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Year 6

Welcome to Year Six

Class Value: Compassion

14 12 18


There will be no Home Learning set this week! Well done for all your efforts towards the KS2 carol service on Tuesday - it was a wonderful evening. I hope you have a weekend filled with festive fun, and look forward to seeing you on Monday as we count down to Christmas. 

Remember that we are at church on Monday morning for a KS2 rehearsal of our Christmas Carol Service.

Next Week


In Maths next week we will be learning to use formal methods for division, including how to write remainders as decimals and fractions. 


In English, we will be learning to use scene changes and dialogue to move on the action within atmospheric texts. We will also be continuing to learn how to use cohesive devices (such as subtle repetition and conjunctions) to link ideas.


Home Learning - 07 12 18


In Maths this week we have been learning to find the areas of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms. For your Maths Home Learning this week, you will need to solve the problems involving the area of these shapes. If your challenge question shows a shape, please draw this into your book before answering the question. Remember to show your working. 


For English Home Learning, you will need to answer the questions on 'synonyms and antonyms' and 'hyphens, dashes and bullet points' on


Your spelling words for this week can be found at the bottom of the maths sheet. 


Have a great weekend.



Santa's Elves

Santa is looking forward to seeing his elves tomorrow (Saturday 1st) at the Christmas fair between 12 and 4pm. Elves should make their way to the Year Six classroom when they are able to help wrapping some special presents!


If you want to wear something Christmassy (or dress as an elf) please do!



Next week

In Maths next week we will be learning to find the area of triangles and parallelograms. You may want to remind yourself how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles. 


In writing, we will be learning how to incorporate atmosphere into narratives. You may want to remind yourself of some of the features of narrative writing, such as figurative language (personification, metaphors and similes). 

Home Learning - 30 11 18

This week in maths we have been learning to use formal written methods for multiplication, as well as using base facts to solve multiplication problems. The maths home learning this week allows you to practise these skills. Your spellings for this week are on the maths sheet also. 


For English home learning, please follow the instructions on p.32 of Comprehension Book One, 'Change your journey to school.' You will write a persuasive text, and on p.33 you will need to write some comprehension questions about your text. We will swap and answer them next week!


Please remember you should be reading at least five times during the week, and to have your reading record signed by Friday.



Home Learning - 23 11 18

For Maths home learning this week, you must choose one of the challenges and solve the percentage problems in your book. 


For English, you must complete the SPAG tests. They are practise for identifying and using terminology. There is a glossary of terms at the bottom of this page so do use it if needed. Your spellings for this week are also on the maths sheet. 


Please make sure you are reading at least five times per week, and getting this signed in your reading record. 


Have a great weekend. 

Basketball - School Sports Partnership

Home Learning - 16 11 18

For Maths home learning this week, please choose one challenge on fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents and complete it in your book. 


For English, please read and answer the questions about 'Born on a Blue Day' on p.6 of Book One. 

Please also learn the spellings (-se and -ce words), and read at least five times during the week. 


Have a lovely (and hopefully dry) weekend!

Perform Workshop - 15 11 18

Visit from the Donkey Sanctuary - 15 11 18

English - Narrative Writing Freeze Frames

Christmas Elves

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and the PTA are working hard to organise the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. Year Six will be taking on the role of 'elves' in the Y6 classroom to wrap secret santa presents. If your child is able to be an elf at the fair and volunteer some of their time (between 12 and 4pm) then please speak to Miss Paxton so she can sign them up!


Ho Ho Ho!

Home Learning - 09 11 18

This week we have been learning to find and use fraction and decimal equivalents. The questions for each challenge for home learning this week require you to use the facts you know, calculate equivalents or apply these to problems. Choose one challenge and complete it in your book. Please remember to show your working out or explain your reasoning. 


For English this week, you should complete the tests of One is on 'subject verb agreement' and the other is on 'synonyms and antonyms'. 

Spellings are at the bottom of the maths challenge sheet. Our focus this week is nouns ending in -ce and verbs ending is -se. 


Make sure you are reading at least five times over the course of the week, and recording this in your reading record. 


Have a wonderful weekend. 

Welcome back!


Welcome back to school for the second half of the Autumn Term - we hope you had a restful half term. This half term we will continue with our topic 'Lest We Forget', focussing on the impact of World War One. Below is an overview of the skills we will be learning for each subject within this. 

Model trenches

We have been busy bringing our designs to life this week as we used recyclable goods to make model trenches. We have been innovative with our creations, and added items as the week has gone on. Here are just a few of them. 

This week we have been celebrating diversity. We took part in an African Dance workshop, where we sequenced together four movements that we learned. We also learned about Kenya, and some African traditions from Lydia. We also had a workshop linking to Black History called 'I have a dream.' In the workshop, we learned about some people from history who have made a significant impact for black civil rights. 

In addition to this, we have been having debates and discussions around some interesting and controversial topics, such as 'If we allow same-sex schools, should we have same-race schools?' and 'Is educating girls a waste of money?'

Trip to the Imperial War Museum

On the 18th October, we visited the Imperial War Museum in London to explore the First World War galleries. While there, we looked at some incredible artefacts, including letters, uniform, weapons, medals and even a trench! It was incredible to see some objects that have been kept in good condition since the war ended. 

Home Learning - 19 10 18


In Maths this week, we have been learning to compare and order fractions using a common denominator. Please choose a challenge and complete it in your book, showing your working out and/or reasoning.

