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Welcome to Year 6!


We have a very exciting autumn term to look forward to.   



In Maths, we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division before moving onto fractions and measurement in the second half term.



In English, we will cover a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including letter writing, narratives, character description and diary entries. Our class reader will be 'Skellig' and this will form a basis for most of our comprehension. We will also use this as a stimulus for our writing.



Within Science, we will be answering the questions:

  • Why do we classify living things based on their characteristics?
  • How can circuits vary?


During our first unit, we will group and classify organisms, animals and plants using classification keys. We will also explore micro-organisms before learning about the work of Carl Linnaeus.


As we move to the second half of the autumn term, we will construct and draw a series of circuits. We will also complete a fair test to explore how the voltage in a circuit affects the brightness of bulbs.



In RE, we will be focusing on two big questions:

  • Is believing in God reasonable?
  • How and why does religion bring peace and conflict? 


In our first unit, we will begin by discussing facts, beliefs and opinions. We will then learn about different viewpoints and understand the terms atheist, agnostic and theist. We will consider the Humanist viewpoint before considering Pascal’s Wager. The children will then have the opportunity to respond to the big question.


After half term, we will consider what we have already learnt about Christian, Muslim and Hindu beliefs in regard to peace. We will then explore violence in the Bible through ‘David and Goliath’ and question the commandment ‘thou shalt not kill’. We will look at some events in history where people have killed in the name of their religion before considering how members of different religions express their desire for peace.



In Geography, we will be answering the following question: 

  • Why does population change? 


In order to answer this question, we will first consider how the global population has changed. We will learn about birth rates, death rates and migration and understand why they change. Towards the end of the unit, we will consider how the population is impacting the environment.  



In History, we will be answering the following question: 

  • What does the census tell us about our local area? 


We will find out what the census can tell us about the people living in our local area and use it to make inferences about people from the past. We will also be using the census to investigate how the lives of people in the past changed. Finally, we will try to reconstruct the lives of people in a household using the census.



During our Art lessons, we will be looking at photo opportunities in craft and design. We will begin by creating a photomontage to create an effective advertising poster before moving on to using photography to apply an understanding of abstract art. We will also recreate famous paintings using photography.



In our D&T lessons, we will be developing our textile skills by making a waistcoat.  We will design our waistcoat before marking and cutting the fabric. Finally, we will use our sewing skills to assemble and decorate the waistcoat.



In our Computing sessions, we will be using looking at different types of codes and look at the importance of having a secure password. We then move on to looking at how barcodes and QR codes work. We will also recognise how RFID is used.


During the autumn term, children will have the opportunity to take part in rock band music lessons. In these sessions, the class will have the opportunity to play bass, drums, guitar and vocals. More information about this will be sent out soon.  



Within our Spanish lessons, we will be covering the topics: Regular verbs and En el colegio. We will learn about regular Spanish verbs and how to conjugate them. After half term, we will learn how to say and spell different school subjects and also how to give an opinion about each subject.



In our PSHE lessons, we will be covering the topics: Being Me in My World and Celebrating Differences.


During the first half term, we will be exploring rights and responsibilities. We will then spend time looking at British Values and understanding these in more detail.


After half term, we will be identifying similarities and difference between people globally and identify reasons for conflict in our lives and the wider society. We will consider reasons for bullying and what we can do to make the community inclusive for everyone.  


PE and Forest School

PE and Forest School days will be every Wednesday and we ask that on this day, pupils come into school in their PE kit (burgundy shorts, white t-shirt of polo shirt and trainers). Long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed. During colder days, children should wear a plain tracksuit.


For Forest School, we also ask that children bring a change of footwear and socks. Wellies are ideal footwear for this, but any spare footwear will do. This will ensure that all the children can enjoy these sessions whatever the weather outside and have warm and dry footwear to change back into afterwards.




Weekly spelling patterns or words will be sent home on a Monday via Marvellous Me. We will work on these words and spelling patterns throughout the week, but practising at home can help to embed these spellings, ensuring the children consistently use them within their writing.


Mathletics and grammar activities are set on a Friday each week and should be completed for the following Friday. All children who complete this earn an extra break on a Friday afternoon. If it has not been completed, this time is instead used as an opportunity where we can support children in completing the work. 


We also ask that reading is completed five times a week for at least five minutes and that this is recorded in their reading records. Children may wish to read to themselves, but we ask that their reading records are still signed by an adult. They do not need to only read the book they are currently reading at school, but instead could choose to read anything that they are interested in.


Mrs Sheppard, Miss Gorton, Miss Yarwood & Miss Poole