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Teacher : Mrs R Stewart

Teaching Assistant: Mrs K Quill

Friday 9th May 2022

Year 6 SATs

Friday 29th April 2022

It was lovely to see everybody back and refreshed after the Easter break. Year 6 have worked their socks off this week!

In Literacy, we have started our new narrative genre based around the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’.

This book follows the true story of Earnest Shackleton, Frank Worsey and his crew. In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger – ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. The book charts their perilous journey and bid for survival. Exciting stuff!!

This week the children have been exploring new vocabulary related to the text, creating fantastic expanded noun and adverbial phrases and using figurative language in order to write super setting descriptions.

In Maths, we have been exploring angles. We have looked at different types of angles, calculating angles on a straight line and around a point. In addition we have been doing lots of revision of all things maths in preparation for our SATs tests that commence the week beginning the 9th May.

In Science, we have started our topic on the circulatory system. The children were so enthusiastic about this and enjoyed learning about the different parts of the human body that make up the circulatory system and how it works!

In History, we have started our lessons on ‘The Maya’. The children came up with lots of questions about this ancient civilization and we incorporated a bit of maths into our lesson by creating Mayan pyramids from nets of shapes.

A busy, but very enjoyable week.


A parent’s information meeting has been arranged for those who have children attending our London trip.

The meeting time is: Tuesday 3rd May 2022


Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill.

Spring Term 1 Newsletter

Friday 18th February 2022

Well the half-term holiday has finally arrived! As it is Mental Health Week, each afternoon we have had a focus on looking after our mental health and the mental health of others.

On Monday, the children connected with others. They read information about residents in a local care home and they chose a person to write to, they discussed hobbies and things they had in common with each other. We were so impressed with how thoughtful the children were, they took time and really thought about how they could cheer the residents up. I am sure they will enjoy reading their letters.

On Tuesday, Year Six joined Year Two children to read stories and have a chat with them. Both year groups enjoyed this activity and gained lots from it. They made new friendships and it helped the year two children grow in confidence being able to mix with the older children.

On Wednesday, the year six children got active! They took part in physical activities and danced the afternoon away! After that, the children took part in a scavenger hunt. They all did really well!

Thursday afternoon, we learned new skills. In years five and six we learned some Spanish! The children learned basic greetings, how to count to ten in Spanish and basic colours. It was great learning a new language!

Friday was the highlight of the week. Year Six held a spa day for the younger children in the school and participated in having spa treatments themselves. Oh how lovely it is to be pampered!

Have a super half-term holiday everyone!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 4th February 2022

This week has been none stop in Year 6!

In Literacy, the children have been learning the SPaG skills that will be required for them to create their fantastic explanation texts. Over the last four days, we have been examining the structural and language features of explanation texts. We have learned about causal conjunctions and how this can help us create cause and effect in our writing. The children have also identified the differences between active and passive voice and how this can bring formality to a non-fiction text.

In Maths, we have been learning about percentages. We have been converting fractions and decimals to percentages, ordering fraction, decimal and percentages and have been finding percentages of amounts. The children are becoming much more confident with this now, which is good to see.

In History, we have continued with our learning of WW2. This week we learned about Adolf Hitler and organised information about him. We decided to do this by making a Facebook page for Hitler and thought about what his statuses might have said about events; relating them to major milestones in his life. The children really enjoyed creating these!

Today was Well-being Friday. The children have been learning to ‘Take Notice’, which is one of the five ways to well-being. The children took ipads into the secret garden to brush up on their photography skills. They took some close up pictures of the nature around them and produced some great photos!

A super busy, but super enjoyable week had by all! Take care!

Mrs Stewart 🙂

Friday 21st January 2022

It has been a very busy week in year 6! We have been planning and writing our discovery narrative based upon the quality text ‘Darwin – An Exceptional Voyage’.

At the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed gathering information on an animal or insect that Charles Darwin could discover on his expedition to Brazil. Throughout the week, the children have been planning their story and then over two days have written their narratives. The results have been brilliant and I am really thrilled with all of the children.

In Maths, the children have been learning how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions. I am pleased to say everyone seems to be getting the hang of fractions and decimals now, which is great ! Next week, we will be moving on to percentages!

Our topic this half-term is WW2. Over the last few weeks, the children have been making connections between the events at the end of WW1 and the start of WW2 (the Treaty of Versailles). We have been finding out which countries were involved in the war and exploring the allies and axis forces. The children then constructed a timeline of the major events that happened during WW2 and this week, we have discussed the impact of the war on people in Britain. The children wrote letters home as an evacuee and we learned about the rationing of food.

Well done everybody for all of your hard work this week!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill 🙂

Thursday 16th December 2021

Well, the end of term has finally arrived! Well done Year 6 on a fabulous first term, you have all been absolutely amazing as always!

Thank you so much for all of the lovely gifts we have received, we are overwhelmed by your generosity.

Have a super, well deserved holiday. We hope Santa is good to you all!

Our fabulous class!

Merry Christmas everybody! Stay safe and we will see you all soon.

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 3rd December 2021

Happy Elf Day everybody!

What a lovely Christmassy day we have had at school today! The children have had a great time dressing up as elves, creating their calendars and Christmas cards. We finished the day by visiting Santa in the forest, drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on an open fire, what could be better?

This week in Literacy, the children have been working hard learning the skills to write their own newspaper report based on an incident which happened in our quality text ‘A Story like the Wind’. As ‘reporters’, the children identified people they could gather information from : survivors, eye-witnesses (by-standers), rescuers and significant people (politicians). They then took part in hot-seating to interview these individuals and then wrote a first person recount using the quotes.

In Maths, the children have been learning to divide fractions by integers. The children listened carefully and were able to apply the skills learned in lessons successfully in their independent work. Well done everybody!

Another lovely week in Year Six comes to a close. One week, 4 days to go!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 15th October 2021

This week in our Literacy lessons, the children have been working so hard learning the skills they need to write their bravery award speech, which is to be written about Ann Frank next week.

