globe-trotting to various different countries around the world. Why does Australia celebrate Christmas in Summer? What are ‘White nights’ in the north? Why do we have to adjust our watches when we travel abroad? Children will understand the term Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and use longitude and latitude coordinates to locate places and note their time zones.

Science – In the Summer Term, Year Six will be looking at two different units: Body Pump and Body Health. Pupils will learn about the circulatory system including its function and key components. We will be looking at the human heart, the network of blood vessels which connect it as well as identifying the components of blood and its function in the body. For Body Health, we will look at how to keep our bodies healthy focusing on diet (to include the different food groups), exercise and drugs. Children will carry out experiments and record their findings scientifically to find out how exercise directly affects our heart rate drawing on prior knowledge from the previous unit.

Art – We will delve into art from the war. We will study artwork during the Second World War with a focus on the artist Henry Moore. We will look at how artwork can convey intense emotion and how some artwork can be metaphoric, offering deeper meaning. We will then explore the technique of Wax Resist with a view to creating our own wax resist artwork using Henry Moore’s work as inspiration.

DT – In design and technology this term we will be focusing on Electrical Systems.  The children will follow the full design process, from investigations, to initial designs, prototypes, and then finally making and creating their own circuit within a product. We will use more complex switches and circuits to bring a product into action.

RE – ‘In RE we will be looking at how Christian and Islamic teachings help tackle the injustice and poverty in the world today. Pupils will be looking at a range of religious charities which do good work both in the local community and worldwide and we will ask ourselves how we ourselves can contribute. Pupils will also consider the impact a person’s faith has on their life. Does it impact their actions, values and aspirations?

PSHE – In PSHE, Year 6 are discussing Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing (to include the subjects of: what affects mental health, ways to take care of it, managing change, loss and bereavement and managing time online), Growing and Changing (including: human reproduction and birth, increasing independence and managing transitions) and Keeping Safe (keeping personal information safe, regulations and choices, drug use and the law and drug use and the media).

Computing – During Summer term, Year 6 will be focusing on Coding and Text Adventures. Throughout Coding, children will be learning what coding means in computing and will use code to make a working computer program. Our Text Adventure unit further enhances their coding skills. Children will be given text-based adventures and they will have the chance to edit an existing text adventure using their knowledge from coding.

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