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Welcome to Year 6!


Welcome back Year 6! I hope that you had a great summer break and that you are looking forward to a very busy year! Our topic this term will be ‘Murderous Monarchs’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.



In English, we will be studying legends, including Robin Hood, and journalistic writing. We will then move on to stories with flashbacks and biographies and autobiographies before the Christmas break. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including diary writing, persuasive texts, reports and poetry.


In addition, we will be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.



In Maths, we will revise place value and rounding as well as written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems. We will be applying our understanding of the four operations in order to solve real life problems. We will then move onto fractions, looking at equivalence and the four operations. Finally, before Christmas, we will study position and direction. In History lessons, we will construct timelines using our understanding of chronology. 


We will continue to have weekly times tables tests in class.



In Science, first we will learn about Light and how we see things. We will investigate shadows and learn about the human eye. We will then move on to study Animals Including Humans, focusing on healthy lifestyles, the circulatory system and nutrient transport in the body.


Murderous Monarchs

During this topic, we will embark on a journey through British history as we discover how crime and punishment has changed throughout the ages. Beginning with Romans and travelling right through to the present day, we will discover how changes in society creates changes in the kind of crimes that are committed, as well as they ways in which they are punished. We will explore how Britain changed after the Romans left and look at Anglo-Saxon and Viking Punishments. We will also explore medieval and Tudor crimes and punishments, looking at some of the reasons for changes in crimes, such as the introduction of Forest Law and the closing of the monasteries. We will them look at the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 before looking at a variety of common criminals during the early modern period, such as poachers, smugglers and highwaymen. We will look at some societal changes during the Victorian period and some of the crimes that came with this, relating to industrialisation and political changes. We will explore punishments such as transportation and use ‘Oliver Twist’ as the basis for studying child criminality. Finally, we will look at crimes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, exploring how crimes and their punishments have changed and why.



Homework in Year 6 is set on a Thursday and returned on a Monday.  Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class and will help you to prepare for your SATs as well as the transition to Secondary School.   Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie.   Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day.  Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue dairy for extra dojos!


Talk Homework will help you to prepare for your Big Write each week. Please spend 5-10 minutes chatting with a family member at home in order to feel more confident about your written task the following day.



Year 6 will have PE on a Friday.  We will be visiting the Forest of Dean Gymnastics Centre for the first half term of the school year, starting on Thursday, 5thSeptember.  PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.



To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of English, Maths and Science activities on Education City. Follow this link to find out how to access Education City on your iPad:


You can find your child's targets for this term in their Homework books. 


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Tuesday, 3rdSeptember 2019: First day of Autumn Term

Wednesday, 4thSeptember 2019: Meet the Teacher ~ 2pm

Thursday, 5thSeptember 2019: Year 6 Gymnastics ~ 11:30am-12:30pm

Thursday, 5thSeptember 2019: Meet the Teacher ~ 2pm

Tuesday, 24th September 2019: KS2 Intra-Sports Fun ~ 1pm

Wednesday, 25th September 2019: Year 6 Taster Morning at JKHS

Friday, 27th September 2019: Hedgehog Day

Monday, 7th October 2019: School Photographs

Tuesday, 8th October 2019: Year 6 Peak to Peak Workshops

Friday, 11th October 2019: Harvest Celebrations ~ 2:15pm

Tuesday, 15th October 2019: Andy Seed Author Visit

Thursday, 17th October 2019: KS2 Disco ~ 6:15pm-7:30pm

Friday, 18th October 2019: NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly

Monday, 21st - Friday 25th October 2019: Reading Week

Friday 8th November 2019: NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Year 6 Workshop

Tuesday, 17th November 2019: Cinema Trip ~ 12:15pm

Wednesday, 13th November 2019: C.S. Clifford Author Visit

Friday, 15th November 2019: Children in Need - Wear What You Like

Monday, 18th November 2019: Walford Bounce-a-thon

Monday, 25th, Tuesday, 26th and Thursday, 28th November 2019: STAR (Stop Think Act and React) Workshops with PCSO Anna

Friday, 29th November 2019: Christmas Fayre ~ 1pm

Thursday, 12th December 2019: Christmas Lunch

Monday, 16th December 2019: KS2 Christmas Carol Concert at Walford Church ~ 2pm and 6pm


My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!


Many thanks!


Mrs Nicholls




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