Year 6 - Maple and Beech


Autumn Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We trust you have all had a fabulous summer.  We are hoping that the children are ready to settle into their new classes and enjoy the challenges of Year 6.


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


World War 2




This half term we will be focussing our work around the story Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.  We will be writing diary entries from various characters at the start of the half term and then moving on to focus on newspaper reports towards the end of the half term.  The children will be writing in the first person and the third person, they 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 be using the same book in Whole Class Guided Reading where there will be more of a focus on inference, summarising and vocabulary.

Please encourage your child to read at home regularly; they should be reading at least three times a week at home.


This half term there will be a focus on place value (including ordering numbers to 10,000,000), addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.  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.




Obviously this topic will be very history based – the children will be learning all about being an evacuee child in the war, they will be researching key figures in the war (Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Anne Frank etc.), constructing a timeline of events that led to the start of the War and beyond as well as learning about the roles of both men and women during the war.  They will be looking at historical evidence and using replica items to make deductions about what it was like to live through World War 2.


We will be looking at the countries that took part in the War, where children were evacuated to and why they were evacuated there.  We will be looking at the Human Geography of areas in the UK where children were billeted to, using maps and their features.


Our major project this half term will be designing and constructing Anderson Shelters, the children will be researching how they were built, their purpose and what life was like when people had to use them.  The children will then design, build and evaluate their own scaled version of an Anderson Shelter.  We will also be looking at recipes from the time, rationing and cooking using those recipes.


Our main focus in Art will be the Blitz – we will use colours and silhouettes to represent the burning buildings of London.


There will be a trip after Half Term to the National Holocaust Centre near Newark – details to follow.

If you have any stories / artefacts about the War or know anybody who can tell stories / talk about first hand experiences of the War please talk to your child and let us know if you can help in any way.


Year 6 Residential July 2018

There are still some spaces available on the Year 6 residential trip to Coalbrookdale.  The trip will take place in July 2018 at a cost of £150.00 which can be paid monthly between now and May 2018.  If your child would like a place on the trip please contact the office by Friday the 22nd September to pay the deposit of £15 to secure their place.  If you require any further information about the trip please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Solly before or after 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