Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 


Welcome to the page for Y6! We have an exciting and immersive set of learning experiences planned for our children in this key year in their academic lives. Mr Horner is our class teacher and Mrs Thompson, also a teacher will be teaching a maths and english in a morning. Additionally, Mrs Pearce will be in year 6 all day and Mrs Haywood will join us in an afternoon.  We have an extremely busy time ahead of us and we will be working extremely hard so that they can reach our full potential over the coming year.  The Government have recently announced that the Statutory Assessment Tests that children sit in May will go ahead next year.  However, they are not expecting children to take the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test. 

Spring Term 1

We hope that you have all had a safe but enjoyable Christmas and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the new year.

As we start another half term, may we take the time to remind you about the importance of sticking strictly to your child's starting time.  The children are entering the building in a similar area and it is imperative that we keep the class bubbles separate. If you arrive early, please wait outside the school gates. If you are late please see Miss Jones in the car park or take your child to the office. 

Airing Classrooms

Following Department of Education guidelines, we have to air classrooms during the course of the day. At both break and lunch times the classroom windows and doors will be opened wide to let fresh air travel through the space. It is essential that your child comes to school dressed prepared for this, especially as the temperatures outside have dropped recently. Please ensure that your child wears layers under their uniform to ensure that they are warm enough whist at school. We will also be outside in all weathers at break and lunchtimes.

End of day

If you cannot make your child's pick up time due to collecting another child at Royd, the class teacher will remain with their class in the school car park until you arrive. Parents please control younger siblings whilst waiting outside the school gate. We understand that parents are collecting children from Royd and then need to wait for older siblings but younger children should be standing with the parents. Please bring something to occupy them while they are waiting.

Parents that are waiting also need to ensure social distancing at all times.

If there are any issues with timings please do give us a call.

PE days next half term

Next half term each bubble will be doing PE (Games) on a specific day. On the specified day children need to come to school in clothes for PE; trainers, shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms and a PE top or their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt .PE lessons will be taking place outside, please ensure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. 

The PE days are as follows: 

What we are learning during Spring Term 1  (To be updated during the course of the term) 


Orienteering lessons will take place during this half term in PE. The sport encourages decision-making, and builds map reading and navigational skills, which may prove useful in other areas of life. Essentially, it is a healthy exercise for the brain as well as body. Additionally, we will be continuing to have our dance lessons once a week. We will be following the Imoves program and linking it to our current theme. 


Games (Sports Coach)

Gymnastics / Dance (class teacher)

Autumn 1


Dance (CPD class teacher)

Autumn 2



Spring 1



Spring 2


Gymnastics - Travel

Summer 1


Gymnastics - Rotation

Summer 2


Gymnastics - Flight

We had great fun during our first lesson, where they had to find points on the map so they could solve a number of puzzles.

Year 6 News and updates - Autumn Term 2

The Miss Jones Christmas show was great fun!

We loved making these snowmen today. They are adorable.

Children take part in a weekly "Active" lesson. This is where children can either walk, jog or run for 15 minutes. Alternatively children can take part in specific 1 minute exercises which are positioned around the playground and include exercises such as star jumps, toe taps, high knees etc. This week, we have taken part in a national "Hit the Ground Running Christmas Challenge" which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Party Time - 16th December

Art week - 14th to 18th December

During the last week of term, children across the school have enjoyed an Art Week.

With the last day of term fast approaching it's time for some festive fun in PE

Thank you to Trish and Gaynor, our school catering staff, for preparing a delicious Christmas lunch today.
Parties We will still ensure that each class can still enjoy a Christmas party this year. However in view of Covid-19 no food can be shared amongst the children. Please therefore ensure that you pack a goody bag with treats for your child to enjoy. This food will be additional to their lunch. Please do NOT send in any products that contain nuts. The date for our party will be Wednesday 16th December

16th November

For the last few years Deepcar St John's has taken part in the Links Partnership Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Competition. This involves both track and field events and is normally held at the Stocksbridge High School. We usually enter a mixed gender team of y5/6 children. This year, due to the pandemic, the tournament could not take place but we did not want children to miss out. Links therefore organised for each school to take part in 5 events within the safety of their own class bubbles, submitting the results at the end. Yesterday was the last day of the competition and year 6 pulled out all the stops and achieved some great results. We will let you know how we get on.

