Year 6

Toucan, Woodpecker and Wren

Value of the Month

Self Regulation

The ability to learn how to manage strong emotions and reduce personal distress in order to manage our own lives more effectively and also keep our empathy open to others.

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Spring Term 2019

Year Six will be investigating the history and legacy of WWII.  In the 1st half term the children will be making their own newsreels covering key events from WWII and designing their own propaganda posters.

Our writing will also be linked to WWII – we will compose balanced arguments on the subject of defending your country.  During this half term, we will further explore the concept of Ubuntu with a focus on Moral Imagination and Self-Regulation.  Our texts ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce and ‘The Crossover’ by Kwame Alexander will link to these habits and also inspire our writing.

In the 2nd half of the term we will continue our WWII topic with our core text ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman.  This will feed into our writing, reading and creative topic afternoons, including a Design and Technology ‘Make do and Mend’ project.  We will also be exploring key events from British history (1930s to the present day) and will create an eye-catching display by generating our own newspaper front pages.   Our science topics for the Spring Term are electricity and light.


Word: Revise and extend knowledge of spelling patterns. Use a dictionary effectively. Imbedding grammar terminology and identifying rules. Continue with words from the Year 5 and 6 list.  Know how words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms.  Know the difference between formal and informal vocabulary.

Sentence: Use the passive voice to affect the presentation of information in a sentence.  Understand the difference between formal and informal sentence structures and the use of subjunctive forms.  Continue to revise and use a wide variety of openers, conjunctions and punctuation. Develop the use of semi-colons, colons and dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses and the use of hyphens to avoid ambiguity.

Text: Link ideas across paragraphs using cohesive devices including adverbials, repetition and ellipsis.  Know a variety of layout devices such as sub-headings, columns and bullets.

Reading: Continue to use strategies for decoding unfamiliar words, to identify how language and text structure contribute to meaning. Use inference and deduction and explore subtext.  Use skimming and scanning effectively to build up speed and stamina.


Decimals: Identify the value of each digit to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers to three decimal places.  Multiply numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers.  Use written methods for division where the answer has up to two decimal places.  Convert decimals to fractions.

Percentages: Recall and use equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages in different contexts. Find percentages of amounts and use percentages for comparison.

Ratio: Solve problems that are to do with the relative sizes of two amounts.

Geometry: Enlarge a shape by a scale factor and I can find the scale factor of an enlarged shape.


Electricity: Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function. Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Light: Understand how light travels and how it is reflected in the eyes and how shadow are created.


WWII: Significant turning points in British history – project based approach.


We will be thinking about E-safety and continue to use scratch to develop our skills in creating algorithms and code.


Healthy eating including giving an opinion, food words and sports.  In the 2nd half of the term, we will be revising numbers and looking at ways of spending our money.

Art / Design Technology

Create propaganda posters and Blitz silhouettes.  ‘Make do and Mend’ design and technology sewing project.


With Mrs Vetch: sing songs in unison and two parts, with clear diction, control of pitch, a sense of phrase and musical expression; play samba instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy; practise, rehearse and present performances with an awareness of the audience.


Gymnastics/Striking and Fielding games


To continue to embrace the concept of Ubuntu and the importance of empathy.  Teaching the children emotional literacy and how they can recognise their own feelings and empathise with others.


Judaism: Key aspects of the faith and links events in WWII using our core text ‘Once’.

Special events/ enrichment opportunities

Possible trip to the RAF museum

How parents can be involved in home learning

We appreciate parental support with reading and homework.  We want to ensure that all children are proficient in their times tables and basic maths facts so these need to be practised regularly (please speak to your class teacher or check the school website if you require any learning aids for home learning).


SRE Curriculum Overview 2018

Teachers will be following the scheme of work ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’, which has been recommended by the PSHE Association and links to DfE guidance on good practice in this area.

The scheme of work has age-appropriate plans and teaching materials for Reception to Year 6. It revisits topics each year to cover them in greater depth and includes lesson material on topics such as keeping clean, families, gender differences, personal space, puberty and relationships.

Learn At Home
English Key Skills

Speaking and Listening

I can develop ideas thoughtfully.

I can speak clearly and confidently using a range of vocabulary.

I can convey opinions clearly to qualify and justify my own thoughts and opinion.

I can listen carefully during discussions and make relevant and appropriate contributions.

I can respond appropriately to the views of others.

I can use questions to clarify understanding.

I can make tentative comments when collecting ideas.

I can talk in formal contexts.

I can adapt talk to different audiences.

I can engage the listeners by varying expression and vocabulary.

I can deal politely with opposing points of views.

I can evaluate my own talk and reflect on how it varies.

I can use Standard English in formal situations.

I can give well structures descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.

I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisation and debates.


I can continue to read and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books.

I can read books structured in different ways.

I can learn by heart a range of poetry.

I can identify fact and opinion.

I can find information using an index/contents page and or glossary.

I can listen to opinions and am able to make up my own mind.

I can draw inferences about characters feelings, thoughts, and motives for their actions with evidence.

I can predict what might happen from details stated or implied.

I can summarise the main ideas identifying key details.

I can identify how language and text structure contribute to meaning.

I can make comparisons within and across texts, .e.g. similar events in Mr Tom

I can comment on author’s use of language.

I can comment on the author’s point of view and find evidence to support this.

I can use skimming and scanning as a technique to retrieve information.

I can use strategies for decoding unfamiliar words.

I can use a dictionary to find the meanings of new words.

I can read with expression, fluency and speed.

I can learn a wider range of poetry by heart.

Writing (comprehension/grammar)

I can develop my stamina in writing and produce several pages of work.