In Maths, we have been learning to identify common factors and common multiples, as well as working with prime, square and cubed numbers. The children have really enjoyed working in Maths this week and this is so lovely to see.

This half-term, we have been studying WW1 in our history lessons. The children are really enthused about this topic and their interest has been endless!

To extend this enthusiasm even further, today we had our WW1 workshop. It has been fantastic! The children have handled genuine WW1 artefacts, baked biscuits using a WW1 recipe (these were sent from home to the trenches). We have applied first aid, as if we were casualties of war and relied our comrades to stretcher us out of no man’s land. We then practiced with our guns and grenades with our drill sergeant. The children have enjoyed every minute!

What a great experience we all have had and we have learned so much!

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Tuesday 5th October 2021

World War 1 workshop

Friday 24th September 2021

Well, another busy but enjoyable week comes to a close.

In Literacy this week, we have continued reading our quality text ‘Rose Blanche’ the children have been exploring the words and phrases used by the author and the intended impact on the reader.

The children have discovered that vocabulary choices are important and can effect the mood and atmosphere of the story and give strong impressions of characters. Yesterday, the children improved and up-levelled a short diary entry (using adverbials and emotive language) as one of the characters in the story and the results were very impressive!

In Maths, this week we have been continuing our work on place value of numbers up to one million. We have been rounding numbers to 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 and also worked with negative numbers. The children have demonstrated great confidence with place value, which is great to see!

In History, we have explored the events that led up to the start of the Great War and also learned about the alliances between the countries involved at the start of the war (Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance). This is really interesting stuff!

Well done to Oliver, who is our ‘Writer of the Week’ and Faith, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week for putting the maximum amount of effort into everything she does.


Swimming is every Monday afternoon up until Christmas. Please ensure that children have a full swimming kit including: a towel, a costume/swimming shorts and a swimming hat with them on that day. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 10th September 2021

Hello everybody! What a great week back we have had; the children have settled in to Year 6 really well.

The 5 ways to Wellbeing

This week we have had a strong focus on mental health and the five ways to wellbeing. The children have taken part in a variety of activities that demonstrate each of the ways that we can improve our mental health.

Year 6 ‘connected’ with Year 1 by meeting and striking up a conversation! It was lovely to see how the little ones relaxed, as they got to know the oldest children in the school!


We also ‘took notice’ of our environment when we went into the secret garden with the iPad and examined things we found.

‘Take notice’

We made coasters for our family at home to demonstrate how we ‘give’ to show our thanks.


On Friday, we held our School Leader Elections. All of the children, who put themselves into the running, should be immensely proud of themselves, as their speeches were amazing! The voting got underway and our four new school leaders were chosen by the children in the other year groups…

Congratulations to Ryan, Kirsty, Kayleigh and Maisie! I am sure you are going to fabulous in your new roles as school leaders.

Well done to Macie S, who is now the Year 6 Eco-school representative and Amelia P and Brodie W, who have been elected as the Year 6 Anti-bullying team members. We are super proud of you all!


Please remember Year 6 are swimming on Monday afternoon! Full swimming gear must be worn including a costume/shorts and a swimming hat. Please click on the link at the top of this page for more information.

Have a great weekend everybody! See you all on Monday!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Secondary school application process

Tuesday 7th September 2021

Swimming – Y6

Friday 16th July 2021

Your last day at Plains Farm Academy!

Hello Year 6!

And just like that, that’s it! Your primary days are now over!

I have been absolutely honoured to have such an amazing class like you lot! Thank you very much for that! You have been an absolute delight and I will cherish all the memories we have had together. I will miss you all so so much!

We have had a lovely day today and I hope you all agree! We have had a great time having a McDonald’s for dinner and then a water fight this afternoon! Can’t believe how sneaky yous could all be hahaha.

I want to wish you ALL the luck with your future! You are going to go on to do amazing things, I just know it!

Best of luck and please take care Year 6.

Here is to new beginnings starting your secondary school adventure, enjoy the next chapter of your life and do us all proud here at Plains Farm Academy!

Be the fabulous Year 7’s I know you can be!

Lots of love,

Miss Bloomfield and Mrs Quill.


Roker Beach visit 8.7.21

Friday 2nd July 2021

Hello Year 6,

I hope you have had a FANTASTIC week at transition! I can not wait to hear your stories next week and to hear all about how you found it! I have missed you and all your exciting stories this week at school!

In school Harry, Lewis, Lily, Ava and Gracie have been very busy putting together projects of their choice ranging from dance projects to cycling projects. They have enjoyed this and have put a lot of work and research into it.

Next week we have our beach trip on Thursday where hopefully we will be blessed with lovely weather to match the lovely day we will have. We must start recording our individual video clips so I can start putting them together to form your leavers presentation!

I am looking forward to seeing you all on Monday and enjoy your weekend,

Miss Bloomfield and Mrs Quill. xxx

Friday 25th June 2021

Hi everyone,

This week as a school we have took part in ACTIV 5 from Tyne & Wear School Games ACTIV5. This has been thoroughly enjoyed by all and it’s purpose was to educate children and promote a healthy lifestyle.

We have undertaken a range of activities building our self-belief, respect, teamwork, honesty and determination. We have completed a body percussion session which allowed us to explore our self belief, took part in a football festival on Tuesday, completed a HIIT session on Thursday and took part in “Feel good Friday” where we done a Yoga workout. We also went to the hall with Year 5 today and danced with ‘Just Dance’ this afternoon. I have attached some photos to show how much fun we had!

The practice for our Y6 Talent Show is certainly on it’s way and I can’t wait to see it all when it’s all put together! You are doing great!

Congratulations to Brandon, who won our Plainsy Platinum pass today, for improved attendance this week and a great attitude to all areas of his work. Well done Brandon!

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 and see you all on Monday.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Sandhill View Transition Information

Friday 18th June 2021

Hello Year 6!