Amazing homework

Prior to the holiday, year 6 children were asked to complete a piece of homework based on their current theme of Ancient Greece. We are so impressed with their creations, which are now going on display.



Show Racism the Red Card

Last year our children in Y6 attended an event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ at Sheffield Wednesday Stadium. This event is part of an annual national series of educational events which will challenge young people to think critically about the issue of racism and is supported by players from the club. This event obviously cannot take place the same way as it did last year. We applied to take part again this year and today the children had a zoom meeting with Liam Palmer, a Sheffield Wednesday player and got the chance to ask him some questions.

Start of day

Please stick strictly to your times as the children are entering the building in a similar area. Please wait outside the school gates if you arrive early. If you are late please see Miss Jones in the car park or take your child to the office. We have seen an increasing number of children arriving late this week as well as having an increasing group of Y6’s that arrive early every day. These children are being supervised at the moment but we cannot guarantee this everyday if we have staff absence.

End of day

If you cannot make pick up time due to collecting another child at Royd, the class teacher will remain with their class in the school car park until you arrive. Parents please control younger siblings whilst waiting outside the school gate. We understand that parents are collecting children from Royd and then need to wait for older siblings but younger children should be standing with the parents. Please bring something to occupy them while they are waiting. Parents that are waiting also need to ensure social distancing at all times. If there are any issues with timings please do give us a call.

Start and finish times.

PE days this half term

This half  term each class bubble will be doing PE (Games) on a specific day. On the specified day children need to come to school in clothes for PE; trainers, shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms and a PE top or their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt .PE lessons will be taking place outside whenever possible.Please ensure it is appropriate for the weather. 

The PE days are as follows:

What we are learning during Autumn Term 1 


Mrs Thompson's math group have just finished learning Roman Numerals and will now be moving on to learn addition. We will be starting to look at mental addition strategies before moving on to learn the standard written method for addition. After this we will be teaching subtraction and finishing the term by looking at the written method for multiplication. 

Mr Horner's maths group are moving on to fractions this half term. They will be learning how to add, subtract, divide and multiply fractions, how to compare and order fractions and finally learn how to calculate equivalent fractions. 


In English we have just started reading a new book 'The Song from Somewhere Else by A F Harrold - Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever. But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help. A poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about the power of the extraordinary, and finding friendship where you least expect it.  This amazing story will form the basis of our English work this half term.  We will be starting by identifying the key features of a diary entry, that they are normally written in an informal style, using rhetorical questions. We will then be writing a diary entry based on one of the characters from the book. 


Last half term we became Geographers. Using an Atlas, we identified Greece on the map, located countries on its border and seas that surrounded it. We also learned about Longitude and Latitude, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This half term, we are delving into the history of Ancient Greece and learning that although it was one country is was made up of many states and discovering how they were ruled. We will also find out what life was like to live in this period and the difference between how boys and girls were brought up. Finally, we will be discussing the lasting influence of the Ancient Greeks on the western world.

Linking DT to our theme of Ancient Greece, we have made these amazing Greek Urns out of felt. This involved learning how to do the many different types of stitches; running stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and cross stitch. 



We have just started a new science topic of 'Classification' we started this new subject by classifying monsters based on their unique traits. 


Our topic this half term is Adaptation and Inheritance. This will involve them learning about the physical features or behaviours of plants and animals and how they have adjusted to survive in their environment and cope better with the conditions around them. The most useful and strongest characteristics or adaptations are passed onto the next generation and enable the plants or animals to survive. Example of adaptations include a camel’s ability to store water, polar bears' white fur to camouflage themselves on the ice and a chameleon's ability to change colour to hide from predators. Plants and animals produce offspring of the same kind. These offspring are similar but not exactly the same as their parents. Characteristics are passed on from parent to offspring. These characteristics are inherited.

