Year 6 - Giraffes

Summer 1


Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter holiday and are all ready for the last big term of primary school!  This half term will be very busy, with the SATs tests coming up in May where you get to show off all your hard work, but also lots of exciting learning to dive into!


The SATs tests will take place during the week beginning 13th May.  The meeting last term gave parents the opportunity to find out what the tests are like and how the week is organised - if anyone has any questions about this week, please get in touch and I will be happy to talk you through it.  The timetable for the testing week is below:


Monday 13th May - English SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) tests

Tuesday 14th May - English Reading comprehension test

Wednesday 15th May - Maths Arithmetic test and Maths Reasoning test

Thursday 16th May - Maths Reasoning test 


Please ensure that you are in school on time every day during SATs week so that you can have the special SATs breakfast to get your brains going! 


We will be working hard in English and maths especially during this half term so that everyone feels confident for the tests, but we will also continue to cover all the other areas of the curriculum.  


In science, we will be learning about electricity and investigating how different types of circuits can change the effect on a component such as a bulb. In history, we will be learning about the Maya civilisation and comparing their lives to those of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings at the same time in the UK.  In RE, we will be learning about the Christian beliefs and how they affect a person's journey through life.  For music, we will be exploring identity through music and using composition to express different beliefs and cultures.  In art we will be studying the work of Frida Kahlo and creating paintings inspired by her work.  In PE, we will be practising athletics ready for sports day and our work on the Olympics later in the term. 


PE will be on a Monday and Thursday - please come in PE kits and trainers as we will hopefully be outside most weeks. 


Maths Club will continue for the first few weeks until the SATs tests - we have been so impressed with the attitude and effort of everyone so far - keep it up for those end of club treats! 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Best wishes


Mrs Vaux, Mrs Anderson and Miss Smith smiley

Spring 1 2024


Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a good holiday.  


Welcome back to the spring term - always a very busy one in Year 6!  We are going to be working hard to get ready for the end of Key Stage 2 SATs in May so we need to hit the ground running!


In English, we are going to be writing about dragons and mythical creatures - inspired by our history topic of Vikings, and learning the story of Beowulf (one of the earliest English stories ever written) before writing our own stories where the hero defeats a monster.  In maths, we will be continuing to develop our arithmetic skills, and also focusing on ratio, algebra and decimals.  We will continue learning about living things in science, this time focusing on how scientists group and classify living things and the work of Carl Linneaus.  In computing,  we will be designing and creating our own websites whilst in PE, we will be learning about dance through the ages! Our PE days will be MONDAYS and THURSDAYS this term, so please come in school uniform on those days.


We are starting off this term with a special afternoon, learning all about Desmond Tutu, whose quote 'Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world" illustrates our Christian vision for our St George's family.  In the rest of our learning in RE, we will be focusing on Islam and how Muslim beliefs are important in their life journey.  Linked to this, our PSHE topic is Caring and Responsibility - how many different ways can we find to do our little bit of good in the world around us? In music, we will be focusing on the song - You've Got a Friend and learning about the work of artist Ando Hiroshige and having a go at printing.  


It's a busy term - if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to come and speak to us on the gate, or contact the office.


Here's to a great start to 2024!

Mrs Vaux, Mrs Anderson and Miss Smith smiley

Autumn 2 2023

Welcome back! 

What a great first half term we had, finishing up with our amazing residential to Butlins! We were so proud of how you all faced your fears and rose to the challenges of things like the High Ropes and the climbing wall!

This half term we are carrying on with some areas of learning, such as in RE (Life Journeys) and computing (Communicating), but there is a bit more of a history focus this term.  We will be learning a famous poem from WWI - Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen, and then writing flashback stories using a film as inspiration.  We will also use what we have learnt in our other topics to help us write explanation texts.  In history, we will be learning more about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and the struggle for England, building on what we learnt about last year in year 5.  In DT, we will be designing using textiles, and in French, we will be learning about animals, specifically, pets.  In Science, we will be learning more about human biology, focusing on the circulatory system and how the heart functions.  In PSHE, we will be focusing on Similarities and Differences, as well as looking at managing money.


Our PE days will stay as Mondays and Wednesdays, as we still have the PE coach on a Wednesday, and we will be focusing on Indoor Athletics.  Please come in PE kits on Mondays and Wednesdays.


As ever, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to pop in and see me.


Mrs Vaux, Mrs Anderson, Miss Smithsmiley

Autumn 1 2023

Welcome back to the new school year - and your final year at St George’s! We hope you had a lovely summer holiday and are ready to get on with some fantastic learning this term!  


This term we will be having PE with the Coach on a Wednesday and our other PE day will be a Monday so please come in your PE kits every Monday and Wednesday.  Hopefully, we will be able to be outside most weeks so please make sure you have trainers on those days.


In English, we will be writing Giraffe poems, character descriptions and discussion texts.  In our reading, we will look at lots of different kinds of texts and develop our comprehension skills.  Our topics in maths are place value and all four operations.  Science will be learning about light, and our RE topic is Life Journey: Hinduism, where we will be comparing Hindu and Jewish beliefs about belonging to a community. 


In Art, we will be learning about the Lincolnshire artist, Sally Kheng and creating multi-media artwork.  Our topic in PSHE/RHE is Healthy and Happy Friendships, learning about how we can develop positive friendships and cope with changes in emotions as we grow and go through significant life events such as transition to secondary school! In Computing, we will continue to develop our understanding of computer networks and how we use computers to collaborate and communicate.


Our geography is learning all about Our Changing World, with a focus on coastlines, which will link well with our very exciting residential to Butlins! We will leave school on Wednesday 4th October and return on Friday 6th October.  We will be having a parents meeting soon to go through the details, fill in medical forms and answer any questions.  Kit lists will be sent home and available in the office soon.  Please, if you have not paid the full amount, this needs to be paid by Friday 29th September.  


Even at the start of Year 6, we can’t ignore the transition to secondary school at the end of the year!  Secondary school applications need to be made by October 31st.  If you have any questions about this, or need any help completing application forms, please come and talk to me or contact the school office.


As a whole school, we are having a big focus on reading.  We are very excited to share our new library with everyone, and we hope that this helps us to continue to inspire a love of reading in our children. All our children have the opportunity to read regularly in school and to bring books home to enjoy - I love talking about books we have enjoyed or getting recommendations for my next read!  Please ask your child what they are reading and encourage them to read regularly at home - this will also help them in their SATs as well as when they move onto secondary school. 


Just a reminder that we expect everyone to wear school uniform - black trousers, joggers or leggings, red polo shirt and navy sweatshirt - or PE kit (House colour t-shirt, black shorts, leggings or joggers and school PE sweatshirt) on their PE days, as well as plimsolls for indoor wear.  Wearing plimsolls inside means that we can use our lovely school field and Basecamp throughout most of the year, so please ensure that your child has a pair.


Now that the children are in Year 6, there are lots of opportunities for taking on greater responsibilities in school, such as being buddies to the new Reception children and being House Captains, and also lots of rewards, such as sitting on the chairs in assembly!  However, with these rewards and responsibilities, comes the expectations that our Year 6s show themselves as role models for the younger children in school - through their appearance (smart school uniform), attitude and behaviour.  Starting my third year of teaching this class, I know you can be super role models and I feel confident that this could be the best year 6 class ever at St George’s!  


As ever, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to catch us at the gates after school, or call the office for an appointment.


Best wishes,


Mrs Vaux, Mrs Anderson and Miss Smith smiley