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Year 6 - Sycamore

Welcome to Sycamore Class

Class Teacher - Mrs Sullivan

Class TA - Mrs Hanley

Start time: 8.40 am

Break: 11.00 - 11.15

Lunch: 12.15 - 1.00pm

End time: 3.30pm


PE: Friday afternoon - children to wear appropriate PE kit to school.

Welcome to Year 6


Year 6 Expectations

As the top of the school, year 6 will be expected to set a high standard of behaviour and attitude, being excellent role models for the younger children to follow. There is a greater emphasis on independent learning and being responsible for remembering to complete home learning, bring in necessary equipment and to wear a suitable PE kit for PE lessons. This will enable them to transition well into high school.


Year 6 SATs 

End of key stage SATs will be taking place  in May of next year and all the work that we will do will lead them to this. The SATs are an assessment of ALL KS2 learning, not just work covered during year 6. For Reading, Writing, Maths and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), there is an expected standard for year 6 pupils to reach.



Within reading comprehension, pupils need to be able to find and retrieve information directly from the text as well as to be able to make inferences based on what is being said indirectly within text. They will also need to justify answers by finding evidence in a text to support their ideas.



Within writing, pupils needs to be able to use  both basic and more advanced punctuation, write for a variety of purposes, use knowledge of grammar rules effectively, have clear and legible joined-up handwriting, spell a wide range of words correctly and consistently and obviously to have writing that makes sense.



Within maths, pupils will need to have a secure knowledge of calculation (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) for the arithmetic test as well as using and applying that knowledge in the reasoning test which will include shape, measure, statistics etc.



Within GPS, pupils are expected to know and understand how different grammatical elements affect writing and to use these correctly within a range of writing tasks. They will also be expected to be able to use spelling rules effectively to spell both familiar and unfamiliar words, as well as using a wide range of punctuation correctly.




Autumn 1 - Science - Electricity and Light.

Autumn 2 -History - Battle of Britain (WW2)

Spring 1 - Science - Animals including humans

                 Geography - cause and consequence - environmental issues

Spring 2 - Science - Animals including humans.

                 Geography - Geographical diversity

Summer 1 - Science - ID

                    History - Mayan Civilisation

Summer 2 - Science - Evolution and adaptation

                    Geography  - Coastal errosion

Autumn 2

This half term our topic has been 'Where are we from' and has a history link to WW2. We have learnt about how WW2 started and the main events of the Blitz, evacuation, Battle of Britain, rationing and propaganda.


In writing we have written letters in the role of a child evacuee, a biography of a famous person during WW2, blackout poems linked to Remembrance Day.


In art we have created our own Battle of Britain pictures after evaluating different paintings by various artists.  

Blackout Poem Video

Some of the children wanted to record their blackout poems.


Still image for this video

blackout poems

Spring Term 2

Our topic this half term is 'What can you tell me about.....?'

Our science topic is 'Animals, including humans' where we will be looking at: Changes in humans from birth to old age and life process in reproduction in animals.

Our geography topic is looking at geographical diversity across the world:  To understand some of the reasons for geographical similarities and differences between countries, Describe how locations around the world are changing and explain some of the reasons for change and to describe how countries and geographical regions are interconnected and interdependent.

In PSHE, we will be continuing with citizenship, healthy and safer lifestyles and economic wellbeing.

Our RE focus is 'Creation or Science: conflicting or complimentary?

As part of our topic we made artificial blood using red food colouring, golden syrup, vegetable oil and milk.

Artificial blood

As part of our topic we looked at the heart - what it's role is, what it is made of and what it looks like. One afternoon the class dissected a pig's/lamb's heart. The children were asked to identify the main vein/artery, the 4 chambers of the heart and any smaller blood vessels. Whilst dissecting the heart the class had to think about these questions:

What is it's texture?

How big is it?

What colour is it (and why)?

Is it the muscle the same thickness all the way round? Why? Why not?

Does it have a smell? Why? Why not?

What happens to the blood in the heart when it stops pumping? 

Heart Dissection

Summer 1

Our topic this half term is 'Was the Mayan Dynasty Important?' It is a predominately  history based topic looking at the ancient Mayan Civilisation. Some of the aspects we will be looking at are: When  and where the Mayans lived, the Mayan number system, Mayan writing, Mayan inventions, Mayan Beliefs, how the Mayans lived and why the Mayans died out.


Our class book is 'The Curse of the Maya' by Johnny Pearce and Andy Loneragan

Literacy: Our writing will link to our Mayan work and we will be writing: narratives, non-chronological reports, leaflets (persuasive text) and instructions

French: We will be looking at places/rooms in a house and regular activities.

RE: We will be looking at aspects of Islam

PSHE: We will be looking at keeping safe and risk taking.


This half term year 6 will also be starting G.O.A.L (Game of Actual Life) which is linked to real life situations involving money  (jobs, wages, bills etc)


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