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Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 6

Friday 27th November 


Dated March 1912, a letter, which was found in Scott's tent when his team's remains were discovered in 1913, is addressed "To my widow". In it, he accepts that death is near but says he and his companions are "full of good health and vigour". We used this as inspiration to help us imagine what he would say to his wife and composed our own letters home. Our research homework from last weekend provided useful background information for this task.

Maths involved using our division skills to solve complex word problems and also recapping BIDMAS. See Mr Rowland’s message below, which includes links to a useful website that will help you practise your skills.

Topic work has involved research into the Polar oceans and an investigation into how animals keep warm in such extreme  temperatures. 


Comprehension, GPS and Maths tests for Weds as usual.

Reading: Please read aloud to an adult and ask them to write a comment about your reading and how they feel you're progressing. Please ask them to sign your diary too to confirm that you have also done four other reading sessions (either aloud or to yourself) for homework during the course of the week. When you're reading, look out for a few examples of pronouns in the text and write them, including the sentences or phrase, in your reading diary. Extra house points will be given for this.

Spellings: Silent letters - doubt, island, lamb, solemn, thistle, knight, knock, know, knee, gnat, gnaw.

Also describe, disappear, difficult and different from the statutory list.









Hi Year 6, quite a few of you spoke about this in your presentations. We tried a few more questions on Monday. Here is a useful link that I fund that may help you. In Year 6, you will not see questions with over 6-digits in them.

Try the questions yourself and then perhaps someone at home could make some up for you.

Bring anything in that you have done.

Mr Rowland


Friday 20/11/20

You have coped extremely well with the Zoom lessons this week, Year 6. Thank you all for your cooperation.

We still have got through a good chunk of work especially in our topic lessons. We have compared the geographical features of the Arctic and Antarctica and also learnt about how at some times of the year, the poles are in near-constant daylight, known as polar day, or midnight sun; whereas, at other times, the poles are in near-constant darkness, known as polar night. Next week, we plan to do some writing about Polar explorers and so your homework is some reading that you will need to do in preparation for this (see below). In Literacy, we have begun work on the subjunctive form - a verb form, or mood used to express things that could or should happen (but are often unlikely to). It is used to express wishes, hopes, commands, demands or suggestions. For example: I wish I were taller, or I wish it were Saturday. In Maths lessons, we have found out about factors and prime numbers and also begun to work on formal methods of dividing.

I have read you excerpts of the new book club title 'I was a Rat' by Philip Pullman, and I hope that now you've heard some of it that plenty of you will be tempted to read it too.


No Comprehension or GPS this week. Instead, please read the information that I sent home about Robert Falcon Scott. I would like you to write a paragraph summarising what you have found out from the text. This may be neatly handwritten (on lined paper) or typed, and should be brought into school on Monday as you will need it for the lesson. You may also email it in to the office if you have typed it but don't have access to a printer. Please remember to include your name on your work. I have attached the reading for you, just in case...(see below)

Maths: The next test in your booklet - for Weds pls. 

Reading: Five reads as usual  - one of these to an adult at home. Remember to ask them to complete some detail about your reading and also sign the diary. The diary will need to be brought in for checking on Monday pls.

Spellings: Some homophones, many of which will be helpful in your writing task next week.

weary - tired, wary - cautious, stationary - not moving, stationery - paper, envelopes etc, principle - basic truth or belief, principal - most important person, morning - before noon, mourning - grieving for someone, past - referring to a previous time, passed - I passed him in the road.


Friday 13/11/20

It was good to catch up with you and your parents during consultations this week. I hope Mr Rowland and I made it clear how much we are enjoying teaching you all this year, as well as how proud we are of your pleasing progress. Keep it up!

In class, we have researched icebergs and compiled explanation texts that involved laying out the writing in a way that would assist the reader in obtaining the information that they require. We incorporated a glossary to explain any technical/specialist words. We have also done a good deal of reading about the Arctic and Antarctica and made a table that allowed us to compare them both. We then used the information to answer questions about the regions.

