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Year 6

Update for Week beginning : 23.09.19

A big congratulations to all of the children for their hard work this week!

We have successfully completed our first set of practice SATs papers and the Year 6 team have been proud of the maturity and determination the children showed.

We also had time to discuss the key features of persuasive writing and drafted letters to Mr Payne, to persuade him of the benefits of installing a composter on the school grounds (particularly as an eco-friendly way of disposing of lunchtime food waste!). We continued with our enterprise project – discussing viable ‘green’ products that we could design, make and sell for a profit as well as learning about binomial nomenclature and Carl Linnaeus in science. Hopefully, the students can tell you all about what they learnt!!

In Maths, Year 6 revisited some basic arithmetic and we had our first PE lesson, self-assessing the different components of physical fitness out on the playground!

Furthermore, a big well done to the Year 6 boys football team who were winners of the Moyles Court football tournament! Starting the season brilliantly – we were very proud!

Maths and English:

Next week in Maths we will be developing mental and formal written addition and subtraction methods as well as reviewing some common errors in tests. In English, we will be finalising our persuasive letters and beginning to look at descriptive writing based on Mortal Engines. We will also be continuing to review and revise grammar concepts – we have already covered past and present progressive tenses and modal verbs and will be consolidating this learning as well as looking at identifying and using subordinate clauses.

Other curriculum news:

This week children will organise themselves into enterprise groups and select an idea to begin to develop. They will be looking at how to identify and market the best product and we should be most grateful if you could participate keenly in any marketing surveys they bring home.

General Information:

PE and Games lessons will be on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please ensure that suitable kit, including tracksuit bottoms and school sports jumpers are in school, so that we can all participate fully. Please be aware that Year 6 will also receive some specialist cricket coaching this term, with timetabling to be confirmed shortly.

The Year 6 library slot will be on Thursday afternoons, when children will have the opportunity to change their books.

Home school diaries have now been issued. Please be aware that we have also re-issued children with their MyMaths and Time Tables Rockstars log-ins – these can be found in the Username/ Password section of their diaries.


Initial My Maths has now been set and the focus is:

  • Place value, estimation/ rounding and negative numbers.

We also encourage all children to be reading regularly at home and practising their times tables and spellings.

Also, please view the year group page for the project homework overview – this may develop slightly differently as our enterprise project grows but we would like the children to complete at least 3 tasks from the homework grid.

Key Dates

KS2 Harvest Festival on Thursday 3rd October, 8.50am – 9.50am – adults are welcome to join us.

(Please see the school calendar for more information on upcoming dates for the diary).

Any questions, please do catch us in the playground.

Mrs Dodd and Mr Holland


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