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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Mr Hodgson is the Year 6 teacher and Miss Ward and Mrs English are the teaching assistants. 


Check this page throughout the year for photos of the class as they embark on their learning journey and for information about class events...





In our writing this half term, we will be using the fantastic ‘Clockwork’ by Philip Pullman to inspire our work, which will include haunting descriptive writing and building mystery and suspense. Later, the children will be focusing on their persuasive writing to construct ‘pitches’ for their inventions, in preparation for the ‘Dragons’ Den’…




To compliment our study of Clockwork, in our reading sessions we will be studying another novel by Philip Pullman – The Firework Maker’s Daughter and later moving on to the fantastic and challenging adventure story, Cogheart, by Peter Bunzl.




In the Autumn term, Year 6 will begin by studying Place Value, moving on to larger numbers up to 10s of millions. We will then be working on our skills with the four operations, working on complex problems as well as dividing larger numbers using long division.


Later in the term, we will be focussing on the topic of Fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying mixed numbers and diving fractions and finishing the term with geometry.




In our Religious Education lessons, our children will begin the year by reflecting on the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as many of the class prepare for their own Confirmation later in the term.  


We will then be looking at the lives of characters from the Old Testament, seeing how their actions helped to shape the church we know to day and understanding the lessons we can learn from their lives, as well as later in the term, discussing what it means to be a follower of Jesus.



This is an exciting year at St Joseph's... Our curriculum across the school is now being taught through exciting 'vehicles' - big projects for the children to aim for, which will provide excitement, structure and purpose to their learning.


Year Six's vehicle for this term is...



The children will have the opportunity to think of and design their own invention, including making a prototype in Art and Design, learning about the history of inventors and inventions in History, how inventions have bettered our lives in Geography, invent their own compositions in Music and learn how to write persuasively in English - all of which will lead towards our big 'Dragon's Den Day', where the children will 'pitch' their businesses and inventions to the 'Dragons'. There can be only one winner...

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Each week homework is issued for pupils to complete. Homework will consist of 'Mini Maths' each day, Monday - Thursday, which will focus on improving children's arithmetic skills, fluency and accuracy. 


They will also receive English homework every Friday, due in the next Wednesday, as well as weekly spellings. Reading daily is essential and our policy states that Y6 should be reading 20 minutes per night. Children's diaries are checked daily for evidence of this. If the evidence isn't there they spend some time reading during play times.


Occasionally there will be Science and R.E. homework set, as well as independent topic work or additional Maths homework on occasional weekends, depending on the topic and need.