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Year 6

The Final Year - We aim to make it a great one!


The story so far...

Autumn Term - It all began with a fantastic trip to Bletchley Park in September as an introduction to our work on code-breaking and World War II. Here the children had the opportunity to explore this amazing local  resource and gain an understanding of the crucial role it played in the outcome of the war. We used this trip to inspire some great pieces of non-fiction writing on the park before becoming 'spy-novelists', writing from behind enemy lines as agents for S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive).

  Bletchley Park     Cracking the Enigma Code

In English, our topic of 'Journeys', explored the books: 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson and 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll. These are two fantastic novels that the children really enjoyed, with some even going back and reading them again at their own leisure! Our Maths focus was on number and place value before consolidated their understanding of the four operations of calculation. We then took on the 'mammoth' challenge that is known as 'fractions' and despite the children's groans and reticence for them, they made great progress and have become far more confident in this area of mathematics. 

Throughout the term we visited Sponne as part of our transition arrangements to prepare the children for the next stage of their education. So far, we have been baking bread, making pencil cases and measuring the amount of energy in foods using Bunsen burners (a particular favourite for the children). These sessions are always so valuable for the children, who come away feeling more confident and excited about their future at secondary school. 


With the centenary of the armistice taking place in November, we spent the latter stages of the autumn term studying World War I and were fortunate enough to attend the stage production of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful at the Royal Theatre in Northampton. This one-man  performance was truly incredible and the children were inspired to use this to create some beautiful and poignant poetry and scene descriptions from life in the trenches. Some of this work was shared with our guests who attended a special event hosted by our Year 6 children. Here we invited in local families, veterans and relatives of those in the armed forces to share their memories, stories and treasured possessions with the children; after which, the school held our own two-minute silence together with our guests. 


Our Christmas performance was another fabulous show! Continuing the theme of World War I, the Year 5 and 6 children put on a stunning performance of the Christmas truce in the trenches, which included songs, dance and tributes to all who fought and died from both sides of the conflict. A big thank you to Mr Driver for putting together a fantastic script that had the audience moved to tears at points, but also managed to add some light-hearted moments alongside a creative score. 

This extremely long term (8 weeks!) was completed with our traditional Christingle service, led by the Year 6 children - as always this was a fitting way to complete a fantastic term for the children who certainly deserved a well-earned rest over the Christmas break.



Details of Spring Home Learning

Year 6 homework expectations are as follows:

Maths - Weekly Mathletics (500 points minimum - to be completed by 7pm each Sunday evening) TT Rockstars is available for children to consolidate their multiplication and division skills at pace.

Reading - Daily home reading recorded in reading records - these must be handed in and checked once a week. New comprehension homework sheets. - Wednesdays

Spellings - Weekly spelling tests for all children (spellings sent home the week before). - Mondays

For more detailed information on the coming term, upcoming topics, along with homework expectations, please consult our updated curriculum newsletters when published.


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