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Year 6

year six

Welcome to the page for year 6! Here we will share examples of the learning we have been doing throughout the year.

Summer 1 Learning!




This term in English, we have been reading the alternative fairy tale of Sleeper and the Spindle by Chris Riddell and Neil Gaiman.  We created various narratives, we wrote in role, created some atmospheric setting descriptions and practiced using dialogue within our own pieces of work.  Please see below for some examples of our fantastic work:


In maths we’ve been working on both position and direction and angles and shape.  We explored measuring angles with a protractor, looked at finding the diameter of a circle and worked out how to find the area of various shapes. We've also practised drawing shapes using given coordinates and identifying coordinates on the x and y axis.  We're looking forward to doing some coordinate investigations next week!  





In science this term we’ve been completing our second biology unit on ‘Animals including Humans’. where we’ve focused on the human body.  We have learned about how the heart works, how it keeps us alive and completed ‘high energy’ investigations about heartrate and how it changes.  We’ve also explored the circulatory system, have looked at the importance of water - creating persuasive posters about the importance of drinking enough water and explored the things we need to do to keep our bodies healthy!  Look for some informative videos coming soon! 


In History, we’ve been looking at the History of Medicine.  We started by considering what is meant by ‘medicine’, before applying this chronologically – looking at and comparing medicine in ancient civilisations, looking at the medieval period followed by the Victorian age. Familiar terms such as ‘cause’ and ‘consequence’ are used when evaluating the Black Death as well as reasoning behind why Victorians held certain beliefs about medicine. Moving forward we will explore key developments and key figures in medicine both locally and nationally.



Children have greatly enjoyed the programme ‘TinkerCAD’ this half term. We have used this fantastic computer-aided design program to produce 3D models. We have been working in 3D spaces: moving, resizing, and duplicating objects. We have started to create hollow objects using placeholders and combine multiple objects to create a model of a desk tidy. Next week, we will examine the benefits of grouping and ungrouping 3D objects, then go on to plan, develop, and evaluate their own 3D model of a building.

Art and DT:

We will be looking at anatomical models this term in Art. 



We have been working on our cricket skills this half term in PE - practicing fielding, bowling and batting skills in addition building teamwork skills.  


We have been focusing on relationships and dilemmas, family relationships and as well as moral dilemmas.  As part of online safety, we have been looking at why some social media is age restricted as well as the impact of online bullying to mental health.   


We’re now nearing the end of our Violin learning!  It’s been amazing watching the children progress with what for most, was an unfamiliar and we can’t wait to show off our skills at our end of year violin performance.

Moving forward to next term! 

We’re looking forward the second part of the Summer term (and final half term for our Year 6’s!), here we have a trip to the Old Operating Theatre, our school production, drama workshops facilitated by the Old Vic theatre (!) our enterprise project and of course, our Year 6 production (to name a few). 


Thank you for all of the parental support so far this year! 

Spring 2 - Japan

This term, our Geography topic is Japan. We have been learning about Volcanoes and Earthquakes and how this impacts on the people and what different ways Japan responds to this threat.


During this term, we have also been finding out more about the culture in Japan. We had a celebration day where we made sushi, learnt about Hanami (which means looking at and appreciating the cherry blossom trees in full bloom) and made cherry blossom fans. We also wrote our names in Japanese, practising our calligraphy skills.



Spring 2 - Computing

This term's Computing unit is learning how to use Spreadsheets to process data. We are learning how we can use formula to perform calculations for us, such as finding the sum of a set of values or finding averages.

We applied this to our topic lesson, where we used the 'average' function in excel to workout the average rainfall in different Japanese cities so we could compare the climate across the country. 


Spring Term 2024

English and Reading

Our English this half term focuses on two texts: 

The Rainmaker:  This is a text about the Maya game Pok-a-Tok.  Children created their own news reports where we focused on the passive voice and direct and reported speech.

The Grimm Tales:  In this adaptation by Philip Pullman, we are going to be exploring the (slightly gruesome) stories, will write letters of complaint using the subjunctive as well as creating our own tales. 

Spelling:  We are going to be focusing on the ie/ei spelling rule.  See Google classroom for the weekly spellings. 


In maths, we began the term with measurement where we looked at converting measurements including length, mass, volume and capacity.  Throughout the unit, we used our knowledge of addition and subtraction, multiplication, division as well as fractions to solve a variety of problems. More recently we have exploring ratio for the first time.  We have been using our ratio knowledge to complete scale drawings. Throughout the unit, will be solving ratio problems. For this unit's investigation - where we look at maths in the real world - we looked at a real life scale drawing - maps in the atlas. For each centimeter in the Atlas, it represented 250km of land. We used a ruler to measure the centimeters between European countries, then converted this to kilometers to see how far it is in real life. 


