Year 6 2022 - 2023

Miss Gough

Mrs Walton

Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page

Class Teachers: Miss Gough and Mrs Walton 
Intervention/ Booster Teacher : Mrs Luke
LSA/1:1: Mrs Warren, Mrs Randall and Miss Mee

6W have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.        6G have PE on Mondays and Fridays.
On PE days, children can come to school wearing their P.E kits. They will also need to bring their water bottles. 

   Miss Gough:

We test spellings on: Friday

We test times tables on: Friday

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 6.

We encourage children to access TTRockstars to help them learn their times tables. We also run weekly TTRockstars sessions in school so all children can access the technology.

To help your child prepare for the SATs tests in May and to further support their learning, we have introduced additional compulsory homework alongside daily reading, times table and spelling practice.  The children will receive two pieces of homework each week, one each for reading and maths. The homework consists of two ten minute tests, therefore the homework will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. They will be given out each Friday and handed in once complete, but no later than the following Thursday. Each Friday we will mark the homework as a class, discuss answers and test technique for the questions. If homework is not completed, children will stay in on Thursday lunchtime to complete it, so they can participate in the Friday revision session.

Children should not write in the work books and should complete their working out and answers in the exercise books provided. This will allow the books to be used again. 

It is very important that all children attempt the homework, even if they are finding it difficult. If you help them, please initial the question so we can see that they have been supported

Please click the link below to find our SATs information powerpoint.


Please note due to the King's coronation and the bank holiday on Monday 8th May, SATs have all moved back a day and will run from Tuesday 9th May to Friday 12th May. 

Please see the attached Residential booklet below for more information about the trip. 
Hollowford Information Pack

A typical day in Year 6 looks like...

8.20 - 8.55: Morning Work/ Target Time
8.55 - 9.45: English
9.45 - 10.00:  Break Time
10.00 - 11.00: Maths
11.00 - 11.45: Reading
11.45 - 12.00: Maths Meeting
12.00 - 1.00: Lunch
1.00 - 1.15: Silent Reading/ Snappy Science
1.15 - 2.00: Wider Curriculum Lesson
2.00 - 3.00: Wider Curriculum Lesson
3.00 - 3.10: Whole Class Story
3.15 - Hometime
(Target time, Same day intervention and Booster sessions all take place during an afternoon.)

Click here to download our Year 6 Overview

Autumn – World War Two 

In English, we study the novel Once by Morris Gleitzman, learning all about Felix, an orphan who escapes from an orphanage to find his mum and dad. We follow his journey as he realises what is happening in Poland and what the Nazis are really doing.  

In History, we start the term learning about life in Germany after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the impact that both this and Great Depression had on the German economy and social classes. We learn about Hitler and what caused the start of the Second World War. After this we study the evacuation, blitz and rationing alongside the impact of war in Britain.  

In Geography we will compare the physical and human differences between North and South America as well as making comparisons with the United Kingdom.

In Science we will be looking at Living Things and Their Habitats, looking at the reproduction of plants and animals.


Spring – Crime and Punishment 

In English, we study the novel Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We follow Alex as he learns that his uncle was a spy and he is set to follow him in his footsteps, fighting criminals.  

In History, we learn all about the different crimes and punishments throughout history, from the Romans and Medieval period to the Tudors, we then compare these with Modern day.  

In Geography we study Extreme Earth, studying natural disasters. We look at what causes these and the impact which they have on society, as well as studying how communities recover from these disasters.  

In Science we will be looking Evolution and Inheritance; going back to the days of Charles Darwin, to see how we have evolved over time.


Summer – Medicine through Time 

In English, we study the novel Skellig by David Almond. We follow the character as he discovers something strange in the garage of his new home.  

In History, we discover Medicine through the ages, learning about the medical practices of prehistoric civilisations comparing them to different periods of time and modern day. We understand medieval medicine and the events during the Black Plague, recognising health issues stemmed from poor hygiene. We also learn about the importance of the NHS and the role it has played in British health care. 

In Geography, we will study natural resources, identifying land as being an important natural resource, considering the ways in which it is used, how it has changed and factors limiting the ways it can be used. We will identify some alternative sources of energy production to coal and gas, including a range of clean, renewables and explore ways which we can reduce the carbon footprint. 

In Science we will be looking at Light and Electricity, at times linking the two together, but also looking at natural light. This topic links well with our Geography, as we can consider different forms of energy.


