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Year 6 - Rowan and Willow

Welcome to Year Six

Teachers: Mr Fetherston, Mrs Provost-Lines and Ms Ford 

SCITT : Mr Tye

TA: Mr Humphries






Term 3 and 4

These terms have seen us continue the history theme but into WW2. We have studied the books, 'The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas' and 'Rose Blanche' which have helped us to relate with differing characters from this historic period. We have also been lucky enough to have a visit from an actual evacuee who was evacuated from his parents at the age of 9 years old and we visited the Ramsgate tunnels which were used to help keep the community safe during air raids. We have really enjoyed this topic and have created some awesome art work and our writing has also blown minds.


The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

During these terms, our core text will be 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' which is a novel based on a young boy from Germany whose dad was a Nazi Sergeant. He has to move from his home town due to his fathers job and where he finds himself is not what he was expecting. Another story creating a roller coaster of emotions with an extremely tearful ending.

The children will be producing a range of different writing types and will be stepping into the shoes of many of the characters within this story. It's going to be a real chance to get to know what life was like for all that lived amongst the horrific events of WW2.

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas trailer

Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.

Term 2

We are very excited this term to be learning all about WW1. As we are sure you are well aware, this year marks 100 years since the end of The Great War. Children have already been making poppies out of recycled plastic bottles - they are looking lovely around the school grounds.

During this topic we will of course be learning all about the causes of the War, propaganda, conscription and much more.

We already have a trip planned for children to visit the RAF War Memorial Museum, this will be a great opportunity for our children.



A Dog's Purpose

During term two, we will be reading our core text, 'A Dog's Purpose.' This is a fantastic book which is all about one dog, searching through many different lives for his purpose.

In previous years, the children have produced some brilliant emotive writing based on this novel - which really is a roller coaster of emotions!

Children already had the chance to watch the film at the end of term one in order to prepare them for their learning this term.

A Dog's Purpose - Official Trailer

A Dog's Purpose - Official Trailer In Theaters January 27, 2017 Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Term 1 - Philip Pullman 

Welcome back to year six, we hope you had a fantastic summer. 

This term we will be learning all about Philip Pullman and reading his book, 'Northern Lights.' Northern Lights is a fantasy based novel which has also been adapted in to a well know film called,'The Golden Compass.' 

For the first half of term one, we will be using a range of descriptive devices to create our own descriptive scenes.

We will also be studying the author, Philip Pullman, to create biographies of his life. Can you remember any of the information we have researched about him already?

Of course the Northern Lights also relate to the 'Aurora Borealis' which we will be using as inspiration for our creative curriculum lessons such as Art, History and Geography.

Our Science topic this term will be 'Electricity', in which we will be learning about the sources of electricity as well as how to create our own electrical circuits!


The Golden Compass

We will be using this clip from the 'Golden Compass' along with the description of the dining hall from the book, 'Northern Lights', to support our learning of descriptive writing.


In term one, we will be focusing on the fundamentals of mathematics, such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Every lesson has the same structure, we ensure that children are all confident and able to complete the taught skills before moving on to problems so that the children can apply their mathematical knowledge.

Once children are secure in their understanding of each concept taught, they have to reason. This means that they will be given questions which provoke a higher level of thinking and problem solving, in which children will often have to explain their answers, prove their understanding or teach other children the skill they have learnt.


It is vital that all children by year six should be fluent in multiplication facts up to multiples of 12, please help your children to practice these at home.