Year 6

Welcome Year 6 to your final year at Canon Popham!

Summer Term 2: June – July 2018
(Please also see our Curriculum Page)

Firstly, I’d like to say a HUGE well done to all of our year 6 pupils for putting so much effort into last half term’s SATs test.  They did both themselves and the school proud.

Well done year 6!

We’ve now reached the last half term in Canon Popham.  After two years together, I shall be very sad to be saying goodbye to such a lovely class this July.   But before then, we have lots of exciting things such to look forward to such as our end of year performance, an arts trip and sports day.

Here is what we shall be learning this Summer Term 2

Our topic is “The Ancient Greeks”.


The Alchemist’s Letter- Descriptive and persuasive writing
Road’s End- a mysteries tale which shall lead to writing character thoughts and conversations.


Various investigations


In this unit we ask the question: “Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?”
In this unit we shall be learning to identify ways in which Muslims try to lead good lives and how their belief in Akhirah influences this.

In this module children build on the work that they have done in Year 3 where they learned about light sources, how light enables us to see by reflecting from objects and how different objects reflect different amounts of light and shadows. Here they develop a more detailed understanding of mirrors and the reflections that they form, and apply this understanding to make a periscope. They are introduced to ray diagrams that can be used to represent the behaviour of light. They use these diagrams, together with the fact that light travels in straight lines, to explain the formation of shadows and how their size and shape can be affected. They explore refraction in a number of contexts to see how light does not always appear to travel in straight lines. They investigate how white light is made up of many colours of light and how these can be split apart by a prism or in a rainbow, as well as how the colours can be joined together to make white again. In several lessons children engage in illustrative practical activities to explore these phenomena. They also carry out a fair test investigation to measure the size of shadows compared to the relative positions of the light sources, the object making the shadow and the screen

Topic – The Ancient Greeks

We shall learn about:

·     Who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire.

·     how the political system worked in Ancient Greece

·      Investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today.

·     Compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events and use their mathematical skills to present their findings in the form of a Venn diagram.

·     Learn about and order events from the Battle of Marathon and write in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint.

·     In addition to this they will learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth.

·     Finally they will use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War and use the information to write and re-enact scenes from it.

·     Make Greek vases in clay

·     Other Greek inspired art

Additionally, the children are planning their own Ancient Greek theme park which they are researching, planning and presenting in whichever way they choose.  I cannot wait to see the finished products!

French – Family and Friends

The children will learn about families, homes and animals.


The Children will be given an understanding of spreadsheets and how they can be used. They shall learn skills in formatting and entering specific formulas.  They will then investigative skills in using the spreadsheet to solve specific problems. Examples include number calculations, sports league tables, test scores, and budget planning.

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 FRIDAY.

10 minutes homework for 5 nights a week!
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!!

Learning their part in the performance plus the song lyrics
Reading – daily 10 minutes
Spellings – given out every Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday.

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 on a Tuesday or Thursday.


Thank you.
Mrs N. Clemitshaw