Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 6
What have Year 6 been up to recently?

‘peace for our time?'

We have an exciting learning journey in store for theis term, with many cross curricular opportunities linked to our topic of the Second World War.  

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.



Using the key text of ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’, children will develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. This text will provide rich writing opportunities and a range of stimuli to develop narrative, persuasive, nonfiction and first person authorial skills. Reading sessions will continue where children develop comprehension and inference skills. Children are encouraged to borrow books from school and can attend a lunch time library club. Please continue to encourage children to bring in their Buster book marks every Thursday.


We will use a range of mediums to experiment with texture, pattern and tonal colour and shading, using images of London in The Blitz, air raid shelters and WW2 propaganda posters. We will also study famous artists such as, Henry Moore.


Children will continue to be taught by Mrs McIlwham on Friday mornings, working on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performing. Our focus will be on preparing for this term’s Christmas concert.


Exploring the key countries involved in WW2, map, key and location work, and understanding the impact of physical and human geography and the changing face of Europe during the 20th century when compared to the modern day.


This historical topic will form the backbone of the learning and will include exploring concepts such as ‘Peace for our time?’, timelines, the changing roles of women, rationing, evacuees and The Blitz. 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. We are visiting Chatham Historic Dockyard on Thursday 16th November to bring history to life.


This term our main unit will be on fractions. Within this core focus, we will be comparing fractions and applying the four operations to fraction related questions and investigations. This will be taught using the Singapore maths approach, with an emphasis on practical maths and children finding and explaining a range of methods and strategies. Fluency in essential skills such as times tables and telling the time are still as important as ever and should still be worked on at home throughout the year if children are not yet competent.


Coding and programming using the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme. We will look at how apps have become an integral part of everyday life and how they are developed.


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 celebrate similarities and differences during anti-bullying week.


We are following the Kent scheme, this term focuses on the topic of ‘Animals & Humans’ to understand how this relates to all out lives and physical changes during the lifetime of living beings.



This term we are continuing with Christianity. We will be exploring the key overriding question of ‘What would Jesus do?’ by studying the Gospels and comparing their ideas with ways in which Christians interpret the text. We will discover how this impacts the way Christians live in their community and in their individual lives.


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 continue to teach both classes on a fortnightly basis, developing conversational and written Spanish skills and knowledge through the study of Spanish culture.

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.