Year 6

Year 6
Mr Harris
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 "Mr Harris makes hilarious jokes and brings the class to life!" 

Main Themes of class work for week beginning: 12th June 2017


Cross-curricular week - 'The Bike'

The week's work will be related to all things cycling, from instructions of how to ride a bike, the history of the bike, gears and narrative writing.


Research bikes in preparation for class work.


Welcome back to you all and I hope you had an enjoyable Easter! We now enter the most important term of all for Year 6. Here at St Paul’s, we do our best to ensure that our Year 6 children are as relaxed and confident as possible when it comes to SATs, which start on Monday May 8th. That said, we do want them to be fully prepared and we have been working hard over the last term to revisit areas of the curriculum where the children need to have a little more focused attention. This will continue over the next couple of weeks. 

Our topic, together with Year 5, is based on life in Victorian Britain. We will be putting this period of British history into context and studying the many aspects of life through research, writing and art. In science we are studying electricity and circuits and building on work covered in previous years. The summer term is also a time when we look into relationships to include sex education. Further information regarding this and the way we will be approaching it will follow in due course.

We would still like to see our Year 6 children reading independently for pleasure, writing in their reading record every day, to be taken in and marked on a Friday. These entries should demonstrate both an understanding of the text, and an appreciation for how the author has used certain techniques to achieve their desired effect. The children will take home a reading book and their reading record every evening, and are expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day. The book and reading record must come back to school with them every day, so they can continue during the school day.

Homework activities will be supporting SATs preparation in the first couple of weeks. Homework activities are in place to prepare the children for the homework expectations they will experience in secondary school. Spelling sheets will also be handed out on Thursdays to practise, and will be tested in class the following Thursday. Olympic Tables tests also take place on Wednesdays, which help to reinforce their understanding of times tables.

Mr. Ritchie will be changing days this term and will now be taking the class each Friday, with Premier Sports continuing to work with the children but on Wednesday mornings. Please can you ensure that appropriate clothing and footwear is worn. Each week pupils will be supported in their learning with a range of one to one and small group activities provided by the teaching assistants working in the class: Mrs P and Miss Flowers. 

At the end of term, Key Stage 2 children will be putting together a dramatic performance. We will introduce this to the children straight after SATs and then work at putting it together in the following weeks. Watch this space for details.

Thank you in advance to all parents and carers for your continued support. If you ever wish to discuss anything with me please do come to talk with me briefly at the end of the school day or send in a note so that I can arrange with you for a suitable time for a longer meeting.


Autumn Term

Mayan Culture

Spring Term

The Caribbean

Summer Term


Subjects taught through topic time
  1. Science – Light, Forces (not magnets)
  2. Choosing an approach: planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  3. Evaluating results: reporting and presenting findings from enquiries,including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  4. Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  5. History – A non-European society that provides contrast with Britain

English – Y5 Traditional Stories, Fables, Myths and Legends.

Y6 Myths and Legends.

  1. Science – Evolution and Inheritance
  2. Ideas and questions – Fossils, plants and animals
  3. Ideas and evidence – adaptations, the life of Mary Anning
  4. Geography  - understand geographical similarities and differences between a region of the UK, region of a European country and the Caribbean
  5. Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography
  6. Locate the world’s countries (Europe, Russia, N&S America)

English –

Y6 Persuasive Writing

Y6 Narrative Writing (based on Caribbean stories)

Y6 Playscripts

  1. Science – Electricity, Humans
  2. Interpreting: identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments; reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  3. Predicting: using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  4. History – A study of an aspect of British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066 - Victorians

English –

Y5 Explanation; Classic Children’s Literature

Y5 Text Based Unit – Street Child

Y6 Short Stories with Flashbacks

Y6 Revision Units for SATs

Discrete subjects

RE – What influences the Jewish people (Peterborough)

Who do people say I am?

Art – the Mayans: light, colour, texture and using appropriate media

Design and Technology - textiles

Music – Y5 Don’t stop Believin (Rock); 5 Gold rings

     Y6 Livin on a prayer (Rock analysis); New Year Carol

PSHE – Citizenship and working together

English - Y5 Classic/Narrative poetry

Understanding Technology - Research

Languages – numbers; time; money; fruit; bon appetit

PE - Y5: Dance; gymnastics; tennis; rugby

Y6: Dance; gymnastics; tennis; rugby

English -

Y5 Instructions

Y6 Biography and Autobiography

Y6 Imagery in Poetry

RE – What does it mean to be a Buddhist? Can we all be enlightened?   Exploring life and death (RE Today)

Art – Caribbean masks and head-dresses

Design and Technology – Caribbean Food

Music – Y5 Classoom Jazz; A Tragic Story (Britten)

     Y6 Classroom Jazz 2;  Fresh Prince (Hip hop)

PSHE – ‘Good to be Me’ – Communication and participation

Digital Literacy – E-books


Languages – dates; weather; seasons; directions; furniture

PE - Y5: swimming; football; netball

Y6: gymnastics; dance; football; netball

English –

Y5 Novels and stories by significant children’s authors;

Y5 Fantasy genres and plays

Y6 Fiction Genres

Y6 Classic Stories and Plays

RE – What key beliefs influence people’s faith and how do people of faith live out their lives?

Art – The Journey of Life (for Ely Cathedral exhibition) – William Morris (Victorian link)

Design and Technology – Fairground rides with sound

Music – Y5 Classroom Jazz; Reflect (Classical)

     Y6 – Make you feel (ballad); Reflect (Classical)

PSHE - Relationships

English -

Y6 Extended Narrative, Y6 Journalistic Writing.


Languages – school subjects

PE - Y5: gymnastics (balance); dance; cricket; athletics

Y6: rounders; outdoor activities; cricket; athletics

English –

Y5 Poetic Style

Programming – ipads, coding

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