Year 6






Welcome to Year 6 with Mrs Ditchburn.

Here is a little bit about what we will be learning in the AutumnTerm and the ways that you can support us!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home


The children’s writing will be linked to the term’s topics.

They will:

·Write letters and diary entries as a book character and important historical figures.

·Use figurative language to describe settings.

Analyse and write poems and create verses to songs.

Produce recounts of own experiences and significant historical moments.

Write reviews of films and books they have seen and read.

Create instructions for making an ancient sweet and evaluate.

Design a comic strip of a Maya myth.

Encourage your child to keep a diary.

Does your child ever write a letter to a member of your extended family or to friends who live elsewhere?  By setting up a writing relationship, your child can look forward to receiving their very own post!

Your child should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 mins.  Encourage your child to get cosy and comfortable when reading.  Do you set a good example? Could you set aside 30 mins of family reading time where the house is nice and quiet?  Read the books they are reading so you can engage in exciting dialogue, discussing character, setting and storyline as well as making predictions and inferring why certain events may occur or why characters behave in the recorded manner.  How does the author take you on this exciting journey?

Talk about any new, interesting or difficult vocabulary that they meet.  Do they need to use a dictionary to gain a better understanding?


Phonics/Spelling There will be daily Grammar lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing. Encourage your child to use a dictionary to support their vocabulary, when completing their homework.
Creative Curriculum Hola! Mexico

Geography – using an atlas to locate countries around the world. Research the physical and human geography of the region and compare with the UK.

History – the rise and fall of the Maya civilisation.

Culture – Mexican traditions: ‘Dia de los Muertos’.

A & D – skulls, screen printing.

Computing – research

Frozen Kingdom

Geography – exploring the polar regions and their impact on the planet.

Science – researching plant and animal adaptation within these regions. Exploring the features of ice.

D&T – designing and create their own polar animal.

Painting – Inuit art.


Encourage your child to read more widely to gain more information about the topics.  Ask questions about the country as they research in school and at home – they often find fun and fascinating facts.






Maths Number

Place Value – knowing numbers to 10,000,000; being able to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000; knowing negative numbers in context and calculate at intervals across zero.


Addition and Subtraction – using the column method to add/subtract more than 4 digit numbers, recognise the importance of inverse operations, multi-step problems.

Multiplication and Division – to be able to x and ÷numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using formal written methods. To know multiples, factors, common factors, prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers.


Compare and order fractions, including fractions >1. Add and subtract fractions with different denominations and mixed numbers. Be able to x and ÷proper fractions and know equivalents.


Graphs – to be able to draw, read and interpret line graphs

Timetables – to be able to read and interpret tables.

Area and Perimeter

To be able to find unknown lengths, to be able to work out the area of rectangles and compound shapes, to be able to make estimations, to be able to measure perimeter and to be able to calculate perimeter.

The children will need to know their times tables inside out and back to front.  For example:

7 x 8 = 56

8 x 7 = 56

56 ¸ 8 = 7

56 ¸ 7 = 8

and then the related facts:

0.7 x 8 = 5.6

0.8 x 7 = 5.6

5.6 ¸ 8 = 0.7

5.6 ¸ 7 = 0.8


The times tables tests have been revised for this year and the aim is they will ensure a more secure understanding in order to achieve and progress through the levels

I may use to set homework sometimes, however the children can use it anytime to practise something we have learnt or test to make sure they that they can remember.

RE The focus for this term is Journey of Life and Death.

The children will study the ways that religions see life as a journey.  They will also learn about religious ceremonies such as marriage and death.


By being respectful of all faiths and allowing children to ask questions about the subjects studied.
PE Tag Ruby, Football, Dance and Gymnastics (Thursday)


PE kit MUST be in school at all times and CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name.  Please make sure long hair is tied back for all sport activities.  Earring will be required to be removed during physical exercise – if ears are newly pierced then they must be taped for safety reasons.

Children well enough to be in school will be expected to participate in the activities.

KS2 – Spanish/Music The children will receive a 6-week block of music each half term.


Your child will continue to broaden their Spanish experience weekly.



Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.

Have you thought about joining the wonderful Monkfrith choir – who meet on Thurs 8:15am

Ask your child what their learning has been. Can they recite the days of the week and months of the year?  Are their counting skills up to scratch?  Can they encourage you to hold a simple conversation about how you are?

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated! We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.


Your child will be taught reading and how to understand complex texts as part of whole class reading sessions.  In addition to this, they will also be given a book that they are expected to read during the course of a half term and have in their bag every day.  I would also encourage the children to read their own choice of books either from our class library or from home.

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.  It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.  Please also note that I am available to support children with their home learning on Monday and Tuesday lunchtime (12.15 – 12.45).

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see me during the drop in time.  This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

I’m looking forward to an exciting first term and would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Mrs Ditchburn