This half term, our history unit the Ancient Maya.  We will be exploring Maya life, civilisation and culture using a range of historical sources and exploring ‘What happened to the Maya Civilisation?’  We will come to our own conclusions based on what we have found out.  We will be comparing Maya life to Anglo-Saxon and Viking life in Britain which ran concurrently with the height of the Maya civilisation.

Please keep the fantastic homework coming in.  So far, we have seen a Pok-a-toc stadium and a wonderful power-point presentation (with added special effects)!

Science:  Electricity

In this unit of learning children are consolidating knowledge of materials which are electrical conductors, extending their understanding of ways in which the brightness of bulbs or speed of motors in a circuit can be changed and develops children’s understanding of the value of using conventional symbols for communication. This unit provides opportunities for children to carry out a complete investigation relating to electric circuits. Work in this unit also offers opportunities for relating knowledge and understanding of electricity to familiar phenomena.

Art and DT

Linked to our Maya topic, we will be weaving this half term. Children will use a variety of techniques to produce a woven charm. We have begun by practising the techniques using paper to begin with before designing and weaving our own projects. Watch this space for more updates!


Violin lessons take place on a Monday.  Children will continue to work with David to perfect their violin skills! 



This unit explores the concept of variables in programming through games in Scratch. First, learners find out what variables are and relate them to real-world examples of values that can be set and changed. Then they use variables to create a simulation of a scoreboard. In Lessons 2, 3, and 5, which follow the Use-Modify-Create model, learners experiment with variables in an existing project, then modify them, before they create their own project. In Lesson 4, learners focus on design. Finally, in Lesson 6, learners apply their knowledge of variables and design to improve their games in Scratch. Have a look at the games we created:  


Tag Rugby is our focus this half term!  Children will continue to master passing the ball in di­fferent directions. They will also continue to master their tagging skills- in both fun activities and game situations as well as exploring types of runs in their groups and how to support each other during play. Children will be introduced to Tag Rugby games and rules.


This half term we are revising phonics and talking about school subjects.

Autumn Term

To begin the Autumn term, Year Six have enjoyed participating in our annual Art Week - this year's theme was 'Flower Power'.

Across the week we have developed our skills while working in sketchbooks - drawing from first hand observation and practising using a range of drawing mediums.

We have looked at work by a variety of artists who have used flowers as their subject matter - including: Van Gogh, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Clara Peeters and Takashi Murakami. We discussed their different styles and methods as well as our own opinions of their work. We used some of these ideas as starting points for our own work.

We also created some digital art using Paint.net.


In Physics, for this term's Science topic, we are learning about Light.

During our first lesson, we conducted tests to prove or refute the theory that light travels in a straight line. We made observations and recorded them using diagrams, drawing conclusions from what we observed.


Our History Topic this term is The Ancient Greeks.

During our first lesson, we researched the geography of Greece using Atlases and digital maps and the Internet. We discussed how Greece's geographical features may have impacted on how the Ancient Greek's lived and how they successfully built a large empire.


In PE this half term, doing Gymnastics, where we will be combining balances, rolls and jumps to create a sequenced routine as our end point, both individually and in small groups. We'll be using peer feedback to help us define and improve our moves.  For outdoor PE we will be enjoying team games where we will be practicing our throwing and catching skills.  

Year 6 have enjoyed their trip to the British Museum, where we were able to use tablets to explore the Greek Parthenon artefacts in greater detail. We also saw some 'Amphora' to inspire us when making our own clay pots in art later this term.


In English, we have been exploring Greek myths:  Theseus and the Minotaur as well as Cerberus.  Children have been working on their descriptive writing skills, bringing characters and settings to life.  Children wrote the following (fantastic) poems:




Maths so far this term has involved lots of place value where we have been exploring the value of numbers up to ten million. We consolidated our learning with an investigation looking at the distances between planets:



During our Computing lessons, the children will be exploring how data is transferred over the internet. They will initially focus on addressing, before they move on to the makeup and structure of data packets. Learners will then look at how the internet facilitates online communication and collaboration; they will complete shared projects online and evaluate different methods of communication. Finally, they will learn how to communicate responsibly, by considering what should and should not be shared on the internet.  







We have started our violin lessons!  Children will be learning this wonderful instrument on a weekly basis which will culminate in a performance at the end of the year.  


This half term, we have used the fantastic 'Boy in the Tower' by Polly Ho Yen as our English text.  The Boy in the Tower is a 'mystery' story set in Camberwell.   We have created our  own news reports, formal and informal letters and We focused on various SPAG skills throughout. We created some of our own versions of the stories that we are very proud of.   Look below at some samples of our hard work!