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Welcome to our Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information.

Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter below:

Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter

Our Year 6 Staff:

Miss Latimer

Mrs Quill

Friday 15th November 2019

It’s been yet another busy and fun filled week in Year 6.

This week our school took part in Maths Week England and Anti-Bullying week.

As part of Maths Week England all the children took part in an online Times Tables Rock Stars tournament – with some pretty amazing progress and results being recorded.  All the children will bring login details home as part of their homework book this week, so they can continue to practice at home.

On Thursday it was amazing to see so many relatives of children come in to school and join our maths family learning morning.  Of course, we were over the moon to have so many celebrities also join us for the morning!


The children have spent the week completing a variety of maths activities, including working alongside other classes to solve a whole school problem for the Maths England team.

As part of anti-bullying week the children in year 6 made their own ‘personal pledge’ and designed their own anti-bullying super heroes.

Along with the rest of the school Year 6 have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active.  We have worked out that this week our class walked 415,224  steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total.  You could take part too.  It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards.  You can join by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com

Attendance: 95.8%

Minutes Late: 18

Friday 8th November 2019

We’ve had a very successful and very fast first week back at school.

This week, we saw the arrival of ‘the chair’!  A mysterious new piece of furniture appeared in the centre of the school hall on Monday and made it’s way around school.  As the week went on pictures of a magical location and character were added.  On Friday, the children wrote their own stories about the chair, with most of them choosing a sinister theme.

This week, as part of a whole school assembly, the sports leaders received the bronze Great Sports Sunderland Charter Mark.

It will be proudly displayed in the reception area of school.

Next week we all the children in year 6, along with the rest of the school, will be taking part in both Maths Week England and Anti-bullying week.

We look forward to seeing you at our Family Learning morning on Thursday, when the children have been invited to come in as their Times Tables Rock Stars avatar.

Our attendance this week is 97.9%, just above the target of 96%.

Next week, please try to ensure that your child arrives to school on time – this week 130 minutes of learning were lost by children arriving late for school.

Friday 25th October 2019

On Wednesday this week the children enjoyed their ‘teacher story swap’ with Miss Davison, while Miss Latimer spent the time reading to Year 4.

Thank you to all the relatives and friends that joined us for our Halloween Family Learning morning. All the children ‘enjoyed’ trying to guess what was in ‘The Box’. We had guesses from meatballs to eyeballs! Of course the staff aren’t that mean . . . honestly! The children also demonstrated some fantastic apple bobbing skills.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the school disco – we got to witness some amazing moves on the dance floor.

During today’s well-being time the children redesigned the classroom reading and role play area to have a World War 1 trench theme to go along with our next class topic. They are looking forward to filling it with artefacts and books to further their learning about the topic.

Liam is our writer of the week for his amazing diary entry in the role of Stanley Yelnats from the class novel ‘Holes’.

Our reader of the week is Alix for reading a phenomenal amount at home.

Keaton received the Plainsy Pass and all the privileges that accompany it for the huge amount of effort he makes in all his learning.

Year 6 attendance this week is 95% – we need a huge effort after the holidays to get back up above 96%.

After half term the class topic will begin their new topic about World War 1. Over the holidays children have been asked to think about what they would like to learn and to collect together any information, artefacts or books they can find.

Don’t forget – PE kit, including trainers, should be in school all week to ensure all children can take part sporting activities both inside and out.

As the weather gets colder please make sure your child leaves for school with a warm coat.

Have a wonderful half term holiday – we’ll see the children back in school on Monday 4th November 2019.

Friday 18th October 2019

This week the children used their recount skills to write a diary entry of letter in the role of Stanley Yelnats from the novel ‘Holes’.  They worked hard to get to include plenty of emotion and descriptive detail to really bring their writing to life.

All the children and staff took part in ICECATS training this week.  All the children listened carefully to information about how to keep safe in different places and will continue to practice their safety skills throughout different lessons in the coming weeks.

We’re half way through our fitness program in PE.  This week the children focused on developing muscle strength in their arms and legs.  We’ll be ready for out next fitness test in no time!

Harvey is our writer of the week for his well organised writing in Science.

Our reader of the week is Tilly for demonstrating fantastic stamina to continue to read a very long novel.

Piper is this week’s maths star for demonstrating outstanding perseverance in problem solving and reasoning.

Our head boy George, has come up with a fantastic idea to raise money for the Year 6 trip to London in May. He asked staff to donate Halloween goodies in order to make up a hamper. Raffle tickets will be sold next week in school at £1 a strip. The raffle will be drawn next Friday.

Here’s what you could win:
Sweets and chocolate
Halloween books
£25 cinema voucher

Year 6 attendance this week was 97.9%, an improvement on last week.

Don’t Forget!

Next Thursday is our Halloween family morning starting at 9:15am.

Thursday afternoon is Year 6’s assembly, from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.  Children must have returned a signed consent form in order to attend the disco and walk home without an adult at the end of the disco.

Friday 11th October 2019

We two weeks of news to catch up on this week!

Last week, the children all got to grips with calculating the internal angles of shapes in maths – what started off as something completely new and tricky ended up being a great success across the class.  Well done all!

The children brought their study of the Maya civilisation to an end last week, by studying the different uses of masks for different events within the Maya society.  They then designed and made their own, using traditional patterns and colours to reflect the event they had chosen to design their mask for.

This week the children moved on to exploring the geography of different parts of North America, with all the children surprised to discover that the USA makes up only a small proportion of North America.

It was all about smiles this week!  The children explored the smiley face symbol created by Harvey Ball in 1963, made connections to the modern day emojis they use, then designed their own versions for people they thought needed an extra smile.

