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Year 6

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Year 6 is a very busy year and Mrs. Watts and Mrs. Robinson aim to make it as enjoyable as possible, so that you learn well and achieve your true potential. This is your final year at Byerley Park and we aim to ensure you are ready for the next step in your educational journey.

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Year 6 is a very exciting and challenging time for our pupils. They are entering a phase in their school life where much is expected of them. As the oldest members of our school community they have the responsibility for being role models for the rest of the school. Year 6 undertake many roles within our school from Librarians and Byerley Buddy to House Team Captains. They also have the challenges and demands of the SATs they sit early in the summer term as well as preparing for the rigours and routines of secondary school. However, it’s not all hard work and study in Year 6, with our annual trip abroad to look forward to and consolidating their swimming skills, we try to ensure that the children have fun aspects of the curriculum too!

Term Curriculum


In our Maths lessons this year we will be concentrating on the following topics:

    Throughout the Autumn term, Y6 children will study place value, the four number operations, decimals, fractions and percentages, equations, statistics (frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and line graphs), measurement (area and perimeter), Geometry (2 and 3-D shapes). Problem solving will run alongside all units of work to reinforce methods in real life situations.

    During the Spring term, there will be work to prepare the children for SATs which will include all necessary areas.

    During the Summer term, Y6 children will consolidate and build upon their mathematical knowledge and understanding, ensuring as smooth as possible transition from Primary to Secondary education. 


In our English lessons this year, we will be concentrating on the following topics:

    During the Autumn term, the class novel will be ‘Waiting for Anya’ by Michael Morpurgo, which links to the WW2 history topic. The children will study genre of texts, spoken language techniques, group discussion and interaction, understanding, interpreting,engaging with and responding to texts. In writing, they will use different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader, select words and language drawing on their knowledge of literacy features and formal and informal writing. They will organise texts coherently using paragraphs to achieve pace and emphasis. Sentence structure, grammar, spelling, handwriting and punctuation will also be studied. Non-fiction writing and reading will be diary writing, persuasion, recount, instructions and explanation. WOW writing will be every Thursday morning.

    During the Spring term, there will be work to prepare the children for SATs. There will be narrative reading and writing. The class novel will be Kensuke’s Kingom by Michael Morpurgo, which will be compared to ‘Waiting for Anya’. Non-fiction work will include explanation, argument and report reading and writing.

    In Literacy, during the Summer term, Y6 will enhance and extend their understanding of a variety of writing genres and secure their use of sophisticated punctuation styles. The majority of their Literacy work after SATs will be based on the theme of the Mayan civilization history topic.



    Throughout the Autumn term, the children will study  adaptation, evolution and inheritance. They will recognise that a green plant needs light and water to grow well and that it produces new material from air and water (photosynthesis). They will describe how animals in two habitats are suited to their conditions and represent feeding relationships in food chains beginning with a green plant and use keys to identify animals and plants.

    During the Spring term, the children will study the topics light and electricity.  This learning will still involve practical elements within lessons. The children will recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines. They will use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye. They will learn that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. During the electricity topic, the children will associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. They will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches. They will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

    During the summer term the children will study animals including humans. They will study the skeleton and movement, organs, circulation, lungs and breathing and also micro-organisms and disease. Added to this, the children will have a visit from the school nurse.


    History, Geography, DT, computing and Art:

    During the Autumn term, most topics will link to the literacy novel, ‘Waiting for Anya’. The children will use textiles to record an event using fabric as a media. They will make a garden containing an Anderson Shelter. The children will study the mountain environment which also links to the literacy novel. Children will use the internet for research.

    During the spring term,  the children will be preparing for SATs, however they will still have a  topic which will relate to change. They will observe changes of natural light (linking to science) and create a sectioned water colour painting relating to that. Computing will involve programming, involving ‘Scratch’, modelling and simulations, involving spreadsheets, and they will film a Keep Fit workout.

    Throughout the summer term, our geography, DT, ICT and Art activities will be based around the Mayan civilization (a history based topic) and sport. The children will be painting a sporting hero as their subject, using Pop Art style.The children will also create a moving cam model to show a sporting hero and they will create a Mayan sculpture. In geography, they will locate and have place knowledge of Mayan cities. In Computing, the children will create a presentation relating to a sports person they admire. They will also use digital imagery.

 Trips and Events

Trips and Events

    Space themed week begins 30.10.17
    Remembrance Service a.m. 10.11.17
    Children in Need – wear something spotty 17.11.17
    Safety Carousel 30.11.17
    Christmas lunch 14.12.17
    Theatre Production (Dick Whittington) 15.12.17
    Carol service 18.12.17 at 14:15
    Christmas party p.m. 19.12.17
    Carols by candlelight 22.12.17
    Return to school 08.01.18
    Theatre Production (Wind in the Willows) 09.02.18
    Electric Engines visit to the Locomotion 10:00 – 14:00 on 21.02.18
    Parents’ evenings – 20.03.18 and 21.03.18
    KS2 talent show p.m. 28.03.18
    Outward Bound activity at Hardwick Park 09.30 – 12.00 on 27.04.18
    SATs Week – 15.05.18
    Sports week 21/05/18 to 24/05/18
    Sports day – 23th May 2018
    Multi-skills event 12.30 – 14.30 on 21.06.18
    Summer production – a.m. 4th June 2018 (9:30)
    Summer production – p.m. 5th June 2018 (2:15)
    France trip Week- 9th July to 12th July 2018
    Open evening/Drop in session 18th July 2018 (15.30 – 16.30)
    Leavers’ service 19th July 2018 (2:30)
    The children will also visit their chosen Secondary school for a ‘taster’ day: dates to be confirmed



    • English, including spellings and grammar.
    • Maths, including mental work.
    • SAT revision (spring term).
    • Home Reader

Things to remember

    PE Kits

    Bring every day, however timetabled PE lessons are on a Monday and Thursday.


    Spellings – Monday

    Maths – Friday

    Grammar – Thursday