Year 6 Newsletter 2023

Class:  Miss Jones and Miss Robinson       Year    6       Half Term:    Autumn 1 2023

Your child will be learning about the following this half term:


·         Reading Focus:
Draw inferences, evaluate authors’ language choice, and make comparisons within and across books.


·         Grammar and Punctuation: Use relative clauses, onomatopoeia, alliteration, linking ideas across paragraphs using a wider range of cohesive devices, integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action.

·         Writing focus:
– Somebody Swallowed Stanley
– to write a persuasive letter to the government to cut down on single use plastic
– The Great Kapok Tree- A setting description describing the Amazon rainforest
– Poetry about Black History Month


Place Value-

·          Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.

·          Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.

·          Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.

·          Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.

Addition and Subtraction-

·          Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers.

·          Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.

·          Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.

·         Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Multiplication and Division-

·          Recall multiplication and division facts to 12 x 12.

·multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method

·          divide numbers up to 4-digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method

·         as above including remainders as whole numbers


The Children will learn about the World Wide Web as a communication tool. First, they will learn how we find information on the World Wide Web, through learning how search engines work (including how they select and rank results) and what influences searching, and through comparing different search engines. They will then investigate different methods of communication, before focusing on internet-based communication. Finally, they will evaluate which methods of internet communication to use for particular purposes.


RE: ‘Creation and science: conflicting and complementary?’

By the end of this unit, children will know

• There is much debate and some controversy around the relationship between the accounts of creation in Genesis and contemporary scientific accounts.

• These debates and controversies relate to the purpose and interpretation of the texts. For example, does reading Genesis

as a poetic account conflict with scientific accounts?

• There are many scientists throughout history and now who are Christians.

• The discoveries of science make Christians wonder even more about the power and majesty of the Creator.


PSHE: ‘Healthy Lifestyles’- The children will learn about how regular exercise benefits mental and physical health and some of the risks associated with an inactive lifestyle.


·         Games: Invasion games- attacking and defending.

·         Gymnastics: Counterbalance: develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

Geography- South America
Children will be learning about South America as a continent. They will explore the countries in South America and focusing on Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. We will look at the Amazonian city of Manaus and how it is compared to Manchester.

Deforestation will also be taught and we will look at how to protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation.

Science- electricity

·          Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit

·          Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches

·         Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram

MFL (French)


Music- World Unite

The children will be getting into the groove by exploring rhythm and melody in singing, movement and dance. The children learn

about beat, syncopation, pitch and harmony, and take a trip around the world to celebrate the universal language of music.


Other Information

PE days: Wednesday and Friday

Homework: Handed out Monday- due in Thursday

Reading: your child should be reading their accelerated reading book at least 4 times a week and recording it in their reading record.