Year 6 - Maple and Beech


Spring Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We have been thrilled at how the children have settled back into the daily routine of Year 6.  They showed great maturity in the first couple of days back and enjoyed working in small groups, supported by a teacher in both Maths and English.


This term the children in Year 6 will be following a topic about…

Explorers and Adventurers




This half term we will be focussing our work around 2 main elements of Writing.  Firstly autobiographies and biographies – the children will be writing their own autobiography and then they will be converting their friend’s autobiography into a biography.  They will also spend time writing a biography about someone else.  Secondly, we will be looking at non-chronological reports.  The children will use their research skills and develop note-taking skills over the course of the half term and will produce a report about explorers.  The children will be focusing on including the full range of KS2 grammar in their writing, incorporating all the writing skills they have learnt during their time at primary school.  We will continue to use The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas for Whole Class Guided Reading.

Please encourage your child to read at home regularly; they should be reading at least three times a week at home.  They are aware that if they do not read three times a week at home they will have to spend some time on a Friday reading instead of going out at playtime.  Reading is a crucial skill for all children which helps them in every single subject across school so it is imperative that they read on a daily basis.


This half term there will be a focus on decimals (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). We will incorporate money problems into this area of the curriculum.  We will also be looking at percentages and algebra as the term progresses.  We will be undertaking daily arithmetic sessions using Numeracy Ninja twice a week as well as focussing on times tables.  The children will be tested on their times tables weekly – any support you can offer in helping your child learn / recall their times tables would be really beneficial.


In science this term we will be focussing on light, how light travels and how we see – we will study the parts of the eye using mirrors to help us.


As last term’s topic was so heavily based on World War 2 we will not be covering as much history this term, however we will be looking at the history of exploration (Beech class will be focussing on Ernest Shackleton and his exploration of Antarctica, Maple class will be focussing their work around Christopher Columbus). 


This term the children have already spent time using atlases to locate the main countries in Africa and Asia as well as identifying their capital cities.  We will be moving on to understanding, naming and locating the key topographical features of our world including coast, features of erosion, hills, mountains, coasts and rivers. As well as understanding how these features have changed over time.

We will also be looking at human geography – including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  This includes home reading, learning spellings, learning tables as well as some written work.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.  It is really important that the children get used to completing their homework in a timely manner and handing it in on time – this is invaluable preparation for them ahead of starting Secondary School.

As ever, if you have any questions about the curriculum, what your child is learning, or any concerns about your child at school please do not hesitate to contact us.


The Year 6 Team