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2020-21 Year 6 Learning

Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades that we encounter this year! 

There are also some handy documents for you to view to give you a little more detail on our termly and yearly plans.

Term 2

Our topic in Term 2 will be 'Extreme Landscapes'! Our main focus will be geography, learning about hot and cold climates, mountains and volcanoes. We'll practise our OS map reading skills, learn about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Mount Everest and we'll use our DT skills to design and make our own exploding volcanoes!


To support our learning, we'll pay a visit to a local climbing wall - our very own climbing expedition! Back in school, we'll use this experience to support our instruction writing skills as part of our English lessons. We will also be writing our own reports about mountain-dwelling animals, reading the short story 'Way Home' and continuing our learning about Shakespeare's plays. Our end of the day class story will be the exciting Philip Pullman story, 'Clockwork'.


Our maths learning will focus on multiplication and division before moving onto geometry. 


For more information about our Term 2 curriculum, take a look at our termly overview. To see our newsletter, click here.

Term 1

The children have really enjoyed our topic of COASTS this term.  They have researched the ways in which coastlines are transformed by natural processes such as erosion and deposition.  We also learnt about coastal management and designed our own sea defences.  In Science children pieced together evidence from pre-historic fossils and followed Charles Darwin's voyage of discovery on the Beagle. They learnt about Mary Anning and the fossil discoveries that she made along the Lyme Regis - Charmouth coast. We had a a fantastic day in Charmouth fossil hunting with expert Ed Drewitt.  Children found ammonites, belemnites and there was even a discovery of an ichthyosaur tail vertebrae!  Have a look at some of our pictures: 



 Click to see this term's newsletter; click to see our termly overview.




(Below is a list of websites and online resources that we have shared with previous year groups for families wishing to provide extra support and practice at home in the lead up to the End of Key Stage 2 SATs - and there may also be other resources that you have used at home during lockdown that your children enjoyed.)


Useful web links for Year 6 learning and revision:

SATs practice papers


Access to previous SATs papers (reading, SPAG and maths):


 SATs-style maths practice papers:



 English/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)


National Curriculum definitions of grammatical terms which will appear in homework and class learning:


National Curriculum spelling patterns and statutory words lists (giving examples of spelling patterns we will teach and the type of words the SATs will test): 


Summaries, examples and teaching videos of key grammatical terms:


Selection of games for revision:





Summaries, examples and teaching videos of mathematical terms:


Wide range of resources – from games to teaching aids and tests:


Maths arithmetic practice:


Small range of memory matching games:


Really good web site (with lots of visual aids to help understand tricky concepts); it is American but, while not a direct match to the National Curriculum for Year 6, the ‘Grade 5’ learning and games would be a match for age – and you could always look at ‘Grade 4’ or 'Grade 6' to support/stretch as appropriate:


Web site designed more for teachers, and includes lots of concepts aimed at secondary-age learning. However, there are some useful tools which show models and images that might help your child’s understanding if something is proving tricky to understand:

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