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Year 6

In Term 5 (Summer Term 1) Year 6 will discover It's a busy term!

Welcome back to a very busy term! The children have been working hard in preparation for their SATs, which will take place the week commencing 8th May. We will continue to prepare in the last two weeks and your support with homework in particular would be much appreciated.

At the end of term we will be preparing for our special May Day event, Year 6’s last! We hope you will be able to join us for this much-valued Garsington tradition.  

Miss Harris is the Year 6 teacher (and Deputy Head) and Mr Guy is the Teaching Assistant. Teacher Ms Wells covers Year 6 on Wednesday pm and Thursday am while Miss Harris has her Leadership and PPA time. 


Our main focus for writing will be the Y6/7 transition work. This is the extended adventure/fantasy story based on a prisoner and companion planning an escape. 

There are a number of grammatical concepts to revise, in particular: main, subordinate and relative clauses; the active and passive voice; the usage of different tenses; adverbials and irregular prefixes.

If there is anything in the ‘On the Boil’ homework which your child has forgotten, please encourage him or her to look it up. 

 Value of the Term
Our value of the term is Independence


Key question: does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims to lead good lives?  The focus will be on beliefs and moral values.

(This topic will continue into the second half term.)



We have a few short topics left and a few areas which will benefit from revision: 

describing number sequences, finding the nth term; finding the volume of cuboids

calculating the area of parallelograms and triangles

solving problems involving ratio and probability and multi-step word problems

We will continue to spend time looking at
past SATs papers.


We will be practising rounders skills as well as improving our field and track event skills in athletics.  Improvements will be measured and timed during each session.  

Please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear for both of these as we will be alternating them throughout the term.  It is particularly important to remember about footwear as the weather becomes warmer and children begin wearing sandals, rather than trainers, as their everyday school shoes.

May Day - our school May Day celebrations this year will be held on Friday, 26th May. As is traditional, Year 6 will be learning three maypole dances. 

Please let me know as early as possible if you know that your child will be away that day. Whilst it is feasible to re-arrange partners for the other dances if someone is away, it’s impossible to use the maypole unless everyone is there!


Science and Technology

Key learning points: 

· That living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things millions of years ago. 

· That living things produce offspring of the same kind but that these vary and are not identical to their parents. 

· Understanding that adapting to an environment may lead to evolution. 

Music, Art and DT

In preparation for next term’s art week, we will be looking at dioramas:  planning for points of interest in the foreground, middle ground and background.  We will plan and begin making a diorama of the harbour of Rio de Janeiro.  

In music, we will be assessing a new scheme which involves evaluating and accompanying contemporary music on tuned instruments.