Our learning in Year 6 so far!

Watch this space for even more pictures of what we have been upto in class.

Reading is an important part of Year 6, every week, we complete a question all about reading and books. We write our answers onto post-it notes and then stick them into our class reading journals. We have answered questions such as; 'What makes you want to read a book?' 'What is the most interesting fact that you have read in a non-fiction book?' 'If you could invite a character around for tea, who would you invite and why? 


We all had a brilliant time at our Valentines Disco!


At the start of the Spring term, we started our new topic Crime and Punishment. In History, we have identified different crimes which were prevelant during different period, so far we have investigated crimes in Ancient Rome, the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period alongside the Medieval and Tudor Periods. We have identified the crimes and thier punishments, making key links between each of the time periods. We have identified that a lot of punishments were used as for humiliation to prevent others commiting the same crimes. 


In Geography we are studying Extreme Earth. We have been learning how natural weather phenomena and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, impact upon countries. We have looked at how, why and where these occur in the world. We have also investigated the impact that this weather can have on a country, economically, and socially. 


Making links with our Geography topic, in French we have been identifying the weather, we have translated French weather sentences into English, used our prior learning of compass directions to locate where in France different weather is occuring and identified the temperatures of countries around the world. 


We loved the opportunity to take part in a whole school French day. during this day, we used the internet to research key french landmarks, learning when they were built, who built them alongside a variety of other interesting facts. We presented this learning on a map of France. In Maths, we completed our learning in french solving a variety of calculations using the four operations. We had the opportunity to try French food. For a lot of the year group, it was their first time trying Brie. We came back for more! 
We can't wait for more opportunitites for immersive curriculum days. 



Our parents came into class to work with us on a science investigation. We were investigating whether fruit and vegetables could be used to replace a battery within a circuit. Though our experiment may not have been successful. We all had a fantastic time, working with our parents and we can't wait for the next science day. 


In our Science lessons, we have been learning about the Circulatory system, we investigated what effect exercise has on our heart rates by completing a variety of activites. 


In Maths some of us have been using maipulatives to support our learning of Ratio and Proportion. 


To complete our World War Two topic, we studied the book, 'The Lion and the Unicorn', by Shirley Hughes. We wrote our own short stories based on the text and produced art work using pen, to create our displays.


During transition week in school. Every class learnt about a significant individual, using the Little People, Big Dreams books as their stimulus. In Year 6, we learnt all about Aretha Franklin, focussing closely on her song Respect and making connections with our school values. We also learnt about her friend Martin Luther King Jr and all of his work with civil rights. We produced art work relating to each of these individuals. For Aretha Franklin, we wrote about her life and explained what Respect means to us. For Martin Luther King Jr, we wrote our own versions of I have a dream, focussing on what we would like to see in the future.


In Maths we have been enjoying our maths meetings, consolidating our prior learning. We have been working on our place value and the four operations. 


We love snappy science. 


Our topic in the Autumn term is World War 2. In our History lessons we have looked life in Germany for the Jewish and how it changed when Hitler and the Nazi's came to power. We have looked at the economy and the impact that the Treaty of Versaille had on the social classes. We have also followed the story of Leo, a Jewish boy who told the story of how treatment towards the Jewish changed and how his family made the decision to send him to Britain on the Kindertransport. 


In Geography, we have been learning about the North and South American continents, making comparisons between their physical and human features. We have looked at the different countries in each continent, studying their climates and identifying why different countries have specific climate patterns. 


In Science, we investigated Micro-Organisms. We focused on yeast and completed an experiment to discover which temperature of water will activate the yeast and inflate a balloon. 


In French we are learning about homes using the verb habite. We have identified how this verb changes when we add pronouns. We can say where we live, what type of house we live in, describing it size. We can also name different rooms within our houses. 


In Art we have produced beautiful illustrations of Poppies practicing our water colour skills. 


In PSHE we are learning all abour relationsips, what they are and what they mean to us. We also participated sensibly, actively listening and asking appropriate questions during Big Talk.


For Rembrance Day we created our own 3D Poppies which we filled with poignent information about Remembrance.


For our Christmas displays, we chose to study the book Dasher. We linked this with the song Jingle Bells and its famous line, 'dashing through the snow'.  We wrote our own versions of the story as well as our own Christmas wish for the world. We then got creative and wrote our own verses for Jingle Bells. And had a great time singing them! 



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