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



Story Writing:  The children will understand how to plan mystery stories, adventure stories, myths and legends.  The children will also look at how to write 1st and 3rd person narratives with cohesion and with the audience fully in mind. 

Play Writing:  How to structure a play around a story that must be told through characters talking and acting only. 

Recount writing:  The children will be analysing how to structure different kinds of recounts, including diaries and biographies.  The children will look at how to convey information and detail in formal and informal ways.



Handling data: This will include bar charts and frequency diagrams. 

Number:  Understanding methodologies for long multiplication and long division.  The children will also use this understanding to solve practical ‘real life’ questions.  Understanding fractional notation and finding including fractions of amounts and quantities. 

Shape properties: This will involve identifying 2D and 3D shapes through key properties; using metric measures and conversions. 




Light:  Looking at what different parts of the eye do.  Examining reflection and what it means in scientific terms.  Investigating how light travels in straight lines and how this can be useful.  Also they will investigate pinhole cameras.


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.


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 hypothesis concerning electrical circuits.


Religious Education


Examining the ‘I am’ sayings in St. John’s Gospel.  The children will ask and answer questions about the special nature of Jesus.




Before half term the children will be building on their French knowledge by learning vocabulary for body parts and using it to describe the sports they play. They will also be learning the difference between ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ forms, as well as using singular and plural commands.




Looking at communication and how to express their feelings to someone else.  Also the children will look at how their behaviour affects others, and vice-versa.  Furthermore the children will be developing their empathy skills within many different subjects.



Physical Education


Outdoor and Adventurous activities:  This involves the children developing group skills to complete tasks.  The children will look at how to combine ideas effectively when working as a group, and how to complete challenges.  This will also involve teams arranging different group members to complete different work.


Invasion Games:  Football:  Developing an awareness of different skills that can be used in football.  Working as a team to achieve the implementation of different tactics.


Invasion Games:  Tag Rugby:  Developing awareness of the skills necessary to play tag rugby in small and large teams, as well as some of the tactics employed.  Understanding how to look and pass effectively, and how to run with the rugby ball.  The children will play small sided games to emphasise these skills.


Invasion Games:  Hockey:  Developing an awareness of different skills that can be used in hockey.  Learning how to hold the hockey stick correctly, and then using it to pass the ball and tackle opponents.




Coasts Work on this unit will be based on the coastline around the Isle of Wight.  Defining exactly what constitutes a coast.  Looking at maps and tracing the features of coastlines.  Looking at the impact the sea and the weather has had on the coastlines around the Isle of Wight.


A contrasting UK locality Using geographical knowledge and a range of sources including an Educational Visit, children will find similarities and make comparisons between two contrasting UK localities, namely Cambridge and The Isle of Wight.




Internet Use:  Using the internet to research information for the geography unit ‘Coasts and the Isle of Wight’.


Spreadsheets:  How to complete totals, leading to making different calculations based on different scenarios; solving number problems and drawing graphs.



The class will be using the visit to the Isle of Wight as a ‘jumping off point’ for looking at coastlines and painting them.



The children will develop an understanding and knowledge of the type of music that was played and listened to during WW2. The children will also develop an understanding of the historical context.  Furthermore the children will develop an understanding of swing music.


Home Learning

Home Learning grids have been sent out for the autumn term.












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 visiting the Isle of Wight on a residential trip.  This will take place from Monday 16th September to Friday 20th September 2019.


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