Year 6 

Welcome to Year 6

2023/24 Academic Year

Welcome to the page for Y6! It doesn't seem two minutes since they started in year 3 and here we are, nearly half way through their last year at St John's. We have an exciting and immersive set of learning experiences planned for our children in this key year in their academic lives. 

We have two classes in year 6, the teachers are Mr Horner and Mrs Riley.  We have an extremely busy year but are having lots of fun along the way, creating lovely lasting memories. We are working extremely hard so that they can reach their full potential by the end of year and are helping them to prepare for the next stage in their education.

Year Group Contact Email

We appreciate that it may be hard for parents to be able to contact us when we are often in class and parents are at work. To this end we have set up email accounts for each year group which will be accessed by the relevant staff members in response to any pertinent queries you may have regard your child’s learning. We will endeavor to respond as soon as possible. 

These are as follows: 

News and updates 2023/24

Y6 Residential to London - Tuesday 21st – Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Each year we look to offer the children a chance to enjoy experiences beyond the classroom which is why the school endeavours to offer a variety of educational visits. We hope to recognise the hard work the year 6 children have put in throughout school by taking them on a residential visit to London.

As a guide, the cost of the residential will be approximately £250. This cost would include the following: transport, accommodation in a hotel, breakfast(s) in the hotel, tour of the city, evening meal(s) at a restaurant, West End theatre show, packed lunch(es), McDonalds meal on return journey and other activities such as a flight on the London Eye and Thames river cruise.

Payment schedule 

Payment for the Y6 residential will be collected in 6 installments as follows:

Installment 1- £41.66 to be paid by 31 October 2023.

Installment 2 - £41.66 to be paid by 30 November 2023.

Installment 3 - £41.66 to be paid by 31 January 2024.

Installment 4 – £41.66 to be paid by 29 February 2024.

Installment 5 - £41.66 to be paid by 31 March 2024.

Installment 6 - £41.70 to be paid by 30 April 2024.

Total - £250

Payment is now available via your child’s ParentPay account.

Further details will be sent nearer the time but if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Photos from 2022-23 academic year

7th June 2023 

During yesterday's science lesson, year 6 learnt about the early pioneers of electricity. Afterwards, they put their new found knowledge to the test by ordering a time line of the history of electricity. 

We have been working incredibly hard on their writing in recent weeks. Here they are working with their peer partners to celebrate, share and enjoy their work.

Well done! We are really proud of you all.

What an amazing two days in London! 

We did it year 6!  Time to let our hair down and have some fun! 

We would like to congratulate all of our year 6 children on all their hard work this week during their assessments. They have really given their all to each test.

We are really proud of them all!


The entries for our best decorated egg competition were fantastic and it is clear that a huge amount of effort has gone into all of the eggs. It was a really difficult job for us to judge.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

Many congratulations to these three year 6 children who have been awarded their pen licence.

Keep up the beautiful writing!

16th March 2023

Our first games cafés took place this afternoon. Parents, carers and family members were invited to take part in (or lead) a game involving their child.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon and we hope you enjoyed your time in school. It was good to see you!

Science Day

On 13th March,  we celebrated Science Week at school by having a Science day. The children were given lots of opportunities to experience 'hands on' Science experiments during the course of the day. We also had a number of year 5 and 6 children running science experiments with their peers during lunchtime.

The day was a huge success and encouraged our children to develop a passion for science that hopefully they will take with them as they progress through school.

In computing, we are using Crumble kits, which are great to support young children so they can quickly and very easily learn coding and simple electronics.

A Crumble connects to a computer using a USB cable and you can attach components like LEDs, buttons, and motors to the Crumble using crocodile leads.

During computing lessons, they will learn how to set up a Crumble controller, connect common physical computing components such as motors and LEDs to it, and write simple code to drive a motor and make LEDs flash.

Y6 Educational Visit to Crucial Crew, Friday 13th January 2023

Today, year 6 visited ‘Crucial Crew’ at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham. This is a project run by South Yorkshire Police which teaches children how to be safe in a variety of situations.

Several scenarios were covered today, including the following:

Home Fire Safety

Bus Safety

Road Safety

Internet Safety

Basic First Aid

Peer Pressure / Retail Crime & Alcohol Awareness.

The scenes rely on quick reactions, teamwork and the use of the emergency telephone system.  Hopefully, as a result of their experiences today, children will have a greater understanding of how to react in an emergency should one occur.

16th December 2022

Today, we say goodbye to Mrs Stewart as she starts her maternity leave. She will be missed by all but she leaves with our warmest of wishes and will be in our thoughts as we eagerly await news of her new arrival.

Autumn Term 2022 

12th December 2022 

Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist, whose work was influenced by Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. He was also very interested in the theory of color.

Today, children in year 6 have studied the artist and his style of painting before having a  go at recreating their own Paul Klee inspired piece of art work.

In science, on Thursday we started learning about the circulatory system (with some help from our medical students!). The children acted the roles of each organ to help their understanding. They had someone as the lungs, someone as the heart and someone as the 'rest of the body' with the rest of the class representing the flow of blood between these.

They used tokens to pick up oxygen from the lungs (red token), got a pump from the heart to send them to the body where they dropped off their oxygen and picked up carbon dioxide (blue token), back to the heart for another pump before dropping the carbon dioxide off at the lungs and picking up more oxygen.

A great hands on way to learn.

At St John's we value reading for pleasure and sharing stories with others. Discussing books and interacting with other people develops social and language skills, builds imagination and supports a lifelong joy of reading. 

Fact or fiction, in a book or online, reading for the joy of reading is an essential part of our English curriculum.

Our hugely successful reading cafes promote and support reading for pleasure both at home and at school.

Thank you to all the year 6 parents and carers, who joined us today where they enjoyed spending some time sharing books and stories together.

Week commencing 14th November 

This week is Sheffield Schools Skipathon week.

Skipping is a great way to have fun and be active. It has been amazing to see so many pupils across the school getting involved at break and lunchtime.

Today, year 6 had lots of fun learning new skipping skills at the start of their PE lesson.

Our great art work is now on display. 

26th September 2022

Maths Measures Day

We had a fantastic day last Thursday during Maths Measures Day, where they became familiar with various areas of measure in a hands on way. 

Looks great fun year 6!

23rd September 2022 

Over the course of this week, children in year 6 have taken part in Bikability 

Bikeability is the government's national cycle training programme that teaches children practical skills and gives them the understanding and expertise they need to ride their bikes safely on the road.

After spending time with the instructors in school, the headed out onto the roads to help build confidence and practise the safety skills they had learned in school.