Persevering Pioneers

Welcome back to the Spring term in Y6. We have lots and lots of exciting learning to do in the forthcoming weeks with the school rules (being ready, being respectful and being safe) at the heart of all we do.

I have attached the knowledge organisers which go with each of these topics as well as ideas, which the children can do at home for extra homework, to further their learning. When children do any tasks at home please bring these into school to share at the end of each half term – extra dojo rewards will be rewarded for these.


Homework will be given weekly. The children will be asked to complete:

·        15 minutes of their reading books at least 3x per week (dairies will be checked every Friday.)

·        Times tables practise (here's a link to TT Rockstars - children should have their log ins in their reading diaries)

·        Two pieces of written homework given on a Friday (due in on a Wednesday)

·        Spellings to learn on alternate weeks. Here's a link to the Y5/6 words:



In addition to the above additional homework includes:

·        Selection of creative topic work (from the working at home ideas sheet) –to be handed in at the end of each half term.

If you have any questions about any of this information or other questions not relating to this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frozen Planet - Geography based

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them. Here is a break down of this topic and the related sessions: 

Suggested text: The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell
Memorable experience: Polar expedition
Innovate challenge: Discovering the Arctic
Geography: Arctic and Antarctic regions; Lines of latitude and longitude; Polar climates; Polar day and night; Polar oceans; Polar landscapes; Climate change; Natural resources; Indigenous people; Tourism
English: Non-chronological reports; Haiku poetry; Newspaper reports; Adventure narratives
History: Polar exploration; Significant people – Robert Falcon Scott; Ernest Shackleton; Significant events – Titanic
Science: Classifying living things; Classification keys; Adaptation; Investigations
Science investigations: Can we slow cooling down? How do animals stay warm?                                  
Linked to this, we will be visiting Weston Park and undertaking an adaptations workshop (letter coming out shortly about this).


Super, super excited to state that our main book this term is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (and one of my faves as a child myself). Please do get a copy if you wish to read along at home (there is a fantastic graphic novel version too which I recommend). 

We will also be picking apart The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell during guided reading sessions. 

We continue where we left off last year and continue to write some fantastic pieces of work, all with different purposes and aimed at different audiences. Mrs Lambert was extremely impressed by the children's persuasive letter in December (about having a school dog) and she is looking forward to what we produce this term. Keep an eye out for non-chronological reports about the Arctic Circle, Haiku poems, adventurous stories with dialogue to show a character's emotions and personality and online blogs. 

This half term in Maths, we will continue to revisit the previous term's learning (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions) to keep the memory fresh and we will be learning about ratio, proportion, algebra, percentage, decimals, area and perimeter (i.e. LOTS!). I'll be posting videos to help with homework, so keep an eye on Dojo. 

We will also be running boosters for maths to help children plug any gaps they might have or to extend confidence. A tutor will be starting this half term and will be working with some children too, so again, watch this space.

This half term's science is linked to our Frozen Planet topic and we will be exploring how Humans and animals have adapted to live in polar regions. This will be accompanied by a trip to Weston Park (watch this space for updates!)

In Re this term, we will be looking at the Islamic religion and learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam before comparing Islam with Christianity and other World religions.

This term, we have lots on amazing projects in computing ranging from Spreadsheets to creating Blogs to writing Text Adventures. Super excited!




Many thanks for all of your continued support.

Again, please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions.

Mr L