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:
Our Year 6 Staff: Miss Latimer, Mrs Quill, Mrs Walker and Mr Thompson
Friday 6th July 2018
The majority of the children had a taste of life in secondary school this week as they took part in their transition days. Feedback from staff at Southmoor, St Anthony’s, Venerable Bede, Sandhill View and Farringdon was that the children were in school on time and made a very positive first impression on their future teachers. Two of our pupils are still looking forward to their transition days at Washington school – we’re sure they’ll have just as much fun.
All the children took part in the Race for Life this afternoon. They all did an amazing job despite the heat and blazing sunshine.
Rehearsals for the Year 6 assembly are now in full swing – we look forward to seeing you all next Thursday. The children will perform the show twice: 10am and 2pm.
On Monday next week the children will go with Year 5 to see the end of year production at Sandhill View School. They will leave school at 11:45am and return at approximately 3:30pm We will be walking to and from Sandhill View.
Your child will bring home their end of year school report on Thursday.
Much improved attendance this week: 97.2% Well done everyone!
Friday 29th June 2018
It’s been a while since our last blog, but we are finally pleased to say that our SATs writing is complete and all the children worked their socks off to produce fantastic work. The external moderators were very impressed with the extra effort the children had made since the beginning of May – a big well done from all the year 6 staff, we’re very proud of you!
Of course, finishing all the hard work meant it was time for some fun activities, starting with an afternoon of McDonald’s lunch and tubing.
All the children had a go and were exhausted but full of smiles by the end of the day.
Last Friday the class went to Flamingo Land and experienced many thrill and some unexpected but very welcome sunshine.
Yesterday all the children who regularly attended booster class in the spring and summer terms, had a bonus trip to the seaside. Although the day was dull and grey, the children made the most of it and still braved the icy waters, snuggled in hoodies and towels. They all enjoyed their seaside chips and goodies (instead of ice cream as the adults thought they were probably cold enough to start with!).
We are now looking forward to the year 6 ‘night out’ to Frankie and Benny’s and the cinema.
Even though we are coming to the end of the year, the same uniform policy remains in place, so please ensure your child comes to school everyday in the appropriate school uniform.
Reminder: all the children will be taking part in the Race for Life on the school field on Friday next week, please make sure your child has a full PE kit and suitable footwear in school.
Most of the children will be taking part in their secondary transition days next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Children should go straight to their new secondary school each morning, in their current full school uniform. If your child is not attending a transition visit they should come into school as normal – we have some lovely activities planned.
Our current attendance is 85.5% – this is a long way off the government target of 96%
Please ensure your child is in school when they are well and try to avoid booking last minute holidays until school has finished for the summer holidays.
Friday 25th May 2018
First of all, the staff in Year 6 would like to say a great big WELL DONE!!! During the week of the SATs tests, all the children kept their cool and worked their socks off. If awards for hard work and dedication were given out, all of our pupils would receive a gold medal!
As a treat the children enjoyed fish, chips, pizza and other goodies out on the school field on Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately, even though the tests are over the children in Year 6 still need to continue their hard work to ensure their writing over the next few weeks meets the standards expected for Year 6. We’re all very tired and understand how hard this is, so we’re hoping a well earned half term will recharge the children’s batteries and fire them up ready to finish their writing when they return.
To support the children in their writing, we have started a new class topic about animals, particularly insects and creatures from tropical climates. As a start to the topic, we invited Zoolab into the Year 6 classroom on Wednesday morning – much to the horror and surprise of some of the children!
The adults were pleased to hear that the tarantula always stays in the box!
The children have already written a diary of the event – with some of the children choosing to write it from the point of view of one of the animals!
Next week we’ll move on to writing information texts about one of the creatures and a newspaper report about the event.
We’re also going to start exploring the lives of famous animal experts and their contributions to wildlife before moving on to a science topic about evolution and adaption.
Our Star of the Week was Abigaile for her outstanding attitude and effort in her writing.
Elle was added to the Golden Book for making such a huge effort with her writing and Georgia was added to the Golden Book for her fantastic diary entry as a rat.
