Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 6
What have Year 6 been up to recently?

The Highwayman

We will be using our core poetic text of 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes to explore life on the highway in Georgian England as a higwayman!

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Using our key text, the narrative poem by Alfred Noyes ‘The Highwayman’, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. The rich and dramatic language in his writing will provide a fantastic platform for the children to really showcase their use of higher level vocabulary and writing skills, through genres such as, descriptive writing, recounts, 1st person diary entries and precis. Reading sessions will continue where children develop deeper comprehension and inference skills as we build towards the SATs tests. 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.


Using the highwayman imagery, the children will also explore sketching and creating their interpretations of images using various medium. Children will also be encouraged to use their design skills to follow a brief to create a functional, folding story cube; their sketches will then be used to re-tell the story of the Highwayman on the story cube


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 following auditions and will be starting rehearsals and preparations for this end of year musical celebration. 


We will explore highwaymen, and their role in history, with a particular focus on Dick Turpin. We will be considering the different conclusions which are drawn from studying primary and secondary sources and how this influences people’s opinion.


This term we will be focusing on all areas of mathematical learning as we explore new units such as angles but reinforce what we already know, applying all these to related questions and investigations. We will also be continuing developing our skills in solving word problems, similar to those that children will see in the SATs papers this May. 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.


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 continue to 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 ‘Evolution and inheritance’. Mrs Rayner, our science specialist, will be delivering science on a Friday afternoon.



This term we are considering what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today. We will learn about their beliefs of giving to charity and fasting and why these are important to Muslims. We will encourage the children to make links with their own lives and their own values



 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 including tennis, athletics and cricket.


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, culminating in our exciting visit to Madrid in the last week of term, the 22nd -25th May. Those children not going to Madrid will combine together for an exciting week of activities.

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.