Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 6
What have Year 6 been up to recently?

‘The World Wars'

We have an exciting learning journey in store for the coming terms with many cross curricular opportunities linked to our two topics, the First and Second World Wars.  

Children are encouraged to bring in artefacts, memorabilia and any information about our topic e.g. books, photos, oral recounts/family histories or memories shared by older relatives etc.

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Using a wide range of texts and genres from the Power of reading, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. Guided reading continues where children develop comprehension and inference skills. Children are encouraged to borrow books from school and can attend a lunch time library club.


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


Children will be taught by our specialist music teacher, Mrs McIlwham on Friday mornings, where they will work on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performing,


Exploring the key countries involved in the wars, including map and location work, and understanding the impact of physical and human geography.


This historical topic will form the backbone of the learning and will include exploring concepts such as timelines, trench warfare, the changing roles of women, rationing, the impact of war on soldiers, evacuees and The Blitz. .


This year children will 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. Fluency in essential skills such as times tables and telling the time should be worked on at home throughout the year if children are not yet competent.


Coding and programming using the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme.


Developing work from last year on keeping safe and healthy, making good choices, taking responsibility and working as part of a team.


Mrs Rayner will also continue to teach Science on Friday afternoons bringing her specialist skills and knowledge.  We are following the Kent scheme, topics for the next two terms include ‘Animals & Humans’ and ‘Electricity’.


This term’s theme is ‘Exploring Christianity; Creation and science’.


P.E. Kits (including trainers) should be kept in school at all times. Children will participate in both indoor and outdoor PE lessons. This term children will have specialist sport coaching on a Friday. Surrey will also have PE on a Monday afternoon, whilst Norfolk will also have PE on a Wednesday afternoon.


Spanish FlagMrs Heller will be teaching Spanish on a Tuesday afternoon, alternating weeks between both classes.

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.

Trips and extra-curricular activities:

We are planning a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard; we hope this will take place towards the end of November.

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.