This week we had a very active week as it was Sports Day! We had a practice run of sports day on Wednesday and completed the real event on Thursday. You were all such great supports and put a lot of effort into this day so well done and thank you. It was nice to see you all demonstrate good team work and support each other by cheering on your team. I have attached some photos of the Year 5 and 6’s sports day for you to have a look at:

As you can see all the children had a lot of fun and had an ice lolly refresher break before the last event! The relay!

In English this week we have continued reading and analysing Wonder and collected evidence using quotations from the book to explain and expand on our points and thoughts. This afternoon we watched Wonder to consolidate our learning in preparation for our big write next week where we will be planning and writing manipulating the characters, setting and events to amuse the reader.

In Maths we have increased our knowledge of fractions and can independently solve a range of maths questions containing fractions. You have shown engagement and enthusiasm with Maths and has consequently resulted in you being able to answer questions independently.

In RE we were exploring and discussing what make a ceremony a ceremony. We were looking at whether all ceremonies are religious or not and talked about the ceremonies we have personally been to. Children then wrote about a ceremony of their choice and looking at what made it a ceremony, what they wore to the ceremony, who they went with and what the mood and atmosphere was like. 

Science was great this week as we started our new topic! We identified and named the main parts of the human circulatory system by recalling prior knowledge of systems in the human body and labelling a diagram. We described the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood by investigating how the different parts of the circulatory system work and created a board game on the circulatory system using the knowledge they acquired. Children then played each other’s games and had a lot of fun while still learning.

Children created some fantastic self-portraits in art this week consolidating what they learnt about ‘pattern’ over the last 5 weeks. I have included some of the children’s work for you to see below:

Congratulations to Finlay, who won our Plainsy Platinum pass today, for a huge improvement in his handwriting writing. Well done Finlay!


Reading books and the reading diary must come into school each day. This allows us to read with the children and for children to change their reading books regularly.

Next week is Active 5 week. Children must come to school wearing appropriate sports wear each day including trainers.

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday!

Miss Bloomfield and Mrs Quill. xx

Curriculum Newsletter – Summer Term 2

Friday 11th June 2021

Hello Year 6!

A wonderful first week back at school after May week. We have started our new topic in Maths and English. In Maths this half term we will be looking at fractions and then will move onto geometry. In English we have started our new narrative looking at Wonder. We have explored the main characters and used evidence from the text to make inferences about the characters. We have selected and retrieved information from the text and related events in the novel to our own lives.

This week we mapped our local area and continued to plan our fieldwork in Geography. In science this week we identified the characteristics of different types of microorganisms and classified organisms found in our local habitat to put this together to make a Field Guide. This was great fun and meant we could enjoy learning in the outdoors in this lovely weather. We then presented this to our class members. For our PHSE lesson this week we had our Puberty Talk where a lot of sensible questions were asked. You were very grown up through this well done!

I hope you have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 28th May 2021

Hello Year 6!

Happy half term!

You have all worked so hard this half term I am very impressed with you all! Your determination and attitude to work has been fantastic and I hope you continue to keep it up.  

We have had a lovely week and a great and exciting last two days celebrating History day and Well-Being Friday. There were some fantastic outfits and a great day all around.

I have included some photos from these days for you to have a look at:

We spent History day looking at what happened in the 60’s as well as looked at the food, fashion and music from the 60’s. We planned a 60’s party and produced an invitation inviting our friends to the party. We then discussed the evolution which has occurred over the years and looked at what still remained the same and what differences there is to current life.

We had a go at many dances from that era, including ‘The Twist’ as well as done some tie-dying on white t-shirts. We had some lovely end results!

In the afternoon we completed a timeline of Neil Armstrong’s life and then created a newspaper article about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. We ended the day with a 60’s party where we ate some of the popular foods from then. This included sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs, tomatoes, frankfurters, crisps and trifle.

Have some time to relax over the half term and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th June ready for your last half term in Plains Farm!

Enjoy it and take care,

Miss Bloomfield and Mrs Quill.

Friday 21st May 2021

Good afternoon Year 6. I hope you have had a lovely week.

Only one more week until we break up for May week! Once we come back we are in your final half-term! I cannot believe it! I’m very excited to be spending your last half term at Plains Farm with you, I’m going to make it as good as I can for you all.

We have had another busy week, in English we have planned our explanation text ready to write up on Monday! I bet you cannot wait to include all your skills you have been practicing. On Wednesday we had a virtual lesson with the author of ‘The Night Bus Hero’, Onjali Q. Rauf, she discussed what motivated her to write the book and what inspired her to become an author. This was very inspiring and motivating to hear and sparked a great class discussion.

A fantastic week this week with spellings! All children got above 8/10 on their tests this morning I was so impressed!

In Maths our focus this week has been Ratio. You have solved some difficult reasoning and problem solving questions! You have also picked up on some similarities there is between ratio and fractions which was excellent and has helped you in solving the questions independently.

In Science we have been looking and learning about Microorganisms and identifying which microorganisms are harmful and which are harmless. You done this really well. In class, we are currently investigating whether dry or damp bread lasts longer. We are checking on this every day for 5 days looking at which bread is starting to grow mould quicker.  

Next week is our last week using Kodu. You have all thoroughly enjoyed this unit and have been very interested in programming and this has showed within your work. This week you created your own race track and made a game including a main character, characters to compete against, the track itself, start/finish lines, collectables/coins for on the way and added a timer to complete the game.

In PE we continued with Basketball focusing on how to correctly pass the ball to one another and in Music we worked on putting together sound with rhythm to make our own song.

Remember to complete your homework and I will see you on Monday!

Enjoy your weekend.


Thursday 13th May 2021

Hello Year 6,

This week we have started our new genre looking at explanation texts. This week we have went on a feature hunt identifying the purpose and features of an explanation text. We then discussed our end goal which is writing up an explanation text on the evolution of moths. We also completed a research lesson and answered some comprehension questions.

