Y6 – Mrs Donaldson 23/24

Welcome to Year 6


Welcome to Year 6!

The final year of primary school is very special.  Throughout the year, children will be working hard to ensure that they achieve their full potential in the Key Stage 2 SATs and we will be here to help and support them every step of the way. But, it’s not all about tests in Year 6! We will be having lots of fun exploring topics such as ‘Fantastic Forests – Why are they so important?’  and ‘Who was making history in the year 1000BC?’. We will be having lots of fun exploring new topics as well as revising previous learning. If you have any questions at all, please just ask! 

In year six, there are 43 children overall. In my class, there are 21 children and there are 22 children with Mrs Nixon.

What we are learning about

The final year in primary school is a very busy one! We will be working very hard to make sure we achieve our full potential.

Please take a look at our Curriculum-Map-Y6-2023 – 2024 to view what we have been learning about across the curriculum this term.

We have P.E on Tuesday and Friday so please ensure that your child comes to school in their full PE kit on those days.

Our Classroom




Home Reading

The children are given a reading book and they need to read for at least 15 minutes every evening. Please can you make sure that you sign their reading record after they have read. Children have to return their book on a Friday. If your child is a confident reader, you do not need to hear them read aloud but it would be very beneficial if you talked to them about what they have read. E.g. What is the plot? Which is your favourite character? Why? What have you learnt that they didn’t know before?

Children also have the opportunity to choose a ‘reading for pleasure book’. Please can children bring these into school each day.

For a couple of years, children have accessed a program called ‘Reading Plus’ this encourages our year six children to practice scaffolded silent reading. Children have their own usernames and passwords. To access this at home visit https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login

The children also have the opportunity to access Fiction Express which is an innovative book platform that connects students with professional authors. This encourages reading for pleasure through fun co-creation of stories. To access this at home visit https://en.fictionexpress.com/account/login/

Reading for Pleasure

At Ropery Walk Primary School, we are passionate about reading and creating an environment that promotes reading. We believe that high-quality literature is key to motivating children to read and instilling in children a love of literature. All classrooms have a book area where books and information about books are displayed attractively and where browsing, choosing and reading can take place as a visible way of establishing and promoting a positive ethos for reading for pleasure. We carefully consider the range of texts made accessible to children to cover a breadth and variety of genres and formats; ensuring children can experience a full and rich range of reading. At the end of each day, children have the opportunity to enjoy listening to a story read by their class teacher.

This is the book which we are reading now.


This is the book which we have previously read.


Spelling homework will be given out every Monday for a spelling quiz on the Friday of the same week The amount of homework that your child receives will increase in Spring term but we would like them to concentrate on times tables, reading and spelling this term.

Don’t forget children can access ‘Times Tables Rock stars’ at home this encourages children to practice their tables at more. Children have their own usernames and passwords. To access this at home visit https://ttrockstars.com/login





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