Welcome to Year 6
nurturing bright futures
Meet the Team
6P Class teacher - Mrs E. Fox
6P Teaching Assistant - Mrs F. Gissane
6G Class Teacher - Miss H. Hurley
6G Teaching Assistant - Mrs G. Riches
6P Email: email@example.com
6G Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Year 6! We are all looking forward to continuing and sharing in new adventures together as you all develop within your education in your final year of Primary School. We hope you all enjoy your time in Year 6 and if you do have any questions, please contact your class teacher using the class email address.
PE for the Spring Term will be every Monday afternoon and every Wednesday afternoon. On these days, children will need PE consisting of
Water Bottles and Snacks
Children are able to bring a water bottle, with water only, in to school which is clearly labelled with their name. These need to be placed in the designated space in your child's classroom. At break times, children are allowed to bring in their own healthy snack.
Homework will be set each Friday and is due back in the following Thursday. Children will need to put their homework book into the designated homework box in their classroom. Homework will consist of one activity from the Topic home learning sheet, reading to an adult three times each week, timetables practice and weekly spellings using the school home learning websites: TTRS, Bug Club and Ed Shed. We ask that adults at home sign and date their child's reading record when they have been heard read. Children need to bring their reading book and RWI Log Book into school each day. Home learning will also be set on Seesaw every Friday. This will be a Maths, Reading or SPaG activity.
home learning is set termly from the Britain at War home learning tasks in your child’s homework book and class pages. Children should choose one activity to complete each week.
Useful websites for Topic home learning:
Britannica Kids – Norman Conquest
Britannica Kids – Wars of the Roses
Britannica Kids – English Civil War
DKfindout! – Facts About The Napoleonic Wars
Britannica Kids – Crimean War
BBC Bitesize – World War One – KS2 History
BBC Teach – World War Two
Imperial War Museums – Living in the Trenches
Britannica Kids – Battle of Britain
Britannica Kids – Blitz Britannica Kids – D-Day
BBC Teach – How propaganda was used during
World War Two – History KS2
Imperial War Museums – Second World War Posters
Spelling Shed is full of games, which are designed to encourage your children to develop their spelling of the year 5 and 6 curriculum words. Logins can be found in the front of your child's Reading Record book.
is a great way for your child to continue improving their reading and comprehension skills. The book bands correspond with the book band that your child is on in school and completing the quizzes by clicking on the Bug's face on pages throughout the books will improve your child's comprehension skills further. Logins can be found in the front of you child's Reading Record book.
is a great way for your child to practise their times tables and number skills. Logins can be found in the front of your child's Reading Record book.
Our Spring Term Curriculum
This half term, we will be using the book A Monster Calls to learn how to write a horror narrative. Following this we will be focussing on writing a recount using the book Letters from the Lighthouse. We will continue to follow Jane Considine's The Write Stuff scheme of learning as well as the sentence stacking lessons to develop children's vocabulary and stamina for writing.
This half term, we will be focussing on ratio, algebra and fractions, decimals and percentages. After the half term, children will focus on area, perimeter and volume and statistics. Lessons will focus on Maths mastery following the White Rose scheme. As well as this, children will practice Maths fluency for 10 minutes each day in the afternoon.
In Science this half term, we will be learning all about light. Children will have opportunities to investigate how we see things, what shadows are and how their size can change and different light sources. Children will also be researching Thomas Edison, the scientist who invented the electric light bulb. Following this, Children will learn about electricity and children will have opportunities to create their own circuits and investigate the effects of adding more voltage to a circuit.
Our Britain at War project teaches children about the causes, events and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, the influence of new inventions on warfare, how life in Great Britain was affected and the legacy of the wars in the post-war period.
Design and Technology
Our topic for this term is Make Do and Mend. This project teaches children a range of simple sewing stitches, including ways of recycling and repurposing old clothes and materials.
This term we will be learning about blogging, online safety and networks. We will continue to use the Purple Mash scheme of learning for year 6 for these lessons.
This year we will be using the award-winning Music learning scheme, Charanga. Children’s learning will be centred around two units: A New Year Carol and You've Got a Friend. Within these units of lessons, children will have many opportunities to listen to and apprise music as well as study lyrics and rhythm.
The children will focus on specific topics including belonging to a community, money and work and media literacy and digital resilience.
This half term, the children will be focusing on the key questions – is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity and what matters most to Christians and to Humanists?
This term children will be studying the following topics during weekly French lessons: where we live, adjectives and prepositions, and revision of days of the week and months of the year. Children will learn how to create and say sentences in French as well as translate paragraphs from French to English.
Britain at War Home Learning Tasks
1. Britain and its inhabitants have fought in or endured several significant conflicts throughout history. Use a range of sources to find out about the conflicts listed and Britain’s involvement. Record your findings in a table. Include the following column headings: name of conflict, date, countries or people involved, one major cause and one major consequence of the conflict.
• Norman Conquest of England
• Wars of the Roses
• English Civil War
• Napoleonic Wars
• Crimean War
• First World War
• Second World War
2. Discuss with a family member what the words ‘conflict’ and ‘war’ mean and look up their meaning in a dictionary. Then use a dictionary to write definitions for the following terminology: alliance invasion expansionism militarism fascism nationalism imperialism retaliation.
3. Use your existing knowledge and a range of sources to write a report about the First World War. Record information as notes on a mind map first, under headings such as causes, warring nations, key events, front line, home front and how the war ended. Use your mind map to help you write your report. Include a title, an opening paragraph, a timeline of key events, subheadings, detailed facts, precise topic vocabulary and images with captions.