In Maths our confidence has grew so much. We have been looking at additive and multiplicative relationships and identifying what type of relationship a pair or a sequence of numbers may have.

On Monday we described the key features of a mountain range and made our own contours of a mountain. In Geography this week we selected the most appropriate map for different purposes and learnt that the four main types of map are a digital map, printed map, atlas and a globe.

This week continuing with Kodu in our ICT lessons, we evaluated each other’s world which we had made last week and in Science we identified characteristics of different types of animals as well as created our own ‘curious creature’ fact sheet for our partner to classify the animal.

A much, much better week this week with homework! Well done! Remember this is expected every week and is set on Showbie. You will receive your homework on a Friday and this must be returned the following Wednesday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 7th May 2021

Hello Year 6,

WOW! What a busy week we have had in English. We have been writing up our narrative Alma. I am very impressed at what you have produced! You should be very proud of yourself!

In Maths we have not only looked at the additive relationship between numbers but also looked at the multiplicative relationship between numbers. We also calculated the additive relationship at different ages between yourself and a family member of your choice. This was enjoyable all around.

This week in computing we have been designing and creating our own world on Kodu. You have all been very enthusiastic with this and everyone has created their world so uniquely. This has been nice to see and great to see your own personal creations!

This week we have recapped our numbers in French, created our own mountain models in Geography and duplicated an art piece by William Morris in Art.

We had a basketball lesson in PE, I have included some pictures for you to see and we also made salt dough dinosaur fossils as part of our Science unit.

Today was Digit Day at school and we raised money for NSPCC. As always thank you for all donations, they are greatly appreciated! I have inserted some pictures of the activities we completed as part of “Number Day” in Year 6.

Homework is on Showbie and is to be completed by a Wednesday. The children should have also brought home a copy of their spellings for next week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Well done to Olivia for being our star of the week! This was awarded to Olivia for producing an excellent narrative.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 30th April 2021

Hello Year 6,

I hope you are all well.

This week has been another successful week with boys and girls working very hard. We have learnt and built skills towards writing our Narrative, Alma, next week.

In Maths we have now finished looking at number and place value questions and we will begin to look at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division next week. I can see some clear improvements so well done!

We have had fun in Geography this week, we have looked on a topographical map of the UK and identified the key areas of higher ground. In Art we continued looking at patterns and took our lesson outdoors and drew both a natural and manmade pattern of your choice.

In Science, we started looking at living things and their habitat. The first lesson was based on classifying animals based on their similarities and differences.

I have attached some photos showing how you classified such animals.

… and today was Wellbeing Day!

Today we done a little experiment investigating the most successful “beak” at picking up different “foods” as part of our evolution topic!

This was thoroughly enjoyed all around!

You have a long weekend this week with it being Bank Holiday, have a nice weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 23rd April 2021

Hello boys and girls.

What another great week we have had at school and with some lovely weather alongside it!

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our narrative ‘Alma’ in English, where you keep asking if we can watch it again! This film unit has been a great hook into our new genre for Literacy this half term. So far, we have looked at emotion, imagery, onomatopoeia as well as the mood and atmosphere portrayed through the character Alma.

This week we have done a range of exciting lessons and have started to look at how living things evolve over time and how us as humans have evolved over the years. This was very hard to understand with a lot of difficult language but you done an excellent job, Well done I am very proud of you.

In Art, we began looking at patterns where we identified what makes something a pattern and discussed where we find patterns to then copying a pattern as precise as possible.

In Geography, we have been looking at mountains! We learnt that a mountain is a part of the landscape with steep slopes that rise over 300m. We researched the location of the world’s major mountain ranges. We learnt a lot of key facts about mountain ranges- you will have to share them with your grown-ups!.

Homework: This is on Showbie and is uploaded every Friday, due in the following Wednesday.

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun keeps shining and see you all on Monday.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Year 6 curriculum newsletter

Friday 16th March

Hello boys and girls.

I hope you are doing well. We have had an excellent week back in school after the Easter holidays.

This week we read Moth by Isabel Thomas to explain an evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world. We then discussed the book which created a great class discussion about adaptation. We then used a variety of pencil techniques to create a moth, showing variation in the moth’s appearance. Following on you created a storyboard to show how the peppered moth adapts to its changing environment.

Children created a double-page spread explaining the key ideas of the theory of evolution and natural selection.

This fantastic work has been put on display in our classroom and I have attached a photo for you to see at home.

In Geography we looked and researched what was meant by the term’s latitude and longitude. We drew and labelled the ‘invisible’ lines onto the world map as well as used coordinates to find where places were located.

In pairs children looked at the world map and pinpointed where the cities were located according to their coordinates. They done a fabulous job with this! Well done to you all.

Homework: This is on Showbie and is uploaded every Friday, due in the following Wednesday.

Have a great weekend Year 6 and see you all on Monday.

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 26th March

Good afternoon Year 6,

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a lovely 2 weeks off school!
We have had another great week this week and have produced a fantastic debate on whether schools should stay open to all pupils due to Covid-19. This was an excellent piece of writing which you should all be very proud of!
Today we celebrated well-being day where we looked at how to stay safe online as well as talked about positive mental health and what we are all proud of. We also set ourselves a goal on what we would like to achieve in the next month. We went outside on the yard and completed team building exercises and activities which was great fun. I loved the Easter Cards you made and I hope the receiver enjoys them equally!

Happy Easter and see you after the half term holidays!

Miss Bloomfield xx

Friday 19th March

Hi Year 6,

We have had another brilliant week at school!

This week In English we have had a great time debating whether or not schools should be open for all pupils. We had a very strong for and against team which made it very difficult to choose a winning side!

We planned and designed our website based on Charles Darwin and in Geography we looked at the seven continents and surrounding oceans. Finally, in Science we completed more work looking at Charles Darwin and identified the key ideas of the theory of Evolution.   

