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Year 6 - Otters

Welcome to Class 6CG - Otter Class

Your teachers are Mrs Claire Cooper and Mrs Mary Gerrie

Your Learning Support Assistants in Year 6 are: Mrs Alison Smith, Mrs Maggie Hughes, Mrs Julie Roberts

Our Meadow HLTA's are: Mrs Chris Dalglish, Mrs Amany Georgui, Mrs Sally Mockler,

Mrs Keiley Irvine, Mrs Natasha Mellon, Mrs Julie Roberts

Welcome to year 6! We hope you have had a wonderful and restful summer. The children have settled well into their new classes and are beginning to get used to the expectations and responsibilities that come along with being in Year 6. Alongside the core units of English and Maths, which will focus on the children’s end-of-year assessments, we will be learning about different countries of the world in geography and the significant events of World War II in history. In our geography topic we will be looking at the different continents and countries across the world and seeing how cultures and landscapes vary.
In our history topic the children will study historical events like ‘The Battle of Britain’, ‘The Blitz’ and ‘Evacuation’ and assess the impact they had on the nation and its history. 



In English we will we studying and doing writing based on the following texts this term:


  Northern Lights and Clockwork by Philip Pullman

  Michael Rosen poetry

  Lion by Saroo Brierley

  Rose Blanche



We are encouraging the children to become more reflective of their work by editing and improving their writing and using a dictionary to correct their own spelling errors. Please encourage your children to use a dictionary as often as possible. 



In Maths, the children will focus on the following topics: ordering numbers and place value, shape: 2-D shapes and 3-D solids, angles, mental multiplication and division, written methods for multiplication and division, fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion, reasoning and explaining-to solve problems by collecting, selecting, processing, presenting and interpreting data, mental and written addition and subtraction and finally problem solving.

Regular revision of times tables will help your child in maths. In Year 6, children are expected to know all of their times tables. 




Children in Year 6 should be reading every day for between 20- 30 minutes. This has a huge impact on both their reading and writing ability. Children need their reading book and reading record each day and will be given opportunities to change their book.


Children should be reading at least 4 times a week at home and we ask that parents sign their reading records at least once a week to show that they have read either independently or with an adult at home. 

Here are a few ideas for ways in which you could extend your child’s learning at home this term.


Suggested Visits and Websites:

  • Bourne Hall Museum Club
  • Imperial War Museum, London to experience The Blitz
  • Bletchley Park, Bletchley MK3 6EB near Milton Keynes for Codes, the Enigma Machine
  • Churchill Cabinet War Rooms
  • HMS Belfast
  • The Britain at War Experience
  • Chartwell House



English Homework is set on a Tuesday and should be returned on Friday. Maths homework is set on a Friday and should be returned on Tuesday. For maths homework the children will sometimes be set tasks to complete in their homework books and sometimes Mathletics tasks.

For spellings, the children will have a sound of the week that they will be learning about in their spelling starters in English. Each week for their homework they will need to complete a “Spell-a- link” to help them remember how to spell three words from this sound and two year 5/6 spellings that they are given. This is to be completed in the back of their English homework books. Homework should take 45 minutes for English and Maths each,  spelling homework should take 20-30 minutes. Children are allowed to stop after this time. We do not expect them to spend hours on it, unless children want to spend longer to consolidate their learning. 



Instead of spelling tests this year, children will be given a dictation every Monday with words based on the sound that they learnt about the week before and some of the year 5 and 6 word list.

PE takes place on Thursday for 6F. Games is on a Friday for all classes. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. As the days are getting colder, long tracksuit bottoms for outdoor games may be required.