In maths, we have worked on negative numbers, which helped us to understand the extreme temperatures of the North and South Poles and also worked on finding common multiples. 

We had great fun today coming to school dressed as our sporting heroes and thoroughly enjoyed the Joe Wicks workout (see attached pics).


Reading as usual. Please read at least five times - one of these reads should be aloud to an adult at home. Please ask them to sign your diary and also add a comment about what you've read and how you're getting on. Make sure your diary is in for Monday.

Comprehension, GPS and Maths tests: please complete the next tests in your book and bring in for Wednesday at the latest.

Spellings: The ‘i before e except after c’ rule applies to words where the sound spelt by ei is /i:/ deceive, conceive, receive, perceive, ceiling. Also statutory list words:  opportunity, environment, explanation, definitely. Finally, the word 'happened' as it is often being spelt without the final 'e' in your writing. These words will be tested through a dictation on Monday 23rd.


Joe Wicks Workout Pics

Term 2  Friday 6/11/20

Welcome back, Year 6. We've hit the ground running and already achieved quite a bit. We kicked off our new topic 'Frozen Kingdom' by researching the sinking of RMS Titanic and subsequently wrote newspaper articles recounting the events of the 15th of April 1912. Our literacy focus was to include both direct and reported speech, both of which you all managed very successfully. Well done. I am looking forward to seeing some of this work displayed on our topic board. Next week, we will go on to investigate icebergs and look for reasons why the captain of the Titanic may not have fully appreciated the danger ahead.

Maths lessons have covered calculating the area of triangles and parallelograms, as well as consolidating our long multiplication skills.

It was great to see so many of you at the Year 5/6 Book Club. Miss Wright and I will let you know the new title by next week.

Congratulations to this week’s Star of the Week: GG. He has been awarded it for a consistent and concerted effort to improve his handwriting.

HTAs have been given to: SB, OB and TS for their splendid efforts in producing the Titanic newspaper articles. 


You have now been given Comprehension and Maths homework books, as well as your usual GPS one.

Please complete the following by next Wednesday:

GPS Set A puzzle on page 19. Please leave out the spelling test.

Comprehension Set A, Test 1 A Walk in the Park

Maths Set A, Test 1

Reading at home five times per week as usual and record these reads in your diary. Please ensure you read aloud to an adult at least once. Please ask them to add any comments and then sign your diary. You must make sure that you have your diary in school for Monday for checking.

Spellings: -cial is common after a vowel letter and -tial after a consonant. 

official, special, artificial, partial, confidential, essential. Also statutory list words: average and temperature.

These words will be tested through a dictation on 16/11.

Lastly, please remember to be sure that you have a working pen in school plus a refill or two. 





Wednesday’s Zoom Orchestra Practice

Friday 16th October

Well Year 6, we’re finally here - it’s half term! You have worked so terribly hard since our return in September and achieved so much that you thoroughly deserve a rest for the next fortnight.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s evacuee day - Mr Rowland has promised to send me some pics, which I will upload later - now there. See below.

Next term, our topic will be Frozen Kingdom which will teach us all about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and will also include a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them - can’t wait! 

A final reminder of our our book club which will be held in the classroom on the first day back straight after school - we will be discussing The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum. Do bring a healthy snack to keep you going. 

Lastly, congratulations to Molly who is this week’s Star of the Week and also to George G for winning the reading raffle.


Please ensure that you have at least one working pen ready for Term 2. I have now given out all of my emergency supply. The Frixion pens are excellent as you can edit with them easily; however, they don’t tend to last long so investing in a refill pack is a sensible move. 

GPS: Test 4 ready for the first Wednesday back pls.

Spellings: Revision of last term’s words. They can be found as an attachment on last week’s class page. We will have a test on the first day back. 

Reading: Pls ensure that you have read a minimum of five times and added details of all of these reads into your diary. Please make sure one of these reads is to an adult at home. They need to sign your diary to confirm this has happened. Mrs Pearson will check all diaries on the first morning back so you must have it with you. I didn’t enjoy having to keep several of you in at break last week for not completing this task / not having your diary in school and really don’t want to have to repeat it so please do make sure that you’re organised in Term 2.

