Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 6
What have Year 6 been up to recently?

‘River: human waterway or fish road?'

We will be using our core text of 'The Last Wild' by Piers Torday to explore just this question, as well as the many other intriguing questions this rich text throws up.



Using our key text ‘The Last Wild’, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. This text provides rich writing opportunities and a range of stimuli to develop narrative, persuasive, non-fiction and first person authorial skills. Reading sessions will continue where children develop deeper comprehension and inference skills. All pupils are encouraged to borrow books from school and can attend a lunch time library club. Please continue to encourage children to read for more than the expected 20 minutes each Wednesday and to bring in their Buster book marks every Thursday.


Children will be using a range of materials to develop their art and design techniques, using our core text as a stimulus. We will use a variety of collage styles to explore different woodland animals and eventually develop these into 3D form.


Mrs McIlwham continues to teach Year 6 music on Fridays. Learning will focus on developing musical skills, including opera, composition and performing. Year 6 will be busy preparing for the end of year performance, this includes writing lyrics and melodies as they work on their performance.


We will explore rivers, which closely ties in with our text. Within this topic of study, we will learn about river systems and key topographical features, including making comparisons and contrasts between world renowned rivers, such as the Thames, the Nile, the Mississippi and the Ganges.


There is no specific historical element this term, but the development of rivers over time will be explored, including the formation of Oxbow lakes.


This term our main units will be about ratio and area/perimeter. Within these core topics, we will be comparing ratios and exploring how to find the perimeter and area of shapes, applying both topics to related questions and investigations. This will be taught using the Singapore maths approach, with an emphasis on practical maths, making links and finding mathematical relationships and children finding and explaining a range of methods and strategies. Fluency in essential skills such as times tables and telling the time remain as important as ever and should still be worked on at home throughout the year if children are not yet competent. This term we will be developing our skills in solving word problems, similar to those that children will see in the SATs papers this May.


With the ever increasing use of the internet and social media, e-safety remains an ongoing high priority. As year 6 pupils begin to think about their transition to secondary school and the greater independence that this brings, keeping safe and developing a greater understanding of online life and safety will continue to be explored throughout the term.


This term children will be thinking about their role in society and how they can care for the environment. Within this, we will explore different situations that children may find themselves in during the upcoming years, together with how pupils can have an impact upon the world we live in. We will also make links between the children’s role and how they can demonstrate the British Values in their day to day lives.


We are following the Kent scheme, this term focuses on the topic of ‘Materials and their properties’. Mrs Rayner will be delivering science on a Friday afternoon.



This term we are studying salvation, exploring Jesus’ death and resurrection and how this impacts upon our Christian lives in today’s world. We will also be putting this into context though the study of key bible stories.



A full P.E. kit (including trainers) should be kept in school at all times. This term Year 6 will still have specialist sports coaching on Fridays, in addition to a sports coach on a Wednesday. Sports include handball and sportshall athletics.


Spanish FlagMrs Heller will continue to teach both classes on a fortnightly basis, developing conversational and written Spanish skills, and knowledge through the study of Spanish culture. Pen-pal letters will also be continuing.

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. Buster Book Club book marks go home on Wednesdays and should be signed off by a parent or guardian and brought back into school every Thursday. 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, these include Cross Teach workshops and fund raising. 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.