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Year 6

Welcome back to another exciting half term ahead of Y6.

Our core text this half term is ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan. We will be learning to sequence key events and analyse characters using evidence from the text to support our opinion. We will then be learning how to use ‘show not tell’ to convey emotion and how to correctly use a semi colon. Following that, the children will write a 3rd person narrative about working on a ‘trash site.’ Towards the end of the half term, we will be learning about direct speech and reported speech and generating open ended questions for an interview with the characters from the text. This will lead into the children writing a newspaper report about a key event from the text.

Our global theme for this half term is Sustainable Development and we will be using the core text ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan as a basis for our learning. Within this, the children will be learning about the history of Brazil and the colonization of it by the Portuguese. The children will learn  about the indigenous population of Brazil before colonization and debate whether slavery was beneficial or not.  They will then learn about the impact of slavery on the population, economics, industries etc and investigate the lasting legacy of the slave trade on modern day Brazil. The children will then use their research to present their findings in the form of a debate.  They will be debating the pros and cons of slavery.

In art, we will be creating some mixed media pieces inspired by the Brazilian street artist, Eduardo Kobra. Children will need to mix acrylic paints to create bold, vibrant colours. Geometric shapes will be used to decorate a silhouette of their face before placing it on to a kaleidoscope background. 

In maths this half term, our main focus will be fractions, decimals and percentages.  Pupils will make links with factors and multiples to simplify fractions and will be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. By the end of the topic, children will be able to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and will be able to calculate percentages of an amount.

Our whole class reading sessions will be based on our global theme of Sustainable Development. The children will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and will continue to develop their retrieval, inference, prediction, summarising and clarifying skills.

Our science topic this half term is: Evolution and Inheritance. Pupils will study Charles Darwin and learn about his Theory of Evolution. They will compare inherited characteristics with acquired characteristics and will research variation and adaptation across specific animals and plants.

Our focus for R.E this half term is Judaism. We will be defining the central beliefs of Judaism; exploring why a place of worship is important to individuals and the community; as well as using this knowledge to compare similarities and differences between other religions.

Useful Information

PE Kit

PE will take place on a Wednesday and Friday this half term. Children will be developing their football skills and focussing on coordination during our multiskills sessions.

Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.

Reading Records

Please check your child’s book bag for their reading diary and reading book. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in every day please. The expectation is for Y6 children to read for 30 minutes each evening.

Water Bottles/Clothing

Children need to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day as the water fountains are currently not in use. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.


Children will be given weekly spellings and either a reading or maths task which will link with the learning taken place in class. Spellings will be given out on Mondays and tested on Friday.  The home learning task will be given out on Fridays and will need to be handed in on the following Tuesday. In addition to this, we have created a curriculum menu for the half term. Children are to pick two of the nine suggested activities to complete and hand in before Christmas. The curriculum menu can be found at the front of the home learning books as well as Google Classroom. We encourage children to take care with their presentation and use joined, cursive handwriting.

From Monday 16th November, Y6 will be receiving 60 minute sessions (running for four weeks) from the Gangs Prevention Unit. These sessions will cover the following topics:

- Gangs,

- County Lines,

- Stop and Search and 

- Knife Crime

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term