I can vary my sentences (e.g. short sentences, compound/complex sentences…)

I can include techniques for suspense e.g. cliff hangers, flashback/forwards and time slips)

I can make notes from oral and written information.

I can use active and passive verbs to create effect.

I can differentiate between the way people speak (informal) and the conventions of writing (formal).

I can write for a range of purposes.

I can experiment with and use varied vocabulary, relevant to my age and experience.

I can use a range of punctuation correctly including colons/semi-colons, inverted commas, parenthesis, dash, ellipsis.

I can write in a variety of ways and convey meaning clearly (e.g. letter, report, fiction, non-fiction, explanations, playscript).

I can use paragraphs to link ideas within and across paragraphs (cohesive devices)

I can use a range of techniques to involve the reader (comments, questions, observations, rhetorical questions).

I can use a range of connectives, openers and adverbial phrases to develop cohesion.

I can vary the length of my sentences for meaning and effect and include literary features (e.g. alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphor and simile…).

I can move chunks (how, when, where) around for different effects. (The siren echoed loudly…through the lonely streets…at midnight).

I can use a range of pronouns, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, adverbs, powerful verbs, nouns and abstract nouns accurately.

I know a hyphen can be used to avoid ambiguity (e.g. man eating shark versus man-eating shark).

Spelling (see Appendix 1)

I can spell all key words and most other words correctly.

I can spell words with regular and irregular patterns correctly.

I can use a range of strategies to attempt unknown words (e.g. analogy, syllabification, phonic knowledge and mnemonics)

I can use and apply spelling rules for adding suffixes and prefixes.

I can spell some words with ‘silent’ letters, e.g. knight, psalm, solemn.

I can use a thesaurus.


I can write in a clear, neat and legible cursive style at all times.

I can write quickly, fluently and neatly.

I can adapt handwriting to a range of tasks.

I can use a handwriting/ink pen.

I can present my writing using a range of guidelines, in a range of ways.


Consolidate – Letter/word, sentence, statement, questions, exclamation, command, full stops, capital letters, question mark, exclamation marks, speech marks, direct speech, inverted commas, bullet points, apostrophe, colon – instructions, parenthesis, bracket-dash, singular/plural, suffix, prefix, word family, consonant, vowel, adjective, noun, noun phrase, verb/adverb, imperative verb, tense, modal verb, conjunction, connective, preposition, determiner, generalise, pronoun – relative/possessive, clause, subordinate/relative clause, adverbial, fronted adverbial, rhetorical question, cohesion, ambiguity, alliteration, simile, synonym, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia.

Introduce – active and passive voice, subject and object, hyphen, synonym, antonym, colon, semi colon, ellipsis.

Maths Key Skills


  • I can use letters to represent numbers in algebraic expressions.
  • I can simplify algebraic expressions.


  • I can find unknown angles using and applying my knowledge of the properties of angles and shapes.


  • Cubes and cuboids have rectangular faces (including squares).
  • I know that prisms have rectangular faces (including squares) and two identical polygonal faces (which could also be rectangles).
  • I know that pyramids have triangular faces that meet at a point and a polygonal base.
  • I know that cylinders have a curved surface and two identical circular bases (at the ends)
  • I know that cones have a curved surface and a circular base.
  • I know that a net of a solid is a diagram that can be folded to make the solid and that a solid can have different nets.


  • I can add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
  • I can solve word fraction word problems.
  • I can find fractions of amounts by dividing by a proper fraction.

Ratio and Fraction

  • I can recognise that he ratio of one quantity to another quantity may not represent the actual number of items in each group.
  • A simplified ratio of two quantities shows the relative amount of each quantity with respect to the other.
  • I can compare ratios and, when the ratio is fixed, know that the quantities increase or decrease in fixed multiples.
  • I can solve ratio word problems.


  • I know the relationship between percentages and decimal fractions
  • I know and understand that percentage is a special type of decimal fraction, giving the number of parts out of 100 equal parts rather than out of 1.
  • I can find percentages of quantities or amounts and solve higher order word problems using a variety of strategies.


  • I know that speed is defined as the distance travelled per unit of time and that the greater the distance travelled per unit of time the greater the speed. .
  • I know that average speed is the mean distance travelled per unit of time and can be calculated by dividing the total distance travelled by the total time taken.
  • I can apply the concepts such as mean, sped and rate to solve higher order word problems.


  • I recognise, can measure and can calculate the radius, diameter and circumference of a circle
  • I can calculate the area of a circle by using the formula

Pie Charts

  • I can present and interpret data in a table and in a pie chart.

Area and Perimeter

  • I can calculate the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and triangles using formulae, and of composite shapes.
  • I can find the circumference and area of circles using formulae.

Volume of solids and liquids

  • I can find the volume of a solid by finding the product of its length, width and height.

Additional Content

  • Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
  • 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
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • Compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1
  • Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts
  • Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
  • Generate and describe linear number sequences
  • Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns
  • Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables
  • Convert between miles and kilometres
  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units [for example, mm3 and km3]
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
  • Describe points on the coordinate grid (all four quadrants)
  • Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • Constructing line graphs

Much fun was had by all during the ‘Brainbox of Britain’ gaming session!  Thank you parents for pitching your wits against the children by playing board games designed around the theme of UK cities and counties.  They did a fantastic job creating the games and loved playing them with you.

Year 6 brush up on their anti-bullying skills during a workshop.

Toucan class exploring the Globe Theatre –  ‘All Hail Macbeth!’

Here are some photographs of our recent trip to The Globe.

Miss Callaghan

Year Team Leader

Miss Coleman

Class Teacher

Mr Kitchen

Class teacher

Ms Gardiner

Trainee Teacher

Mr Phillips

Trainee Teacher

Miss Manning

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sklar

Teaching Assistant

Miss Warr

Teaching Assistant