Year 6 2018/19

Welcome to Year 6!

Mr Smith (6SH), Mrs Glossop (6MG) and Mrs Levick (6KL) would like to welcome to our Year 6 page for this year.

PE: Please ensure your child's PE kit is available from Monday to Friday, with the appropriate coloured t-shirt, black shorts and pumps.

Water Bottles: It is important that children remain hydrated throughout the course of the day, therefore we would recommend that your child brings in a clear bottle (no larger than 500ml), containing only water. To prevent spills, the bottle must have a sports top.

Dinner Money: To be paid via Parent Pay.

What are we learning?

We hope that the following brief outline of the work that will be taught will be useful to you when you discuss this work with your child. We always welcome parental support so please feel free to come and discuss your child's progress whenever you feel it necessary.

Summer Term 2018/19

Parents' Y6 Curriculum Information Letter - Summer 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: Our main focus for the beginning of the first half term is revision of all units in the lead-up to SATs. The children will be revising and practising work on the four operations of number, including long multiplication and division. They will be using these four operations to solve word problems. Following which, we will begin our transition work in preparation for September.

Literacy: The English literature we will be studying includes: Holes by Louis Sachar and writing based around different video stimulus (Titanium and Piano - which are better avoided until we commence the unit). Whilst studying these genres, children will participate in a range of activities including debates and filming. We will also continue to focus on improving the children's skills in writing, grammar and spellings.

Theme Work: We will continue to study Crime and Punishment through the years and use forensic evidence which links to our art work - Judith Ann Braun.

Science: Following the completion of light, we be looking at electricity.

Art/DT: This term we will focus on D&T which is linked to our theme work. Children will be applying their knowledge of stocks to create a group model of their own.

PSHE: The theme for this term is Relationships and Changes. This will include opportunities for the children to recall memories from their time at Brook House and consider their feelings about transition to secondary school.

PE: SJD Coaching will continue their training programme teaching children a range of skills needed for different sporting activities. Please make sure your child's P.E. kit is in school for Monday of each week and taken home on Friday.

Our Summer Term Learning

Open Afternoons

This term we have held open afternoons within school. This has been an opportunity for parents to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lesson.

These lesson have been enjoyed by the children and parents as they get to take part in constructing and designing items related to their year group topics.

If you go down to the Woods today ...


Year 6 pupils took part in a Wild Celebration day at Ecclesall Woods.

They took part in a variety of fun-packed activities including: shelter building, woodland challenges and games, fire-lighting and campfire treats.

The whole day was a huge success, even the sun shone!


Year 6 at Crucial Crew

Our Y6 pupils took part in Crucial Crew which is run by South Yorkshire Police. The children took part in a variety of staged incidents relating to travel advice, internet safety, fire and emergency procedures, first aid and several other situations. They are taught how to react responsibly to these circumstances.

As always, this is a fantastic day, which our pupils thoroughly enjoy.

Spring Term 2018/19

Our Parents' Y6 Curriculum Information Letter - Spring 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: During Spring 1, the children will be continuing their work on fractions, decimals and percentages followed by measurement of length, capacity and mass.

The focus for Spring 2 will be algebra, ratio, geometry and statistics. In addition, regular revision of the four operations will be completed to support the children in their forthcoming SATs tests.

Literacy and Theme: The English literature we will be studying links directly to our Theme work. In Spring 1, we will be studying 'Pirates'. Children will be analysing a variety of extracts from 'Treasure Island' alongside developing geographical and historical skills linked to pirates. We will also be having a 'Pirate-themed' day towards the end of Spring 1. Children will be asked to come to school dressed as pirates and will complete pirate-themed tasks!

In Spring 2, our Theme is 'Crime and Punishment'. Children will be reading extracts from the text 'Holes' to formulate balanced arguments. We will be investigating crime and punishment through the years, finger printing and forensic evidence.

Art: In Spring 1, children will explore a range of different art techniques based around collage and painting. They will work collaboratively to produce a large 3d pirate ship painting using a range of different materials.

In Spring 2, children will study the artist Judith Ann Braun and work towards developing a final piece in her style.

SATs & Mock SATs: The next practice tests will take place the week beginning 21st January and these will be sent home afterwards. We appreciate you supporting the children with their corrections. We will then stage a Mock SATs Week during the week beginning 18th March. New and existing booster groups are taking place this term during the school afternoon. Existing after-school groups will be continuing until further notice.

Science: In the first half term we will continue to study 'Animals including humans'. This will include the importance of exercise and a healthy diet, and the impact of drugs and alcohol. In the second half term, our focus is 'Evolution and Inheritance'.

Computing: This will be linked to our grammar work to improve children's skills and understanding.

Autumn Term 2018/19

Our Parents' Y6 Curriculum Information Letter - Autumn 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: The children will be covering work on place value and the four operations of number, including long multiplication. They will be using these four operations to solve word problems. We will also be covering fractions, decimals and percentages and the equivalences between them - including in different contexts.

Literacy: The English literature we will be studying focuses on narrative which includes:

  • War Horse - a historic novel;
  • Shakespeare's Macbeth - for which we are lucky to have a theatre group to come and perform; and
  • Alma - visual literacy.
  • Finally, we will be combining literacy with RE to produce a non-chronological report on Judaism.

Whilst studying the above, children will participate in a range of activities including writing, comprehension, grammar, punctuation and drama.
Throughout the year, we will be working towards end of Key Stage 2 assessments.

Spelling: Children will receive new weekly spelling lists every Friday - to be tested the following Friday. Follow-up activities will include homework, which will entail writing interesting and varied sentences using their spelling words.

Science: For the autumn term, Y6 children will be studying the following topics: Living Things and their Habitats; Animals Including Humans; Evolution and Inheritance.

RE: The focus will be on Judaism.

Art: Our art work will be closely linked to our science and literacy topics. This will include observational drawings and 3d masks.

Computing: In addition to using computing to support our grammar and maths work, children will develop their skills in programming using a variety of software.

Our Autumn Term Learning

Creature Invasion

Our Year 6 pupils enjoyed a morning meeting creatures as part of their topic on Brazil.

The visit reinforced the knowledge and understanding of creatures and their habitats. In addition, children were able to hold different animals such as snakes, lizards and spiders.

The visit was a huge success with both teachers and pupils enjoying the experience.

Who killed Macbeth?

The Young Shakespeare Company arrived in school to stage a performance of Macbeth, which is currently being studied as part of the Year 6 literacy topic.

The actors were fully-dressed and brought the story to life, engaging and interacting with the children throughout. This is a highlight for our Year 6 children.