We have had a very Maths focussed week. At the beginning of the week we started looking at Multiplication and then finished the week with Division. I hope you are all feeling more comfortable in these areas!

I hope you have a lovely weekend and looking forward to next week where on Monday we are going to participate in a whole school writing day.

Take care,

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

Friday 12th March

Hello Year 6!

I have really enjoyed my week with you all! It has been great meeting you and getting to know you all. I am looking forward to all the hard work we do together. This week we have celebrated British Science week which allowed us to have great fun doing experiments and we designed what a future classroom may look like. It was fantastic talking about what things have innovated and developed over the years and looking at how things, such as computers and cars looked like years ago when they were invented to what they look like now.

I am looking forward to seeing you all again next week!

Have a lovely weekend and take care.

Miss Bloomfield.

Friday 5th March

Hello Year 6,

I hope you are all doing well. I am really excited to meet you all on Monday! 

This week has been another busy week where we are starting to gather ideas and plan for our Monsters piece of writing. This is something we will continue in school next week. 

In our second week of Screen Free Wednesday we had another great day and I hope you all did at home too! Thank you for showing me some photos and sending in your work.

I have attached some of the bridges what was made at school. They were all so different!

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day where we spent the day doing World Book Day activities. This was great fun! I really enjoyed hearing about your favourite book and why that was your favourite book.

Our favourite activities were playing charades where we worked with a partner to act out the title of a book whilst the others in class guessed. We enjoyed writing a letter to our favourite author, praising how successful they have been in their writing and asked any questions we had for them. Finally, the Great Potato Decorating Competition was also excellent, you were all very creative and imaginative with this!

This weeks Showbie stars go to Tomasz Braska and Harry Burridge. Tomasz for creating an excellent book character using a potato on World Book Day and Harry for improved handwriting this week.

Enjoy your weekend Year 6 and see you on Monday!

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

Friday 26th February

Hello Year 6,

This week we had some good news and I get to meet you all very soon, on the 8th March! I am really looking forward to meeting you all and to put a face to your names.

On Wednesday we had a Screen Free day! This was thoroughly enjoyed in school with Charlie, Harry, Gracie and Macie and they all possessed excellent team work skills through working together to complete different activities. I had received some photos from home learners, so thank you for that it was lovely to see and I hope you all had a great day!

I have attached some photos from school from this day for you to see.

This week we started working towards creating our own website in ICT. We began this week by discovering the features of a website through exploring a channel of different websites. Next lesson we will be exploring what websites have in common or what differences they have. The final outcome, I cannot wait to see!

This week’s Showbie superstars are Lewis and Ava. Lewis has produced excellent work on Showbie this week and Ava for excellent work in Science this week. Well done!

Please keep sending me your hard work through Showbie as it is very important your work is completed and submitted.

I look forward to meeting you all on the 8th March!

Take care and enjoy your weekend,

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

Friday 12th February

Happy half term everybody and thank you for another fantastic week!

In English we have had a very successful week and have completed writing our persuasive letter persuading Detective Holmes to help solve the case about Dark Knight. The opening of your letter was particularly amazing with excellent formality and the correct structure evident throughout.

In Maths this week we have explored Division and focussed on the method of Long Division. We have answered a range of questions, starting with answering division calculations and then solving exam style questions where you have had to create the sum and then solve the word problem to get the answer. I have been very proud of your patience within this area so very well done to you.

Earlier this week we created a biography about Sir Captain Tom Moore and his 100 years of life. We decided to break up the biography into two main paragraphs. The first paragraph focused on his life from birth, with important dates highlighting his achievements. The second paragraph focused on the fundraising Captain Tom done, including raising over £32 million for the NHS! I received very positive feedback in regards to this and was something we all enjoyed. We all agree he was a true inspiration to us all!

I have attached Charlie, Layla and Harry’s biography for you to see.   

Year 6’s ‘Showbie Stars’ this week are Eve Taylor for producing work of a high standard on Showbie.  Gracie Fairweather was our second Showbie star for excellent division work using the formal written method of long division.

With the snow this week and all the fun it brings with it, we decided to make our own snow sculpture! Gracie, Harry and Charlie built a trench, linking to our topic. I have attached a photo so you can have a look at it.

Happy half term once again and make sure you have a well-deserved rest!

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

Friday 5th February

Happy Friday everybody! Well done on another excellent week of remote learning. Only one more week until half term!

This week in Maths we have been learning how to multiply and how to solve word problems using the formal written method for multiplication. We have all done excellent with this, I have been very impressed marking your work as we have been working with huge numbers! In English, we have identified features of a persuasive letter as well as developed our understanding of the context for a persuasive letter. This has been very impressive and I am looking forward to what persuasive letters you all produce next week.

This week was exciting as we went on another virtual trip. This week we learned about The Battle of Britain. Macie and Gracie recorded a speech about the Blitz. Gracie’s was informing everyone on what happened and how to stay safe at that time and Macie’s provided information about the Blitz and how Britain won the battle. Harry had chosen to produce a comic strip explaining the events in chronological order, which was really good. In RE this week we began understanding why Christians feel a responsibility to take care of the environment by caring and helping maintain the environment for humans and creatures. We discussed this and started looking at what we wanted to incorporate in our own Bug Hotel. I was amazed at the effort put in at home with making these and well done on supporting the habitats and lives of insects and smaller creatures in our local area.

Year 6’s ‘Showbie Stars’ this week are Roxanne Walton and Lewis Hann. Roxanne for a great week and for completing all Mental Health awareness tasks set on Showbie. Lewis was our second Showbie star for completing all work set on Showbie to the best of his ability.

I have really enjoyed all the Mental Health awareness tasks which have been set and I hope you all have too! I have attached pictures of Harry’s, Gracie’s and Macie’s poster below for you to have a look at:

Please always remember “you are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Thank you and keep up the hard work Year 6!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

Friday 29th January

Happy Friday everybody! Well done on another successful week of remote learning. I hope you have enjoyed the lessons this week and have been working to the best of your ability!

