Year 6

Welcome Year 6 to your final year at Canon Popham!

Spring Term 2019
(Please also see our Curriculum Page)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Welcome back everyone; here is an overview of what your child shall be learning in the spring half-term in year 6:

Year 6 will take part in daily whole class reading along with a focus upon spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. Also, the children shall be taking part in lots of writing, reading and spoken word activities which will include studying fiction and non-fiction texts focusing on the topic EXTREME EARTH with the question – What makes our Earth so extreme?

Some of the areas of study this half term shall include:

  • Decimal Place Value
  • Decimal Addition and Subtraction
  • Choosing methods – four operations
  • Calculating compound shapes
  • Working with numbers
  • Grids and co-ordinates
  • Mental multiplication and division
  • Mean, mode and median
  • Difficult division
  • Time and Money
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Algebra
  • More about algebra
  • Geometric shapes – 2D, 3D and parts of a circle

Topic – EXTREME EARTH – What makes our Earth so extreme?

This theme will introduce the class to the wilder side of the world with this creative based Geography ‘Extreme Earth’ topic. They will find out all about the Earth’s extremes, from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering tsunamis. They can also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes through a series of informative and thought-provoking lessons.


  • What is climate?
  • Where does rain come from?
  • What kinds of extreme weather can you think of?
  • What do you think causes tsunamis?
  • What is the difference between a volcano and a mountain?

Landscape images of EXTREME EARTH

Music inspired by the Earth’s extreme weather

Looking at the human effects of EXTREME EARTH

Evolution and Inheritance

We shall use computers to support our topic work. This shall include internet research, using Power point, simple programming and creating animations

FUNS PE and Games program continues each week, therefore children will need to bring their outdoor games kit at the start of the week to be kept in school.  In year 6, PE will take place on a WEDNESDAY.

MONDAY: Maths homework (hand in by Friday)
MONDAY: Spelling pattern/rule (spelling test/spelling dictation on Friday)
EXTREME EARTH – topic homework to be shown at PRIDE in our LEARNING

Times Tables
We continue to have a huge push on children knowing their times tables. Year 6 need to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12. They will also need to know the inverse operation of these to use when dividing and working with fractions. Your help in learning these will be invaluable to the continued success and progress your child will make in maths throughout their time in key stage 2, therefore your support in this would be most appreciated, thank you.

Reading – 10 minutes homework for 5 nights a week!
Please remember to hand in signed reading records each Monday.
Children in KS2 are expected to read at least 20 times in the month. For reading 20 times they will get a GOLDEN TICKET. Please continue to read with your child their school reading books and any books/magazine from home – READING is FUN!!

Core Stories
Whole class reading – All classes will read a selection of core stories for their year group which will focus around a key author. In KS2, each class will read together a shared text. The key author for Year 6 is David Walliams. The core stories from each class are displayed within their classroom and in the main hall.

Topic Homework
Once again, the aim of topic homework is to over a wide range of tasks to appeal to different styles of learning and creativity. I have put together suggestions for this term’s topic of EXTREME EARTH. I will give these out on the first week of the Spring 1 term to be completed over the next half term with ONE quality piece of year 6 standard homework to be completed and shown at the PRIDE in our LEARNING. I am looking forward to seeing the results of your creativity.

PRIDE in our LEARNING – Tuesday 15th January 3pm
Our next PRIDE session will be an opportunity for you to look at the learning from the topic ‘EXTREME EARTH’, and a slide show of the residential visit to PGL Caythorpe Court. A reminder text will be sent on the first week back after Christmas. We hope to see you all again then.

REMINDER – SATS 2019 parent information meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th January after school in the year 6 classroom.

 If you have any worries or concerns please come and see me as soon as possible; no worry is too small. The best time to do this is after school at 3:30pm.

Thank you for the continued support in helping with your child’s learning!

Mrs J. Shelton