Finally, most of you have parent consultations soon after we return and we would like you to make a PowerPoint in anticipation of these meetings. You should produce three slides: one for literacy, one for maths and one for another area of school life that you would like to speak about. Please tell us what you think has gone well in each subject and also detail what you would like to work on in Term 2 - this will form the basis of our target setting. Please email this to the school office once completed and before Wednesday 4th. Should you not have access to a computer, then you may hand write and bring into school.


Evacuee Day

Forest School

Forest finds

Still image for this video

Harvest Festival Highlights

Friday 9/10/20

Almost there, Year 6  - just next week to go and then you will get the break that you so deserve after the hard work of the past few weeks.

Harvest Festival went extremely well and you all sung beautifully, Thank you to those of you who also took on extra musical roles and to those who delivered readings and prayers. We were terribly impressed!

In class, most of you have now completed your diary entries and done so to a very high standard, whilst some of you have begun a play script retelling an imaginary evacuation scene. We have worked on identifying determiners -  words that go before nouns and identifies them in further detail e.g. a, the, many, one, my, their. Do make a point of spotting them when you are reading.

In maths, we are now working on perimeter (the distance around a 2D shape) and have been calculating sides that have been left unlabelled. We have also looked at area -  the term used to define the amount of space taken up by a 2D shape or surface. We usually measure area in square units : cm²  or m² depending on which is appropriate. Some of you were amused when I chose the wrong measurement form and asked you to work out the area of a garden in cm and kindly pointed out my error!

Next week, you can all look forward to Friday when you will be enjoying a day involving activities linked to our topic - WWII. Mr Rowland will send details separately so that you all know what to expect.

Congratulations to Lily - our Star of the Week and to Amy who won the reading raffle.


GPS: Test 3 for Wednesday please.

Spellings: please revise all of the words that you have learnt so far this term ready for a test the first Monday we are back. The words are attached.

Reading: Please read a minimum of five times and at least once aloud to an adult. Remember to ask them to sign your diary to confirm this has happened. Mrs Pearson will check diaries as usual on Monday morning so you must ensure that you have them in school


Spelling words for revision over half term

Friday 2nd of October 2020

This week we had a big focus on relative clauses - both identifying them and using them ourselves in our own writing. We published our superbly descriptive lighthouse stories and have now begun diary entries that involve us imagining that we are the character in our class story who has been evacuated to Devon to get away from the air raids that were happening in London.

Congratuatlions to those who received head teacher awards for their writing: MC, TH, SB, LT and MF.

AD also deserves congratulaitons, as an extract of her 'Bomb Story' is featured in the parish magazine this month - do look out for it.

We have completed all forms of measurement in maths and used our new skills to help us solve word problems. We have also pretty much mastered BIDMAS - the correct order to complete an equation when there are different operations required.

Next Wednesday, we shall conduct our socially distanced Harvest Festival up on the AstroTurf. This service will be recorded so that it can be enjoyed by parents later. Fingers crossed for dry weather.

Star of week: OB

Reading Raffle winner: MW

Do make sure you all have coats and a change of shoes in school so that we can be outside of break and lunch as much as possible in these more autumnal weather conditions.



Homework 2/10/20

GPS: Please complete the second test in your book and bring in for Weds 7/10.

Spellings: This week the spellings words are focusing on endings which sound like / əs/ ʃ spelt –cious or –tious. Not many common words end like this. If the root word ends in –ce, the /ʃ/ sound is usually spelt as c – e.g. vice – vicious, grace – gracious, space – spacious, malice – malicious. Exception: anxious.

sound like / əs/ ʃ spelt –cious or –tious

vicious, precious, conscious, delicious, malicious, suspicious, ambitious, cautious, fictitious, infectious, nutritious - also anxious.

