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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6


Mrs Burnham is the class teacher and Mrs Emery is the Teaching Assistant in Year Six.


Autumn 1


We will be doing lots of interesting lessons and activities this term!


In English we will be reading 'The Boy' by Roald Dahl as our class text and studying biographies and autobiographies texts. To link with this, we will be learning about biographical writing and creating our own autobiographies. We will write biographies about Queen Victoria linked to our work in history. We will also be writing scientific texts linked to our work on adaptation about a mythical miptor and tongo lizard. We will be looking at key Y5/6 spellings and ible/ able and ious/cial suffixes.

We will be recapping word classes in grammar and learning about different types of nouns and advanced punctuation in various sentence types.


In Maths, this half term we will be focusing on number composition and place value. We will be looking at the structure of numbers up to and beyond 10 million. Children will be ordering and comparing large numbers. We will focus on negative and positive numbers and calculations and problem solving involving these. We will also consolidate number properties for squared, cubed and triangular numbers. The children will revise using written methods for the four operations. Consolidation of mental and arithmetic calculations strategies.


In history we will be learning about the Victorian Era. We will study Queen Victoria and learn about the chronology of key events and advances in the period.

The children will consider the impact of Queen Victoria and this era of industrialisation. We will think about ‘Who were the Victorians?’ The topic will include a study of the Victorian era and research project on a famous Victorian person. The children will study the chronology of key events in the Victorian era and what Manchester was like in the industrial period, including the homes in our local area.


In science, we will be learning about animals and plants and how they can be classified into different categories and groups. We will be considering the work of Carl Linnaeus and how he began to classify different groups and begin to think about the work of Charles Darwin on evolution. We will also be learning about how animals and plants have adapted to survive in conditions- desert, ocean, tropical and Arctic. This will follow onto work on adaptation and evolution later in the year.


In computing, Mrs Oldham will be focusing on coding using 2code on Purple Mash. We will learn how to create programs with an action that repeats, use If statements to allow selection and understand what a variable is.


In RE we will be thinking about the question: 'Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?' We will describe and make connections between examples of religious art and buildings.  


Homework, usually Maths, English and any spelling and multiplication tables will be given out on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please read with your child regularly and record this in their reading record as it is part of their weekly homework. Times tables and spelling test take place every Friday.


This half term, the children will hopefully be participating in the Trafford Bikeability scheme. Further details about this will be sent out but children will need to have their own road-worthy bike and be assessed as confident to ride this on the local roads by the instructors to participate.


The outdoor games lessons will be on Mondays. An outdoor kit is needed for these lessons. Please ensure that your child has something suitable for all weathers. Children who have earrings are asked to remove them and leave them at home on P.E. days or remove them and keep them safe themselves at school. If ears have been pierced recently the children are responsible covering their own earrings with tape.


Please can you also ensure your child has the correct equipment required for school. Your child will need a blue fibre tip pen with spares, pencil, sharpener, ruler and eraser. They also require a named water bottle.


Occasionally the children may need to miss some assembly time to take part in an additional maths or English session following on from our classwork. If you would like more details about this please speak to me.