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Welcome back Year 6! I hope you have had a lovely relax over the summer and have had lots of fun with your family and friends! I can't wait to hear all about it! I know it has been a long time since most of you have been into school, but we are so excited to have you all back and looking forward to the year ahead.

Teacher: Mrs Cairns

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Chadwick and Mr Chadwick

Learning Mentor - Mr Hall



Half Term Reading

Below is a link to our Autumn Reading Bingo. We would like you to complete as many of the reading tasks as you can and share your completed bingo board with us on Twitter @ChrissiesSpeke.

You can access free online books by signing up at 

Autumn Reading Bingo

Below you will find lots of information about our class, including what we have been up to, homework, reading book days and PE.

If you are having to stay at home due to self isolation, please click on the isolating at home star, which will take you to a new page containing activities that will help you to keep pace with your class.

Then click on the weekly rainbows that will contain maths, English, spellings, RE and topic work being covered in our y6 classes that week. They cover the key learning points of the week and should be completed along with home reading , spelling and times table practise (which can be done through Oxford Owl Reading, Spelling Shed and Maths Shed).





Reading homework is given out on a Monday and must be returned on a Friday. 

Spellings will be taken home on  Friday and there will be a test on a Monday morning.




Homework Menu:  Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum.  It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term.  Your completed work will be celebrated.


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PE is on a Friday so please remember to come to school in your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.




Here are your spellings for the year . Each Friday, you will take home your spelling mat and practise your spellings for Monday morning when we will have a spelling test.  


Below are some word cards that you can print out to use at home and some ideas to make your spelling practice more fun.  Remember, you can also log onto spelling shed to play lots of fun spelling games.

Spelling Activities

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Inspirational maths week.


For our first week of maths, we used YouCubed activities to inspire us and learnt some very important messages, such as, speed is not important, mistakes help our brains to grow and it is important to never give up.  The tasks were very challenging, but the children persevered really well and thoroughly enjoyed the week.

Children solving puzzles using Pascal's triangle

Numbers and the Number System



Before starting our place value maths topic, year 6 completed a week of inspirational maths challenges.  It was important that we started our year 6 maths journey off positively and these challenges helped us to solve problems and reason mathematically, but even more importantly, they were: fun, interesting, encouraging, creative, engaging and inclusive.  These challenges were simply called 'I can do maths!'.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the week of challenges and it certainly did help us set an 'I can do, positive attitude' towards maths.


It was then time to tackle place value!  Take a look at our place value front cover to see the objectives that we will cover. 

Place value objectives - year 6

PE Autumn 1 Topic - Orienteering


6C have really enjoyed exploring the school grounds, reading maps to locate hidden markers and solving various problems during this 'treasure hunt' themed unit.





During this topic, our big question is; 

Does love last forever or does it have limits?

To help answer this, the children will explore the love and care of people and learn about God's unconditional, never-ending love.


The key vocabulary in this unit is:

Unconditional, forgiveness, mercy, prodigal, parable.


Our first topic this year will be colours.  During this theme, we explored feelings and emotions as well as colours.  Firstly we listened to the story 'The day the crayons quit'. We explored the feelings of the characters in the book and used this as a stimulus to write letters to Duncan and poems.  We also read a story called 'The Dot' and used this to create our own pieces of artwork using Marc Allante as our inspiration.

Another activity we did during this week was creating portraits in the style of.  We used pictures of ourselves and used work by different artists including Van Gogh, Picasso and Andy Warhol to create colourful portraits for display.  

New Year 6 Book - The MALAMANDER

All is not what it seems at this seaside town - myths, mysteries, monsters and home to the legend of the Malamander!

This is our new year 6 class book - we will journey to the seaside where lots of fun themed learning awaits!

Whilst reading our new book, Malamander, we were introduced to a character called Mrs Kraken who had a very unusual object called a Cameraluna.  This used light to help Mrs Kraken to see what was going on in Eerie, so we wanted to know more about light!  Firstly, we recapped light sources and then looked at how light sources travel and help us to see things.  We then took a detailed look at how our eyes work,which enables us to see things.  Finally we learnt about a vert talented man called Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb.  Take a look at the pictures below in which we are demonstrating how we see things!



4 Operations


After completing our place value unit, it was time to build on our new knowledge, using it to support us with calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).


Take a look at our front cover to see what we will be learning.


Speke Under Surveillance



During this topic, we will look at our local area in detail.  We will study the physical and human features of Speke and how it has changed dramatically over time.  We will think about why these changes have happened and what might happen to Speke in the future. 

As part of our geography fieldwork, we will visit Speke retail park, collecting lots of data, such as size of shops and frequency of visitors to different shops. When we return to school, we will use this data to create scale maps.

Finally, we will link our artwork to this topic and create some abstract art for our local area.  Our work will be based on that of famous artist Henry Moore.  Before creating their artwork, the children will decide on the perfect Speke location for their artwork, giving reasons for their choices.  Children then decide whether they will use mod roc, plaster of paris or clay to create their abstract sculptures.  We have some extremely talented artists!!


Our next topic was Fairgrounds.  During this topic, we learnt about different fairground ride motions and electrical circuits within the rides.  After visiting Gulliver's World Theme Park as part of our market research and using all their new learning, the children created some very impression moving fairground rides.  

Fractions, decimals and percentages


Fractions, decimals and percentages is a topic that some children find extremely difficult, but they have all really impressed us.  We have been converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as finding fractions and percentages of amounts.

        The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is a fun topic, in which we look at South America, The Amazon Rainforest and the animals that live there.  We will be classifying these animals using classification keys.