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Welcome to Year 6


Class Teacher:

Mrs McIlwain


Mrs Paterson, Mr Taylor-Knight,

Ms Thomas

1:1 Support:

Ms Hathaway

Hello and welcome to the Year 6 Class Page. This is where you will find all the information you need to know about what we will be doing in Year 6 throughout the year. Undoubtedly, the last year of Primary School is the very best, and we have so much to look forward to this year. We will be covering some exciting topics such as 'Biscuits', 'Rainforests' and 'Crime and Punishment' as well as lots of other challenging and exciting work across the curriculum. we can't wait to see what the year brings and we will all do everything we can to help you make the best out of Year 6.


Remember: It is really important to be at school every day, on time and ready to learn.


Check out the new gallery button which I have no doubt will be filled very soon with photographs of what we have been up to in our first term.


What are we learning in Year 6?

Important Information


Timings and Expectations

The gates open at 8.30am and the bell rings for the start of the day at 8.50am. The children are expected to line-up at their designated frog. As soon as we get to class, the children are registered. If after 9.00am, they are registered as late and after 9.30am, they are registered as absent for the morning session. Some of us are finding it difficult with the change in time from last year so it may be we need to set our alarm clocks ten minutes earlier to make sure we all get to class on time.


School ends at 3.15pm. The children will be escorted to their designated frog to be collected at the end of the school day. In Year 6, we encourage children to be more independent in preparation for secondary school and therefore with parental permission, allow them to walk home on their own. If this is something you would like to consider, please email or send written permission to the school office.



The children have three PE sessions a week.

Tuesday and Thursday - outdoor PE

Friday - indoor PE

Children are no longer expected to wear their PE kit to school and must wear school uniform. They should bring their PE kit to school, named and in a PE drawstring bag which will be kept on their peg. This will enable them to get changed at school, when required.


Water Bottles and Snacks

Children are encouraged to bring their own small refillable water bottles to school. These should be labelled and taken home every day to be washed. Please note, we have water dispensers where children can refill their bottle if necessary.


The children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for break. This should be in a small, labelled box separate from their lunch box.



All the equipment children need to help them with their learning will be provided by school. 



Even though it might be not be raining in the morning, already we have experienced some rain during break and lunch. Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat, clearly labelled especially as we will see more autumnal weather in the next few weeks.


At the beginning of each term a homework activities sheet  will be stuck in purple Homework books as well as posted on the class pages on the school website. 

The activities are divided into three areas: Spelling, Mathematics and Other Learning. Every week the children are expected to complete at least two spelling activities (green section) and one maths activity (blue section). In addition the children are expected to complete two other activities from our learning e.g. History, Geography, Science or PSHE (purple section) every term.


The spelling words for the week will be stuck in purple Homework books every Friday to learn using the activities in the green section. Activities should be spread throughout the week rather than completed on one day. Whichever activities they choose, it is important that children know the words ready for a weekly test. All activities, for spelling and maths, should be completed or recorded in the purple Homework books. If completing an activity from MyMaths, please make sure you record it in your Homework Book and give an example of what you have learnt or even better write a question for your teacher to answer using what you have learnt. Any written activities from the purple section should also be completed in the Homework books.


Homework books with the completed spelling and maths activities must be returned by the following Wednesday.


Here is the Y5/6 Spelling List that you need to learn.



In Year 6, we want everyone to read and enjoy reading.  Accelerated Reader gives a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), which is the ideal range of text complexity for your child, neither too easy as to be unchallenging, nor so hard as to be frustrating. The expectation is that they read independently but it also nice, now and again, to share a book - see our Y6 Reading Parents' Guide for more information. 


We want our children to have more responsibility for selecting the books they read in school and at home. A daily reading time of 20 – 30 minutes is timetabled in Y6 to promote reading but children are also expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes, Monday to Friday, to build stamina.


Once they have finished reading a book, they take an AR quiz. These quizzes check that your child has understood the book. The percentage correct score and the points that are awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating. We challenge the children to attain 85% or above. 


Try to read both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop reading skills and complete the Reading Log every night.


Accelerated Reader Top Tips

 Choose a book within the target range set by your teacher.

 Read consistently every day. 15-20 minutes at least.

 Test yourself as you read. If there is a quiz within the book use this. If not make up your own questions and test yourself at the end of your reading.

 Make a list as you read of key characters, events, facts that might be asked about in the quiz.

 Talk to a friend who has read the book before. What do they remember? Ask them to test you before you take your quiz.

 Make sure you quiz within 24 hours of reading the book; any later and you run the risk of forgetting things.

 Choose a book that interests you. Without interest you are unlikely to remember the content.

 Try to take both the comprehension and vocabulary quizzes if they are available. Reading one book but learning from it in two different ways will increase your chances of moving towards your overall target more quickly.

 Try to read and quiz on at least one book every week without fail. If you can, read more.

 Stretch yourself. Accelerated Reader quizzes are available on many non-fiction as well as fiction texts. Don’t be afraid to try something new.


Cracking Times Tables

Cracking Times Tables is the scheme we use in Year 6 for monitoring the learning of multiplication facts. The children are expected to learn times tables at home (about 5-10 minutes each day is ideal) and they will be tested each week (Monday) in class. By the end of this term, all Y6 should aim to reach level 15.


The learning and testing are based around a series of 27 levels which get increasingly more difficult to provide the children with more of a challenge. The test is written, and each child will be given five minutes to complete a test. This ensures that the children are able to give responses quickly and accurately. The tests become increasingly difficult as children move through the levels but five minutes remains the time limit.


A bronze badge is awarded for Level 15, silver for Level 19 and gold for Level 23.


The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 9 May to Thursday 12 May 2022.



Mrs McIlwain Y6

We know it can be difficult at times to have face-to face time with your children's teacher. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch and I will endeavor to help in any way I can.

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