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Welcome to Summer term 2, 2024

Welcome back to the final half term of the year, and for the Year Sixes, their final half term at primary school.

This half term should be a truly memorable one, as the children bring an important stage of their lives to a close and get ready to start a whole new chapter.

There will be lots of exciting events, such as the residential, the end of year performance, the leavers presentation evening and much more. Please see the newsletter below for further details and dates. We are looking forward to signing off in style!




Newsletter Summer 2 2024

Welcome back to Autumn 2


Welcome back! Autumn 2 is traditionally a very busy term, with the run up to Christmas, the Mela and lots of new learning. This half term, there is also the Remembrance assembly and a trip to the Imperial War Museum in Salford.

We will continue to have PE on Monday and Forest School on Wednesday (no Friday PE this half term). Homework will continue to be set on Fridays, to be completed by the following Friday. Topic homework will be set at the start of the half term and should be completed by the end of the term. As ever, if you have any questions, speak to us at the door or get in touch via Dojo.

In English, we will be looking at war poetry, particularly that of Wilfred Owen, and writing letters from the trenches.

In Maths, we will be focusing on fractions.

In History, we will be looking at the causes of World War 2 and its effect on Britain.

In Art, we will be looking at different styles of painting and using what we have learned to create our own paintings.

In Science we will be learning about electrical circuits.

In Design and Technology, we will be looking at flavour and ingredients, then making our own recipes.

In Computing, we will be looking at networks and coding.

Welcome to Year 6!


Welcome back to the new school year. We hope you have all had a great summer and are looking forward to your final year at The Heys. Year 6 is, as always, a landmark year for the children in many ways. There are high school applications and visits, the school production, the residential, the SATs tests and lots of new, exciting learning to get their teeth into. 

There are a few changes to the schedule and expectations this year -

  • On PE days (Monday and Friday), in order to help children get used to the requirements of high school, children are to come to school in their normal uniform and change before the PE lesson. They will need to bring their PE kits in a bag.

  • The same applies to Forest School. Forest School starts on Wednesday 20th September for all children and will take place every two weeks after that.

  • Home reading should be done each day for a minimum of 20 minutes. Children should write in their reading records the date, book title and page they have read to, followed by a couple of sentences summarising what they have read. Parents should sign the reading record at the end of the week. 

  • Mathletics and Reading Eggs homework will be set each week, along with project work for children to complete across the half term. 

There are a couple of important dates to let you know about too - 31st October is the deadline for high school applications. Please make sure you have visited the schools on their open days to get a flavour of what the different schools offer before you make your decision. Also, there will be the Year 6 Remembrance assembly next half term at 9am on Friday 10th November. Parents are invited to attend, so please come if you can make it to show your support.

If you have any questions about anything at all, do not hesitate to get in touch. You can get in touch via Class Dojo or at the start/end of the day at the classroom door. We look forward to meeting you all during the next few weeks and hope that the children have a memorable and enjoyable time in Year 6. 


Thank you for your support,

Mr Hornby, Mrs Atherton and Mrs Walker


In English, we will be looking at the fantasy world of the Land of Neverbelieve by Norman Messenger

In Maths we will focus on place value and the 4 operations

In Science we will be looking at living things and their habitats and the work of biologist Carl Linnaeus

In Geography we will be asking 'Where does our energy come from?'

In Art, we will be developing our drawing skills

In Computing we will be looking at how to improve our internet safety

In French we will be learning how to talk and write about school

In Music, we shall be exploring the genre of soul music and learning how to sing and play 'Happy'

In PE we will be developing our leadership skills and learning the skills to play handball

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