Events coming up:
Year 6 children will be having a visit from the school nurse on the morning of Tuesday 5th June to discuss the changes their bodies go through during puberty.
School photographs will be taken on Wednesday 6th June. The photos will be of classes and groups within school and will only include those children who have signed consent to have their photos taken.
Our attendance this week is 86.6% – the government target is 96%, so we need a lot of improvement after the holidays. Please make sure your child is in school and on time every day until the end of the year as they still have a lot of important work to complete.
See you all after a lovely half term.
Friday 27th April 2018
This week we have been measuring angles using a protractor. The children have then been able to use their knowledge of angles and shapes to solve calculate missing values. In literacy the children have been constructing their own narrative based on Holes. They have used some fantastic vocabulary to describe the setting and create an atmosphere. They have also been using dialogue effectively.
Elisha was in the gold book for her great narrative writing whilst Bobby was in for his fantastic maths skills measuring angles. Well done to both of you!
Lateness: 2 children were late this week resulting in 17 minutes of lost learning.
Friday 20th April 2018
This week we have had an extremely busy week. In literacy we have written an information text all about our everyday hero. We have also began to look at narratives based around Holes and have written some dialogue showing characterisation. In maths we have been looking at finding the area of triangles, parallelograms and the volume of shapes.
Millie and Matthew C were both in the gold book. Millie was in for showing resilience and never giving up and Matthew was in for his great piece of dialogue. Megan also received the dip in the box for her information text.
Lateness: 2 children were late resulting in 29 minutes of lost learning.
On Thursday 26th April we will be holding a SATs meeting for parents beginning at 3.20pm where we will discuss the tests and answer any questions you may have.
Thursday 29th March 2018
This week the children have written their final drafts of their letters to the scientists explaining all about their discovery of a brand new type of lizard. We also enjoyed making our Easter baskets for the fair and were very proud that we sold out!
Rhiannon and Neil both received a £20 cinema voucher after their names were chosen for their attendance as part of our attendance challenge over the past six weeks. 11 other children also received an Easter egg for their great attendance and punctuality.
Lateness: 1 child was late resulting in 50 minutes of lost learning.
We break up for Easter today. Children are back to school on Monday 16th April 2018. We also have our Easter booster sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday next week from 9am until 12pm. We would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter!!
Friday 23rd March 2018
This week we have been creating our own new species of lizard. We have come up with information about our reptiles and are currently writing formal letters to scientists to tell them of our discovery. In maths we have been continuing to convert measures and have looked at calculating the perimeter and area of shapes.
Rhiannon was in the gold book for her amazing maths work whilst Charlie was in for his improved attitude in maths. Ellie received the dip in the box for trying really hard to catch up on her work after having time off. Well done to you all!
Lateness: 1 child was late resulting in 120 minutes of lost learning. Remember learning begins at 8.50am.
On Tuesday 27th March we will have our Easter Fair on the afternoon. Children can be collected from their normal exit doors. We will also have family learning on Thursday 29th March from 1.15pm. We look forward to seeing you at both events!
Friday 16th March 2018
This week has been packed full of learning. In literacy the children have been writing persuasive texts to encourage people to visit Camp Green Lake. We are super impressed and proud of the work the children have produced. In maths we have been converting measures and solving problems related to this.
Matthew C received the dip out of the box for his very impressive persuasive text and Leo and Bobby were in the gold book for their fantastic effort during literacy this week.
Lateness: 2 children were late this week resulting in 64 minutes of lost learning. Remember school starts at 8.50am.
The Easter Fair is on Tuesday 27th March 2018.
Friday 9th March 2018
This week we have had a great week. In literacy the children have been writing letters as Stanley creating a positive mood. In maths we have been looking at ratio, simplifying ratio and solving problems. All the children worked extremely hard on this.
Today, we have been investigating the mystery of the golden pen. We have been writing an argument determining who is responsible for stealing the pen.
Attendance: 92.3% (Let’s get this up to 96%)
Lateness: 1 child was late resulting in 10 minutes of lost learning.
Parents Evening is next week. We look forward to seeing you all.
