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Year 6


On Monday morning we will be walking to Redhill to watch their production of the musical: Curtains. This is a murder mystery story set in a theatre and stars a number of our past pupils, including some year 7s who only joined the school in September. Maybe it will inspire some of our pupils to take part next year. 

The clay pots and tiles are all out of the kiln so we will be painting them this week. 

October 2018

In English, we have been learning about newspaper articles and also retelling the story of Daedalus and Icarus. Ask your child if they can tell the story to you. We are hoping to equip the children with a knowledge of the features and language of newspapers in preparation for writing their own articles. Encourage them to read a newspaper or even just read the headlines. 


In Maths, we have completed 3 SATs papers. Some of the children don’t perform as well as they are able to, under test conditions and preparing them to tackle tests with confidence is a useful skill.

Our topics have been factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers and order of operations. Is the answer to 3 + 4 x 6=  27 or 42? You need to know the rule for order of operations to work it out. 

As a school, we are currently following White Rose Maths which focuses on problem solving and reasoning skills. Children have to spot patterns, find multiple solutions to problems, explain errors in calculations and develop their ability to understand a concept presented in many different visual and written ways.

Our science topic is Electricity. We have been building circuits with bulbs, buzzers and motors and recording them using correct circuit symbols. The children will now work in groups to make a monster mask with electrical features e.g. glowing eyes.

Geography and art will be tying in with our topic of Ancient Greece, focusing on landscape and pottery.



There will be weekly homework in Maths which will be written or computer based e.g. Sumdog, It is set on a Friday to be handed in on Monday.


Spelling tests are on Friday- the children should have all the lists for this half term.

Weekly reading is set by the children in their 'book club' groups and should be completed by Friday each week.

Extended learning task by Monday 5th November. Make a document related to your Ancient Greek theme park e.g. a menu for the restaurant, gift shop brochure, tickets, leaflet, picture of costume or a timetable of events to accompany the map you have made at school. 

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Upcoming dates:

Monday 22nd October (am)- Trip to Redhill school to watch the musical production: 'Curtains'.

Thursday 8th November (pm)- Road Safety training at school.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal- please read the leaflet sent home with your child.

Friday 26th October- Pioneer Centre trip deposit due in- £50. Please contact the school office if you have any problems or concerns with this.

Additional learning at home (optional)

  • Look out for photos, brochures, postcards and pictures of Greece to bring into school.
  • If you are in Birmingham, pop into the Museum and Art Gallery where they have a collection of Greek Pottery and artefacts.
  • Talk to your child about saving electricity at home: get them to spot items left on unnecessarily such as lights and phone chargers.
  • Play the Countdown Numbers game.
  • Listen to an audio book, read a magazine, read to an adult or younger sibling.


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