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Welcome to the Year 6 Page!

Welcome back to school for this exciting Spring Term! Here is all the information about the exciting learning and plans we have in store for the term ahead:

English – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

This term, we will be reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. This book is the sequel to the Philosopher's Stone. In the second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry the three firm friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch. But then horrible and mysterious things begin to happen. Harry keeps hearing strange voices, sinister and dark messages appear on the wall, and then Ron's sister Ginny disappears… Lots of action unfolds and the story has an exciting crescendo. In school we will be writing for a range of exciting purposes: look out for some fun newspaper articles about the flying car! While enjoying writing about the book, we will also explore grammatical structures and all children will be working towards gaining our reading gems – who can collect them first?


This term, we will begin with revisiting and developing our understanding of fractions, algebra and ratio.  We will take our time to ensure the foundations of mathematical understanding are fully revised.  Times tables knowledge is also a key element to mathematical success and we will be including these in our daily teaching.  It will be a great opportunity for us to assess any gaps the children may have in their understanding and quickly address these to allow them to grow in confidence as the year continues. We use Times Table Rockstars for our multiplication practice and the children will be engaging in many battles between themselves and between different classes in the school! Click the image below for a link to the website. 


Our History topic this term is Vikings and we will be kicking off the topic with an immersive workshop on 18th and the 19th of January where we will be re-enacting a battle, using clay to make models amongst many other things. Throughout the topic, we will explore the chronology of British history while learning about the developments, changes and sometimes horrors of our history. 

In Geography we will focus on key geographical concepts including trade routes, types of settlements and land use and we will further develop understanding of physical and human geography.

In science, we will be learning about Living Things.  We will explore the ideas around what makes something alive, the importance classification, Kingdoms and Linneaus as well as Micro-organisms. 

Another thing we will be looking at is the importance of Online-Safety by taking part in activities on Safer Internet Day (7th Feb 2023). We will also look at a range of key PSHE themes using our school values of understanding and honesty which involve some of the British Values. In February is World Children’s Mental Health Week, at school there will be a focus on this by looking at what can impact on our mental health – both positively and negatively. 

P.C. Anna, who visits us annually, will be on hand to share the S.T.A.R workshop with our Year 6 children at some point in the Spring term also. 

Creative opportunities this term are plentiful with plans for class assembly performances; musical expression; charcoal drawing; design and make a longboat figure head; computer coding and much more.

Please make sure your child has the appropriate PE kit (i.e. black shorts, white top, trainer etc) in school each week – bringing it to be washed at the weekend.  Our sport this term is gymnastics.  Our PE lessons are on Monday’s this term.

Each week, we will set work of English, Maths, Times Tables and Spelling to support learning in class.  This will all be sent with paper copies and will need to have been returned by Wednesday. 

We are looking forward to our term with the children and we hope that they will enjoy the topics we shall be teaching them. If you have any concerns, please feel free to pop in and see any of us.

 Mr Morgan, Miss Caldicott, Mrs Cuss and Mr Hulse.