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Summer 2018

What an exciting term we have ahead of us! Year 6’s last term at Henry Maynard! We have lots of exciting things planned for the busy summer term.

In English, the children will be creating a range of texts aimed at different audiences. These include a letter of complaint, biography as well as short stories. We will also be looking at The Lady of Shalott and using it as a focus for our writing.

In mathematics, the children will be consolidating what we have learnt in the year 6 curriculum. We will be continue to focus on our arithmetic skills as well as developing our reasoning skills.

We will also be visiting Suntrap camp which is always a highlight of the year! Please see below for when your child’s class is visiting:

Ruby class at Suntrap

4 – 6 June (first day back after half term)

Sapphire class to Suntrap

6-8 June

Topaz class to Suntrap

11-13 June

Emerald class to Suntrap

13-15 June

In science, the children will be learning about light and then we will be looking at electricity for our final science topic.

During PE lessons, the children will work on athletics, gymnastics and striking and fielding skills throughout the term.

The children will also be participating in a ‘bridge-building day’ where we will learn about various types of bridges before attempting to make our own.

The children will also be doing a variety of transition work including visiting their new schools for open days. This is a very exciting time for the children and I am sure they cannot wait to go and experience their new schools.


This term, the children will also be sitting their SATs. The children have worked so hard and we are proud of all of their efforts.
The dates for the SATs are as follows:

Monday 14 May 2017

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.

Paper 1, short answer questions.

Paper 2, spelling.

Tuesday 15 May 2017


English reading test.

Wednesday 16 May 2017


Mathematics, Paper 1 arithmetic test.

Paper 2 reasoning.

Thursday 17 May 2017

Mathematics, Paper 3, reasoning.

Dates for diary:

22nd May – class photos.
KS2 Sports Day – 18
th June
Tuesday 17 July – Year 6 production
Week beginning 16
th July – Year 6 disco (Date to be confirmed)

Book recommendations:

Year six children have been really enjoying the following books:

Brightstorm – Vashti Hardy
The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson
The Eye of the North – Sinéad O’Hart
The House with Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson

Some useful websites:

Spring 2018


In English, the children will be continuing to show off their writing skills. We will be expecting work to contain a range of vocabulary, punctuation, openers and conjunctions that are expected of Year 6 children. The books that will be focussed on in Year 6 this term will be Pig Heart Boy and The Jungle Book.


The children will continue to work on their arithmetic skills each week. We will be focussing on reasoning questions in preparation for the SATS. Children will be asked to apply skills into real-life situations and use their problem solving skills to answer investigative questions.

Check out these great links:

The children worked fantastically using Times Table Rockstars and the children who were using it were really speeding up their rapid recall of times tables. Please continue to encourage your children to use it. The children should know their login details and need to speak to their teacher if they do not.

Year 6 calculation policy

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:


The children will learn about the heart and the circulatory system. The children will learn about pulses and how exercise affects our bodies. They will also learn about healthy lifestyles.


We will also be learning about Rivers after half term.

Our geography lessons will focus on major rivers around the world. The children will learn about features of a river. We will also be building bridges as part of our DT lessons. Rivers will also be our focus for the artwork that we do this term.

We also have our visit to Suntrap.

At Suntrap this time, we will be consolidating the information we have learned and applying it practically. The children have worked well at Suntrap and we are looking forward to returning.

All classes – March 14th.


The children will be learning about Sikhism this half term. They will learn about Sikh beliefs including special places and celebrations. We will also be learning about the journey of Life and Death in different religions – comparing and contrasting the different beliefs that faiths have.

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