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Year 6

Introducing the Year 6 Team:


6EB -    Mrs Bradley – Class Teacher, Mrs Hart – Senior LSA

6SW -   Miss Whittaker – Class Teacher and Mrs Wood – LSA

6JM -   Mrs McLauchlan – Class Teacher and Miss Ward – LSA


This term our Year 6 History and Geography topic is ‘Ancient Egyptians.’ Over the course of the term the children will be learning about where ancient Egypt is placed in both time and location. As well this, they will learn about the importance of the River Nile to their survival, the hierarchy system, pharaohs, their gods and how Tutankhamun was discovered, helping us to understand the civilisation in greater detail. The ancient Egyptians were a fascinating and revolutionary civilisation which lasted for thousands of years. We know that the children are going to love learning about them this term. To conclude our study, we are hoping to visit the British Museum and the Saatchi Museum to see many of the amazing artefacts that survived.


The children will also learn about this topic through their other subjects including English, Art, Design and Technology and Science.


Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to really build our confidence with them. All writing has a purpose and we will be looking at ‘Writing to Entertain’ and ‘Writing to Inform’. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before revisiting the four main operations and their various methods. We will also be continuing our ‘Multiplication Marathons’. Each week the children will bring home a new set of multiplication and division questions to learn for their weekly ‘mile’ test. Children have three minutes to answer their questions and have to achieve full marks to be able to move on to the next mile! These weekly tests will support your child’s multiplication knowledge and general mental maths. Year 6 children are expected to know all their multiplications up to 12 x 12.



The children are expected to read every day and they will also be given a spelling rule to learn each week. Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one. You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The homework is optional; however is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family.



Year 6 will have PE on Mondays and Thursdays.


The children need to have their PE kit in school every day during term time and it will be sent home with the children at the end of each half term.


The children have one PE lesson with their class teacher and the other lesson with Mrs Westcott and Mr Andrews. Some of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school at all times.


The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and black shorts for inside. As the weather becomes colder the children need to bring in warmer clothes for PE outside. They need to have a pair of trainers in school and they can bring in black or navy tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy jumper. Please remember to give your child an extra pair of socks if they are wearing tights that day.


Forest School

This academic year, the children in Year 6 will have Forest School sessions in the summer term.


If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.


To help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. If however you struggle to access information online then please do let us know. A small amount of paper letters will be available from the school office.



At the start of the Summer Term, the children in Year 6 will be taking their statutory attainment tests (SATs). Throughout the year, we will be developing the children’s subject knowledge in order to ensure that they achieve to the best of their abilities.


Monday 11th May – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test (45 minutes) and Spelling (20 minutes)

Tuesday 12th May – Reading Test (60 minutes)

Wednesday 13th May – Maths Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes), Maths Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)

Thursday 14th May – Maths Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)


All of the staff in Year 6 are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.


Mrs Bradley, Miss Whittaker and Mrs McLauchlan

Year 6 Teachers