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Year 6

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 6

Our topic this term is ‘World War II’




As part of our English studies this term, we will be exploring many genres of writing, including diary entries, newspaper reports and explanation texts. We will be using our class book, Letters From The Lighthouse, to explore each genre and the children will write their own versions using the aspects of language and grammar they have been taught.



Through their reading, the children will develop and hone their skills across a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and will begin to write their responses to comprehension questions. They will consider the impact the author has on the reader.



In the first few weeks, the children will be working on their knowledge of number and place value. The children will be continuing their work in the four main mathematical operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will use their skills to solve real life problems.

In the second half of the term, the children will focus on practising the use of fractions. They will learn to add, subtract and multiply fractions.

In all areas of maths, the children will focus on reasoning and problem solving.




Building on their work in year 4, the children will construct simple series circuits, to help them to answer questions about what happens when they try different components. They will learn how to represent a simple circuit in a diagram using recognised symbols. The children will investigate what happens to the brightness of the bulb when they vary the components used.




In the second half of the term, the children will be learning about light: how light travels, whether materials reflect light and how shadows are formed. Throughout these units, the children will work scientifically and conduct their own investigations.


Other Subjects

In History, the children will be studying main events from World War II, including the impact and effect on our local area. In DT, the children will be creating a scrapbook and exploring artists linked to WWII. We will be considering what it means to be a global citizen in PSHE. The children will continue to explore how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. In Spanish, the children will build their learning from year 5 by engaging in short conversations about their community and environment. As part of their learning in music, the children will be exploring and creating music linked to WW2. This term, the children will be joined by Plymouth Argyle in one of their P.E sessions; they will be learning how to develop their skills in netball. In R.E, we will be considering the Christian belief about God as a Creator.


PE Days

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.

Our PE days are on Monday and Thursday.


Key Dates and General Reminders

This is a very important year for the children and high attendance is extremely important. Homework is generally set on Friday and is due in the following Thursday.
Homework Club is on a Wednesday lunchtime.

SATs week: Monday 11th – Thursday 14th May 2020.
A letter has been sent home about this. More information to follow.