Friday 9th February 2018
This week has been an extremely busy week. We invited parents into our class to see the type of questions we will face in our SATs. Thank you to all the parents who came. We have also been assessing the children this week and they have worked extremely hard and given 100%.
This week Elisha received the Dip in the Box for her fantastic recount about our visit to Safety Works. Jack was in the gold book for his writing and Ella was in the gold book for giving 100% with everything she does.
Attendance: 96% (Well done!)
Lateness: 4 children were late this week resulting in 151 minutes of lost learning.
We are back to school on Monday 19th February 2018. Our SATs boosters will be every morning beginning at 8.15am. We will also have boosters on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays after school until 4pm.
Friday 2nd February 2018
This week has been a busy and packed week. We have continued to expand our knowledge of percentages in maths and we have been writing amazing narratives during our literacy lessons. We are so impressed with how hard all the children in the class are working. Well done!!
On Tuesday, we visited Safety Works in Newcastle and we learned all about how we can keep ourselves safe with some real life scenarios. We learned how to put people into the recovery position, how we can keep safe on and near roads, how we can keep safe when travelling by metro and we even visited a police custody room.
Take a look at some of our photos!
This week Jocelyn received the dip in the box for giving 100% in everything that she does. Neil and Shay were in the golden book for their narrative writing. Well done!
Lateness: 2 children were late this week resulting in 9 minutes of lost learning.
Friday 26th January 2018
This week we have been looking at narratives in our literacy lessons. The children have been writing their own settings and character descriptions using a range of language features including emotive language, figurative language and fronted adverbials. In maths we have been learning how to find percentages of amounts. We are so impressed at the hard work the children have done this week.
Attendance: 94.3% (Below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 4 children were late resulting in 34 minutes of lost learning. Remember the doors are closed at 8.50am.
On Tuesday 30th January we will be visiting Safetyworks in Newcastle. Please ensure you have signed the consent form and it has been brought into school.
Friday 19th January 2018
We have had a packed week this week. Well done to all the children who have started to come to our booster sessions every morning (apart from Fridays) and our after school booster on a Monday. We are so proud that so many children came. In literacy, we have looked at biographies and we have written our own biography about Martin Luther King. In maths we have been looking at multiplying and dividing involving decimals. The children have worked extremely hard on this. Well done.
This week Millie was given the dip out of the box for never giving up in maths. Shaun was in the gold book for his good attitude towards school and Leo was in the gold book for the hard work he has put into improving his handwriting.
Attendance: 97.7% (Well done Year 6!)
Lateness: 7 children were late for school this week resulting in 115 minutes of lost learning. Remember school starts at 8.50am.
On Tuesday 30th January we will be visiting Safetyworks in Newcastle. Please ensure you have signed the consent form and it has been brought into school.
Friday 12th January 2018
Welcome back Year 6!
We hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and a great holiday. We’ve hit the ground running here in year 6 and making great progress.
On our return to school, we have had a ‘mini’ topic for the week ‘Take One Picture’ which has focused on different artists and their work. We have looked at the Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika who painted the ‘Great Wave’, some of us recreated his work in our own style and some wrote a biography while others researched a technique the Japanese use for multiplication.
A huge well done to Leo, Neil and Jack for their work, earning them a spot in out celebration assembly this morning.
Attendance: 96.6% Well done
Lateness: 50 min.
Friday 22nd December 2017
We have come to the end of our first term in Year 6. The children have continued to work hard writing newspaper reports, making Christmas cards and calendars.
Look at the fun we had!
This week we have also had lots to celebrate. Jasmine won our Christmas handwriting competition for Year 6. Four children in the school were given vouchers to spend at the Bridges for having 100% attendance this term.
The whole school even enjoyed a dance to come Christmas songs.
Year 6 have also thoroughly enjoyed our final day having lots of fun with surprise gifts which have been donated.
Attendance: 92.3% (Let’s try to get this to 96% after Christmas Year 6)
Lateness: 4 children were late resulting in 46 minutes of lost learning.
School will reopen on Tuesday 9th January 2018. All of the staff in Year 6 wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again in January.