4. Use a range of sources to look at images of First World War trenches. Find out about trench warfare and then answer the questions.
• Why were trenches used during the First World War?
• What did trench warfare involve?
• What was life like for the soldiers in a First World War trench?
5. Use your existing knowledge and a range of sources to write a report about the Second World War. Record information as notes on a mind map first, under headings, such as causes, warring nations, key events, effects of the war on everyday life and how the war ended. Use your mind map to help you write your report. Include a title, an opening paragraph, a timeline of key events, subheadings, detailed facts, precise topic vocabulary and images with captions.
6. Use a range of sources to find out about the following important events, which involved Britain during the Second World War: Battle of Britain, the Blitz and D-Day. Use bullet points to write a list of key findings about each event.
7. The Ministry of Information produced persuasive posters during both the First and Second World Wars to affect people’s opinions and actions. Use online sources to learn more about wartime posters and to find examples. Then answer the questions.
• What was the purpose of persuasive posters in the First and Second World Wars?
• Propaganda was a feature of some wartime posters. What is the definition of the word propaganda?
• In what different ways did posters encourage British people to get involved in the war effort during the First and Second World Wars?
• Choose some wartime posters to explore and answer these questions: Who was the poster aimed at? What was it meant to achieve? How effective do you think it was and why?
8. Experts developed different weapons, innovations and technology during the First and Second World Wars to help each side defeat their enemies. Examples include artillery, aircraft and radar. Find out about the weapons, innovations, and technology developed, then create an information poster about one development that interests you. Include a title, images with captions and detailed facts.
9. Read a historical narrative, poems or age-appropriate real-life stories about either the First or Second World War. There are many suitable and award-winning titles available. Examples include: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll, War Horse, Private Peaceful or Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo, The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay, Poems from the Second World War by Gaby Morgan, Archie’s War by Marcia Williams, Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl (Abridged for young readers) by Mirjam Pressler or Voices from the Second World War by First News.
10. Finish your home learning by writing a summary of the topic, explaining what you have learned about Britain’s involvement in conflicts throughout history and the First and Second World Wars.
SATs Information for Parents
SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tests and they are administered by primary schools in England to children in Year 6 to assess children’s progress from KS1 to KS2. The setting and marking of SATs are carried out in UK schools by the .
An additional bank holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Monday 8 May 2023. This date had previously been announced as the first day of the 2023 key stage 2 (KS2) SAT test week in England. Ministers have considered the situation carefully and have decided that KS2 SAT tests will take place in the same week with tests following the usual order but each taking place one day later than originally planned, this means that SATs tests will start on Tuesday 9th May.
Test Timetable for 2023
In May 2023, your child will sit statutory tests in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, Reading and Maths. These are the dates set for the assessments by the Standards and Testing Agency.
Tuesday 9th May 2023
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Paper 1
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Paper 2
Wednesday 10th May 2023
Thursday 11th May 2023
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Friday 12th May 2023
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Tests.
The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests are presented to children as two test papers. Paper 1, a written, short answer paper, tests knowledge of grammar and punctuation taught across Key Stage Two. Pupils have 45 minutes to complete paper 1. Paper 2 is an aural spelling test of 20 words which tests the spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes taught from years 3 - 6.
English Reading Test
The English Reading test focuses on comprehension and includes a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. The test consists of one reading booklet, which has three texts for the children to read, and a separate answer booklet. Pupils have one hour to read the three texts in the reading booklet and answer the questions.
The Mathematics assessment is presented to pupils as three test papers. Paper 1 assesses arithmetic and pupils will have 30 minutes to give the answers to calculations. Papers 2 and 3 assess reasoning and will consist of a wider range of problem-solving questions. Papers 2 and 3 will last for 40 minutes each.
There are no statutory tests set to assess writing. Instead, your child’s writing will be teacher assessed. To do this, teachers will be using the Teacher Assessment Framework for Writing for pupils who have completed the Key Stage Two National Curriculum programme of study. A range of different pieces of writing, which have been completed in class as part of your child’s English lessons, will be used to judge each pupil as: working at the expected level, working at a greater depth or working towards the expected level. To be working at the expected level children need to show evidence of all the National Curriculum statements for writing.
Results and Reporting to Parents
Scaled scores are used to report SATs test results for each subject tested. The numerical scores (raw scores) from the SPaG, Reading and Mathematics tests will be converted into a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 shows that a child is working at the expected Year 6 level, a scaled score of 110 or above shows that a child is working at a greater depth and scaled score of below 100 shows that a child is working below the expected level for Year 6. Parents will receive their child’s SATs results and Teacher Assessment judgements at the end of this academic year in July 2023. All test papers are marked externally not by school staff.
How to Help at Home
In the Spring Term, children will receive one piece of SPaG, Reading or Maths revision homework each week vis Seesaw. As well as this, parents and carers will be given the opportunity to purchase CGP revision guides and study books through school, at a discounted price. These books are an excellent resource to help your child revise the Key Stage Two curriculum as they cover all aspects of SPaG, reading and maths. Questions in the guides are also written in the same style as a SATs paper. The order form for the revision guides and study books must be returned to school by Wednesday 25th January with the correct amount of money due in a sealed envelope, clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.
If you have any further questions about the SATs tests, revision guides or if your child becomes anxious about the SATs, please talk to a member of the year 6 staff who will be happy to help.