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WELCOME to Year 6


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Year 6 Staff

Flamingos Toucans

Class Teachers: Mrs McKeown 

Learning Support: Mrs Broughton, Mrs Robbins, Mrs Etherington

Class Teachers: Mrs Talley, Mrs Armstrong

Learning Support: Ms Piddington, Miss Knowles

Linked HLTA: Mrs Broughton, Mrs Piddington

Phase Leader: Mrs S Talley

Key Information

PE Days:

This half term our PE days will continue to be Monday PM (Indoors) and Wednesday PM (Outdoors). Children should come to school in PE kit on those days. Please ensure that your child is wearing a full PE kit (plain t-shirt in their house colour, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsolls or trainers) in school each PE day. Long hair should be tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE.


Library Day:


The children will be given an opportunity to visit our school library at least once a week, during which time they will be able to select a reading book of their choice. We will read daily in class and there will be opportunities for independent and paired reading throughout the day. If your child would like to take their library book home, please make sure it is brought back into school every day. The children also have access to our Bug Club library and can bring home physical copies of the texts or use the online portal to read a wide range of books online.


Class Celebration Assembly:


We will be hosting a class celebration assembly on a Wednesday where we encourage children to bring in any achievements from outside of school. The children will then get the opportunity to discuss their achievements and share them with the class.

 Welcome To Year 6

Our topic this half term is: World War Two

As always, much of our reading and writing will be inspired by our topic and we are looking forward to our Protect the Port workshops at Fort Nelson. Your child should have brought home a letter about this before half term so if you have not received this, please speak to your child’s teacher. Although we do not study the history of World War Two, the children will learn about aspects connected to it through many of their other lessons, including music, design technology, art and dance.

Key dates for Spring 1 are as follows.

Tuesday 15th January

 Flamingos visiting Fort Nelson

Wednesday 16th January

 Toucans visiting Fort Nelson

Core Curriculum


This half term we will be covering the following topics.

Week 1 – Converting measures

Weeks 2 and 3 – Decimals

Weeks 4 and 5 – Fractions, decimals and percentages

Week 6 – Consolidation and revision

We will also continue to give the children short retrieval and arithmetic tasks to complete at the start of their maths lessons. Much of the Year 6 curriculum - particularly the arithmetic - relies on children having a strong knowledge of their times tables. Please continue to support your child to become a 'Times Table Master' by encouraging them to use TTRockstars regularly. We know that many children will already have achieved this but it is important that they continue to practise their tables as these skills can become less secure without regular practice. Speed, fluency and accuracy are vital when applying times table knowledge to other areas of the maths curriculum.



This half term we will be using a short animation called Beyond the Lines, as well as a range of exciting and emotive texts, to inspire a variety of writing outcomes such as descriptions, letters, diaries and narratives. Towards the end of the half term, the children will also be writing poems from the point of evacuees.




This half term we will begin by reading Rose Blanche. This beautifully illustrated book is always popular with the children in Year 6 and often leads to some wonderful discussions during reading lessons.


We will use these texts to immerse the children into our new topic and will focus heavily on supporting the children to build their reading fluency and their stamina. We will continue to ensure that there is free-reading time and will be encouraging the children to read widely and often both in and outside of school. Please remind your child to read and change their Bug Club book as well as their library book. 



Thank you so much to those of you who have been supporting your children to complete the home learning tasks that we set last term. It has been wonderful to see so many children (and parents) engaging with Google Classroom and we hope that this is now becoming easier for you all. We really enjoyed looking at the Greeks projects that some of the children completed and have added them to the home learning display in the Year 6 shared area.

As we have said before, part of our role in Year 6 is to prepare the children for their transition to secondary school where there will be much emphasis on the children being independent learners. Most secondary schools set home learning tasks via online platforms so in order to help the children with this, it is important that they begin to get to grips with using Google Classroom. If you have not yet returned the permission slip, we cannot give your child their login so please make sure you ask your child’s teacher if you require another copy of the letter that was sent out at the start of last half term.

This half term, we will continue to set the home learning via Google Classroom. The half term overview will be uploaded (along with any other resources the children will need) but you can access a copy of it here. Please remind your child that we cannot give out login information via Google Classroom. If they have misplaced their login for MyMaths, Bug Club or TTRS, they will need to ask their class teacher for it.

Once again, thank you for your support with the home learning. We will continue to reward the children for each task they complete and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the end of this half term.

Additional Guidance

For more information about the Year 6 National Curriculum, please follow the link.