Friday 15th December 2017
This week has been an extremely busy week for Year 6. In literacy we have been looking at newspaper articles after discovering that Rose has gone missing.
We also had our fantastic Christmas production. Well done to all of the children who took part and all of the parents for coming along to support them.
This week Megan was pulled out of the raffle and will be going out with Mrs Quill and Mrs Walker to spend some money at the Bridges. Well done Megan. As part of the 10 days of Christmas both Millie and Megan received selection boxes as their names were pulled out of the hat for coming to school and being on time. Well done girls!
Attendance: 96% (Well done Year 6, let’s keep this up)
Lateness: 6 children were late this week resulting in 49 minutes of lost learning.
We are also looking forward to visiting the Empire today to see Jack and the Beanstalk.
Next week is our final week. Our Christmas party will be Thursday afternoon. Children need to bring their party clothes in a bag so they can get changed on the afternoon. We will be finishing school on Friday. Children can be picked up from 1pm onwards. Children who have permission to walk home on their own will not be allowed to leave until 3.15pm unless an adult comes to collect them.
Friday 8th December 2017
This week has been an extremely busy week for Year 6. In literacy we have been writing our own witness statements as Rose Blanche. Take a look at some of the work.
We also visited the Locomotion Museum in Durham and we have building our own circuits and locomotives as well as testing them to see who’s is the fastest.
This week Charlie received the dip in the box for having an improved attitude to everything he does. Well done Charlie and keep it up. Megan was in the gold book as she spoke to the school governors during their meeting and she didn’t even look nervous. Jasmine was in the gold book for her fantastic witness statement.
Attendance: 92% (Let’s try to get this above 96%)
Lateness: 6 children were late resulting in 49 minutes of lost learning.
On Wednesday we have our Christmas Production. We will be performing at both 10am and 2pm. If you would like tickets, please see your class teacher/teaching assistant. We will also be going to the Empire Theatre to watch Jack and the Beanstalk on Friday.
Friday 1st December 2017
This week has been an extremely busy week for Year 6. In literacy we have been writing our own pages from a narrative based around ‘Rose Blanche.’ Take a look at some of the fantastic work the children produced.
We have also been making our Christmas Crafts for the fair and our baubles for the Christmas tree. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
This week Shaun received the dip in the box for being a responsible and sensible member of Year 6. Well done Shaun and keep it up. Both Matthew R and Georgia were in the gold book for their narratives filled with figurative and emotive language. Well done. We were very impressed!
Attendance: 94.7% (just below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 8 children were late this week resulting in 98 minutes of lost learning.
On Tuesday we will be holding our Christmas Fair. Children can be picked up from their exit doors at 1.30pm. On Wednesday we will be visiting the Locomotion Museum in Durham. Children will need to be dressed in their school uniforms. Please ensure you have completed the consent form and this has been given to the class teacher.
Friday 24th November 2017
We have had another busy week in Year 6. The children have been learning all about Rose Blanche, a World War 2 story told from the perspective of a German girl. We read so much of the book and then the children were challenged to write the next page. We are so impressed at the results. Well done everyone.
This week Ella received the dip in the box for her fantastic maths work, she has been amazing this week. Charlie was in the gold book for his growing maturity around school and Millie was in the gold book for the hard work she gives to everything she does.
Attendance: 91.3% (Let’s get this to above 96%)
Lateness: 8 children were late this week resulting in 318 minutes of lost learning.
We will be visiting the Locomotion Museum in Durham on 6th December. Remember to bring in your slips and money (£5). On 5th December, we will be having our Christmas Fair. Tickets for the KS2 Christmas Production go on sale on Monday.
Friday 17th November 2017
We have had a fantastic week in Year 6. We have had anti-bullying week and the children have created their own anti-bullying superheroes. We have also researched the four types of bullying and have created an information text. We have also conducted some research about bullying and represented this data in different graphs.
Today was Children in Need. Thank you to all the parents who came this afternoon. It was lovely to see you all. Take a look at some of our amazing pictures from today!
This week Maddison receives the dip in the box for her growing confidence to join in and voice her opinions during class and group discussions. Well done Maddison.
