Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to Year 6. 

We have three classes in Year 6;

  • Ash class with Miss Okafor
  • Elder class with Mrs Fortune
  • Oak class with Mrs Vaike

The Curriculum 

Each term we have a topic or theme that we focus our learning around. This term our topic is: Activism

We also study a range of books and genres to extend the children’s knowledge and vocabulary. During the year we will have visitors in and visits out of school that enhance and broaden the children’s learning and interests. We will also have opportunities for parents to attend assemblies, workshops, events, and parents’ evenings.  Please see the curriculum overview document below.   

Reading Books 

In Year 6 we have a big focus on reading. This has an added importance in Year 6 as we start to build up the children’s reading stamina in order to help them prepare for SATS and their transition into secondary school. Your child will have a daily reading lesson and reading for pleasure lesson which includes reading regularly with an adult. In Year 6, we expect your child to read at least 5 times a week for a minimum of twenty minutes. We will be encouraging them to read for longer as the year progresses to help build that stamina. Your child will be getting two different types of reading books. One book will be a book that is matched to their reading ability and the other is a library book. Their library books can be changed any day and we encourage them to use the library and reading as a source of both information and pleasure. Reading at home with your child is extremely important and you should aim to listen to your child read 3 times within the week and record this in their homework book. 


Ash will have PE on a Monday and Tuesday.

Elder will have PE on a Monday and Tuesday.

Oak will have PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday.


Year 6 Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and should be returned by the following Monday. It will consist of a Maths Key Skills sheet, which is designed to help build fluency with core maths skills as well as spelling and grammar tasks to complete. We would also like the children to spend time every day reading. If children need help with their homework, we offer support on a Tuesday lunchtime.  


Please ensure that your child has their named book bag and named water bottle (water only) in school every day and that your child’s uniform is also named.   Please check your child’s book bag each day, as notes or messages from the day are often sent this way. We also ask that you check your Arbor account regularly for any whole school communication. 

If you have any questions, please talk to either your child’s class teacher, the Year Leader Mrs Vaike or contact the school office. 

Useful websites for Year 6

Sumdog - Personalised maths and spelling practice that children love!

Times Tables Rock Stars – Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)

Year 6 Maths - BBC Bitesize

Year 6 English - BBC Bitesize

How does the eye detect light? - BBC Bitesize

KS2 Spanish - BBC Bitesize

KS2 Spanish free game - Learn Spanish language vocabulary and grammar - Dash and Blink primary school game - BBC Bitesize

English Grammar lessons recommended for Key Stage 2 | Teacher Hub | Oak National Academy (thenational.academy)

Spelling Shed - Spelling Shed - The Science of Spelling

Online Spelling Games for Kids – Interactive Vocabulary Activities (spellingcity.com)

English Spelling Games and Activities (primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk)

Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press

Codebreaking during World War Two - BBC Teach

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