Year 6 2017 - 2018

Miss Worrall

Yea 6 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to a new exciting year. Obviously this is a momentous year for your children and although we are going to be working very hard all year we are going to be doing some very enjoyable things as well.

English: The book ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson will be our focus text for English work this term. It is a beautiful book and I’m sure that we will generate some lovely writing by using it. We will look at a range of genres starting with first person writing, descriptive narrative writing and report writing. Each week we will complete a range of reading, grammar and punctuation activities as well as writing composition tasks.

Spellings: Spellings will be spent home each week. These will be from the list of 100 words for year 5 and 6 children from the National Curriculum. These will be tested throughout the year. I have attached the word list from the National Curriculum. We will be learning spelling rules as part of our class activities this year.

Reading: Please read with your child at least 3 times per week and sign and date their diary. It is important that year 6 children develop their reading stamina, this will help them to prepare for the reading SAT as well as enabling them to more easily follow and enjoy longer and more involved stories. Therefore, please encourage your child to read for sustained periods of up to 20 mins each session. Some children will be asked to read daily with an adult at home to help them to make accelerated progress.

Obviously, the more you can read with them the more beneficial it will be for both their reading and writing skills. Staff will be checking reading diaries throughout the week. If children are not reading at home with an adult they will be invited to join a reading club at dinner time.

Maths: We will begin our maths work by focusing on number and calculations. It is essential that all children can use formal written methods for the four operations and so we will be spending some time working on these initially. This term we will also concentrate on fractions and decimals including comparing fractions, finding equivalent fractions, carrying out addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions.

Science: Our science work this term will link in with our topic work by focusing on how and why we classify living organisms, how they are adapted to their environments and how living things have changed over time including looking at how fossils help us to understand this. Most of our practical work will be based around making and recording observations and using these to help to answer questions.

Topic: The topic title this term is ‘Charles Darwin’s Amazing World’. We are going to be learning about not only the life of this amazing man and his inspiration voyage on HMS Beagle, but how his scientific work changed the world. We will be learning in particular about the geography of South America including human and physical geography. We’ll also practise our sketching techniques to produce beautiful drawings similar to those Darwin produced during his expedition. The early to mid 19th century is a fascinating time and so we will be able to investigate what it was like to live in Britain at this time. Using modern technology that no doubt Darwin would have delighted in, we will produce a database of animals from around the world, living and extinct.

PE: We are very lucky this year to have a specialist PE teacher, Mr Shore, working with us. Our lessons with Mr Shore will be on Thursdays. Mrs Mascarenhas will also be teaching PE in year 6 this year. Her lessons will be on Friday. However, it is important for children to have their PE kit in school all week as it may be necessary to change our PE day at short notice or have the opportunity to take part in extra sports sessions. A further letter regarding PE kit will be sent home shortly.

French: French lessons for Key Stage 2 will be continuing with Madam Potts this year. Our lesson will be on Wednesday afternoon.

Homework: Homework will be sent out on Fridays alternating between maths and English. Homework is due in on the following Tuesday. This year we are also running a homework challenge each half term. Further details of this will be sent home shortly.


So that your child can have a drink throughout the day, please ensure that they have a water bottle with them. We cannot provide cups during the day. In addition, please make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing each day. We will be going outside for playtimes and during lessons even if it is raining so please ensure children have a coat with them.

Details of the important year 6 events like SATs and our residential will be sent out at the relevant times. Should you have any queries in the meantime however, please feel free to contact me.


Kind regards

Miss Jane Worrall

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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750