Attendance: 97% (well done Year 6, let’s keep this up)
Lateness: 5 children were late this week resulting in 101 minutes of lost learning.
We will be visiting the Locomotion Museum in Durham on 6th December. Remember to bring in your slips and money (£5). On 5th December, we will be having our Christmas Fair where the children will be selling some school made crafts and you can even visit Santa in his grotto!
Friday 10th November 2017
We have had another busy week in Year 6. We have completed tests this week and we are so impressed at how hard the children have been working. We have also started to practise our Christmas production and more information about this will follow.
We have also been getting ready for our Readathon starting next week. We have asked that children complete an extreme read and send it to the school on the following email address if they have not already done so.
Winners will be announced next Friday for the best extreme read photos.
Attendance: This week our attendance has been 97% (This is above our target. Well done Year 6!)
Lateness: 5 children have been late this week resulting in 69 minutes of lost learning.
Next week we will starting our Readathon challenge to read 150 books (chapters in Year 6) within 25 days. All children have been given a sponsor form and all money raised will go towards new books for the school.
Friday 3rd November 2017
This week has been an extremely busy week. On Monday we thoroughly enjoyed our family learning afternoon. Thank you to all the parents who came into school.
On Tuesday we visited the new bridge. We learned how much it is costing (£117 million) and what we hope the bridge will mean for the city of Sunderland as well as how it was built.
Take a look at some of the pictures we took during our visit.
We also enjoyed our Halloween disco on Tuesday.
In Literacy we have been looking at personification and have written some amazing poems using personification about the Blitz.
Attendance: 96% (Well done Year 6, we hit our target this week. Keep this up!)
Lateness: 4 children were late this week which resulted in 34 minutes of lost learning.
We will be visiting the Locomotion Museum in Durham to learn more about electricity on 6th December. Letters will be sent out next week with more details about this.
Friday 20th October 2017
We have survived our first half term!
This week we have thoroughly enjoyed our work. We were asked by the code breakers at Bletchley Park (WW2 code breaking centre in London) to solve a range of calculations to crack the four codes within one hour. Thankfully we solved all four and knew what the German’s plans were. We have also imagined ourselves as 1940s children and what it would have been liked if we were not evacuated. The children wrote some amazing descriptive passages using lots of emotive language.
This week Jasmine was in the gold book for always giving 100% with everything she does. Faye was also in the book for trying her best in every lesson. Charley received the dip in the box this week for her amazing maths work. Well done girls!
Attendance: 94% (just below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 4 children were late which resulted in 34 minutes of lost learning.
Children break up today for half term and we will be back on Monday 30th October 2017. There is a Halloween disco for Year 6 on Tuesday 31st October 3pm-4pm. Please ensure you have completed the letter which went home yesterday stating whether your child can walk home alone or if they will be getting picked up. On that Tuesday morning we will also be visiting the new bridge.
Friday 13th October 2017
This week we have completed our persuasive texts to get our readers to go to Eden Camp. We have also been learning about the illnesses that soldiers suffered from, everything from influenza to trench foot and fever. In maths we have been completing multiplication questions and we are very impressed at how the children are working to complete all of their work. In art we have been developing our shading skills and we have created our own artwork based on World War Two. Take a look at some of them.
This week Ellie has been our Hand Writer of the Week for her beautiful handwriting and presentation.
Attendance: 98.3% (We achieved the highest percentage- well done!!)
Lateness: 3 children were late resulting in 125 minutes of lost learning. We need to bring this down.
On Tuesday we have the photographer in school. Please ensure you have completed the letter sent home if you are wanting a family portrait completed or are wanting to bring pre-school children on Tuesday to be part of the photos. We also break up for half term next week (Friday 20th October).
Friday 6th October 2017
This week we have been looking at persuasive texts and the children have been working hard writing their own persuasive texts to get people to go to Eden Camp. We have also been learning about rationing and the children cannot believe how different their diets are now compared to the 1940s.
On Monday we had a celebration assembly where all the children in Year 6 were celebrated for their fantastic behaviour during our Eden Camp trip. Leo received the dip in the box for his ability to identify the historical inaccuracies in Goodnight Mister Tom. We were very impressed!!
