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Year 6



Welcome to class 6!

Year 5 and Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 5 and Year 6 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The year 5 document that can also be downloaded provides year 5 expectations. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at our parent evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

· Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.


Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.



Year 6 Autumn Term

Welcome back to school. I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday and I hope that the children are looking forward to starting in Year 6. Here is an outline of what we will be covering in school this term.



The Story of the People of God (Old Testament)

The Followers of Christ (New Testament)

Prayers used in the Church.

Advent and Christmas

The children will also be involved in preparing and leading assemblies and assisting at Masses.



Narrative- Historical fiction.

Non-fiction: Recounts, newspaper reports, biography and autobiography.


The class will also continue to develop their reading skills, handwriting and spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout the term.



Following on from Year 5 Maths Makes Sense.

Regular work on addition, subtraction, multiplication & division (both mental and written methods.)

Lots of work on fractions and decimals.

Geometry- angles, shape and space work.

Handling data in different ways.

Reasoning- problem solving linked to many real-life situations.

(REMEMBER: practise multiplication tables regularly.) 22 club- usually Tuesday each week.



Science will be taught by a specialist teacher this year, beginning with biology related topics. (Animals including humans first.)


World War 2- the causes, effects and major turning points.



Computing will be taught by a specialist teacher (Mrs Ottley) this year on Fridays. Children will also use ICT to support their learning in other subjects.


Going for goals. Healthy living.


Art & DT

Children will learn to sketch and mix colours effectively to create scenes relating to WW2.

Children will follow WW2 recipes to create food using available ingredients.



The children will have PE lessons with a PE specialist each Thursday morning. They will also have a swimming lesson on a Monday this term. Please send in appropriate (named) kit. Thank you.


Music will be taught by a specialist teacher this term- Ms Medley.


Children will be returning to their study of French (making links to Spanish already learned). They will learn simple greetings and how to describe basic classroom objects before moving on to talk about themselves, pets, etc.


Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and should be returned by Monday. This will consist of a Literacy and Maths worksheet or an activity relating to our topics. Spellings, reading and learning timetables are also part of homework tasks.


Spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday and tested on a Monday.


Please try and read with your child every night. This greatly benefits their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will take part in group guided reading sessions as part of their English lessons, will do comprehension exercises and some may be heard read on an individual basis. (Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary.)

If you have any resources or expertise in any of our topics, please let us know as we are always happy to try to include these invaluable opportunities to enrich our curriculum.






Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth.

PE will usually take place on a Monday (swimming) and Thursday (games).

Kindest regards,

Mrs J. McVey Mrs H. Shaughnessy

Class Teacher Teaching and Learning Support



Holy Souls (02.11.17)

Remembrance Service

Following our Remembrance Service, Y6 were joined by their invited guests (grandparents and other relatives) to share memories and reflections about WWII. This was a truly amazing experience for everyone involved!

Y6 Baking ‘Crunchies’ (18.10.17)

As part of their history topic, the children baked WWII-style biscuits. These old-fashioned ‘treats’ proved so popular that very few were transported home at the end of the day!

Restart a Heart Day (16.10.17)

Our Y6 children learn CPR! Thank you to the Churnet Valley First Responder Group for giving up their time freely to share this important life-saving skill.

Spring Term information January 2017

Suggested Books for Year 6