Year 6

 Welcome back to the new year! We hope you had a restful Christmas break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you and your children, and we know that we will have a brilliant year together. At Trent, we recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team – thank you in advance for your continuous support.  

This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 6 this term. 

Throughout the Spring term, we will be covering the following:


Learning taking place at school 

Links to previous learning to use as discussion points at home

Additional ideas to support your child at home

Project – history, geography, art, DT and computing

Our project for the half term is ‘Frozen Kingdoms’ and the Big Question we are exploring is, ‘Could I survive in Antarctica?’

In history, we will study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. We will explore what life was like on board the Titanic, study how polar exploration developed throughout history and learn about Scott of the Antarctic and Ernest Shackleton.

In geography, we will explore types of settlement and land use. We will name the largest deserts in the world and locate desert regions in an atlas. We will identify and name the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. We will use maps, aerial photographs, plans and e-resources to describe what a locality might be like and describe how some places are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features.

We will develop history and geography skills as well as knowledge.

In art we will study the paintings titled ‘Group of Penguins’ and ‘Halo’ by David Abbey Paige. We will also create abstract art based on icebergs. 

We will use computing to help us to research and explore our new project. In addition, we will use Maths Quiz and the text ‘Beneath the Screen’ as the stimulus for our online safety learning. 


Think back to previous learning in these year groups:

*Reception – winter

*Year 1 – animals 

*Year 3 – animals and adaptation 

*Year 4 – animals, habitats and classification

Discuss lessons with your child, ask them questions and encourage personal research.

English – writing and SPaG

We will be reading the text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and use as stimulus for writing diary entries, setting descriptions, newspaper reports, non-chronological reports and short narratives. 

In SPaG we will explore using relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (i.e. omitted) relative pronoun; the use of the semi-colon, colon and dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses [for example, It’s raining; I’m fed up]; use of the colon to introduce a list and use of semi-colons within lists; punctuation of bullet points to list information; how hyphens can be used to avoid ambiguity [for example, man eating shark versus man-eating shark, or recover versus re-cover].


Discuss the current topic with your child, ask them what their targets are and how they can improve their writing. 

You could test your child on their weekly spellings (as well as spellings set previously) to help your child feel confident.

Please encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus at home, and remind your child to take extra care with presentation when completing homework activities. 

If you purchased them, encourage your child to use the CGP revision books.












We will be reading the text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and use this to reach the Year 6 reading objectives. 


Children will be given the opportunity to select a high quality text that is of age-related expectations and should be encouraged to read every day and be able to answer questions about what they have read, as well as give their opinions about the text. Please ask children a range of questions about what they have read to help develop their understanding. A list of example questions can be found on the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal to help support you when reading with your child. Please sign your child’s reading journal regularly so we can see that your child has been reading at home.


Early Bird Work and the start of maths lessons will be used to revise learning from last term related to fractions, decimals and percentages.  Throughout the half term, we will focus on volume, area and perimeter; geometry and statistics; position and direction and measurement. A range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities will be completed including SATs-style questions.  



Make sure your child knows all of their multiplication tables and support them with homework if needed. 

Every week, your child will bring home a piece of maths homework linked to the topic we have covered in class.

If you purchased them, encourage your child to use the CGP revision books.



The science unit for the half term is living things and their habitats. The Big Question will we focus on is ‘What is the same and what is different?’ We will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals, and give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. We will develop science skills as well as knowledge. 

Think back to previous learning in these year groups:

*Year 1 – animals 

*Year 3 – animals and adaptation 

*Year 4 – animals, habitats and classification

Discuss the topic at home and ask questions about what your child has discovered. 

Encourage your child to read non-fiction books related to the topic and share new concepts.


In RE we will be learning about Buddhism and will focus on the Big Question, ‘What does it mean to be a Buddhist?’



You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research.


We will continue to explore the Year 6 PSCHE objectives through dedicated sessions and circle times in addition to whole-class discussions based on current topical Big Questions. 


You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics.


Ms Kenealy will teach French lessons during the Spring term where children will learn a range of French vocabulary through song, games and role play.


You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


Pupils will learn how to successfully select musical ideas to represent a scene/story. They will use both percussion and tuned instruments.


You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


Children will have two weekly PE sessions taught by Non Stop Action. 

PE will take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.


Please support your child to become independent in by wearing their full Trent PE kit to school on the correct days.



Homework will be set on Fridays and will include maths, spellings, SPaG and reading comprehension. Sometimes a piece of English, science or project related work will be set too. Please encourage your child to ‘dip in and out of’ the CGP SATs Buster books if you purchased them, supporting them in tackling subject areas that they have identified as aspects for development.  

Homework is due in on a Wednesday. Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time as this will help prepare them for secondary school. Sometimes, talk homework will be set so that children can discuss their ideas before completing a piece of extended writing. It is essential that your child completes all home-learning set and presents their work to the highest standard. 


The expectations for reading speed and accuracy in Year 6 is very high. Please make sure your child reads every night for at least 15-20 minutes. Your child has a reading record journal which they must continue to get signed daily by an adult. At school, we will check that reading journals are signed every day. If a child has not had their journal signed for two consecutive days (and a note has not been provided) then they will read during their break time – we do not want any child to miss out on valuable reading time. Please refer to the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal and year group targets to help support you when reading with your child.


Thank you to all who have bought the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need for this year. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your child will need are: a clear pencil case, 2 HB pencils, 2 royal blue non-erasable writing pen (no biros please), a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, a purple pen and 2 whiteboard pens. 

Due to the volume of work completed in Year 6, children do need items in their pencil case replacing regularly. Please check with your child on a regular basis if they need any new items. 

If you wish to provide your child with earphones to keep in their tray to use when using the iPads then please feel free to do so. Your child is responsible for their earphones.  

Please provide your child with a water bottle every day and a healthy fruit snack to eat during morning break time. 

Wet Play 

If your child would like to bring in an activity book to keep in their tray for use during wet play they are more than welcome to do so. 

Behaviour Policy 

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 6, we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who try incredibly hard in a variety of ways.

We look forward to working with you this term; thank you in advance for your support and dedication.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 Best Wishes, 

Miss Wheeler and Mrs Partridge

Y6 Medium Term Plan Autumn 1 2019-2020

Here you will find the Year 6 Topics Overview.

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