The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!


Mr Mawson - Class Teacher, Deputy Head

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A warm welcome to our year page. If your child is in Year 6 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here:

Class Agreements.

  1. Have fun.
  2. Be polite to each other.
  3. Raise your hand if you want to say something to the class.
  4. Challenge yourself
  5. This is a safe space to make mistakes
  6. Make sure that you do not distract anyone.
  7. Be supportive to contributors.
  8. Remember to walk around the school carefully.
  9. Be confident.
  10. Be neat with your work.
  11. Honesty is the best policy.
  12. Help others- inside and outside of the classroom.
  13. Be appreciative when you need to be.
  14. If someone misses something, help them out.
  15. Have your own ideas and think for yourself.
  16. Treat everybody the same.
  17. Treat everybody with respect.
  18. Try your best on all tasks.






For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below.


Story Writing: The children will consider how to incorporate good pace into their writing for different genres. They will also look at how to include flashbacks into their tales.

Persuasion and argument: Language features will be looked at by the children, this will include persuasive letters.

Plays: The children will look at the structure of plays and their layout.

SPAG: The children will look at more advanced examples of spellings, punctuation and grammar.

Explanations: The children will look at how these text types are structured and their key features.



Number: The children will be revisiting long multiplication, long division and practical addition & subtraction questions. They will also use ratio and percentages as a way of answering different problems. The children will also work with negative numbers in context.

Measures: The children will continue to work on their understanding of how to measure angles around a point, and the internal degrees for different polygons.

Shape properties: In this subject the children will revisit reflection and translation. In addition the children will improve their understanding of 2D and 3D shape properties.



Animals including humans: How does the digestive system work? How does the circulatory system work? What is a healthy balanced diet? How can we protect our bones and teeth from decay?


Electricity: The children will become more aware of how to keep themselves safe with electrical equipment. The class will make circuits that include lots of different components, and they will draw accurate circuit diagrams. Furthermore the children will test different ideas concerning electrical circuits.



World War 2

The children will be investigating many questions including: How did World War 2 begin? What are the significant dates? How were children effected in Britain? What shelters were used as protection from air raids? What was the experience of evacuees? What was rationing like? What repercussions of the war are we still living with?


1945 to 2019

The children will using the internet to research a different aspect of cultural, technological and political life from each decade between 1945 and 2019. They will compare and contrast those different aspects of various decades with life today.



Internet Use

The children will use the internet and other sources of information to aid their History work on World War 2.

Also the children will be using the internet to research key cultural, political and technological changes from 1945-2018.



The children will be presenting some of their work in PowerPoint form, looking at how to edit their pieces while still retaining interest for the listener.


Religious Education

The children will be studying Hinduism. They will study who the Hindu deities are.  The children will look at and study images of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Lakshmi as well as others. In addition the children will read stories about each of the Trimurti.  Also the children will read the story: “ Seed of the Banyan Tree and Salt in Water”.



Working Together:

The children will look at the skills that they and others have, and how these can complement each other.


Healthy Lifestyles:

The children will look at how there are a range of factors which contribute to a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy balanced food intake and physical activity.


Financial Capability:

The children will learn how different occupations require different skills and allow for different earnings.


Physical Education

Invasion Games

The children will look at a variety of different invasion games. This will include basketball skills where they will learn about dribbling and shooting. The children will also look at the game of Frisbee. Frisbee is a very popular sport in Cambridge and it combines rules drawn from other invasion games.



The children will be looking at the skills involved in basketball: they will learn how to pass the ball when under pressure from opponents, and how to shoot accurately at the basket.



The children will be looking at rolls, balances and jumps. The children will then be developing their own sequences using these skills.



The children will be exploring folk dancing. They will be looking at the key skills involved in different folk dances, and completing those skills within a group. The children will also be working in a group in order to devise their own dance based upon different folk dance moves.



The children will be painting people in action. They will be using different styles, and different resources, to depict people undertaking sporting and other activities.



The children will be looking at the work of Bedrich Smetana and using this as an inspiration, to help to compose an original class piece called ‘Oceans, Rivers and Seas.’



The children will be learning about the seasons. How to pronounce a variety of words, and looking at different kinds of activities that one traditionally does in each of the 4 seasons. There will be a concentration on role-play and on other practical activities.


Home Learning

From now on the main homework will be revision.


SATs week is from Monday 13th May until Thursday 16th May 2019. These are statutory tests.



The SATs Week timetable is as follows:


Monday 13th May 2019

Punctuation and Grammar Test

Spelling Test

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Reading Comprehension Test

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Mathematics Arithmetic Test Paper 1

Mathematics Reasoning Test Paper 2


Thursday 16th May 2019

Mathematics Reasoning Test Paper 3







I have always found the above link helpful - Grammar For Writing: Glossary - and the following two supplementary resources are recommended for work at home:

Activities outside the classroom


Year 6 will be helping in the school garden this term and keeping the area tidy.


Also year 6 will be taking part in a project involving Michael Rosen called, 'Torn from Home'.  This is linked to Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.


There will be lots of Easter activities going on later on in the term.  There is also a visit to St. Andrews Church on Monday 1st April to celebrate Mothers Day.