Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 6
What have Year 6 been up to recently?

World war two

This term we will be studying the text 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and as such, will be focusing on the Second World War.


Using a wide range of texts and genres from the Power of reading, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling and grammar skills. The focus books this term is ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Guided reading continues where children develop comprehension and inference skills. We will also be working on test technique and how to effectively answer different styles of questions. Children are also encouraged to borrow books from school.


We will use a range of mediums to experiment with texture, pattern and colour using images of London in The Blitz, air raid shelters and WW2 propaganda posters.


Singing with Mrs Bateup continues on Mondays and we will also soon begin learning the songs for the Christmas production.


Our history topic for this term is the Second World War. This will include exploring concepts such as timelines, rationing, the impact of war on soldiers, evacuees and The Blitz, all focused around historical questions which the children will answer using their developing knowledge and analytical skills.

Our geography will see us exploring the key countries involved in the wars, including map and location work, and understanding the impact of physical and human geography.


Children continue to build on core number and calculation skills using all four operations, as well as developing their knowledge of shape, space and measures, problem solving and investigating, reasoning and data handling, using the Singapore maths approach. This term, particular focus will be on fractions and decimals and the relationship between these and percentages. Fluency in essential skills such as times tables, decimals and money should continue to be worked on at home.


Children will continue their previous learning about the importance of staying safe online.


We will be developing work from last year on keeping safe and healthy, making good choices, taking responsibility and working as part of a team. We will also continue our ongoing focuses on friendships, as well as anti-bullying and online safety.


We are following the Kent scheme which will include focuses on ‘Animals & Humans’, linking to our topic whilst developing the children’s scientific knowledge and investigative skills. Science will continue to be taught by Mrs Rayner, a specialist teacher on Fridays.


This term’s theme is ‘Gospel: What would Jesus do?’ where children will be digging deeper to see how the bible underpins our school values and lives.



Please ensure that a full PE kit (including trainers) is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons may vary on a weekly basis. Children will participate in both indoor and outdoor PE lessons. This term children will have specialist sport coaching on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Spanish FlagOn Tuesday afternoons, children will participate in Spanish lessons from our specialist Spanish teacher, Mrs Heller

Home Learning

 Learning is issued each Thursday and should be returned on the following Wednesday. Spellings are tested on Thursday. All Year 6 children should be reading nightly. In year 6 the children should be reading at a minimum 20 minutes.

Trips and extra-curricular activities:

Throughout Year 6 children are invited to take part in a variety of additional enrichment activities. In addition during the course of the year all children will take on roles and responsibilities reserved for Year 6 pupils, e.g. sports leaders. We will also being going on our school trip to Chatham dockyards on the 8th November.