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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 and Mrs Quill

Friday 8th March


This week we had the first of four fencing lessons in school, it was great fun – even Miss Cassidy joined in!

We also had a lovely afternoon for World Book Day, especially when some of our relatives came in to join in some of our World Book Day activities.

Thank you to all the family and friends that made the huge effort to come along and join in.

Attendance: 99.2%

Minutes Late: 25

Friday 1st March

On Tuesday this week we had some upsetting news – the prospect of the trust selling our beloved MUGA.  Of course the children were horrified at the news (and seeing the Peter Heron ‘for sale’ sign) and set about contacting the trust to explain why it must not be sold and persuade them to change their minds.  Some children even painted a protest banner to add to the MUGA!

Today we had a visit from the Executive Head and Head of Financing to share the excellent news that the children’s outstanding letters had been received, read and changed the minds of the trust – the MUGA is staying!  Well done everyone!

We had even more good news today when we discovered that for the very first time since September, Year 6 had achieved 100% attendance for a week in school – amazing!

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We’d love to see this every week so please keep making huge efforts to get into school everyday!

The children completed a set of practice SAT tests this week and performed well.

Please take the time to support your child in completing their homework to further embed skills developed in class during the week.  We would also like to remind children and parents to read as often as possible as some of the children would benefit from a faster, more fluent pace of reading.

On Tuesday, the children will have the opportunity to take part in the first of four fencing classes which have been made available to school.  In order to take part, the children must have a full PE kit in school.

Thursday is World Book Day, for which the children have been asked to come into school in their pyjamas – ready for a bedtime story.

Our very first Plainsy Pass recipient was Charlie this week.  He was chosen for his outstanding attitude to everything and will receive ongoing rewards throughout the week as a pass winner.

Friday 15th February 2019

We’ve had another busy week, with some outstanding final pieces of writing produced for the end of our persuasive writing unit, in which the children were writing letters and newspaper reports to gain support for posthumous medal awards for unsung heroes of World War 1.  Here are some examples from Aimee and Ellie:


The class completed the science unit about light, which means we will be moving on to Electricity after the half term holidays.  While we’re exploring electricity we will take a break from learning about World War 1, to come back to it at the end of the half term to learn about food during the war and the roles of women.

Daniel was our hand writer of the week, for making huge improvements to his joined writing.

Monday 25th February is an INSET day so we’ll see everyone back in school on Tuesday 26th February.

Reminder:  We are holding a Year 6 Parents Meeting on Thursday 28th February at 3:30pm to discuss and answer questions about the SATs tests and writing assessment, the timetables for the tests themselves and the expectations for children in the run up to, during and following the assessments.  Please come along, even if you’ve had another child take part in the Year 6 SATs recently.

Our Year 6 breakfast clubs will continue to run on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15am to the start of the school day.  We are already planning our day out of school for those children making the huge effort to try and get into school a little earlier.

Please ensure your child is in school and on time every day and attends any after school ‘study groups’ they have been invited to.  

Friday 8th February 2019

We’re coming to the end of our science topic about light; this week the children created their own optical illusions to prove Newton’s theory of there being separate colours within the light spectrum.

They were all stunned to find that when spun fast enough the colours on the wheel (those of the rainbow) mixed to create white.

As part of our continued work about World War 1 the children explored some art work depicting scenes from the war, then used them, alongside their colour mixing skills to create their own paintings.

Next week is the end of our persuasive writing unit, when the children will be composing their own persuasive letters to the government to persuade them to award posthumous medals to forgotten heroes from World War 1, including some of the children’s own relatives.

Our reader of the week was Ethan for his fantastic use of inference and deduction when reading ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen.

Leighton received a certificate for his much improved handwriting.

Eliza was added to the Golden Book for her huge efforts in topic writing and Rhys was added for much improved concentration in the classroom.

Nathan received a huge round of applause and a ‘dip in the box’ for his excellent observations in science.

There’s been some improvement in Year 6 attendance this week: 94.4%.  This is still a long way off what it should be.

On the first Thursday back after half term we will be holding a parents meeting to discuss the SAT testing and writing arrangements for this year and the work the children will be doing up to and during the SATs.  Look out for a letter which will be coming home with your child next week.

Friday 25th January 2019

It’s been a busy two weeks in Year 6.

Last Monday we visited Safety Works in Newcastle where the children (and adults) learned about fire and road safety, staying safe on Metro Stations, first aid and what it feels like to be arrested!

She really didn’t do it!

The children were taught how to put unresponsive people into the recovery position then had the chance to practice their new skills on each other.

During Science the children used balls of wool to demonstrate how light travels in straight lines and reflects off objects in order for us to be able to see them.

They continued their work with light this week, exploring the laws of reflection and refraction.

Last week were also treated to a surprise snowfall . . . and of course we had to go out while it lasted.

This week the children have completed writing their own non-linear stories with excellent results.  They also applied their skills to writing as though they were in the trenches of World War 1.

Last week Charlie received a certificate and award for his very moving and emotional World War 1 diary entry.

This week Ashton received a certificate and award for his World War 1 letter home, Kieran received the award for most improved handwriting and Aimee received the Reader of the Week certificate for her fantastic use of inference and deduction.

