Year 6


Welcome to Year 6 with Ms Davies and Mrs Ditchburn

We have a packed programme for this term, including a trip to Kingswood Activity Centre, and swimming.  

Let’s see what is coming up this term.

Subject Area


How you can help at home





The children’s writing will be linked to the term’s topics and class readers – Street Child by Berlie Doherty and Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson.

They will:

  • Use figurative language to describe settings and characters.
  • Analyse and perform poetry.
  • Write biographies about important historical figures.
  • Precis longer passages.
  • Create newspaper reports about significant events in British history.

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

Practice the words from the Year 3&4 list to increase accuracy and fluency in spelling.

Please 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.



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 four digit numbers, recognise the importance of inverse operations, multi-step problems.


Multiplication and Division – to be able to x and ÷numbers up to four digits by a two 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


Make sure your child has regular access to Times Tables Rockstars – they really enjoy battling with their friends (and teachers) and it is an excellent way to improve their recall of all tables.

We 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.


Creative Curriculum

Revolution Autumn 1

Geography discovering how much of the world was part of the British Empire

History – the Victorian Era

Art, D & Tdesigning William Morris inspired wallpaper and making a Victorian peg doll

Computing – using editing tools in google slides to create repeat patterns

Science – investigating whether fruit can light a bulb, and animal adaptation that leads to evolution

Frozen Kingdom Autumn 2

Geography – human and physical: explore the polar regions and their impact on the planet, use Longitude and Latitude to locate places around the globe, time zones.

HistoryStudy the famous ship RMS Titanic from its creation to its tragic demise in 1912.  Follow Scott’s fated expedition to the South Pole. Science – classifying plants and animals into broad groups; research plant and animal adaptation within the polar regions. Explore the features of ice. 

Art, D&T – Northern light silhouettes and Inuit art.

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





The focus for this half term is The journey of Life and Death.

By being respectful of all faiths and allowing children to ask questions about the subjects studied.


Our PE lessons will continue to take place on Tuesdays.

PE kit MUST be in school at all times and CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name.  Long hair must be tied back for all sport activities.  Earrings 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.






The children will receive music lessons with a specialist teacher.

Your child will continue their Spanish lessons, weekly.

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

Ask your child about their learning.

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 comprehend complex texts as part of whole class reading sessions.  In addition to this, they are expected to read a book of their choice during the course of a half term which they should have in school every day.

We are looking forward to a busy but rewarding first term and would like to thank you in advance for your continuing support.

Ms Davies and Mrs Ditchburn