In Year 6 we have been looking at equivalent fractions and then adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators! We have edited our character description to improve this with a speech first sentence and a speech second sentence as well as started writing up our Sherlock Holmes narrative which I am so excited to read!

This week was exciting as we went on an Air Raids virtual trip; Macie, Gracie, Leila and Harry found this very interesting and it sparked a lot of exciting discussion in class. I hope you remote learners enjoyed this equally and are looking forward to our second WW2 virtual trip next week.

On Wednesday we were learning about how we see and your task was to explain that light travels in straight lines from light sources to our eyes, and from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. Macie, Gracie and Harry presented this in class and I have attached this for you all to see.

For wellbeing day we celebrated it by thinking about how we can look after other animals. We built bird feeders in school and also spent some time doing yoga to relax our mind and to improve strength, balance and flexibility!

Year 6’s ‘Showbie Stars’ this week are Kai Taylor and Macie Mclaughlin! Kai received his for great subtraction work in Maths this week and Macie for her excellent knowledge about WW2 shelters in History.

Thank you for all of your hard work this week! Keep it up!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Bloomfield. 😊

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.

Our Year 6 Staff:

Mrs Stewart, Miss Latimer and Mrs Quill

Thursday 21st January 2021

Hello everybody! This week has flown by! I hope you are still enjoying your lessons from the comfort of your own home. Of course, I know that learning at home is not the same as being in the classroom, but Mrs Quill and I are hugely impressed with how well you are coping and completing your work.

This week, we have been writing character descriptions of Sherlock Holmes. I have to say that the work being sent to us online has been great, as has the work completed in class.

In History this week, the children explored the role that women played in WW2. We then went on to look at propaganda and how this encouraged women to sign up and help their country. The children were asked to design and create their own WW2 propaganda posters. They are super!

In Science, this week we have been looking at Refraction. This is when light that travels quickly through air, slows down when it passes through a more dense material. We decided to investigate refraction by conducting an experiment! The children drew an arrow on a small piece of paper and placed it behind a glass of water. When the children looked through the glass, they were amazed to see that the arrow appeared to have changed direction!

Year 6’s ‘Showbie Stars’ this week are Tomasz and Ava! Tomasz and Ava have won this award for completing every piece of work on Showbie, on time and to a high standard! Well done to Tomasz and Ava!

Thank you for all of your had work this week! Keep it up!

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer xx

Friday 15th January

Hello happy Friday everybody! Well done on another successful week of remote learning. I hope you have been enjoying the tasks and have been working to the best of your ability!

In class, the children have been completing the same descriptive writing tasks as those at home. We have been building our skills towards our ‘Sherlock Holmes’ narrative piece. I was so thrilled at the standard of work that Macie has produced in class and Ava’s online writing has been equally as impressive.


Just a reminder that children must complete at least 30 minutes on Reading Plus each day in addition to the planned lessons online 🙂

Thank you for all of your hard work this week! Keep up the good work!

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer x

Friday 8th January

Hello everybody! First of all I would just like to say how proud I am of each and every one of you that has logged into Showbie and completed your school work online. Well done! It is not easy when you aren’t in school with a teacher explaining the concepts to you, but I am extremely impressed with how well you are managing to do your work, send it in and get feedback/support.

Managing your time efficiently is key to being able to complete your work effectively. With this in mind, here is a timetable to show you when you could work and when you could take your much needed breaks. Please note, this is only a suggested timetable that you could use to help you structure your day. You can of course, choose to complete your work at a more convenient time for you and your family. Remember, Mrs Quill and I are here to support you between the hours of 9am and 3.15pm. 

Year 6, I know this has been the strangest of weeks but we will be back together soon. Take care.

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer xx

Y6 Elf Day

Thursday 17th December

We finally made it to the end of 2020! 

I’d like to start our last blog of this year, by saying how proud Mrs Quill and I are of the way the children settled into Year 6 this term and worked their socks off in such unusual circumstances – they really have earned their Christmas holiday and plenty of sofa surfing time.

This week the class enjoyed their Elf themed party, with food based on the four main elf food groups, ‘candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup’.  They even had a go at the maple syrup, gummy bear and M and M pasta – I’m pleased to say they didn’t approve, so you won’t be getting any odd requests at home!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party at Plains Farm without snow!

Well done to Ava for winning the Key Stage 2 attendance prize for this term, enjoy your movie night at home over Christmas.

And a big well done to Leila, for being the year 6 winner of the December reading challenge.

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

A great big Merry Christmas from Miss Latimer and Mrs Quill


Friday 11th December 2020

We’re quickly approaching the end of 2020 – thank goodness! 

Of course, this means that we’ve been busy with other things this week and are counting down to our Elf Day on Wednesday next week.

Along with some extra Christmassy activities, the class completed their non-chronological reports, based on their choice of topic from World War 1.  They created web style non-chronological reports, including web links for glossaries and extra information.  Take a look at some of the hard work below.

A big thank you to all the families that donated to our Year 6 reverse advent calendar for the Sunderland Food Bank – we’re onto our second box!

This week’s homework, has once again been added to Showbie.  This week I’ve asked all the children to spend some time of the revision programmes we use regularly in school.

This year, along with many other events, our Christmas productions had to be put on hold because of Covid19.  Of course, we had to do something, so keep your eyes on the school website next week, for a little treat all the children have put together for their families – with a little help from Mr Thompson.

Please remember that school closes on Thursday, instead of Friday and will return a day earlier in January on Monday 4th.

Miss Latimer  XXX

Friday 4th December 2020

This week, year 6 joined the rest of the school in decorating our classroom windows ready for Christmas – of course ours is Elf themed – make sure you pop by to take a look.

