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Year 6

Summer 1 2023

Welcome back. We hope everyone had a great Easter break and Eid Mubarak to those who will be celebrating at the end of this week. As you will all know, this is a short but packed term. There will be History Day, the return of Forest School, preparations for the end of year show and obviously, the SATs tests! Please help us to ensure that all children are not under any undue pressure in the coming weeks, but are encouraged to try their best and use the tests as an opportunity to show what they have learned.

The dates for the SATs are as follows - 

Tuesday 9 May 2023Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 1
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 2
Wednesday 10 May 2023English Reading
Thursday 11 May 2023Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Friday 12 May 2023Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)


If you have any further questions about the tests, please get in touch via the usual channels. Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Hornby and Mrs Atherton

In English, we will be reading Macbeth.

In Maths, we will be finishing our work on angles and shape, as well as revising our reasoning skills.

In History we will exploring historical significance and asking who should have their face on the £10 note?

In Art, we will be looking at how art can express the concept of self, using the medium of sculpture.

In PSHE, we will be exploring how we navigate the network of relationships that we are part of.

Spring 2 2023

Welcome back to the new term. This is a short term (just five weeks), but it is also an important one for the Year Six children as the the last term before the SATs tests. While we will do all we can to ensure that all children are prepared for the tests (including practice tests), it is important that children do not feel any undue pressure. The tests are an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and whatever the outcome of the tests, trying their best is the only requirement. We also have parents' meetings this term, where we can answer any questions about the forthcoming tests. If you have any other questions, please get in touch via Dojo or at the start or end of the day.


Thank you for your support

Mr Hornby and Mrs Atherton


In English, we will be reading 'Shackleton's Journey', which tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated mission to cross Antarctica. We will be learning all about the hardships they suffered and writing persuasive letters and diary extracts. 


In Maths, we will be focusing on shape, co-ordinates, statistics, angles and percentages, as well as revising previous learning.


In Science, we will be learning about electricity and circuits.

In computing, we will be learning about blogging. Our PSHE topic is 'Healthy Me', where children will learn about how to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health, as well as that of others. We will also learn to talk about healthy lifestyles in French. Our PE sessions will include athletics and badminton.

Spring 1 2023

Welcome back! We have another busy half term planned, with much of our study being focused around the subject of China. We will be looking at the history, culture, art and food of China, as well as celebrating Chinese New Year, which falls on the 22nd of January.

The SATs workbooks that the children received will form the basis of the homework this term. Work will be given on Friday and brought in to mark on the following Friday. All children must bring their workbooks in each week to be marked.

As always, if you have any questions, get in touch via Dojo, or speak to Mrs Atherton or myself at the start or end of the day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Hornby and Mrs Atherton.


In English, we will be studying and writing our own versions of Chinese myths and legends, focusing on Pangu, the first living creature who created the world, and the famous story about the Monkey King and his companions.

In Maths, we will be working on ratio, algebra and decimals. During Maths week, we will also be looking at Fibonacci sequences.

Our Science topic this half term is light. We will be learning about how we see and how light travels.

In History, we will be looking at the culture and achievements of the Shang Dynasty.

Our geographical study will involve looking at latitude, longitude, six figure grid referencing, geographical diversity and the movement of people from the countryside to the vast cities of China.

In Religious Education, we shall be learning all about Buddhism and Chinese New Year celebrations.

In Art, we shall be learning about Chinese woodblock printing and printing our own images.

To end our topic, we shall be devising our own Chinese menus and cooking a feast using Chinese ingredients.

Also this half term, we shall be learning about spreadsheets in Computing, exploring our goals and ambitions in PSHE, learning how to talk about the weekend in French and taking part in health based exercise in PE. 

Autumn 2 2022


Welcome back!

The second half term is always a busy one, with the Mela, Christmas and lots more, along with a new set of areas of study. 

Please check in with the website to see what we are doing in class and keep up to date with homework (this will be visible in the 'Learning from home' section).

As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch via Class Dojo or speak to us before or after class.


Mr Hornby and Mrs Atherton

​​​World War 1

Our topic this half term will be World War 1. We will looking at the causes, the events and the effect it had on the world and the local area. 


In English, we will be looking at war poetry, particularly the poems of Wilfred Owen. 





We will also be writing non-chronological reports about the events surrounding the war and diary entries based on the experiences of local people affected by the Ashton munitions factory explosion


In maths, we will be focusing on fractions -

comparing and ordering

adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing

finding fractions of amounts

solving problems


We will also be looking at converting units of measurement.


In science we will be studying the classification of living things and exploring the work of Carl Linnaeus.

As mentioned above, in history, we will be learning about World War 1. This will include a trip to Portland Basin museum and the site of the Ashton munitions factory explosion. We will be studying a variety of artefacts and sources of evidence to see what they can tell us about the War and life in Britain in that time period, as well as taking in in-depth look at the life of Walter Tull. In design and technology, we will be creating our own versions of the trenches.


In computing, we will be learning about coding.


Following the Jigsaw scheme of work, our PSHE theme is 'Celebrating Difference'.


In French, we are learning vocabulary and sentence stuctures that describe the school day, as well as continuing to learn about different verb forms.


In PE, we shall be exploring different forms of physical exercise, including dance and orienteering.





Autumn 1

Mr Hornby and Mrs Atherton would like to welcome you to Year 6.


We are looking forward welcoming all the children back and setting off on a packed and memorable year.

Please check the website for timetables, curriculum plans, useful links and updates on the fabulous work that is going on in the classroom. This term, we will be studying...


English - Our theme is 'We are the detectives', and we shall be studying 'Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band'. We will be seeing how deduction and detection is a key to learning across all areas of the curriculum and we will write our own mystery stories.


Maths - Place value and the four operations.


Science - Evolution and adaptation.


Computing - E-Safety.


Geography - The physical and human geography of the United Kingdom.


Art - Drawing and sketching, using proportion, perspective and shading to add depth and texture.


PE - Handball.


PSHE - Jigsaw curriculum-Being me in my world.


Music - 'O Fortuna' by Carl Orff and creating our own piece inspired by it.


RE - Comparing differences and similarities between major religions.


For a detailed breakdown of each subject, please see the medium term plan document on this page.





Hamza, our reading VIP enjoying the top prize - sitting in Mr Hornby's chair for the day.

Spellings week ending 21/10/22










equip (–ped, –ment)




Spelling test 14/10/22













Spelling test 7.10.21




Spelling test 30/9/22


















This week's spellings


Spelling test 16/9/22













Year 6  2021-2022

Medium term plan Summer 2

Celebrating the jubilee

SATS dates 2022

Year 6 timetable

Welcome back to the Autumn 2 half term

Making our own fraction walls


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Year 6 created a musical piece inspired by O Fortuna by Carl Orff. They created the piece using an um-pah pulse, ostinatos, crescendos and lyrics inspired by the goddess of fate and fortune.

Spellings - week beginning 20/9/2021

Spellings week beginning 4th October 2021