Download the Year 6 welcome meeting presentation
Dear Parents/Carers of children in Year 6,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing holiday with your friends and family ready for another busy term in Year 6.
Topics and Curriculum Areas - Year 6 Spring Term
We have a broad, balanced and (hopefully) interesting and exciting curriculum planned for your children as below:
This term we will be focusing on different writing styles including: description, narrative (stories), newspaper articles, non-chronological reports and persuasion which will be supported by one key text, ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. The children will continue to develop their use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. In the final few weeks we will be looking at narrative poetry using ‘The Highwayman’.
The children will be studying measures, percentages, word problems and ratio. Later in the term we will be working on: algebra, area and perimeter, coordinate including translating and reflecting shapes on a coordinate grid, geometry of quadrilateral, triangles and circles.
The children will be studying the unit ‘Light up your World’ in which we will be looking at how we see things, shadows and using graphs to plot investigations’ results.
During this term we will be exploring the question ‘Who are the British?’ which looks into movement and settlement in the UK and in our local area, through a variety of primary and secondary sources. Throughout the unit we will find out about different groups of people who have moved to and settled in Britain throughout the centuries from the Saxons and Romans to the 20th Century and how their experiences differed.
A separate letter will follow.
ICT and DT
Year 6 will be working with Mr Lynch day for a mixed Design and Technology and Computing project building their own computers using Raspberry pi and programming them.
Art and Design
The children begin this term with a unit on weaving inspired by the textiles artist Mona Hartoum, looking at uses of weaving in different cultures around the world and creating their own designs and textiles to represent their own culture.
This term children will have indoor and outdoor PE. It is essential that the children bring a change of t-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. Could you please ensure all kits and school uniform are clearly marked with your child’s full name. Children are allowed to bring in a roll on deodorant if they wish (no sprays please).
6G: Tuesday6S: Tuesday
6G: Friday6S: Friday
We are very pleased that Year 6 will be participating in the borough-wide singing project led by the Wandsworth Music Service vocal leaders in the spring term. Those parents and carers with older children may well remember the fantastic performances from previous years – we will be writing to you later in the term with some dates for your diaries.
Online English and maths homework is set on a Wednesday and will need to be completed by Monday morning as we review this in class. Please see the glossaries for grammar and maths we sent home last term which can support them in completing this homework.
Children should take no longer than 60 minutes completing their homework so please let your child's teacher know if they are struggling with their homework and we can adjust what is being set.
Every child has spellings to learn each week in their reading record and we ask that you confirm that your child has been practising them at home by signing their record. Please also ensure your child has a quick recall of all their times tables and the related division facts if they do not already as this can be a big barrier to success in maths.
In the reading record, children should continue to record and complete their reading homework as well as the other books they have read. We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and when your child has read.
Children will need to bring their record with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is a useful form of parent/teacher communication and get children into useful habits for secondary school when planners etc. need to be checked by parents/carers.
Daniel Griffin (6G)
Simon Hudd (6H)
Noemi Suarez (6S)
Adam Wood (6W)
Wandsworth Schools Music 2018
Click on this link for children in year 6 to access the resources (words and music) so they can practice at home.
Common questions and answers
Q: What are the relevance of SATs?
A: The purpose of the SATs tests is to assess the attainment of pupils at the end of their primary education. This information is passed on to secondary schools, and may be used to place your child in appropriate ability groups or classes. Secondary schools are also judged on how much progress children make in their school based on Key Satge 2 SATs.
Q: How long should homework take?
A: 45mins - 1hr of English and 45mins -1hr of Maths each week. Reading homework is sent home weekly and children are expected to continue to read every night. If children don’t understand, they have an opportunity to check with their teacher on Friday or Monday, before it is handed in on Tuesday. If you find your child is spending more than 1 hour on the work, speak to your child’s teacher.
Q: Are all children in the same groups and tables?
A: Children will be in different seats and may sit at different tables for different subjects. This is decided by the individual teacher. Groups may/may not be ability based and are fluid because children’s skills are varied and will change as they year goes on.
Q: Can parents get a copy of the maths curriculum?
A: The maths curriculum and content can be found online at: