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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Mrs Haenelt is the Year 6 teacher and Miss Taylor is the teaching assistant. 


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




Spring Term 2024

English and Guided Reading

This term, we will be writing a variety of text types: persuasive writing, character descriptions, narratives, explanation and newspaper articles. The focus of our writing will centre on our vehicle this term of WW2 and the Blitz, using our class novels Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Letters from the Lighthouse. These key texts are also central in our guided reading session where children develop key reading skills such as retrieval, vocabulary definition, inference, prediction and summarising. In guided reading sessions, children will also be exposed to a wide range of texts.



During the spring term, we will cover a range of mathematical areas such as ratio, algebra, decimals, percentages, statistics, and area, perimeter and volume. Alongside this, fluency in arithmetic remains a focus with daily number fluency sessions, with times tables also recapped each day. The children will continue to complete daily ‘mini maths’ homework based on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This will support fluency and retrieval of key mathematical processes.

Our K.I.R.F this term (Key Instant Recall Facts) are focused on application of key facts such as applying knowledge of times tables to more complex facts such as 7 x 3 = 21 so therefore 0.7 x 3 = 2.1.



In our RE sessions this term, Year 6 will begin by learning more about the sacrament of baptism and confirmation. The children will explore the Gospels accounts of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. They will learn about the meaning of the Holy Trinity and will then follow the liturgical year by studying Lent and Holy Week. Year 6 will also explore other faiths by studying Islam.



Our science topics are Animals (including humans) and Living Things and their habitats in spring term, where Year 6 build on their previous knowledge of how animals and living things can be classified into different groups. The children will develop their classification skills by applying classification keys to sort living things based on their observable characteristics. They will also apply classification keys for observing and sorting flowering and non-flowering plants and test the best conditions for growth of micro-organisms. In Animals including humans, children will also learn about the circulatory system, including the function of the heart, blood and blood vessels and describe the way nutrients and water are transported within animals.



In History, Year 6 are stepping back in time into the 1940s and studying WW2 and the Blitz. From beginning at the beginning, where the children will learn how both WW1 and WW2 came about, to learning about evacuation, the Home Front, Britain’s motivation to staying strong, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz to finishing with VE day. We will visit Staffordshire libraries for a WW2 escape room to build our understanding and explore WW2 artefacts and then end the term with our own VE day street party with food we prepare from wartime recipes.



Fairtrade and trade are the theme of our geography learning this term. We will visit a supermarket to identify Fairtrade products, learn more about the Fairtrade foundation and its impact on communities and individuals. We will also depend our understanding of climate change and how that is impacted by farming and food production.



Year 6 begin the spring term by designing products that use electrical circuits. They will learn and understand terms such as form, function and fit for purpose and create electrical circuits using buzzers, bulbs and switches. Year 6 will then evaluate the product to agree whether it is fit for its purpose.



Leonardo da Vinci is the focus artist for Year 6 this term. They will study examples of his work, sharing their own opinions and knowledge. Then they will experiment in using line and tone with different pencil grades to capture contrasting details and textures, and move on to using watercolours. They will work towards creating self-portraits, critiquing and evaluating their work.




For PE this term , we will be building on our gymnastics skills. We will focus on counter-balance and counter tension then moving onto group sequencing. 

SATs Information Evening for Parents - Presentation

Please click on the above presentation to read through information regarding KS2 Sats from the meeting from 15th January 2024.

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. Reading daily is essential and our policy states that Y6 should be reading 30 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.


They will also receive additional homework every Friday set on Century Tech, due in the next Thursday. Weekly RE homework will be set and once a term, there will be homework set linking to either their vehicle, either science, history or geography. 


Autumn Term 2023


In our writing this Autumn term, we will begin by writing instructions, drawing inspiration from our rainforest topic in Geography. We will then move to analysing the classic poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Not only does this poem align perfectly with our vehicle of Crime and Punishment by allows our class to discover a new and exciting form of poetry, as well as giving them an insight into our literary heritage.


In Guided Reading, we will be reading a variety of books and non-fiction, as well as reading one of our all-time favourite books, Holes by Louis Sachar. This book follows the trials and tribulations of Stanley Yelnets and the boys at Camp Green Lake detention centre - how will they cope in the intense heat of the desert under the watchful eyes of 'The Warden'?


In Autumn term, we will firstly be focussing on Place Value and understanding how large numbers are constructed, before moving on to mastering the four operations - all key concepts to develop children into confident and capable mathematicians. We will then move on to fractions - where the children will learn how to multiply and divide fractions, as well as calculate fractions of amounts and solve complex problems. 

Religious Education

In our Religious Education lessons, our children will begin the year by investigating 'The Story of the People of God', focussing on the Old Testament in order to better understand Jesus' ancestors. They will then study the lives of the disciples in our unit, "The Followers of Christ", where they will look at the experiences of Jesus' disciples and understand what it means to follow Jesus today. 