The children have continued with their Reading Plus success, with Harry B achieving his Level B, Harry R achieving his Pre-A and Charlie his Level B award (we hear that Charlie is working extra hard to receive rewards at home for all his hard work and perseverance with his reading – well done Charlie).

Lewis was chosen as our writer of the week, after writing an impressive narrative set in the trenches of World War 1.

Well done to all the children who rose to the challenge of our new reading incentive – there were only five children who needed extra reading time with an adult.

The deadline for ordering PE hoodies through school was today, but they are available to buy at any time through the Total Sports website, Ive included the link below:

PE Hoodie

This week, the class homework has been set on Showbie again, and I have double checked that each child has been assigned tasks to complete.  The children are quickly becoming experts at how to complete the tasks and send them back to me, but as always, do let me know if I can help in any way.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 27th November

After lots of hard work, it’s time to share the wonderful outcomes from the children’s World War 1 inspired water colours.  The children explored a range of examples by different artists, then chose their own theme for their  painting.  I think you’ll agree, that we have truly gifted artists in year 6.

Leila added a quote from the poem ‘Flanders Fields’, which we had read in guided reading, to compliment the sentiment of her painting.

Lewis gained a further level in Reading Plus this week (there are already more to print and share next week).

Well done to all those children (and adults) who had a go at accessing and completing the homework on Showbie last week.  It’s been tricky getting to grips with a new system and thank you all for being patient where things haven’t gone as smoothly as planned.  I think I may have ironed out of the kinks from last week – do give me a quick message or call if you have any problems.

All the classes in school begin a new reading incentive this week:  during each week (from Friday to Friday) all the children will be expected to read with an adult four times – collecting four dates and comments in their reading diary to share with their teacher.  Those children that have read four times by Friday will receive an extra ten minutes playtime, while those that haven’t managed to read four times that week, will be given the opportunity to catch-up on some reading with an adult in school.

With Christmas just around the corner, the staff and children have been giving our Christmas parties some thought.  Of course, with the current restrictions, mixed year group parties in the hall can’t take place, so after much discussion with the children, we have a year 6 plan – on Wednesday 16th December, we will have an ‘Elf’ themed day, based around the film ‘Elf’.  We will all dress in our best elf gear or pyjamas, Christmas jumpers etc, decorate the classroom ‘Buddy Style’ and feast upon the sugar laden food that Buddy the Elf loves!  

A big thank you to all the children in year 6 for their hard work during assessment week – have a well earned rest over the weekend.

Miss Latimer

Friday 13th November

This week,  I have seen just how fantastic our year 6 scientists are!  They have spent the week completing a unit, in which they explored different properties of materials such as their electrical and thermal conductivity, dissolving and the new materials made during irreversible changes.

During the electrical conductivity lesson, the class had to recall prior knowledge of how to build a simple circuit, then try out various materials in the circuit, to see if the bulb would light effectively.

Our most exciting lesson was on Friday, when the children witnessed the creation of casein plastic, when they mixed milk and vinegar (the white gunk created when the milk curdles is actually a form of plastic) and the very fizzy creation of carbon dioxide when they mixed baking soda/bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

Eve was our writer of the week – well done Eve!

We had yet more Reading Plus awards this week, with Lily, Charlie, Ava, James, Kai B, Gracie and Brandon moving up a level.  A huge congratulations to you all!  Along with using the program regularly in school, all the children are able to access the Reading Plus program online at home to speed up their progress even further.

Next week is anti-bullying week, starting with Blue Monday – all the children can come into school dressed in blue, no donation is needed.  During the week, the class will update their anti-bullying charter and complete lots of related activities.

The Youth Sport Trust have taken the step to deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday and be led by a different member of the YST’s athlete mentor network, starting on Thursday 12 November with world no.1 female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. The After School Sport Club will then run for five weeks until December 18 and children and young people can take part live by visiting our YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/YouthSportTrust

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.  Miss Latimer

Friday 6th November

The children are continuing to have huge success on Reading Plus – before the half term holiday, Lily, Lewis, Ava, Kai, Macie, Grace, Leila and Riley achieved awards for moving up a level with their reading.


This week, James and Eve, moved on to level B and D.

All the children in the class are working their socks off to improve the reading speed and comprehension skills.

Lily was our writer of the week before the holidays, with her fantastic take on a weather forecast for two contrasting climates in North America:

As part of our new class topic about World War 1, the children listened to an audio clip of a soldier leaving for war, then wrote letters home taking on the role of the soldier.  Below, are some examples by Ava and Lily.

In art lessons this week, the children developed their sketching and shading skills further, by exploring and selecting grades of pencils to create a wider range of effects.  Here are some examples from Grace:


We must not forget to mention how proud we are of Roxanne, for coming fifth in a horse riding competition over the half term holiday – we have a feeling there are many more rosettes to come.

And, of course . . . Christmas arrived early at Plains Farm today!  All the children got into the Christmas spirit by wearing their Christmas jumpers and pyjamas, while putting up Christmas trees all over school!  Everyone in school has been working so hard to keep each other safe and to follow our new rules, so we thought we would invite the Christmas sparkle and cheer in a little earlier than normal.

Have a restful and safe weekend.  Miss Latimer XXX

Friday 16th October

I must start by sharing a project a group of our year 6 girls have been working on all week.   As a class (including me), the children have developed a love of sharing unusual and weird facts, so the children thought a display to share this was in order.  They have created a fabulous area on one of the classroom display boards to share new and wonderful facts – did you know that Elvis was actually blonde and that sharks can’t blink!  Keep them coming year 6!

Congratulations to Ava and Eve for receiving the first Reading Plus awards in the class.  All the children have access to the Reading Plus programme in school throughout the week and can also access it from home.

As part of the class topic about North America the children created fun weather forecasts for contrasting locations in North America – barrow in Alaska and Las Vegas in Nevada – with some funny, but very accurate outcomes.


