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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

I am Mr Fitzgerald and am delighted to be teaching Year 6 this year.

In our class we are supported by Mrs Saffet.

This term our topics are ‘The Mayans’ and ‘Pole to Pole’.


We have P.E twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. 




Year 6 are expected to complete 1 hour of homework every night. In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Read every night
  • Complete weekly SATS companion tasks online
  • Learn their Year 6 glossaries
  • Complete home learning tasks
  • Learn Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists (copies are in their glossaries)
  • Read through their study books  
  • Complete their Lexia time and units weekly
  • Practise their times tables up to 12x12 by using TT Rockstars
  • Develop their mental maths skills using Numbots
  • Ensure that they can tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks

Spring Term Learning


This term in English we will be writing a variety of genres including a recount. Their fiction writing will include a narrative based on ‘The Explorer’ and the 'Scott of the Antarctic' diary. Their learning will include a clear focus on the skills of drafting and editing. Year 6 will continue to develop their knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve their writing.


In Maths, Year 6 will continue to learn maths following the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme is based on the highly effective, research based Singapore method of teaching mathematics. Lessons and activities are taught using a problem-solving approach to encourage the development of higher-level thinking. Ample time is spent on topics in order to deepen understanding and master concepts. New concepts are initially learned using concrete examples before moving on to pictorial representations and finally abstract symbols. The focus of the series is on teaching to mastery.


In Science, the Year 6 topics are ‘Body Pump’ and ‘Danger! High Voltage!’ They will also be learning about ‘Our Changing World’ - a topic that will be on-going throughout the year.


The children will be learning how to stay safe on line and then studying spreadsheets  in computing. 


Our History topic this term is ‘The Mayans'. Year 6 will make comparisons between Mayan civilisations and other ancient civilisations studied previously.


Our Geography topic this term is ‘Pole to Pole’. The children willrevise the continents of the world, study the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). The children will look at the Polar regions and study North and South America in greater depth, identifying physical and human geography in these areas and comparing them to the United Kingdom.


In Art the children will be studying the theme of 'make my voice heard'. They will explore art with a message, look at the famous ‘Guernica’ by Picasso and the confronting works of Käthe Kollwitz. They will develop their drawings to incorporate new surfaces, a range of techniques and demonstrate an emerging personal style.


The children will be continuing with our PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’.


In R.E, Year 6 will be learning about Christianity and explore he associated beliefs and practices. They will explore the question ‘Is anything ever eternal?’


Their P.E will be with our Sports Coach, coach George, and they will be focusing on tag rugby and other ball skills.


Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Turner, and the children’s learning will be based around the topic ‘Happy’.


All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 


If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 


Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 


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