In History this term, we will be undertaking a thematic study of an aspect of history, learning about Crime and Punishment in England from the medieval period to the modern day. Children will learn how/why people were punished in the past and how this changed over time along with societal norms so they may understand how the modern world-famous British justice system was formed.


In Geography this term, the children will be studying the fascinating and awe-inspiring biome of rainforests, understanding firstly where they are in the world and what makes them unique. They will then look in depth at the biodiversity which can be found there, how rainforests are vital to our survival and the existential threats they face.


Our art lessons will be inspired by the great Renaissance artist, Rodin, focussing on accurately replicating the proportions of the human form, first working on sketching skills before trying their hands at modelling with clay.


Year 6 will begin the Autumn term studying 'Animals Including Humans', particularly studying the human heart and the circulatory system before moving on to work with circuits and electricity.

Design Technology

In Design and Technology during this term, Year 6 will be learning structures and how to build and strengthen them, carefully selecting materials in order to design their own playground landscapes!

Physical Education

This Autumn Term, Year 6 will begin by practising fundamental skills before moving to focus on Tag Rugby.


This term, Year 6 will be taught new vocabulary about places in town, such as the post office, hospital etc. They will be able to translate sentences using prior knowledge and build sentences using word cards. They will then orally rehearse their own sentences before writing them down - sentence types now develop from simple sentences they learned in early KS2 to compound sentences, using the conjunctions and (y) and but (pero).

Year 6 will use knowledge of giving opinions and intensifiers to describe places within their town and will use the verb ‘ir’ (to go) along with previous vocabulary and new knowledge of modes of transport to develop longer sentences and small passages.


In their first Music unit of the year, children in Year 6 will look at how music is able to bring us together and can be a peacebuilder and friendship maker, as well as developing their knowledge of musical composition and melody.

Welcome to the Summer Term 2023. As we move into Year 6’s final term at St Joseph’s, we move into a phase of celebrating the children’s journey through the school and using their talents to give back to the community. Our vehicle theme is ‘Giving Back and Making Change’ which reflects this term’s celebration of their achievements and talents and considers how they can be used to help others. Through this, Year 6 will be taking their end of KS2 assessments, going on an outdoor education residential visit, attending transition events at their new schools, creating a performance of ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and focusing on how we can step up to help others in our community.


English and Guided Reading

Throughout the summer term, we will be writing a variety of different genres: diaries, short stories, and discussion-based essays. As they move towards the end of Year 6, we focus on using our voice as writers to share ideas and opinions. The focus of our writing will centre on our vehicle this term of sustainability in Geography and the Kingdom of Benin in History. Our class novel Cogheart by Peter Bunzl will be central in our guided reading sessions where children develop key reading skills such as retrieval, vocabulary definition, inference, prediction and summarising. In guided reading sessions, children will also be exposed to a wider range of texts.



During the summer term, we will apply our growing knowledge of the primary mathematics curriculum to problem solving. Children will continue to build their knowledge in Geometry, investigating properties of shapes, angles and position and direction; they will also focus on statistics – exploring line graphs, advanced bar charts and pie charts. The children will continue to utilise their fluency in arithmetic and knowledge of key mathematical concepts such as fractions, decimals and percentages, geometry and statistics, alongside the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


In our RE sessions this term, Year 6 will begin by learning more about Easter and Pentecost. They will then move on to exploring ‘Belonging to the Church Community’ and celebrating the life of Mary and the Saints. Alongside this, we will be focusing on charitable actions, exploring how we can give back to our community.


Our science topic is Evolution and Inheritance in summer term. Year 6 will learn how humans, animals and plants have evolved, adapted and changed over time.


In History, Year 6 are exploring ancient African history, studying the Kingdom of Benin (AD 900 – 1897). The children will be exploring artefacts and artwork to understand the rise and fall of this less-known civilisation.


Sustainability is the theme of our geography learning this term. Year 6 pupils will learn about energy security and the need to shift to renewable, sustainable forms of energy.


Children will be developing their skills in athletics, rounders and cricket this term. They will also get the opportunity to attend an outdoor education residential during May.


Year 6 begin the summer term with a focus on food. They will research, plan and test different dishes with a focus on one key ingredient. They will prepare food, considering health and safety measures required and evaluate and refine their recipes.


Henri Rosseau is the focus artist for Year 6 this summer term. They will study examples of his work, sharing their own opinions and knowledge. Then they will develop their observational drawing techniques and then experiment in using different watercolour. They will work towards creating a final watercolour piece, critiquing and evaluating their work.

Robotics Club


A massive congratulations to Team Probot for being crowned county champions and qualifying for the national finals of the First Lego League. 


After a brilliant day at the nationals and beating a whole host of secondary school children, you should be incredibly proud of yourselves. Well done!

National Finals