Next week, is our last week in school before half term.  As Halloween takes place over the holidays, we have decided to have Halloween afternoon on Friday.   Children can bring a £1 donation towards snacks and drinks and will join in with some Halloween activities.  Children do not need to get dressed up and should still come into school wearing their school uniform.

Miss Latimer 

Friday 9th October

This week the children completed their Maya inspired masks – take a look at a few examples by Leila, Tomasz, Grace and Macie.

This week, Ava was our champion writer, I am sure you will agree that it is amazing. . .

This week all the children should have brought home letters with login details for Times Tables Rock Stars and Reading Plus.  We will be using Reading Plus daily, in school, to develop fluency, speed of reading and comprehension skills.  Children are free to login any time at home and get in a bit more practice.

New homework has been set on Education City this week – if your child does not complete their homework, either at home or in one of our homework clubs, they will have to stay in later in the week to complete it.

Some children have received letters for interventions, which will start next week.  These interventions are to target individual areas of need for identified children – please do sign the consent form and encourage your child to take part if they have brought a letter home.

You should have also received a letter for a parent phone meeting for later in the term – please make a note of the date and time.

We have a lot of year 6 children coming to school without water bottles and of course still needing a drink during the day.  It is vital that children bring their own water bottle to school and take it home regularly for a wash.

Friday 2nd October

Well none of us can believe that September is over already!

Once again, all the children in Year 6 have worked exceptionally hard and produced some amazing work.

As part of of Maya topic the children have started a design and technology project to design and make their own Maya inspired masks.  They chose a style of mask to make; battle, celebration or death mask and then created their designs.  Take a look at the designs created by Grace, Harry, Eve and Lewis.  We cant wait to see the finished masks next week.


This week, the children finally go to write their own versions of the open scenes of Macbeth – with a particular focus on the witches.  Take a look at the version Eve created.

Please remind children to wear warm PE kit on Friday – we had some very cold arms and legs today.

All Year 6 homework is available on Education City – please encourage your child to complete this each week.

Enjoy a well-earned weekend.  Miss Latimer

Friday 25th September 2020

It’s been another busy week in Year 6.

In maths the class have been learning how to compare, add and subtract fractions.

In English, the children have got one step closer to writing their own version of the opening of Macbeth, by writing an opening, with plenty of grim details.  Next week, they will write their full narrative and hopefully we’ll have some to share.

Eve was our Champion Writer this week, with her gross, yet excellent, description of the witches from Macbeth.

On Thursday afternoon, the children took part in some well being activities.  They we encouraged to recognise all their own wonderful qualities, before thinking about how to be kind to themselves.  They also tried out some mindful breathing, with bubbles to help.

Today the children had their own ‘coffee afternoon’ in the classroom in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Thank you to all the parents that made donations to such a worthwhile cause.

I’m pleased to say that most of the children completed their online homework last week – thank you!  There is new homework set for this week on Education City.  Please encourage your child to complete this week, as it is based on work they have been completing in class and provides a chance to practise it further.

Fingers crossed for some better weather over the weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 18th September 2020

This week the children have been getting to grips with some Shakespeare!  They’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring the plot of Macbeth, and now really understand why it is labelled one of Shakespeare’s tragedies.  They have especially enjoyed getting to know the three witches and have begun to create their own descriptions and interpretations of the characters in the build up to writing their own narrative, based on a section of the play.

Equally, all the children have worked their socks off in maths lesson – showing off their translating shapes knowledge and addition and subtraction skills.

They have continued to get to know the Mayan civilisation, by mapping where the civilisation inhabited, exploring some of the Mayan gods and posing questions to lead their learning over the coming weeks.

Along with the Mayans, here’s what we will be learning in the coming half term:

Year 6 Autumn Term 2020 Curriculum Newsletter

Next week, there will be a new dinner menu, which will be displayed in the classroom and is also available on the website.  Each day the children will be able to choose between a hot or cold meal and dessert.

New homework has been added to Education City for your child to access.  Please ensure your child completes this before Wednesday.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day.

Have a great weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 11th September 2020

This week, I want to start by saying a great big WELL DONE and THANK YOU to all the children in year 6, for working so hard and bringing plenty of laughter and smiles to the classroom!

Throughout the week, the children have been refreshing plenty of their learning and skills from Year 5, making huge steps of progress.

As you’ll already know, our homework is now set online, using Education City.  All the children have brought home reminders of their login details and will find their homework tasks within the ‘My World’ or ‘Homework’ sections.  If children do not have access to online tasks at home, they are welcome to use in school facilities during Monday or Tuesday play times.

Year 6 PE day is Friday – we use all afternoon.  It is important that all children come to school on Friday dressed in their outdoor PE kit (plain jogging bottoms/leggings, plain white t-shirt, plain hoodie and trainers), to ensure the whole class can go outside and take part.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact school and I’ll get in touch as soon as I can.

Miss Latimer

Friday 4th September 2020

We were over the moon to welcome the children into year 6 on Thursday and had a unique, but wonderful first two days back.  All the children took to the ‘new normal’ with ease, settled back in and are already embracing the new challenges of year 6. 

All the children have brought home a new reading book and reading diary, with a specific reading day identified on the first page.  This will usually be the day your child reads with an adult and changes their book, if they need to.  Please encourage your child to remember their books on this day.

Next week, we will move towards a more regular school timetable, starting with English, maths and topic lessons.  The class will have PE every Friday and should come to school already dressed in their PE kit (not football strips), with appropriate footwear.

Please make sure, you child has a clearly labelled water bottle in school every day which is well washed every night.

Well done to all the grown-ups who have worked with us to implement our new drop-off and pick-up procedures.  Timings for school will remain the same for the foreseeable future – 8:30am to 8:50am to enter school and 3:20pm for collection.  Please try to avoid arriving early to collect your child and build in time for travelling around our one way system.  If you do happen to arrive early for pick- up, please remember to maintain social distancing and do not enter the gardens of neighbouring houses for more space.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in school next week, for our first full week of school.

Miss Latimer and Miss Hodgson