Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 1 2017 Year 6


As part of the whole school Reading Challenge, pupils must read at least three times every week, with at least one of these using their class reading book. Also, only one home-read over the weekend will now be counted towards the Reading Challenge.

Please encourage your child to read a wide range of additional types of books too – this will help them become better writers.


Weekly homework will be given on a Monday for Maths and English, which needs to be completed for Friday. However as the end of year tests approach, the amount of homework may increase. If you have any questions or problems, please speak to your child's teacher.

Please Remember:

  • Home reading book;
  • Reading record;
  • P.E. kit; (for Friday P.E.)
  • Planner.


I will be learning:

  • To recognise the language and features of newspaper reports, then how to plan and write my own;
  • To recognise the language and features of instruction texts and use these to produce a cross-curricular piece of writing;
  • To recognise the language and features of narrative texts which will enable us to plan and write our own imaginative story;
  • To improve handwriting and presentation of work;
  • To recognise and use a wide range of word classes to help me write and answer questions in SPAG sessions;
  • To improve the quality of my spelling across a range of curriculum areas;
  • To improve sentence knowledge and structure through regular targeted activities;
  • To read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and answer questions about them;
  • To use skills of retrieval, inference and deduction to help me to answer questions;
  • All of the Y5/6 Spellings and how to use them in sentences.


I will be learning to:

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to 3 decimal places
  • Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations
  • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy
  • Use simple formulae
  • Generate and describe linear number sequences
  • Express missing number problems algebraically
  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication


I will be learning:

To develop my knowledge of empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation;

To see myself as a valued individual within a community, and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all;

To explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, while learning (and putting into practice) shared models for 'calming down' and 'problem solving'.

Additional Information

Please remember that a range of after-school clubs, including a homework club where your child can complete work with the support of teaching staff, will commence this term.

Every Friday, year 6 planners will be brought home, containing a teacher comment for you to read and sign. Please make any comments you feel necessary in the planner regarding your child's learning.

Should you wish to talk to a member of staff regarding any issue, please make an appointment by telephoning the school office.



As a scientist I will be learning to:

  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago;
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents;
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.


As an artist I will be learning:

  • To examine Stone Age cave paintings from around the world;
  • To make tools and paints to use for my own paintings;
  • To create paintings and clay models based on Stone Age art.


I will:

  • Use a variety of written and visual sources to investigate the concepts of hope and joy.
  • Discuss how faith members demonstrate their ideas of these concepts through participation in festivals and celebrations.


I will be learning:

  • To create backgrounds for animated characters;
  • How to design and construct characters that can be animated;
  • To use Serif Draw effectively for animation.


As a linguist I will be:

  • Looking at types of houses, areas and different rooms;
  • Naming clothes, which includes describing clothes, focusing on adjective endings and linking clothes to weather;
  • Learning language associated with Christmas.


As a historian I will be learning:

  • About the different periods within the Stone Age, including Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic;
  • How stone age man created and used tools and hunted for food;
  • How stone age man lived, including looking at settlements such as Skara Brae and Stonehenge;
  • How the stone age progressed to the Bronze and Iron ages.


I will be:

  • Considering why and how people of faith live their lives according to beliefs, rules and values;
  • Exploring a variety of personal and religious rituals that show identity, diversity and belonging including rites of passage.

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