As part of their study children may learn about famous scientists who explored evolution concepts and ideas, like Charles Darwin. We will also discuss how scientists learn about adaptation and evolution through studying fossils to find out what things were like millions of years ago.




In our PE lessons on a Monday we will be playing basketball. Basketball is a great sport to build endurance, improve balance, coordination and develop concentration and self-discipline.  Basketball also teaches children about being a good team player and is a great social sport. We will be continuing to have our dance lessons once a week. We will be following the Imoves program and linking it to our theme of Ancient Greece.


In our RE lessons this half term we will learn more about the Christian belief that Jesus is God in the flesh. We will look at the Old Testament for prophecies about the coming of a messiah.  In the run up to Christmas we will learn that Christians see Jesus as their Saviour. 

More information on what we are learning will be added during the course of the term. Please check the Newsroom page of our website for general school updates and information.

How to Support your Child's Learning at Home

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations, we will be setting homework each week, which is expected to be completed for the following week.  The homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school.  Each week we would like your child to: 

1. Read for at least 10 minutes everyday if possible. 
2. Practise times tables using TT Rockstars.
3. Log on to Firstnews Ihub and complete an activity. 
4. Practise weekly spellings. 
5. Complete any additional homework that has been set. 

Due to Covid 19, where possible, we aim to set homework online using Seesaw. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom and gives children a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Please make sure that your child has the most recent version of the Seesaw CLASS app download on their home device or if they are using a computer they need to go to -  ​ For more information on Seesaw please visit their website - For further help you can visit -  There is also a parent help sheet at the bottom of this page.   This is to limit the amount of paperwork coming home and returning to school, therefore reducing the risk. We will provide alternatives for those where working online is not an option. 


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

A list of the top 100 books to read to children in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes. A Reading Diary is given to each child at the start of a new academic year to record what they have been reading each night.  A photo of the signed Reading Diary can be taken and uploaded each week onto Seesaw or the diary can be returned to school for signing. Children can select a reading book from school to bring home along with their diary, however due Coronavirus we will be sending them home in a zippy plastic wallet which needs to be used to return the book and diary. 

Reading Comprehension 

We would like your child to log on to First news iHub on a weekly basis. The iHub is a digital reading platform that is updated weekly with topical debates, polls, comprehensions, word puzzles and writing challenges based on what is happening in the news. Please can they complete the activity set by their teacher each week or if non has been set, choose an activity from the menu.  


We will be using The ‘Spelling Shed  - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link We will be setting spellings via Spelling Shed each week for your child to practise.  Spellings will also be going on to Seesaw each week. 


Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home at least once a week. 

During last half term, children have been shown how to use Times Tables Rockstars and should have brought home a login and password. TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools.  Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home. Click here for more information on TT Rockstars. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

The year 5/6 age related maths expectations and year 5/6 maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.

Knowledge Mats 

Children will be given either one or two documents called a Knowledge MatThese documents contained the essential knowledge children needed to know as part of the topic they are studying in class.  These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at school during lessons and at home and parents can help children learn the information contained on the mat at home We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart or in their own wording by the end of the topic. The best way to use the Knowledge Mats at home is as follows –

Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)

They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned to keep it fresh in the memory.

We are confident that Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills. Knowledge Mats for our science and theme topics can be located at the bottom of this page.

The age related expectations for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and Spellings for year 5/6 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Full details of the Curriculum can be found on the Curriculum Overview page of the website. 


News and updates Autumn term 1

Bikeability - 14th September

We are really pleased that children in year 6 have had the opportunity to take part in the Bikability scheme. Underpinned by the National Standard for cycle training; a government recognised set of principles, Bikeability is an improved, updated and more relevant version of the old cycling proficiency scheme, delivered by professional instructors, who help children develop better and safer cycling habits. 