Today we had another celebration assembly where Maddison and Bobby were in the golden book. Maddison was in because she is becoming more confident to join in discussions about our topics and ask questions. Bobby was in the book for his fantastic maths work. Both Mrs Quill and Miss Wilkinson know how much Bobby has tried hard this week. Jasmine received the dip in the box for her amazing sketching and shading picture of Winston Churchill.
We would also like to thank all the parents who came to parents evening. It was lovely to meet and speak to you.
Attendance: 95% (this is slightly below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 10 children were late with 354 minutes of learning lost.
A letter for Derwent Hill will be sent home soon explaining to parents when money needs to be in for. The non-refundable deposit of £30 will need to be paid by Monday 30th October 2017. The school photographer will also be in school on Tuesday 17th October and a letter about this will be sent out today.
Friday 29th September 2017
We have had another fantastic week in Year. The children have produced some amazing work in all of our subjects. On Tuesday we all thoroughly enjoyed visiting Eden Camp (even better no one was sick on the coach going there or coming back- FANTASTIC) to learn more about our Second World War topic. Take a look at some of the photos.
This week we have also been developing our baking skills for the MacMillan Coffee Afternoon and we have baked some delicious cakes.
This week Bobby was our hand writer of the week for his high quality presentation and handwriting. Well done Bobby, we know you will keep this up.
Attendance: 95.3% (this is slightly below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 3 children were late with 68 minutes of learning lost.
Parents evening will be taking place on Wednesday 4th October and Thursday 5th October. We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday 22nd September 2017
We have had a great week this week in Year 6. The children have been continuing their topic of World War 2 and we have ordered the events leading up to World War 2 on a timeline. We have also been working hard with our literacy skills. Today we completed our diary entry as an evacuee and we are so impressed with the high quality of work all the children have produced.
This week Jasmine was our hand writer of the week for her beautiful handwriting. Macey was in the gold book for her great attitude to learning and Shaun was put in the book for his improved attitude this week. Millie also received the dip in the box for her fantastic maths work this week on rounding. Well done to everyone!!
Attendance: 97.7% (Well done Year 6– Let’s keep this up!)
Lateness: This week 2 children were late leading to a loss of 120 minutes which is 2 hours of lost learning. Let’s improve this next week.
On Tuesday we will be visiting Eden Camp in York. Children need to be dressed appropriately and wear their red school jumpers. Children must be in school no later than 7.50am as we will be leaving at 8am and we will return for between 4 and 4.30pm. Children can also take spending money, however, this should not be any more than £10.
Next Friday we also have our MacMillan Coffee Afternoon in the hall from 1.30pm. If you would like to donate any cakes, biscuits they can be brought into school by Thursday morning. Children can be collected on Friday for the coffee afternoon by the Year 5/6 exit doors from 1.20pm.
Friday 15th September 2017
All the children have made a fantastic start to Year 6. We are so impressed at their attitudes and behaviour.
This week we have started reading Goodnight Mr Tom and made predictions about what the novel was going to be about. We have identified what we would like to find out about World War 2 for the start of our new topic. We have also been looking at safety and all of the children have written an explanation text about how they keep safe.
This afternoon we also had a visit from Mrs Scott from Sandhill Academy. She has invited all year 6 children to an open evening on Monday 18th September 6pm-8pm for children and parents to have a look around. There will be ice cream and sweets!
In assembly this week Bobby had the dip out of the box for his fantastic attitude in school. We are very proud of this. Megan was in the gold box for her amazing explanation text about safety and Elisha for her fantastic presentation.
Attendance: 93.7% (This is below our target of 96%. Let’s see if we can get this higher next week)
Lateness: 4 children were late with 66 minutes of learning time lost.
We will be visiting Eden Camp on Tuesday 26th September to experience what life was like during World War 2. Please ensure you have signed the consent form and brought this into school with the contribution of £10.
We are also organising Derwent Hill for July 2018. The cost is £121 per child. If your child would like a place, they need to have the letter signed and brought into school by Monday 18th September. A non-refundable deposit will be required at a later date and a letter will go out explaining this.