Welcome to Year 6
Class 6A: Miss Steenhuis, TA – Mrs Green
Class 6B: Mrs Lynch, TA – Mr Bond
Class 6C: Mr Gambell, TA – Mrs Murray
Topics for the year
Autumn 1 – Blood Heart
Autumn 2 – Revolution (Victorians)
Spring 1 – Frozen Kingdoms/Gallery Rebels
Spring 2 – (SATS) Frozen Kingdoms/Gallery Rebels
Summer 1- Hola Mexico
Summer 2 – Hola Mexico/School play
PE – Please ensure your child has an appropriate PE kit including for outdoors (plain navy blue tracksuit).
Please see below for your child’s PE days:
Class 6a: Tuesday
Class 6b: Wednesday
Class 6c: Thursday
Daily homework (Mon-Thurs)
- 10 min on Reading/Spellings
- 10min written English task
- 10 min written Maths task
If homework is not completed and submitted on the day it is due in children will be required to complete it at playtime.
NB: If any problems arise about homework please see class teacher.
Reading records to be signed at least once a week please.
- Over the course of the year we will a series of mock tests which mirror the set up of the tests at the end of the academic year.
- They will be given their scores and a code with it, as part of personal target setting.
- The teachers will use the tests to identify GAPS and address these in the lessons.
- The pupils will be challenged to improve their scores as the year progresses and their targets will be taken from the GAPS.
- PROGRESS is key.
- Scores of tests will be shared with you during parent consultations.
- 3 Maths papers (1 arithmetic and 2 reasoning/problem solving)– No calculator or tracing paper.
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Writing is assessed continually throughout the year
- Any subject book can be taken as evidence.
Tests are one key aspect of target setting, however Year 6 is about all pupils making progress from their starting point and working towards achieving the expected standard in all areas.
SATs are a reality of Year 6, and we strive for all pupils to do their absolute best to be ‘secondary ready’ and achieve their full potential.
As teachers we aim to make the year as relaxed and engaging as possible.
Useful link leading up to SATs:
Key Dates –
Tuesday 4th December – Victorian Christmas at Kent Life
3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th of December – Mock Sats Assessments
Thursday 13th December – Year 6- Advent Mass at St. Mary’s Church 9:00am.
Monday 17th – Express event for year 6. 2:30-3:15
19th December – Year 6 Christmas party in Junior Hall
Useful Websites –
In line with our homework that is sent home on a Monday, the rules will coincide. https://spellingframe.co.uk/
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used
Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.
Weekly Updates –
We have had a very busy two weeks!
We have been using our artistic skills to create our own interpretations of a poppy. We all made a contribution for our school display that stands as you enter through reception. We discussed remembrance and why we wear poppies during a shared assembly with year 5.
We have also looked at a Sikh religious festival (Diwali), we learnt about the history of the celebrations and created our own Diva lamps using clay and bright metallic pains.
Within our new maths classes we have been approaching fractions, challenging ourselves with problem solving and reasoning. Well done all!
Friday, lots of fun was had! Raffle tickets, spottiest teacher and own clothes. A huge thank you to all parents a children for your generosity. Class 6a (Miss Steenhuis’s class) won the spottiest teacher award – raising £50.50 for the spots alone. All of the children looked great in their spots, well done to the three finalists.
The whole school grand total stands at £1435.73!
Our final week before half-term was a very busy one! In maths we studied different ways of presenting data, through line graphs, bar charts and pie charts. We also discussed how to find averages with a particular focus on the mean. On Wednesday those children who had consistently demonstrated an outstanding attitude to learning participated in a fun swimming session at Cygnets. Well done to all of those children. We had our express event this week to end our topic of the heart. We made clay hearts, sketched the heart and created marble paintings with oils. Please view our photos from this event.
Have an enjoyable half term, and we all look forward to seeing you upon your return.
Homework is due on 5/11/18, please click here for the homework choices.
Kingswood was a great success; we had lots of early mornings, activities and giggles. The children used great team work, communication, determination and resilience to overcome some challenging activities. I’m sure that the children who attended were in need of a big rest and the weekend. Please find some photographs of the week under the ‘Children’ tab along the taskbar. Well done to all children for fully participating in ‘Grow a Fiver’, many teachers were extremely impressed with how many budding entrepreneurs we have in the year group. They all participated in planning, buying, marketing, pitching and selling their product to a wide audience. Let’s see what the last week has in store for us…
We have had a very busy week this week. In maths, we have been revising the four operations as well as learning about square and cube numbers, prime numbers and Roman numerals. Within writing, we have discussed many differing opinions on xenotransplantation and all classes have raised many good points. Using this information we have completed a balanced argument writing hot task. The countdown to Kingswood has begun for some children, for the remaining children how far can we make a ‘Fiver’ go?
We had our first mock assessment week to prepare us for SATS. Within RE this week we learnt about the parable of the ‘invited guest who makes excuses’. We discussed how easy it is to give an excuse but we never really explore how the person would feel. We discussed the meaning of the ‘Our Father’ and we thought about how in the words ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we are asking Jesus to help us change our world so that everyone will accept his invitation and choose to live according to his way of peace, justice and love. Within Science we have explored our pulse, we partook in resting periods, moderate exercise and running and explored how our pulse changed.
We have had a very fun-filled two weeks. We dissected lamb hearts- it was a very enlightening experience, although a bit gross! We also learnt about Tsunamis within our reading topic and explored how they happen and what is in place to stop them. In writing we have been investigating non-chronological reports and have began writing our own for our made up creatures. In Science, we have been learning about how they heart works, it seemed very complex at first, but we have all finally grasped it!
Written by BW
Year 6 have enjoyed their first week back, they know they are the role models now for the rest of the pupils at St John’s. We have worked really hard this week and fully immersed ourselves in this terms’ topic – ‘Blood-Heart’
This week we have enjoyed decorating our new class libraries. We have discussed our targets for the year, completing these on snitches with the analogy that they seem out of reach to us at the moment, just as they did for Harry Potter. Our library is now a lovely place that we can all go to in order to become immersed in a book.
We have stared our new ‘Love for Reading’ book, ‘Pig Heart Boy’, which explores the life of Cameron, a 13 year old boy who is in need of a heart transplant. We are looking forward to week 2!