Year 6



Welcome to Year 6 with Mrs Ditchburn.

Firstly, many thanks for the generous gifts Mrs Cooper, Mrs Bee and I received at the end of last term. It was most kind of you. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wish you a very happy and healthy 2018.

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

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English    We will do most of our writing through our topics, Darwin’s Delights and A Child’s War.  In the first half term, the children will be writing recounts, biographies, information texts and their own  creative story. During the second half of term, the children will write letters in both a formal and informal style; write a short story  and use persuasive techniques in a speech and balanced argument. There will also be daily  Spelling, Grammar or Handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.        Talk about our topic.  Any additional research           will make them better writers!

Reading for at least 30 minutes each day                     makes a huge difference!

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary                that they come across and make sure they                understand the meaning.

Spellings for this term will be sent home in                 their homework books.

Make sure that anything they write at home is          in joined up handwriting (except for                              capitals), the spelling is correct and sentences            make sense.    Practise makes permanent.

Maths We will start by recapping fractions, decimals and percentages.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays we will focus on Geometry and Statistics.        This term please continue to focus on times             tables.  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: 0.7 x 8 = 5.6 0.8 x 7 = 5.6

5.6 ÷ 8 = 0.7   5.6 ÷ 7 = 0.8


Sometimes, I will use to            set homework. However, the children can                  use it  anytime to practice something we                    have learnt  or test to make sure they can                  remember.

Creative Curriculum In Spring 1 our topic is Darwin’s Delights.  The children will learn about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.  We will research his life and record it in comic strip form. We will examine  fossils and how animals have evolved from their origins into the creatures we know today – drawing our own diagrams of species in the style of Darwin. We will uncover the mystery of genetics, extract our own DNA in a real laboratory, and discover that we may also be related to more unusual species  than we imagined.

In Spring 2 we turn to history and the impact of war on the most vulnerable.  In our topic, ‘A Child’s War’,  we explore how and why the war began. We will examine the effect of evacuation on the lives of the children and discuss whether it was the right course of action. We will research the use of propaganda to unite the country and write our own persuasive speeches. In art, we will use paint to recreate a scene from the Blitz.

              Please talk about the topic and encourage                    your child to do additional research to                        help improve their knowledge and                               contribute more in class.
RE The focus for this term will be ‘Beliefs in Action’.         Talk about the things we are learning.
PE  Our PE lessons will take place on Thursdays.  We are fortunate to have an extra session on Fridays for the first half term.    Please make sure that all kit is labelled clearly            and is in school on the correct day.                              Shoulder length hair should be tied back.
Spanish and Music These lessons are taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum.


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).