Cued Spellings:

weather   whether

peace   piece

here   hear

brake   break

missed   mist

A selection of these words will be tested on Monday 12/10/20

Reading: Please ensure that you have read at least five times at home – once to an adult. Also ensure that your diaries are in school, fully completed and signed by Monday 5/10. Look out for embedded relative clauses. An embedded clause is a  clause used in the middle of another clause. These ones will start with a relative pronoun e.g who, which etc and are usually marked by commas. See if you can point out one or two to your parents and then record them in your diaries. There will be house points for any found.

Maths: I know you are all working very hard at the moment, I have attached a blank Times Tables grid for you to fill in. This will assist you in the next chapter of the Singapore book. This section is all about multiplication and division. Times tables recall is essesntial.


TB's presentation of her grandfather's medals and log book.

Friday 25/9/20

A superb effort with your Lighthouse stories, Year 6. I so enjoyed reading them all - you made my marking task a pleasure!

We have continued to work on compound adjectives, both identifying and using them in our work and have developed our confidence with punctuation generally. I am seeing far fewer run-on (notice the hyphen!) sentences now. 

In maths, we have extended our understanding of measurement and most of you are now comfortable in converting units of length and weight.

Topic wise, we enjoyed hearing about Tilly B's pilot great-grandfather, who was almost certainly the youngest person to win a military OBE at twenty-three years of age. We also enjoyed seeing his military medals and being shown his flying log book. 
Please see the pics above.

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to be a ‘leading light’ for Mrs.Braid. She’s has now drawn the names from a hat and those picked were: Sophia B, Georgina, Ava S and Tilda. Your first responsibility will be to deliver a short reading for the Harvest Festival. Mr Rowland should have handed these to you today to give you time to practise. 

Lastly, well done to all of you for your handwriting/typing projects that you completed over the summer and for continuing to work to develop this skill in class.

Winners are as follows: 

Florence - Overall winner

George G - Most improved

George A - Best typist

Ava S - Highly commended 

There is a small gift for each of you waiting at school, which I shall give to you on Monday.

Congratulations are also due to this week’s Star of the Week: Ava W.



More -ous words. A final ‘e’ of the root word must be kept if the /dʒ/ sound of ‘g’ is to be kept - courageous, outrageous. If there is an /i:/ sound before the –ous ending, it is usually spelt as i but a few words have e - serious, obvious, curious hideous, spontaneous, courteous.

Cued Spelling: were, where, wear, we're, when, what, who, whose, who's, how.

These words will be tested through a dictation on 5/10/20.

GPS books

You have all been given a GPS book to take home. It consists of a collection of short tests. Please complete the first one and bring it into school no later than Weds 30/9/20. Here are a few helpful hints: 

1) Remember subordinate clauses can be placed at the start of a sentence.

2) Adverbs tell you more about the verb, but they don't always end in 'ly'. 


Please read at least five times (once to an adult) and make sure that all of these reads are recorded in your reading diary. This must be in school signed and ready for checking on a Monday morning. Thank you.

Tables - please continue to work on recall speed.


Friday 18/9/20

This week, the class started their Year Six duties with the head boy and head girl speeches. All of them spoke very well and had some brilliant ideas. I'm sure they have told you the results already!

During our maths lessons, the class have continued to work on their place value up to 1 million and started rounding. They also completed some arithmetic questions. 

In literacy lessons, the class finished off a speech about their favourite activity or something that they enjoy. The also wrote a fact file on Winston Churchill. During their reading sessions, the children were focusing on their inference skills.

Our topic time consisted of making a model Hawker Hurricane which turned into quite a epic modelling event. This was part of our Roald Dahl Day as he was a Hurricane Pilot in WW2. 

The class finished the week with a lovely game of cricket in the sunshine on the sportsfield. 



Please ensure that you have a working pen in school by Monday.

Spelling W/C 21/9/20 suffix -ous

Sometimes the root word is obvious and the usual rules apply for adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters.

poisonous, dangerous, mountainous, famous, various

Sometimes there is no obvious root word:  

tremendous, enormous, jealous

 –our is changed to –or before –ous is added:

humorous, glamorous, vigorous

These words will be tested on 28/9/20

Cued spellers have also been working on the following: two, too, to and their, there and they’re. More practice of these at home would be beneficial. In fact, it would be useful for everyone to revise these words as they are sometimes muddled in your writing.


