Year 6 Curriculum Letter Spring 2018

Year Six Spring Parent Information Letter 2018

Dear Parents,


We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with your children. The purpose of this letter is to explain the work and routines for year 6 children this term.


6Rs and Character Muscles

We are continuing our approach to learning this year using the 6Rs. They aim to make the children successful learners and to help them develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. The 6 qualities are:

  • Readiness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience
  • Reflectiveness
  • Responsibility
  • Risk Taking

To underpin these, we will be introducing character muscles throughout the term across the curriculum.   Character muscles include learning the value of hard work, honouring promises and many other important traits.




In English this term we will be studying the following books:

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Through studying the books the children will be learning how to write:

  • Diary entries / Letters / Descriptive Passages

If you would like to read more books by Michael Morpurgo with your children we would recommend:

  • Kensuke’s Kingdom
  • The Butterfly Lion
  • Running Wild
  • The Marble Crusher
  • The Dancing Bear
  • Outlaw
  • Hereabout Hill
  • A Medal for Leroy





In our first topic this half term we will be learning about the Electricity. After recapping learning from Year 4, we will move on to learn how simple circuits work and what changes in components or cells do the voltage and current in a circuit.  We will study renewable energy sources and look at


What does it mean to be a Muslim?

This unit enables pupils to focus on the beliefs that many Muslims hold and look at the way that the faith of Islam encourages its followers to demonstrate that they belong to the faith. The focus is on the beliefs held by Muslims and what we can learn from them and what it is like to live as a Muslim in Britain today.

Pupils will be encouraged to consider what can be learned from Islam using examples and teaching, referring to their own experiences, beliefs and values.



Our PSHE topics this autumn term will focus on Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability.


Year 6 Groups

In preparation for secondary school, in Year 6, the children are split into different groups for Maths and English. They will be taught by one of the Year 6 teachers: Mr Wharin, Mrs Mulla, Mr Burpitt or Mrs Simpkin. It is very likely that your child will be taught by more than one teacher this year.  In the afternoon children will be back in their classes however it is common for us to work as a Year 6 team.



Revision Guides and Homework

Revision guides will soon be handed out in preparation for SATs tests in May. Please DO NOT allow this to cause any worry for your child.  We are sorting the revision guides in plenty of time to allow them to have the maximum impact on learning.  The Year 6 Teachers will give clear guidance on how to use revision guides as we move through the term.  More information will follow at the Year 6 SATs parents information meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th February.  A separate letter will follow with more information about this soon.




This term, Year 6 PE will be on a Tuesday. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school that day. Your child will need to bring a sensible white t-shirt and black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and appropriate footwear for outdoor sports. For hygiene reasons, your child’s PE kit must be a change of clothing, including trainers, NOT what your child is wearing on that day.  If your child is unable to do PE please send a note.  Children without a note will be expected to take part in the lesson.


School Uniform

We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms! Children need to wear a navy top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield. Trainers: Black trainers only are acceptable for school.  No football boots will be allowed in the school building.



Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom.  When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard.  Parents are warmly invited to come and see their children receive their badges in Friday morning assemblies.  An invitation will be sent out when your children has earned their next badge.



It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent, please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration.  If you are planning a family holiday, please make every effort to take this during school holidays.  If you are unable to do so, please ensure that you obtain authorisation before you book – authorisation forms can be collected from the school office.  Please be aware that Leicester City Council will check attendance and will issue fines for unauthorised holidays.


We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us in the classroom before 8.50 or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting.  As a reminder, teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible for us to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent.  We appreciate your continued co-operation.


Phase 3 Leader

The Phase 3 leader is responsible for all pupils in years 4, 5 and 6. This is Mr Wharin.  If you wish to meet with him, please contact the office to arrange a meeting.




We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.


Yours faithfully





Mr J. Wharin     Mrs R. Mulla      Mr. B. Burpitt    Mrs S. