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

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:

School Council

School Council 1
Avia & Roland are delighted to be our School Councilors this year.

Class Agreements


  1. We listen to who is talking and respect their ideas.
  2. Respect the adults because they are all trying to help us
  3. If we give we receive
  4. Respect each other in class
  5. No giggling when people get things wrong
  6. Do not be scared to make mistakes
  7. Be polite when you want something off someone, or when someone gives you something
  8. Everyone should be kind
  9. Be positive about yourself and others
  10. Show kindness to people who are kind to you
  11. Raise your hand if you want to contribute
  12. Try your absolute hardest when you are working
  13. Be honest
  14. Share
  15. Show empathy
  16. Be trustworthy
  17. Have a positive mind set, not a fixed one
  18. Be a positive leader


Curriculum Information



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


Persuasion and argument pieces:  The language features in these kinds of texts will be looked at by the children.  This will include persuasive letters. 


Plays:  The children will look at the structure of plays and how to include dramatic tension into their play-writing.


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?



The children will look at aspects of evolution.  They will look over aspects of how different creatures evolved in the way that they have over many years.  They will look at the theories of Darwin and Wallace.





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 2020:  

The children will using the internet to research different aspects of cultural, technological and political life between 1945 and 2020.  They will compare and contrast those different aspects 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 1945-2020.



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.




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





Rights rules and responsibilities

The children will be looking at how rules and laws are made at national and local level.


Diversity and communities

The children will be looking at how the can further develop their own sense of personal identity and self-worth.


Drugs Education

The children will be looking at what illegal and legal drugs are.  The children will also look at how to challenge the stereotypical image of a drug user.



Physical Education and Games


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 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 11th May until Thursday 14th May 2020.  These are statutory tests.



The SATs Week timetable is as follows:


Monday 11th May 2020

Punctuation and Grammar Test

Spelling test

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Reading Comprehension

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Mathematics Arithmetic Test Paper 1

Mathematics Reasoning Test Paper 2


Thursday 14th May 2020

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 taking part in a Michael Rosen workshop in January.  The poetry work that the children will complete as a result will be linked to the theme chosen for this year''s Holocaust Memorial Day Service.


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




The X Factory


After the SATs tests are finished we will be starting the rehearsals for our summer production:  'The X Factory' by Gawen Robinson.  As you can probably tell, it is a wonderful spoof.


All of key stage 2 will take part, and year 6 will take the main acting roles.


Once again we are fortunate to have secured the use of the Atrium Hall at Netherhall Secondary School.


The dates of the production are:


Thursday 16th July 2020

Friday 17th July 2020