When you are reading this week, please look out for hyphenated adjective words in your reading books e.g. sugar-free. Make a note of any words you come across in your reading diary pls. You diaries will be checked on Monday as usual. Please make sure that you have read at least five times, including once to an adult at home, and then get your reading diaries signed.


Please can all children spend some time on their times tables to make sure they are as sharp as they can be.


Curriculum Handout 2020

 Friday 11/9/20

Hello Class 6, 

Another successful week back in the classroom. You have completed all of your assessments, which Mr Rowland and I will use to help inform our planning so that we know exactly what we need to be covering in our lessons.

We are excited that we will be delivering our head girl/boy speeches next Thursday and Friday over Zoom. Please see below (in the homework section) for instructions on preparing your speech over the weekend.


Another reminder that we will be reading The Middler by Kirsty Appelbaum as our Year 5/6 book club title.

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.

Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.

Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.

This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal and ideal for those who enjoyed A Place called Perfect. It would be lovely if most of you would join Miss Wright and me when we meet to discuss it at the end of term (over Zoom).


Next Thursday is Roald Dahl Day. You do not need to dress up, but there will be craft activities and other Roald Dahl inspired lessons in the classroom.



Please would you prepare your head girl/boy speeches over the weekend.

You need to begin by thinking about the qualities that you possess that would make you a suitable leader and then think about what you would do to make the school even better if you were voted in. Remember not to promise the unmanageable, such as giving every class a pet giraffe!

Last year, our head girl suggested a Onesy Wednesday fund raising day, which was very popular and raised a considerable amount for the school.

Please bring in, or email us, the speech for Monday.

Your speeches should be no longer than 1 minute to prevent the younger children becoming restless, so practise at home (ideally in front of an audience) to check it’s about the right length. You may use a prop or two if you so wish.

This website may be useful:


Spellings: If the root word ends with –ic, –ally is added rather than just –ly, except in the word publicly - basically, frantically, dramatically, automatically, comically, drastically.These will be tested through a dictation on the morning of Monday 21/9/20.

This week the words that we have been practising are: hostile, awkward, obstinate, marvellous, spectacular, aggressive. These will be tested this coming Monday – 14th Sept.


Finally, remember to bring in your reading diaries on Monday for checking. You will need to have read a minimum of five times, and one of these reads needs to have been to an adult at home. Please ask them to sign to confirm this has happened. You will then be issued with a raffle ticket and entered into the draw to win a book.

Friday 4th September

Friday 4/9/20

It’s so good to have you all back again. Mr Rowland and I have really enjoyed the last few days and hope that you have too.


The topic this term is entitled A Child’s War and focuses on the cause and effect of WWII, as well as the significant events and people of this period of history. It will hopefully help us to imagine what it was like to be a child at the time. 


We have started our class book: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. The first chapter included a scene where there was an air raid; this prompted us to find out about the Blitz and inspired the creation of our excellent display board (see above). 


We have announced our first book club title of the year: The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum. We shall meet to discuss our thoughts on it at the end of term via Zoom, in order that Miss Wright and Year 5 can also join us. I shall send details nearer the time.

Here’s a flavour of the story to whet your appetites:

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.
Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.
Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.
This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal. I hope many of you will give it a go.


Hopefully, by the time you read this, Mr Rowland will have attached a class timetable below, so that you know what will be happening each day and can plan accordingly.


Enjoy your weekends.

Mrs Haysom


Homework Friday 4/9/20

Literacy and maths homework will begin next week.

Our reading raffle will be pulled on Monday. Usually you will be expected to read a minimum of five times each week for at least fifteen minutes each time, and as it is important you you still read aloud, one of these reads needs to be to an adult at home. However, as we have only had a short week, I would ask that you read a minimum of three times - once to an adult. Please ask a parent to confirm that you have competed these reads by signing your reading diaries, or, if you are still waiting to be given one, 

a piece of paper will suffice. This confirmation needs to be with you on Monday please, and, in return, you will be entered into our weekly raffle to win a book.