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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 6

Our topic this term is Europe





As part of our writing this term, we will be exploring many genres of writing. We will start with fictional writing where the children will create suspense stories using the video ‘Alma’. They will compose their own stories in different scenarios.

The children will also write balanced arguments whereby they will argue both sides of a debate they have been studying. In the second half of the term, the children will read ‘Jack and the Baked Beanstalk’ and will produce two pieces of writing from this—a newspaper report and a recount from the perspective of a character.



In reading, the children will develop their comprehension skills through reading texts about a range of topics. They will find and locate evidence within a text and use their opinions to justify their answers.



In the first few weeks, the children will be working on their knowledge of  measure. This will include working on time, timetables and converting between different measurements. They will also study area, volume and perimeter and apply this knowledge to a host of reasoning and problem solving activities. We will continue to develop our understanding of the bar model through our learning about ratio and proportion. In the second half of the term, the children will explore algebra, statistics and shape. Each day, the children will practise their arithmetic and reasoning skills and will have an opportunity once a week to play Times Table Rockstars.



Living Things and Their Habitats

The children will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to their characteristics and based on similarities and differences. They will focus on plants and animals and how we might categorise these into groups.

The children will learnt to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. The children will also study the work of Edward Jenner and how his work has impacted upon modern day medicine.


Other Subjects

Our topic this term is ‘Europe. We will explore the geographical features of Europe and use maps and atlases to explore these. We will study the mountain ranges of Europe also.  In PE, we are very lucky to have staff from Lipson Academy coming in to work with the children. They will complete circuit training and learn to support their peers in physical activities. In our religious education studies, the children will first explore the Golden Rule and recognise the consequences of not following rules. We will then learn about the parables of the Two Builders and David and Goliath and recognise how these teachings can help our lives. In Spanish, the children will continue to practise and learn new vocabulary. Several artists will be feature in our art lessons including Van Gogh and Hunderwasser. The children will focus on the skills of drawing. In SMSC, we will learn about why it is “good to be me” and will recognise how to be kind to others. In our music lessons, we will be studying Western Classical Music.


PE Days

Monday and Wednesday


Key Dates and General Reminders

Homework is generally set on Friday, due in the following Thursday.

Spellings are set on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. This year, we have introduced a pre-test on a Wednesday to help the children identify which spellings they need to continue to practise throughout the week.

Please ensure that your child has their reading book in school every day and PE kit on Monday and Wednesday.


As you are aware, this is a very important year for the children and high attendance is
extremely important.


Advance warning! The Year 6 children will be sitting their SATs tests in May – week
beginning 13th May 2019.

It is essential that your child is in school during this week and in the run up to it


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 6 team. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Below is a link to information about the 2018 SATs. This information is still relevant and will provide you with further information about these assessments.