Year 6 Autumn First Half Term 2020

The year 6 teachers are:

Class 6AF – Mrs Fox                         (Head of Year)

Class 6RM – Mr Maskell

Class 6DS – Mr Smale

Class 6AD – Mrs Dubouchet

Class 6TF – Mr Fletcher


In addition, Year 6 is supported by:

Mrs Newell                         Miss Sullivan

Mrs Farrell                          Miss Gilmore

Mrs Pradhan


What will we be learning about in school this half term?


Our topic for this half term will be ‘Should secrets be shared?’

Through an enquiry based curriculum we teach Maths and Literacy daily and a range of foundation subjects such as: History, Geography, Computing, PE, Art, PSHE, Music and DT.




For the foreseeable future, maths will be taught within classes with additional support and a wider range of differentiation for reinforcement and challenge tasks. An additional maths session has been timetabled, once a week, to purely focus on arithmetic skills. Our focus for this half term will be:

Place value:

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1 million and determine the value of each digit.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.



  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context.
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.



  • Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denominator.
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions.


Homework will be set every Friday, which may be on paper or through the MyMaths website. We also expect children to use TTRockstars at least three times a week




English skills will be taught in variety of ways, including specific lessons and through cross-curricular words.

In addition to the genres below we teach regular spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons and reading comprehension.


Year 6 will be covering the following themes in literacy for this half term:

  • Poetry
  • Setting and character description
  • Stories
  • Journalistic writing
  • Witness statement


Spelling homework is set weekly with pupils researching other words that match the rule: these will be practiced throughout the week in class.


Foundation Subjects

Our foundation subjects will include:

  • Science – Evolution
  • Art/ DT – cubism
  • RE – Buddhism
  • Geography – grid references
  • PE – Real PE and basketball
  • Music – music theory
  • PSHE – New Beginnings


Please click on the homework tab for our homework policy and suggestions for creative homework tasks for this topic.


We expect all children in this year to work hard. We have high expectations and hope you will support us, you can do this by:


Organisational aspects:

  • Ensuring that your child is at school on time and dressed appropriately;
  • Dinner money is sent into school on Monday;
  • Make sure that your child has a PE kit which is clearly labelled;
  • All children my bring a healthy snack;
  • Encourage your child to be prepared for the school day with the correct equipment.


Educational aspects:

  • Ensure your child reads every single day for at least fifteen minutes, preferably to an adult
  • Mathematics, encourage your child to practise the 4 operations (+, -, x, ÷), learn times tables and use mathematical skills in everyday life, e.g. time and money.


Communication with your child’s class teacher can be made via the class email address. If you wish to make a longer appointment please telephone the school office and this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.