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Year 6

Miss Naden – Mrs Leigh


Welcome back after what we hope has been a very enjoyable and restful Christmas break. Happy New Year! We have a very exciting time ahead of us. Below you will find details of what we hope to cover during the Spring Term in Year 6.



 As always, Year 6 pupils are called to lead by example by living our mission statement and our motto each and every day.  Together, we strive to grow in faith and love as we look beyond ourselves.


Learning in Year 6


In RE, pupils will study ‘Christmas’ and ‘Baptism & Confirmation: Celebrations of the Holy Spirit’ which is an important unit for those children working towards their confirmation. Following on from those units, we will focus on our other religion: ‘Islam’, ‘Lent’ and finally, ‘Holly Week’ just before we break up for Easter.

Whilst studying these units of work, we will be thinking about the importance of Prayer and how we choose to follow Christ in our own lives.


We will be taking part in collective worship and focusing our prayers during times of reflection.

We will have opportunities to attend Mass as a class during the term. Children in Year 6 will be encouraged to take part by reading.  Please do your best to get to Mass at the weekend, as a family, whenever possible.


In our RHE (Relationships and Health Education) lessons, pupils will continue to learn about and reflect upon many of the issues they will face during puberty and beyond.  Pupils will be given strategies with which to manage the emotional challenges they may experience on their life-journey.  They will continue to try to discover who God is calling them to be, each and every day, as they follow their unique vocation.


In Maths, we will begin with Fractions 2 – multiplying and dividing fractions by fractions and whole numbers. We will move on to measure – imperial and metric measures, Ratio and proportion, Algebra, Decimals and Percentages. We will use and apply our skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts.


As we work towards the SATS, all children have been offered Maths booster sessions starting this term. Miss Naden and Mrs Haines will be running morning booster sessions, Miss Ridge will be running afternoon booster sessions and some children will take part in Bramble tutoring online.


During these sessions, tutoring will focus on specific areas of need to tackle tricky concepts in order to prepare for SATS.




In English this term, Year 6 will continue to develop their writing through a variety of genres: Non-Chronological Reports, Persuasive texts, Narrative - Character Descriptions, Explanation texts, Narrative - Characterising Speech and finally, Recount – Newspapers towards the end of the term.  The class will also study texts such as: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during guided reading sessions. We will be focusing on specific comprehension strategies to improve our understanding of the text and to answer exemplar SATS paper questions.


In PE, Year 6 will have one lesson with a coach from ASM and a lesson with Miss Naden where they will continue to practise and improve their fundamental movement skills in Gymnastics. After half term, year 6 will be going swimming on Thursdays afternoons with Mrs Brown.

 Please ensure that PE kits are kept in school.  (Lessons are normally on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but occasionally timetabling can be changed at short notice.)
We are very much hoping that some more inter-school competitions will be held this term. Year 6 were incredibly successful last term! We hope this will continue throughout the year.





In History, we will learn about ‘World War 2’.  This will draw on Geographical knowledge, historical knowledge as well as introducing new learning. We are very excited to reveal that we will be visiting Tatton park in February for an exciting school trip. Our school trip will support our learning and allow pupils to take part in interactive and engaging day as evacuees on the farm led by knowledgeable educational leaders at Tatton Park.


In Geography, pupils will study ‘Fair Trade’.  They will explore where our food comes from, the meaning of fair trade by listening to a guest visitor in class and gain an understanding that the actions of individuals, companies and nations are having an impact on global climate.



Our Painsley Science specialist teacher, Mrs Swinson, will teach Science in year 6. Pupils will continue to focus on the biology strand this term as they study ‘Living things and their habitats’.  They will also develop their understanding of ‘Light’. Pupils will be developing their skills to work scientifically by organising and carrying out several investigations over the term.

In art, Year 6 will take inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci as they develop sketching skills, observational skills, a sense of proportion and create their own final piece in the style of the artist studied.

Design Technology
In D&T, we will begin the term by focusing on Electrical Systems. We will be using our prior knowledge from science for electrical circuits before creating a circuit for a steady hand game.  


We will then move on to Mechanical Systems where we will be creating our very own Automata Toys.


In Music, Year 6 learn to listen, appraise, sing with control and play tuned percussion to accompany songs.  They will continue to learn to read music on the treble clef and will understand an ever-wider range of musical terms.


In French, Year 6 will continue to widen their working vocabulary and learn to read and write simple and compound sentences about our school.  Pupils will learn how to tell the time in French, compare French and English schools and finally, recognise and say what lessons we do at school.
Pupils will continue to revise their prior learning.




In Computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist, Mr Reynolds.





We thank you for your continued help and support as we assess your child and decide upon the best ways to help them to make the progress necessary to meet their aspirational targets. We have started running booster sessions for all children in year 6. We will be assessing the children each half term to ensure that they are progressing towards their SATS.

If you have any worries or queries, please send a message in the home school diary, telephone or e-mail the office or contact us through Class Dojo.  We will do our best to answer your queries as soon as we can.  Many thanks.


Homework (Policy on website)

Reading at home - Pupils should read for 30 minutes a day and this should be recorded in their diary.  Reading really does enrich the mind and has proved to have a great impact on progress.  Thank you for your continued support in this area. Pupils are able to visit the school library and we will share novels in class throughout the year.


Homework, other than reading, is usually set on Wednesdays and is due in on Mondays.  Tasks may be in an exercise book or on-line.  Pupils should have their log-in details in their diary.  It is important that diaries go home each day and come back into school every morning.

Please encourage your child to do extra practice on multiplication tables too EVERY week, as recall speed still needs to be improved.



We strongly believe that your child will do better if we work as a team.  If you have any worries or concerns about your child, please do let us know so that we are aware.  You may message on Class Dojo or, if you prefer, you can send an e-mail to the office.  Alternatively, one of us is on the playground before and after school if it is a quick word you need.


Thank you

Thank you for choosing St Giles’ Catholic Primary School and for trusting us to do the very best that we can do for your sons and daughters.  We are proud to be spending our year with such a fantastic group of children. It is a privilege that we take seriously!


Year 6 Prayers

End of Year Expectations Year 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. 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.




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