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Year 6

Welcome to our Year 6 page


Sapphire Class Teacher: Mrs Barber

Diamond Class Teacher: Miss Retigan

Peridot Class Teacher: Mr Lynn


Daily Timetable:

9.05-10.05: Maths

10.05-10.30: Assembly

10.30-10.45: Break

10.45-11.45: English

11.45-12.00: Spelling

12.00-12.40: Guided Reading

12.40-12.50: Reading for Pleasure

12.50-1.35: Lunch

1.35-3.05: Topic and PE



PE days are on Mondays and Tuesdays, but we would like pupils to have their kits in school at all times. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school on these days, including a change of footwear e.g. plimsolls or trainers. It may also be useful for your child to bring in tracksuit bottoms to keep them warm during PE lessons in the cold weather.



Children in Year 6 are set for English according to their ability. This allows the teacher to tailor their lessons to suit every child within their class and allows the children to feel comfortable learning alongside children of a similar ability. We encourage the children to develop their independent skills whilst offering them the support they require to progress their learning.

We use a range of strategies to help pupils improve their writing, for instance, ‘Screen to Page’ whereby we use film to enhance the children’s writing and ‘Talk for Writing’, which includes a structured approach to learning a story through easy to remember story maps and plans, pupils then use these to write their own version of the stories they have learned . These methods have had extremely positive results and the children, and adults are very proud of the writing that has been produced.



The children are also set for Maths. Children are encouraged to develop their independence whilst challenging their mathematical ability. Maths lessons cover a range of different topics and develop written and mental methods for all four operations throughout the year. If you require any advice on any of these methods, please feel free to pop in to see any of the Year 6 teachers. A big focus for Year 6 pupils is to help them develop rapid recall of strategies and basic skills (e.g. times tables, money, telling the time) so that they can show their maths knowledge not only through the SAT.s tests at the end of the year, but so that they can use these skills for the future.



The topics we are covering in Y6 can be seen on the long term map.


Eco and animals

In Year 6 many volunteers have the opportunity to become Eco Captains. Once they are fully trained they will have the responsibility of feeding the animals each day and cleaning them out. We have found that this has given the children a sense of responsibility as well as helping them to work as a team.                                                                                               



In Year 6, the children are given two pieces of online homework a week, Maths and Reading. Their homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will be due in on the following Wednesday. They are also expected to learn weekly spellings set by their English set teacher, on which they are tested in class, the following week. Pupils are expected to read three times per week and complete their reading journal which they will need to bring in weekly.

If homework is not completed, an opportunity will be provided for them to complete it in school at a lunchtime homework club.


Booster Classes

In Year 6, we offer free Booster classes after school on a Monday afternoon 3.15 – 4.15pm. These classes help pupils to improve and prepare for the SAT's tests at the end of Year 6. The classes cover aspects of Reading, Writing and Maths and are open to ALL pupils regardless of their ability. Please ask you child’s class teacher for more information if needed.