Callum was added to the Golden Book for making a huge effort in all lessons and Charlie was added for his fantastic explorations and debating about issues from World War 1.

Friday 11th January 2019

Happy New Year!

All the children came back to school this week, full of wonderful Christmas stories and eager to get back to work.

We have started a new literacy unit based around non-linear stories (stories with flashbacks) which we are linking to our class novel Private Peaceful.  The children are already sharing plenty of their own flashbacks of silly stories and incidents from their early days at Plains Farm.

Out topic for this term will remain as World War 1 as there is still so much more that the children want to learn and explore.  We will also be learning about light and electricity in science.

This week, we took part in a Zumba workshop.  Despite some co-ordination problems we had a great time!


The children also had their first martial arts lesson today, where they were taught and practiced some basic kick-boxing moves to develop their co-ordination and strength.  All the children enjoyed the lesson and can’t wait for next weeks.

Well done to our hand writer of the week:  Eliza

This week Rosie was the ‘Star of the Week’ for persevering in maths.

Laylan was added to the Golden Book for an excellent, Monet inspired, drawing.

Hudson was also added to the Golden Book for his awesome attitude towards everything.

The attendance in Year 6 is well below the expected standard of 96%.  It is vital that children attend school everyday, more so now that they are in their final year of primary school and approaching the end of year tests which will take place in May.  Please encourage your child to make an extra effort to get in when they can.

Monday 21st January is the class visit to Safety Works in Newcastle.  Please make sure your children returns their consent slip for the visit.

All children must have a water bottle in school to use during the day.  This should be taken home every night to be cleaned and then brought back into school the next day.

Attendance: 89.2%

Minutes Late: 40 minutes

Friday 30th November 2018

A big well done to all the children in year 6 for their hard work across the curriculum this week!

On Tuesday the children knocked the socks off all the adults by applying their perimeter and area skills to calculating the land won and lost in fictional battles on the World War 1 front line.  The children formed their own war room cabinets; adding the land won to maps of the front line.


We’ve added the maps to our classroom ‘trench’ and topic display.


In literacy the children have further developed their skills for writing non-chronological reports, which they will apply to their own writing about animals in World War 1 next week.

Well done to our hand writer of the week:  Hudson.

This week Ava was the ‘Star of the Week’ for her outstanding maths skills.

Leighton was added to the Golden Book for making huge efforts in every part of the school day.

Daniel was also added to the Golden Book for not giving up during some pretty tricky maths lessons this week.

Next Friday is our school Christmas fayre, where the children will be selling some wonderful Christmas items, which they have created.

Attendance: 90.4%

Minutes Late: 255 minutes

Friday 16th November 2018

This week the children in year 6 took part in anti-bullying week along with the rest of the school.  Our class focus was ‘online/cyber bullying’, during which the children focused on the different kinds of online bullying and how to manage and prevent them.

They created their own ‘Online Commandments’:

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The children also created their own year 6 Anti-Bullying Charter, which we now have displayed in the classroom and which all the children will sign up to.  Please click the link below to see the children’s hard work:

Year 6 AB Charter

Well done to our hand writer of the week, Ava.

This week Jake received the ‘dip in the box’ for his much improved behaviour.

Gabriel was added to the Golden Book for his excellent spooky story writing.

Rhys was also added to the Golden Book for his outstanding fractions, decimals and percentages work in maths this week.

All the children have received their weekly homework today.  Please ensure that your child completes all their homework and returns it to school by Wednesday morning.  We now have a maths homework club every Monday and Tuesday lunchtime for any child who needs support or simply wants to complete their homework in their lunchtime.

After school study groups continue to run.  Please encourage your child to take part if they have been invited to attend.

Attendance: 95.6%

Lateness: 66 minutes

Friday 9th November 2018

This week began with a visit to Beamish where the children spent time in the pit village and town, exploring what life was like before and during World War 1.  During the visit the children were employed by the Home Office to investigate why a 14 year old boy had lied about his age to join the army.  They interviewed ‘witnesses’ around the pit village to better understand the motivations for young boys to lie about the age to join up and fight in the war.


Of course we made time to visit the sweet shop, where the adults were just as excited as the children!

Well done to Charlie for his outstanding investigative skills at Beamish – you’ve really earned your ‘dip’ in the treat box!

A huge pat on the back for Kieran for being added to the Golden Book for his excellent recount.

Well done Jaydon for being added to the Golden book for making a huge effort in maths lessons.

All year 6 children brought a letter home tonight with information about a proposed visit to London in May of next year.  If you would like your child to join the visit, please complete the slip at the bottom of the letter and return to school with a £20 non-refundable deposit by Friday of next week (16th November).  In the case of the trip not going ahead all deposits will be returned.

Next week is national anti-bullying week which are taking part in.  Throughout the week year 6 will be writing their own anti-bullying charter and further developing their understanding of what cyber bullying is and how to deal with it.  As part of the week and as it’s Children in Need on Friday, children will be having a non-uniform day.

After School Study Groups

Monday: Handwriting

Tuesday: Spelling

Thursday: Maths

All Study Groups run between 3:15 and 3:45.  Your child will bring a letter home if they are invited to join any of the year 6 study groups.


Minutes Late: 17 minutes