Year 6 2019 - 2020

Miss Davenport

Year 6 teacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to a new and exciting year at Millfields.  Obviously this is an important 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:  We have started the term with a new class book called ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell and we will be using the text to create poetry, setting descriptions and our own adventure story.  It is a beautiful book and I’m sure that we will generate some lovely writing by using it.  We will also be using our topic work on South America to create non-chronological reports and take part in a debate about the Amazon rainforest. Each week we will complete a range of reading, grammar and punctuation activities as well as writing composition tasks.


Spellings: I will be sending out a list of 25 spellings which we will be our focus for this half term and another 25 will be sent out for the second half term. These will be from the list of words for year 5 and 6 children from the National Curriculum. The spelling test will take place on a Friday and the words will be selected at random from this list of 25 spellings. In addition to this, 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.  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 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 be 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: Our topic for this term is ‘South America’. We will be learning in particular about the geography of South America including human and physical geography. During our art lessons we will look at South American artists including Frida Kahlo. Children will learn about South America’s food trade and look at using some of these ingredients to design a South American recipe. 


PE:  We are very lucky this year to have our PE session delivered by Miss Treasure and Mrs Mascarenhas. Our PE lessons will be on Tuesday and 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. Please make sure that children have suitable outdoor kits with them as we will be doing PE lessons outside.


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 and needs to be returned the following Tuesday.  Please encourage your child to present their homework to a high standard and use a date and title just like at school. If homework is not completed by the handing in date then children will attend a homework club on Wednesday lunchtime. Children will be sent home with their Education City logins which they can use to support and review their learning throughout the year.  


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. 


Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me. 



Kind regards


Miss Davenport

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750