Our Year 6 Team



Martin Dickens


Chloe Livesey


Claire Howarth

Aspen & Assistant Headteacher

Teaching Assistants

Karen Bladen


Jason Allen




2018 - 2019

Year 6 PE days are:

Aspen - Thursday

Birch - Thursday

Hawthorn - Thursday

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear. 

Summer 2



In English, we are reading the text ‘A Boy and a Bear in a Boat’ by Dave Shelton. The book tells the story of a boy and a bear travelling together on what should be  a simple  journey. However, their voyage soon takes an unexpected twist.  We will be writing and performing our own poems. We will also be looking at comic strips within the text and will be building our own narrative around these ideas. This will help us to consolidate and apply        everything we have learnt in our writing this year.  Throughout our guided reading sessions, we will be exploring the different characters within the text and discussing the writer’s choice of vocabulary and text structure.


In Maths, we will be developing our knowledge of 3D shapes, including how to draw nets and how to build different shapes. We will examine their properties and use this to compare them. We will also be looking at algebra, learning how to use simple formulae to solve problems and equations. We will consolidate our knowledge and revisit problems involving a range of operations in different contexts. In addition to this , we will develop our knowledge of different measurements, and apply this practically and theoretically.


Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘Have we always looked like this?’ Throughout this unit, we will investigate the theory of evolution, starting with a study on ‘The Big Bang Theory’. We will also learn about Charles Darwin and his theories.  Following on form this, we will explore fossils and how they develop our knowledge of how things have changed.  Our unit will also allow to find out more about the human skeleton and how it is suited to our lifestyle.


In Topic, our learning will be based around the question, ‘How will I succeed on my     Journey Through Life?’. We will start by looking at what we think success is and how it can be measured. We will then apply this to our own journeys through life and  think about what we each need to do to be successful in our own right. This will involve investigating and exploring the options available to us after we leave school. In addition to this we will conduct our own research to find out about how famous people have responded to failure and consider what we can learn from this.

Summer 1



This half term, we will consolidate the reading skills that we have learnt throughout the year. We will retrieve information from a range of text types, make inferences about thoughts, feelings and motives and return to our text to justify these. In addition to this, we will deepen our knowledge by exploring the impact of an author’s choice of vocabulary and structure on the reader.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

We have worked really hard this year to develop and apply our knowledge of SPaG   concepts. This half term, we will continue apply these skills across a range of contexts to ensure that we have a secure understanding of areas such as active and passive voice,  different word classes, use of the correct tense and a range of clauses.

Superhero Writing

To finish off this half term, we will spend some time designing and developing our own superhero. We will consider elements such as our superhero’s name, costume and arch nemesis. Following this, our characters will be used as inspiration for our own superhero narratives, where we will have the opportunity to show off our fantastic writing skills.



In Maths, we will consolidate our learning around formal written methods, problem solving and fractions, decimals and percentages. We will develop our understanding of different question types and ensure that we can choose and apply the correct method in the  correct context. Furthermore, we aim to develop and improve our mental maths skills and become more efficient when working with larger numbers. There will be an emphasis on checking that our calculations are correct and that we have completed all the required steps in a multi-step problem.

Spring 2



In English, we are continuing reading the text ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Margarian. We will make links with other texts about WW2 and use a range of genres as inspiration for our writing. To develop our characterisation skills, we will focus on dialogue within narrative and will be working hard to convey a character's thoughts and feelings using direct speech. In our Guided Reading sessions, we will continue to develop our retrieval and inference skills using a range of interesting and exciting texts. We will focus on proving what we have said using the evidence available and also think about why the author has used certain  words, phrases and punctuation and the impact of these on the reader.


In Maths, we will consolidate our learning around formal written methods, focussing specifically on multiplication and division.  Following this, we will apply these arithmetic skills to problems that involve more reasoning. We will develop our ability to pick out the key information and numbers from a written problem and work on choosing the most efficient method to calculate the answer. This half-term we will be asked to prove our answers and to explain why we are correct and why we chose particular strategies in order to develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of this subject.


Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘Could Spiderman really exist?’ Throughout this unit, we will  use the outside learning space to investigate the plants and animals that live in our school grounds. We will consider how different species have adapted to survive in the places where they live and how these adaptations differ from place to place. We will drive our own learning, choosing animals that we find interesting and researching their features to make links with their habitats. Our topic will end with us developing our own way of presenting what we have found out, just like a real scientist would.


In Topic, our learning will continue to be about our main question ‘How did World War 2 impact on the lives of different people?’ This half-term, we will look in detail at the influential figures involved and piece together their lives to write biographies about the ones that we find the most interesting. We will consider the involvement of America and Japan in WW2 and then chose our own lines of enquiry to further our learning.


Spring 1

In English, we are reading the text ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Within this unit, we will be exploring the character development, emotional response and the changes of a setting in narrative fiction. This will give us the opportunity to further our reading skills by participating in discussions about books, building on our own and others' ideas and challenging views. We will also be drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence from the text. In writing, we will begin by focusing on describing settings, characters and atmosphere. We will then begin integrating dialogue to convey character and advance action in our own writing. We will also be using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, imagining and exploring ideas.


In Maths, we will continue to secure our knowledge of calculation using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by recapping each of the methods. We will also begin to develop our knowledge of geometry by learning how to draw and translate shapes in co-ordinate planes and by also comparing and classifying shapes based on their properties to find missing angles.


Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘How can you light up your life?’ Throughout this unit, we will learn about the key concepts of light, dark and sound. We will investigate a number of subsidiary questions such as ‘How can you set up an experiment to show that light travels in straight lines?’ and ‘How can you use mirrors to see around blind corners?’ In finding these answers, by the end of this unit of work, we will be able to explain key scientific elements such as how light travels and also how the human eye sees objects.


In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘How did World War 2 impact on the lives of different people’ Within this unit we will be learning about who were the most influential figures in World War 2,  what places were most affected by the war and also why did the Jewish people get treated so badly? In doing so, we will use a range of evidence from different sources to produce information texts and biographies.


Autumn 2



In English, we are reading the text ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna. Within this unit, we will be exploring a short, yet challenging and emotive text which is packed full of beautiful illustrations.  This will give us the opportunity to further our reading skills by discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination and by really unpicking the impact that the illustrations have on the reader. We will also be drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence from the text; Year 6 have been working hard to develop this skill in our shared reading sessions. In writing, we will focus on selecting appropriate vocabulary, developing initial ideas and using punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.


In Maths, we will continue to secure our knowledge of calculations including those involving fractions, decimals and percentages. We will begin by learning how to convert fractions, decimals and percentages and then advance to multiplying and dividing decimal numbers. We will revisit the formal written method of calculation for multiplication, long division, addition and subtraction and strive to improve our ability to perform mental calculations with increasingly large numbers.


Within Science, we will be exploring the focus of ‘Could you be the next Nintendo/ PlayStation apprentice?’ Throughout this unit, we will  make links with Design Technology. We will begin by evaluating a range of board games which include an electrical  element. We will learn about how electrical circuits work and the role of each component and then use this knowledge to design and make a game of our own, showcasing our new knowledge and showing off our design skills.


In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘I'm a Y6 pupil, can you get me out of here?’ Within this unit we will be learning about the area directly surrounding our school, including what a bird’s eye view of Woodland would look like. We will extend this to using maps and atlases to explore areas further afield and develop of geographical knowledge of what lies beyond Heywood and how to get there.


Autumn 1



In English, we are reading the text ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. Within this unit, we will be exploring a longer, character driven narrative. We will also be developing and sharing opinions based on the characters in the text. This will give us the opportunity to further our writing skills by drafting and writing character and setting descriptions and by integrating dialogue within longer pieces of writing.


In Maths, our main focus will be securing our knowledge of calculations. We will begin by reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000. We will then move onto using our knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental calculations including mixed numbers and large numbers will also be covered. 


Within Science, we will be exploring the focus of ‘What would a journey through your body be like?’ Throughout this unit, we will name and locate the major organs in the  human body; use a graph to answer scientific questions and make a diagram that outlines the main parts of the body. 