Children receiving their Bikeability certificates this morning. A big well done to all.


Since school reopened we have been talking to the children about the importance of having a 'Growth Mindset'. During the course of last week, this year 6 has shown what can be achieved with a 'Can do Attitude'. She started the Bikeability training with little experience of riding a bike. However, she worked hard and soon picked up the basics. The instructors were that impressed they asked her to join them again later in the week to see if she could pass level 1. She passed with flying colours. The next day, she was out on the roads with the rest of the group and went on to pass level 2.
A great role model for the rest of the school. Well done! We are very proud of you.

What we are learning during Autumn Term 1 


We are starting the term by looking at place value, children be recapping their understanding of the value of a digit within a number. 


We are reading Who Let the Gods out by Maz Evans, the first in book in a series of best sellers. - Elliot's mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world - and solving Elliot's problems too?

We have also started recapping of nouns and verbs, children have been identifying them in sentences and using them to create exciting sentences of their own. 


At Deepcar St John's we take a Thematic approach to our curriculum which involves integrating curriculum areas around topics or themes.  Thematic planning seeks to view teaching and learning in an interactive and holistic way. The teachers decide on what the theme for the term and then plan how this can be integrated across the curriculum. This term our theme is Ancient Greece.   

We find that using the thematic approach, improves the quality of teaching and learning in many ways:

  • It increases the children’s interest
  • Helps the children to make connections with their work
  • Keeps children engaged
  • Compacts the curriculum
  • Draws on connections from the real world and life experiences

The school prides itself on this thematic approach to education.

In our thematics lessons we will be studying Greek life, their achievements and influence on the western world. We will also be looking at the legacy of Greek culture (art, architecture or literature) on later periods in British history, including the present day. We will also be learning how how ancient Greece was made up of various city states and that we can use sources of evidence to deduce information about the past (Greek pots) 

We have started our thematics lesson by practising map reading skills. Using atlas's we have looked up the names of capital cities in Europe. 


This half term our Science topic is 'Our Changing World' and children will discover some of the many ways in which the world around them is changing. We will be asking the children how can we investigate living things in our locality. Our study this half term will be to investigate if the number of hedgehogs found on the school premises has increased or is in decline. We will be setting up feeding stations around the school which will record the number of hedgehogs that visit it.  We will then compare these figures to those from previous years and presenting our results. 



We are learning to use Excel in computing lessons this half term. In a recent lesson, they have been learning how to create formulas within Excel to programme the cells to add, subtract, multiply and divide.


PE lessons will be resuming and where possible will be taking place outside. PE lessons will be taking place on a Monday and Wednesday this half term. For the time being children will be wearing their school uniform for PE lessons as per the Department for Education guidelines. Please ensure that they wear or bring with them appropriate footwear on the day they are having their PE lesson. Alternatively, they could bring a pair of trainers and pumps and leave them in school for the duration of the half term.  This will be reviewed later in the term. Thank you.

On a Monday, the PE lesson will be taught by your child's class teacher. This term, the topic is dance, which will be linked to our thematic topic for this term. The physical health benefits of Dance for Young Children are - 

  • Improved condition of heart and lungs.
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and aerobic fitness.
  • Better coordination.
  • Better agility.
  • Better flexibility.
  • Healthy blood pressure.
  • Improved overall balance.
  • Improved spatial awareness.

Wednesday's PE lesson will be taught by Mr Priest, our Sports Coach from Sheffield Wednesday. This term, he will be teaching the children hockey, which

 involves running, sprinting, changing direction and large amounts of strength, power and flexibility. Additionally, the movements involved in hockey develop gross motor skills, such as the ability to sprint down the pitch, as well as the fine motor skills that come from intricate stick work. Another important element playing a team game, like hockey is the social impact  Through playing as a team, children learn how to communicate with their teammates; they figure out trust and cooperation and they learn responsibility, as they take roles within the team.


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