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

Picture 1 Mrs Massey Teaching Assistant
Picture 2 Mrs Shepherd Teaching Assistant Breakfast Club Ast
Picture 3 Mrs Simpkins Midday Supervisor Breakfast Club Asst
Picture 4 Miss Romero Teaching Assistant

School councillors

School councillors 1
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:

Classroom code of conduct


All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  • Have fun.
  • Be polite.
  • Be a buddy not a bully.
  • Be patient with other children.
  • Be helpful to visitors.
  • Be supportive and helpful to contributors.
  • Remember that we are all equal.
  • Think before you act.
  • Set a good example to the younger classes.
  • It is a safe place to make mistakes.
  • Compare yourself only to your own past achievements.
  • Respect others.
  • Work to your best standard.
  • Walk in the corridors.
  • Remember your indoor shoes and other equipment.
  • Be polite to everyone.
  • Keep the corridor tidy.
  • Take turns and share.
  • If someone wants to join in your game, let them.
  • Be fair with others.




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


English and Drama. William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by Neil Richards. The children will develop their speaking & listening; acting; singing and performance skills. Year 6 will take the main roles, and the play will be performed at Netherhall School in July.



Number: The children will be identifying patterns; using formulae to complete calculations.Measures: The children will be making objects for a purpose. Using directions and bearings.Using and applying: The children will be looking at sequences; practical problems and methodical ways of working including to solve problems. The class will also be creating accurate models.



Living things and habitats The children will look at the work of Carl Linaeus and how he began a system of classification still in use today. The children will also investigate how to use keys to distinguish between living things. As well as this the children will look at micro-organisms and the creatures and plants that are living in their immediate environment.


Religious Education

What is it like to be a Christian in the dioceses of Vellore? The Church of South India is the result of the union of churches of varying traditions: Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. It was inaugurated in September 1947. The children will be learning about all of these things and more concerning Vellore.



Managing risks and keeping oneself safe In a separate unit of work the children will look at how to assess risk indifferent situations and places, and to take responsibility for speaking up.


Managing change The children will learn about how change is a part of life. Also they will explore their emotions in relation to events, and how feelings can change about events over time. This will have particular relevance for the children’s transition to secondary school.


Physical Education

Net games The children will develop and practice their skills at projecting a ball over a net. The children will look at how to apply some of the basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Also he children will work on how to collaborate effectively with each other and communicate their ideas about game strategy.


Athletics The class will be running short and longer distances; learning about how to pace themselves. In addition they will be looking at the techniques used in relay racing, and hurdling as well as other athletic disciplines such as throwing different weighted and balanced objects e.g. balls, quoits and javelins. They will be aiming for longer and more accurate distances.


Batting and fielding Rounders: The class will be looking at the important triumvirate of backstop, first base and bowler. The children will understand the importance of team work when playing rounders. The class will apply their learning of fielding and batting to games of cricket.



The Transports The very first transportation of convicts from Britain to Australia took place in 1792. The children will be comparing this aspect of history and comparing it to similar situations today such as the plight of refugees around the world.



Biomes The children will use the internet to find out about the 5 key biomes around the world. They will research what kinds of animals live in these places, what kinds of plants grow there as well as what natural and man-made problems these regions face.



Internet use The children will continue to learn the importance of internet safety when undertaking research about biomes in geography.


Coding The children will build on their previous knowledge of coding and digital making, and develop skills to code more efficiently towards a desired aim.


Design & Technology

Moveable vehicles The children will create a moving vehicle that can be propelled without the aid of an electric motor. They will use a range of materials and tools and learn the importance of measuring, cutting and joining accurately.


Baking The children will be making different sorts of pastries including jam tarts, crumble and shortbread.


Slippers The children will be cutting, fixing and sewing different materials and creating some new slippers!



In the first half of term, Year 6 will be improving their ukulele skills by revising the chords C, F and G and learning new chords: D7, A and E7. They will also practise new strumming techniques in order to create more interesting rhythms when performing in front of each other.




The main homework in Summer 1 will be revision.

SATs week is from Monday 14th May until Thursday 17th May. These are statutory tests.


The SATs Week timetable is as follows:

Monday 14th May 2018
  • Punctuation and Grammar Test
  • Spelling Test
Tuesday 15th May 2018
  • Reading Comprehension
Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Mathematics Arithmetic Test Paper 1
  • Mathematics Reasoning Test Paper 2
Thursday 17th May 2018
  • 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, keeping the area tidy, and watching for autumn-sown plants such as daffodils, broad beans, garlic and onions to appear.

The year 6 will also be taking part in the ‘Click 'n' Climb’ activity. Also year 6 will be visiting Thorpe Park later on in the Summer Term. Other outings are also in the pipeline!