Year 6 Spring 2 2021

This half term year 6 have been working hard on a variety of curriculum areas.

We have continued to learn about evolution in science and the impact of human behaviour on other organisms on the planet.

In maths we have learnt how to find the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes, triangles and parallelograms. We have also made sure that we have revisited anything we were unsure about from our time during home learning, including finding percentages of amounts and converting fractions, decimals and percentages.

 We have written a fantasy story in English based around the idea of finding a prehistoric creature, linking to our science theme. We have also written a formal letter based upon the book Holes by Louis Sachar which we have been studying in Guided Reading.

Our geography topic has been based on Fair Trade this half term and the children have been learning about how this organisation is working for fair pay and conditions for farmers who provide our chocolate, bananas and other imported crops. We have linked our art to last half term’s topic of America and are studying the work of North American photographer Ansel Adams.

In PE we have been doing a variety of socially distanced team games.

Year 6 Spring 1 2021

We started this term like no other. Very quickly the children became adept at working with TEAMS and developing their computing skills to a very high level. We have all been incredibly impressed at how hard they have worked. We continued teaching our curriculum with a few small changes to the planning for the home learning.

In maths, the children worked on percentages and algebra, which they did very well.

In science the children learned about evolution and inheritance; their work included researching the life of Charles Darwin and Mary Awning, as well as applying all their learning to create their own evolved creature.

In English we have been reading the book Holes by Louis Sachar, the children then took their knowledge of the story and characters to write a newspaper report about how the main character, Stanley ended up at Camp Green Lake.

During our last week of the half term we studied the poem Tyger Tyger by Willaim Blake and the children wrote their own Tyger poem.

Tyger, Tyger

The Tyger sits with his darting eyes,

Watching his prey get ready to die,

Licking his sunset-coloured fur,

He then starts to loll and purr,

Tyger, Tyger he’s not weak,

Just sitting there, prim and sleek,

Bathing under a lush green tree,

Tyger sees a bee and decides to flee,

Ready to pounce,

He spies a mouse,

Look at his razor-sharp teeth,

Trying to blow away a leaf,

Tyger, Tyger he’s so smart,

He always has a bounding heart,

He likes to rest,

So that he hunts the best,

Did you know that he has a solid tail,

Which has immaculate detail?

Tyger, Tyger, hear him roar,

The Tyger is certainly not a bore,

Be careful of his sharp, white claws,

And watch out for those scary jaws,

Tyger, Tyger, covered in stripes,

Why are you always full of hype?


The stripy, amber Tyger who is very savage,

Causes a lot of unexpected damage,

Rips apart it’s dinner with his razor – sharp claws,

Feasts upon it with his immense jaws,

The Tyger is exceptionally large,

But it takes charge,

It is extremely ferocious,

Leaps but creeps,

Springs and flings,

Like the king of all kings,

The mean, intimidating eyes are amazingly bright,

But gives a fright,

The beautiful, charming Tyger is very clean,

Looking almost pristine,

It likes to sneakily prowl,

When it catches its prey it lets out an ear- piercing growl!


Tigers panting in the sun,

Like their life has just begun.

Silky black fur pounces on its food,

And it is just like a jet going past.

Looking closer to see their jaws,

Then to feel their claws.

Seeing their legs dropping down,

Then getting up to go to town.

Seeing the stream overflowing,

And the trees blowing.

The lines of a plane are not to plain to see,

Emerald green eyes glaring at who might flee.

Roaring at each other every day,

Wait for your suspicious prey.


Year 6 Autumn 2020

This half term we have been busy working on the practical side of our foundation topics. As our topic is life in Ancient Greece, we have based our art and DT around this too.  The children designed a Greek style mythological beast which they then made from clay, and for DT they designed their own 3D maze which they then made from art straws, for the minotaur to hide in! The children had some brilliant designs and we were very impressed with the completed products.

Our science this term was called Animals, Including Humans. We learnt about the circulatory and digestive systems in our bodies, and the impact of cigarettes and other drugs. We have also learnt about the benefits of a healthy diet and active life style, and have loved playing Endball in PE. The children have worked brilliantly as part of a team and improved their passing and catching skills.

In English, we studied the fictional world of Pandora. The children created their own insect which lives on this amazing moon and then wrote a non-chronological report about it. They really enjoyed being creative in their designs and were able to use a variety of literary devices in their writing, such as relative clauses, extended noun phrases and subordinating conjunctions, as well as a wide range of technical vocabulary. They also published their completed work on the word processors.

Our mathematical work has been very much based on fractions and properties of shape this half term. We can now add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions from unit fractions to mixed numbers. We have also learnt to draw and measure angles and calculate missing angles in triangles, straight lines, quadrilaterals, other regular polygons and around a point.

It has been a busy but enjoyable half term.

Year 6 Autumn 1

We have been really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. We have been revisiting certain topics in order to fill gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. The children have been working very hard to learn their personal spellings and develop their handwriting skills. We have been focusing on practising our times tables a lot this half term to develop fluency and the ability to apply this knowledge to other contexts.

In English this half term we have been writing our own Greek myths. The children have enjoyed developing their descriptive writing skills by including grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. We spent some time gathering powerful vocabulary that was then used in the children’s writing. Our whole class guided reading text this half term has been The Iron Man. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the children have been very successful in answering retrieval and inference style questions. In maths we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying this knowledge to the four operations. We are looking forward to the next unit – fractions, which we will be covering in Autumn 2. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our science learning this half term which focused on living things and their habitats. The children have classified different animals based on their characteristics. We then created our own animals based on these characteristics.