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Year 6


Year 6 is a huge year for children at Widden Primary School.  This year, the children learn to develop their independence further and be more responsible as they begin the final steps of their journey towards secondary school.  In the Summer, they will have their SATs but more than that, they benefit from an enriched curriculum.  They will learn more about the world around them as well as about themselves and will make great strides in their preparation for the next big step.  Year 6 is also a difficult year with lots of change and some big moments. However, the year 6 team work hard with all colleagues to ensure the children enjoy a happy and progressive year, which should be full of fun, laughter and responsibility.  Throughout the year, they will all have experience of different roles within the school, including jobs where they will be able to develop confidence and empathy with others and their surroundings. We are very excited for the year ahead.


The Year 6 team:


Zephaniah - Mrs Wilson and Mr Baker

Blackman - Mrs Cowling


Mrs Nanabawa and Mrs Dhalech


If you wish to contact the class teachers, please use the emails below:





Autumn Term 2022-23


Changing landscapes, changing lives.

This term, we will be learning about a key event in history after 1066. We will focus our learning on the events of World War II, who some of the significant people were within this and discuss what actions they took and the consequences of them. We will also learn about what happened in Gloucester during the war and how it affected the local area and people that lived here. Through out Art sessions, we will study war artist Henry Moore, focusing on his images of people in the shelters. We will develop our drawing techniques to be able to replicate our our images but following his style. In science, we will initially be learning about classification and the influence that Charles Linnaeus had over the system that we still use today. Later in the term, we will be furthering our understanding of light, building on the knowledge that we developed in Year 3. As a class we will be reading Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan and Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. We will use these to inspire our narrative and non-fiction writing. We can't wait to get started!

Our class text this term is...

We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.


Please find below our Topic Overview for the Autumn Term





*Writing to Entertain

Narrative based on Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan


*Writing to Inform

Recount based on Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll


*Writing to Entertain

Spooky narrative based on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


*Writing to Persuade 

Persuasive letter to Mr Scrooge


Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? [Creation] We will be looking at the Christian creation story

Why do some people believe in God and some people do not? We will study what different people believe and how that affects the way that they live their lives.


We will be looking at how we make a positive difference to our class, school, family and community. We will also discuss the roles and responsibilities through class and school elections and discussions.

We will also learn more about making healthy choices, linking with our D&T work.

Numbers 1 – 10,000,000

Reading, writing, comparing, ordering and rounding numbers to 10,000,000.

Four operations using whole numbers

Creating and solving expressions involving brackets, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.

Multiplying 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using number bonds and column multiplication as the key methods.

Estimating the product of multiplication sentences.

Dividing 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using a variety of methods, including number bonds and long division.

Solving more complex word problems involving multiple operations, including multiplication and division, with bar models being a main heuristic in addition to other pictorial methods.

Finding common multiples and common factors before ending the unit exploring prime numbers.

Scientific and Technological Understanding

Changing landscapes, changing lives.

Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding


Living things and their habitats:

*I can describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals

*I can give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics


*Recognise that light appears to travel in a straight line including demonstrating angles of incidence and reflection in clear, detailed diagrams

Use the idea that light travels in a straight line to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye 

*Explain that we see things because light travels from a light source to objects then to our eyes, including explaining how the eyes work, using scientific vocabulary and illustrations

*Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shapes as the objects that cast them

*Be able to explain what refraction is, associating with prisms and how rainbows are made

Design and Technology

Cooking and nutrition:Design and make a savoury dish to be shared with parents/residents of Great Western Court Nursing Home







History Understanding of events, people and changes

*I can describe a study or an aspect or theme in British history that extends my chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (WWII) Through this we will be able to focus on the elements of British Values, including the question, why did Britain go to war?

We will also focus on a significant people, their actions and the consequences of these e.g. Churchill, Hitler.  Furthermore, we will focus on the role of ordinary people through service, resilience and  bravery.

Geography – Locational Knowledge

*Explain what a river is and locate the world’s longest rivers on a map, using coordinate grids and referring to map features such as lines of longitude and latitude

Geographical skills and Fieldwork

● Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies

 ● Use a compass correctly to map the direction/location of our local canals and the direction water flows in

The Arts


Physical Development


* Art – Drawing techniques, using a range of materials to replicate styles and textures created by known artists. (Henry Moore)

*MusicHappy (Pop/Motown) What makes us happy?

Computing systems and networks   

Communication and collaboration -

Identifying and exploring how data is transferred and information is shared online.

Creating media   

Webpage creation -Designing and creating webpages, giving consideration to copyright, aesthetics, and navigation.

Tag Rugby -Develop attacking principles, understanding when to run and when to pass. To be able to use the ‘forward pass’ and 'offside' rules. To be able to play games using tagging rules. To develop dodging skills to lose a defender. To develop drawing defense and understanding when to pass.To be able to apply the rules and tactics you have learnt to play in a tag rugby tournament.

Netball - To develop passing and moving. To be able to use the attacking principle of creating and using space. To be able to change direction and lose a defender. To be able to defend ball side and know when to go for interceptions. To develop the shooting action. To use and apply skills and tactics to small sided games.







Reading Challenge!

All classes are set a reading challenge every year. We follow the different bus routes to read a range of exciting texts. Choose one of the texts from the special baskets. When you have read it, you will get a 'red bus' stamp in your reading record. Which route are you going to explore? Can you complete them all before the end of the year?

Important information:


PE this term will be on Tuesday and Thursday every week - please make sure you wear appropriate PE kit. Both of these sessions will take place outside, so make sure you have your green school jumper, just in case!


Reading records are to be brought in daily. Please make sure that you are listening to your child read during the week and record this in their books. 


Homework will be given to the children on a Friday. This may include: Maths, Writing/SPaG, and/or topic work. This will need to be completed in the homework books, unless told otherwise. Homework is to be brought back into school the following Wednesday.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Some useful websites to support your children's learning:


BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2.  Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English.   Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online.  Some aspects require a subscription.



A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.



A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!



A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.



This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.



A range of English games and activities.



Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.



A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.


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