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Church of England Academy

'Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high'

Courage – I rise to a challenge and I am brave.

Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.

Scots Pine

Welcome to Scots Pine - Year Six

Welcome to Scots Pine! Our first job of the year was to agree our class charter, which helps us recognise our rights and responsibilities. This is based on our school rules of Ready, Respectful, Safe. 




SubjectFocus for half term

We will be reading Clockwork by Philip Pullman as a text that will develop vocabulary and thinking around a complex narrative. We will read other texts to build our understanding of the world, our fluency of reading and increase our vocabulary.

At home: children should be reading daily to increase their fluency and build their vocabulary. Ask them if they came across any new vocabulary when they were reading and define it for them. Our Year 6 children still benefit greatly from being read to - they love it too! 


This term we will be focusing on writing non-fiction texts, including a balanced argument linked to our online safety topic. We will be developing our use of accurate and formal vocabulary in our writing, as well as learning how to write a variety of more complex sentences, some using colons and semi-colons. A big focus in Scots Pine is to apply our spelling skills that we learn in our spelling lessons to our writing. 

At home: The basis of writing, is reading - ask your child to collect amazing phrases or words they wish to use in their writing. Discuss different types of writing with your child, such as instructions, news articles, non-fiction pieces, blogs etc. When they are writing at home, ensure they employ their spelling strategies they have learnt in school. 


Calculation using knowledge of structures - this includes understanding how we can make calculations easier to solve by compensating or using known facts. e.g 20,000 - 1,354, can be adjusted to 19,999 - 1,353 to reduce the renaming, making the calculating more efficient. 

At home: Keep practising times tables facts as these facts are the basis for so much of your child's Year 6 learning in maths. Include supersizing (I know 3 x 4=12, so I know 30 x 4=120 and 300 x 4=1200) and supershrinking (I know 3 x 4=12, so I know that 0.3 x 4=1.2 and 0.03 x 4=0.12).


Big Questions - the six religions - this will involve looking at what people of each faith believe about when they die, why bad things happen and how religious communities live together.

At home: discuss your beliefs with your child and ask them theirs. Do they know other people who may believe differently? 


Electricity - experimenting with the brightness of bulbs or volume of buzzers depending on the number of components in a circuit and understanding what happens when the number of cells in a circuit change. 

At home: what electricity do we use at home? How can we remain safe around electricity? 

Other Subjects

Geography - Who are Britain's National Parks for?

Art - Portrait drawing

French - Basics of language, including Sports and Countries

PE - Dodgeball and Gymnastics