ST PAUL'S YEAR 6Welcome to year 6


LOOKING AFTER YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY & WELLBEINGGiving them the best preparation possible for SATs and Secondary School Transition

Our main aim in Year 6, as well as teaching a broad and balanced curriculum, is to prepare the children for the challenge of the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) and to enable them to move on to secondary school with confidence.

In the first half of the Autumn Term we will obviously be dealing with the situation caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. We both know that children will arrive at school with many different experiences of lockdown, home learning, etc … and we would ask that you inform us of anything which may have affected your child, so that we are aware of possible anxieties. Hopefully being back in school with their friends and classmates will be a positive step back on the road to normality. We will be providing PSHE sessions to allow the children time to discuss and evaluate the mixture of feelings they may have and to help them re-adjust back into school life and the curriculum.

In Geography and History we will be covering topics including the following: extremes in climate, earthquakes and volcanos, our system of government, human influences on our planet, the Ancient Maya civilisation and the history of crime and punishment.
We will be reading texts including the following: “Floodland” Marcus Sedgwick, “The Switch” Anthony Horowitz, “The Giant’s Necklace” Michael Morpurgo, “The Rain Player” David Wisniewski, “Holes” Louis Sachar
Art and Design: photography, artwork with a message and still life.

Design Technology: Waistcoats, Playgrounds and Navigating the World.

Music: Jazz, singing, composing, musical notation

Autumn term

Our first exciting Humanities topic for September is “Could you survive?” In it we will be looking at extremes in nature, including desert climate regions, as well as floods, earthquakes and volcanoes. The topic is a mix of geographical knowledge and skills, sprinkled with some major historical events. To tie things together, we will be reading a novel called “Floodland” by Marcus Sedgwick. In the second half of this term we switch to History and learn about our system of government in out topic entitled “Can you have a balance of power?” Our English reading text compliments the Humanities topic with a cracking book by Anthony Horowitz called “The Switch.” Our Science this term is part 2 of the “Living Things and Their Habitats” topic, which looks at classifying plants and animals and the work of the scientist Carl Linnaeus. We will then move on to learn about Electricity and how we can vary its effects in circuits. During the Autumn term, we will be continuing with a broad curriculum by covering PHSE, French, Art, DT, Music, RE, PE and Computing, either within our topic or as stand-alone lessons. 


Spring Term

We begin the New Year by considering the challenges facing the planet in our humanities’ topic entitled “Is the earth fractured or flourishing?” We will focus on the geography skills of locating places on the globe and looking at the human activity, which is problematic to our threatened world. In the second half of the term we will make a start on our humanities’ topic, learning about the ancient civilisation of the Maya. In science we will be learning about how living things adapt and change over time in our Evolution and Inheritance unit. We will learn about the famous scientist Charles Darwin along with other leading figures who developed the theory of evolution. Throughout the Spring term, we will be continuing with a broad curriculum by covering PHSE, French, Art, DT, Music, RE, PE and Computing, either within our topic or as stand-alone lessons. 



Yes, we will have to negotiate those dreaded SATs, but we hope the children will come to see them as a challenge to rise to. Both of us have had many successful years of experience in guiding children through what can be a daunting time, however the key is to remain positive and determined …and, most importantly to keep a smile your face! The best way of taking away any worries about the tests is practice. We will have regular practices, so that by the time the children reach May, there will be no mysteries and they will be well used to all the procedures and the style and content of the papers. This, we have found, is the best way to help your child feel relaxed and confident, and to enable them to perform at their best. 

We are really looking forward to a wonderful and successful Year 6 and hope you and your children are feeling just as excited as we are to get cracking. 

Summer Term

Once the Statutory Tests have been completed, we will continue with our Maya history and geography topic. In science we will learn about light and how we see things. Also, we will covering animal reproduction (including humans) and investigating ways to keep ourselves healthy and discuss diet, smoking, alcohol and other drugs. Our broad curriculum covering PHSE (Relationships and Sex Education), French, Art, DT, Music, RE, PE and Computing will continue. The children will spend several session looking specifically at their transition to Secondary School. They will have the chance to ask questions and think about the new challenges they will be facing – making new friends; negotiating changing classes; timetables and different teachers; any worries they make have. We will also enjoy a sports day towards the end of the term and complete the year with a celebration event. 

As a Year 6 team, we want your child to have a successful, fun and memorable final year at St Paul’s. 

YAER 6 TRIPBeamanor Hall Experience

On Tuesday 3rd November, Alder Class went to Beaumanor Hall for a World War 2 experience day.

Our favourite part of the day was going into the cellars, which were used as an air raid shelter during the war. It was dark and cold, as well as a little bit scary. We listened to a recording of an air raid and there were lighting effects that made us feel as though it was a real air raid – it was very loud.

We had great fun finding the clues and working out who was the Beaumanor spy. We enjoyed pretending to be evacuees from the 1940’s and it made us feel like we were really there. Getting our own identity card and learning about rationing was also good fun.

Practising how to decode ciphers and learning about how the ladies in this top secret Y Station had to listen and write down German messages for 8 hours in one shift was very interesting and made us think about what life would have been like back then. It made us feel lucky that we live in a time of peace. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.

by Sienna C and Erin S

WELLBEINGChildren's Mental Health Week

Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health! 1st -7th February was Children's Mental Health Week. We got involved to mark the occasion and to raise money for the charity Place2Be who focus on improving children's mental health.

The theme of this year's Children’s Mental Health Week was Express Yourself.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Check out how we have expressed ourselves this week!
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