Of course, Thursday was World Mental Health Day.  The children discussed the need to think through their decisions and consider the consequences of their choices to support their own and others well being.  They were also introduced to the idea of ‘talk time’, which we’ll make time for within the classroom each week.

Across the last two weeks, Lacey and George were our star readers for always using evidence from within a text to explain their answers – keep up the hard work.

Amy was our writer of the week last week for much improved selection of vocabulary and sentence structure in her writing.  She was followed by our star writer this week, Gracie, for her outstanding, detailed recount- well done both of you.

Last week Keaton received the Plainsy Pass for making a huge effort to work independently across the school day.

Gracie received the Plainsy Pass for her fabulous attitude to absolutely everything this week!

Our whole class attendance was 95.8% this week – a little under the government target of 96%.  Please remember to make the effort to get your child into school every day, we will always call home if children are feeling under the weather during the school day.

Year 6 have PE twice a week, Monday and Tuesday.  It is vital that all children have a full PE kit in school, including appropriate footwear.  We advise the children to bring their PE kit on Monday and leave it on their peg until Friday to allow for extra PE activities which they might take part in throughout the week.

Remember to complete and return consent forms for photographs and the Halloween Disco.

Friday 27th September 2019

It’s been a very busy week this week, with plenty of fun and adventures to tell you about.

On Wednesday, Year 6 teamed up with Year 5 for a full day of well-being activities.  The children started the day by exploring how to help themselves and others be happier, by identifying ways to be kind to themselves and others.  They created ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ challenges for other children to complete.

Across the morning the children also worked in small groups to make chocolate chip shortbread to sell at the McMillan Coffee Afternoon.


The children then spent the afternoon creating natural art in Barnes Park with ‘forest treasure’.  They collected natural items, created an image in a spot of their choice and gave it a title.


The children will follow this up in school with some linked writing next week.

Today the children welcomed ‘Big Nose’ (we’re not being rude, it really is the translation of his Mayan name!) into the classroom, to further their knowledge and understanding of the Mayan Civilisation. They learned to count in ten, write Mayan numbers and explored many other elements of the Mayan society.  All the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to making their own Mayan masks and head dresses next week.

Neve received the Plainsy Pass this week for her exceptional attitude towards absolutely everything – you really are a star Neve!

Charlie was our writer of the week for his well researched and organised information text about Mayan gods.

Holly was our reader of the week for using evidence from the text in her longer answers.

Gracie was our Maths Star for her outstanding stamina in solving Mayan number problems.

Attendance: 96.4%

Lateness: 30 minutes

Well done to the whole class for an amazing week!

Friday 20th September 2019

This week the children took part in a maths escape room.  They took the role of World War 2 spies and worked in teams alongside children in year 5 to defeat a German bombing plan.  They worked exceptionally well in teams to solve different maths puzzles involving their knowledge of place value, calculating, co-ordinates, mass and shape, among other things.

They of course stopped the bombing!

On Tuesday, the children then applied their reading skills to different problems within a reading escape room, which was based around different stories such as Sherlock Holmes, Skellig and Macbeth (which the children were of course already experts in because of their writing work).

The children were successful in solving the clues and escaping Castle Crow.

Scott was our star of the week, earning the Plainsy Platinum Pass for his outstanding attitude and fantastic art work.

Autumn was named reader of the week for her great success in guided reading lessons.

Our writer of the week was Neve, for her amazing description of the witches from Macbeth.

We have 100% attendance this week – well done everyone, keep up the hard work.

Next week, we have our well-being day on Wednesday (instead of Friday due to calendar clashes).  The children will spend the morning baking and taking part in other well-being activities.  In the afternoon, we’re hoping for dry weather so we can take a nature walk through Barnes Park and create some natural art.  Children will bring a letter home today.

On Friday next week, year 6 will spend the day as a Maya in the classroom.  This will be led by a theatre company, with actors taking the role of Mayas.  We look forward to sharing our experiences next week.

Attendance: 100%!!! Well done Y6

Minutes Late: 65 minutes

Friday 13th September 2019

A big welcome to our new, year 6 class!!

The children have settled fantastically into their new class and are already knocking our socks off with their hard work and fantastic attitude to learning.

The children all wrote a campaign speech to become part of our school council team and we were over the moon and very proud of the number of children who stood in front of the whole school to read their speech.

All the children voted for their choice, with the roles being awarded to:

Head Girl: Neve

Deputy Head Girl: Holly

Head Boy: George

Deputy Head Boy: Harry

Anti Bullying and Play Leaders: Amy and Alix

Sports and Health Leader: Jay S

Sports and Health Team: Jay R, Liam, Autumn

Well Being Leader: Scott

Attendance Team: Piper, Georgia, Gracie and Charlie

Well done to you all!

Our topic this half term is focused around the Maya Civilisation – which the children are already enthusiastic about – then a further study of the geography of modern day North America.

On Friday 27th September the children will be fully immersed into the world of the Maya people when our classroom is transformed for the day by Maya specialists.  They will of course learn plenty of new facts and information, be able to ask a heap of questions and spot interesting aspects of Maya life to use as a stimulus in art and design work in the following week.

This week Georgia was our writer of the week for her amazing handwriting, full marks in a spelling quiz and excellent description of the witches from Macbeth.

Harvey received the Plainsy Pass this week for his amazing attitude to absolutely everything.

We need a big shout out to . . .

Neve, who came first in a big dance competition in Blackpool, along with her very talented dance crew.

Holly for guessing the winning name of the Southmoor bear and bringing him home for a cuddle.

Jay and his football team for winning a huge football competition in York over the summer holidays.

Autumn and Keaton for their much improved attendance.

Attendance: 94.8%

Lateness: 7 minutes