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Year 6

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Meet the Year 6 Team

This year, our Year 6 team is made up of Mr Lander, Mr Wibberley, Miss Rushton, Miss Smith and Miss Morgan. We will be supported by Mrs Watson, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Wates and Miss Summers. We look forward to helping your child fulfil their potential this year and we are always happy to help, should you have any questions. 

Autumn Two

This half term, we will be studying The Maya Civilisation (History), ‘Light And Sight (Science) and considering ‘Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus is and why He was born?’ (RE). The children will also be creating their own website, which will be based on their prior learning of the Amazon, in Computing, whilst we will be ‘Celebrating Difference’ in PSHE. In DT, we will be designing, assembling and decorating our own waistcoat. In Maths sessions, we will be working on fractions, percentages and decimals. During Writing lessons, we will be writing a persuasive letter to Mr Scrooge and a narrative based on our previous class book ’The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. In Reading lessons, we will be continuing to study both fiction and non-fiction texts.

Class Book - Oh Maya Gods!


The world's worst-behaved immortals are at it again - introducing the brand-new Gods Squad taking them on! Meet Vesper, the bossy, football-mad daughter of Elliot Hooper, the original hero of Who Let the Gods Out?, and Aster, the super-bright son of Constellation, Virgo.


Together, they must recapture some villainous wrong'uns before the world ends next Thursday. Off they head to the Maya underworld, where Kizin and his Lords and Ladies of Death are messing with astronomy, chocolate and human sacrifice ...

Mini Police

We have some very exciting plans for our Mini Police sessions this half term, including learning about hate crimes, a visit from the fire service, showing acts of kindness to members of the wider community and of course our Mini Police Christmas party.


The visit from the fire service was a particular highlight, as you can see from the photos below:


We have been thinking our our reading journeys in one of our reading lessons. The children reminisced about some of their favourite books from when they were younger as well as books that they have enjoyed more recently. They then created these beautiful reading rivers to show the journey they have been on so far with books. We will add to these as we progress through the year.


As part of the ‘Borrow the Moon’ project, we have been having great fun investigating the properties of different materials and comparing them to some samples of moon soil. We have also been lucky enough to examine and investigate some real meteorites, using hand lenses and magnifying glasses to take a closer look.


Our enquiry question this half term is “Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians to understand who Jesus was and why He was born?” As part of this unit the children designed these creative surveys to find out how their family and friends like to celebrate Christmas, and whether these celebrations link to the Christian festival and the story in the bible.



Welcome to Year 6!

Autumn One


This half term (Autumn 1) in Maths, we shall be exploring place-value and the four operations. In Writing, we shall be producing a horror narrative based on the gothic novel 'Thornhill'. In Reading, we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In Learning Journey, we shall be learning about South America: The Amazon and in Science we shall be exploring Evolution and Inheritance. In Art, we shall be developing our skills in our 'Photo Opportunity' unit. We will be exploring Internet Safety in our Computing lessons, whilst we will examine 'What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?' in RE.


Class Book


Our class book this half term is 'The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day' by Christopher Edge. 


How do you know you really exist?

It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough...

A mind-bending mystery for anyone who's ever asked questions.

Mini Police

This year we are taking part in a new scheme led by Derbyshire Constabulary. The children will have weekly sessions with our local PCSOs as well as visiting guests, where we will learn all about what the police do and how we can take a more active role in our local community.



Come and take a look at all the amazing work we've been doing this half term!



To begin our geography unit on The Amazon, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Dave, who has visited the Amazon and South America many, many times. Dave brought along some friends with him (both dead and alive!), as well as his collection of rare artefacts. Many of the children (and adults!) conquered their fears and held a collection of fascinating invertebrates. We also learnt about the threats to the Amazon and the indigenous tribes that call it home. Furthermore, we learned about deforestation and what passionate people are doing to protect the rainforest. We had an unforgettable day! 


Space Week 2023

For Space Week, we are thinking about the question: is there anyone out there? We have been finding out about Mars and investigating the possibility of life on Mars. Take a look at some of the exciting activities we have been taking part in this week.


This half term, we have been learning about evolution and inheritance. For one of our lessons we thought about the adaptations that a small animal or insect would need to survive in our classroom. The children then designed their own imaginary creatures with adaptations such as big eyes to see in the dark, to enable it to hide away from danger in the dark corners.


To begin Year 6, we are studying a beautiful picture book called Thornhill. We shall be writing our own horror narrative and we began our learning by thinking about which horror books, magazines or films we may know. We discussed our first impressions of Ella and Thornhill, using the pictures and description in the book to help. 

We wrote some cool raps about what would happen if we brought our pets to school!

Art and design

We are learning about photography and different uses of photographs in artwork this half term. We began the unit by looking at the work of Chris Plowman, who created a famous piece of art uses cheese graters to imitate a city skyline. The children then created their own city scape using photographs of everyday objects to represent the buildings. In the next lesson we learnt about macro photography, and the children practised using the different filters on the iPads to desaturate the photos and create monochrome images.


The half term, our computing unit is all about e-safety. We have been learning about keeping our data safe online, being kind online and identifying fake information. Take a look at these posters that were created about how to “be brave online”.

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