In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘Will your ever see the water you drink again?’ Within this unit we will be learning to describe how some places are similar and others are different in relation to their human and physical features and to recognise key symbols using ordnance survey maps.


Spring 2


British Science Week

During British Science Week, Year 6 studied two scientists, James Watson and Francis Crick. We researched about why they were so influential in the world of science and found out about their contribution to our understanding of DNA. Following this, we built our own models of a DNA helix and found about the different components. All the children loved exploring the different scientists and presenting their findings to the rest of the class.


World Book Day

As part of World Book Day this year, children were encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character or in their pyjamas with their favourite book. Through-out the day the children had to opportunity to explain their chosen character and share why. They also brought in their favourite story and shared these with each other, some children even persuaded others why they should take the time to read their book! We all had a great day and learnt about a range of new stories.


 Prison... Me? No way!

Children in Year 6 participated in a day of workshops provided by a visit from the organisation, Prison Me? No Way! Children took part in a range of workshops such as: Fire Safety, Prison Life, Transition, Anti-Social Behaviour and The Law. Children even had the opportunity to see a replica of a real prison cell! These workshops aimed to highlight the consequences of our actions and to encourage the children to make the correct choices. All the children enjoyed this special day and enjoyed spending time with prison officers and hearing about their real life experiences.

Spring 1

Freddy Fit

In January, we all took part in a circuit training session with Freddy Fit. Within this we participated in a range of exercises such as: crunches, burpees, press ups and squats. We had to work as part of a team to motivate and support each other in order to carry out each exercise safely. It was lots of fun!


ENTRY POINT – How did World War 2 impact on the lives of different people?

To begin our topic, we worked in groups to create a collage using images from World War 2. From doing this we began to learn more about how the war impacted on the lives of different people. We also generated a range of questions from our collages that we wanted to answer throughout this unit.

Autumn 2

Window to the World: India

To broaden our knowledge and understanding of the world, we spent a day learning about many aspects of India. We learnt about areas such as food, culture and art. We took part in a dance workshop, tried different Indian foods at lunchtime and also designed and produced some Rangoli themed artwork using elephants as our stimulus.


Christmas Craft with parents

To begin our Christmas festivities at Woodland, we took part in Christmas workshops with our parents and carers. Within these we created our own gingerbread houses and also challenged our parents and carers to Christmas challenges and quizzes. We also listened to our favourite Christmas songs.  


Autumn 1

Amnesty International and The British Red Cross visit

In English we have exploring the text, ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna. Within this we have been finding out about refugees. To support learning in this area we were lucky enough to have two fantastic visits from Amnesty International and The British Red Cross. They talked to us about the differences between asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. We made links with our PSHE lessons and researched The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We then used this information to develop our learning.


ENTRY POINT - I'm a Year 6 pupil, can you get me out of here?

To launch our new topic, we went outside and took part in an orienteering challenge. We worked in pairs to follow the directions given to get to the next reference point and collect the names of different countries in a specific order. If we completed the challenge correctly, it brought us back to the original start point. This will help us when we look further at maps and following given directions. 

EXIT POINT - Will you ever see the water you drink again?

As an exit point for our topic, we invited our parents and carers in to school to help us to create a water cycle project. We had to use a variety of different materials to represent the four main stages of the water cycle. We used all of our knowledge from the half term to design a display to teach the younger children about evaporation, condensation, precipitation and accumulation. 




Window to the World - China

This term as part of 'Window to the World' the children learnt all about China. We had the opportunity to learn a Chinese Dragon dance based on Chinese New Year celebrations. In class some of us created our own Chinese festival masks, which are traditionally used during the celebration of new year. Some of us created our own Chineese dragon, which we then used to perform our dance in front of the whole school. We all had a fantastic day! Take a look at some of the things we got up to.


Chester Zoo

As our exit point for our Science topic "Could Spiderman really exist" we have been looking at animals and their habitats. In the Autumn term, we were able to take the children to Chester Zoo! During our visit, we were able to get a better understanding of animals and their habitats and get a glimpse of the aminals that we have been looking at in class. We all had an amazing time!