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Henry Maynard Primary School and Nursery

Learning, Working and Achieving Together

Year 6


This term our main topic is World War Two. The children will look at the causes of WWII and the effect that the war had on Britain. We will also be having a WOW day and a trip – more details to follow.

In English, the children will be doing a wide range of writing. This will include balanced arguments, descriptions, character analysis, diary entries as well as poetry, non-chronological reports and writing in the style of our focus authors.  We will be using books to inspire our writing. These include: Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo, The Rabbits by Shaun Tan and Holes by Louis Sachar.

In our maths lessons, the children will be using the four operations to add, subtract, multiply and divide.  We will also be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. We will focus on problem solving and reasoning – asking the children to explain the calculations that they have done. We will also look at mental methods to make sure that the children have a variety of strategies to answer questions.

Check out these great links:

Year 6 calculation policy can be downloaded here from our website curriculum page.


Both of these links show the methods being used in school – although the children may correct the vocabulary used in the videos! – long multiplication – long division

Times table tester:

It is really important that the children are using Times Tables Rockstars to speed up their fluency whilst using their times tables.

Science: This term our two science topics are Living things and their environments and Evolution and inheritance – First, the children will learn about classification keys and how living things, including animals, plants and micro-organisms, are organised together scientifically. Following that, the children will learn about evolution and inheritance – this will include Darwin’s Theory.

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