Next week we will be adding and subtracting fractions, so it is important that you are confident in writing fractions with common denominators. 


For English this week, you will need to read 'White Fang' on p.28 of book one and answer the questions about this. 


You will find your weekly spellings (from the Year 5&6 curriculum words) at the end of the maths challenges. 

Make sure you read five times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult. 



Have a wonderful weekend!

Next week

Our trip to the Imperial War Museum in London is next Thursday, 18th October. As a reminder, children need to be dropped at Rickmansworth train station by 8.45am. On our return journey, we will walk from Rickmansworth station back to school by 3.15pm. 

All children will need a (nut-free) packed lunch on this day and water. They should wear school uniform. 

We're really looking forward to it!


Home Learning - 12 10 18


This week, we have been learning more about factors and multiples and have begun to apply this to simplify fractions, find equivalents, and write fractions with common denominators. 

For Maths, please choose and complete one of the challenges on the sheet attached. 

For English, you must complete the questions on about pronouns and cohesive devices. 

Please also ensure you practise the spellings (found at the end of the maths challenges) which contain -fer. 

Please continue to read at least five times this week as usual. 


Have a lovely weekend. 


Our learning this week!


We have been busy in Year Six this week. We have finished writing about Walter Tull, Britain's first black officer. We researched the life of Tull and planned biographies to detail the significant events in his life, including his legacy as Officer during World War One. You can read the biographies on our display board in the KS2 corridor, or see them during our Learning Showcase during the last week of half term. 


We have also been extending our knowledge of factors and multiples in preparation for comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions. We used cuisenaire rods to find and show relationships between different fractions, and were able to express equivalent fractions this way (we made them like in the pictures below, and then wrote about them in our books).


In Science, we were exploring the effect of diet on the human body. We surveyed other children in the school to try and find out how their lunch affected their energy levels. 

Home Learning - 05 10 18


Home Learning this week is:

  • Read the autobiography 'I can jump in puddles' on page 26 of Book One and answer the questions.
  • Complete a challenge from the Maths challenges
  • Learn the five spellings (meaning and how they're spelt)
  • Read at least five times

Home Learning - 28 09 18

For maths home learning this week, you will be solving a range of problems using an appropriate strategy (see the above document).

Each child has received a login for We will begin using this over the coming weeks, so we encourage you to ensure you can access your homepages, explore the website and play some of the games available this week. A guide for logging in is in the above documents.


In English, we have been learning how to write recounts (biographies). For English home learning this week, you will need to research and write a biography about a significant person from World War One. Some suggestions are: Lord Kitchener, Edith Cavell, Alexander Fleming, Douglas Haig, Wilfred Owen, Winston Churchill or Dame Caroline Haslett. 


The bbc website contains lots of information about WW1, including some of the people suggested above. 


Please also make sure you read at least five times this week. 



Next week we will begin planning and designing model trenches. If you have any old shoeboxes at home, please bring them into school so that we can use them in DT. Any other household items, such as egg boxes, yoghurt containers, toilet roll tubes etc. would also be really helpful!


Have a wonderful weekend.

Home Learning - 21 09 18

This week's Maths Home Learning is to solve a range of problems using mental strategies. Have a look at the strategy sheet if you need reminding of these. 

This week we have been learning to spell words that end in -able and -ible. The spellings this week can be found at the end of the Home Learning sheet. 

For English, you will need to complete the questions about the active and passive voice on 



Tomorrow (Thursday, 20th September) Year 6 will be having an extra PE lesson, so please make sure kits are in school. 


As we approach colder weather, there will be more occasions when the children will not be able to play outside during break and lunch time. Therefore, we kindly ask that if you have any old games that you no longer use, that we might be able to have them in school for use during 'wet play'. Any kinds of card games (top trumps etc). or board games would be greatly appreciated!

Home Learning - 14 09 18

The home learning for Year Six this week is:

  • Read five times (don't forget to get your reading record signed)
  • Maths: choose one of the challenges and complete in your Maths Home Learning book
  • Spellings: Learn the five spellings on the homework sheet
  • English: Read 'An interview with Nixie Labs' on p.2 on your Reading Comprehension book and answer the questions. 


You might also want to practice your times tables on times tables rockstars.

Night Owl Visit

This morning we had a visit from Night Owls, who brought along some of their favourite owls for us. We learned about what they like to eat, how they catch their food, and some of the amazing skills that they have. 

Science Learning

This half term we are learning about the Human Circulatory System in Science. Last week, we learned about how blood travels around the body. We went onto the playground and drew the heart, lungs, veins and arteries in the human body. 

School Councils

Over the coming weeks, representatives for each of our school councils will be chosen. As a reminder, here is an overview explaining dates by which letters should be handed in, and how each representative will be chosen. 

Home Learning - Autumn Week 1 - 07 09 18


All the children have been given a login for Times Tables Rockstars - we encourage you to explore the website and try some of the challenges and games. 

Children should be reading to an adult five times per week, and this should be a range of texts and genres. Please make sure this is logged in reading records, as these will be checked on Fridays.


This week, the children have not been given any other Maths or English Home Learning to complete.

Welcome back!


Welcome back to school! This week, Year Six have been settling into their new classroom and back into school routines. Please find below copies of the documents given out at the Meet the Teacher Information Session this week. You should have also received a hard copy. There is also a copy of the Skills Booklet for the first half-term which, like Curriculum Booklets previously, explain the skills that the children will be learning in the foundation subjects.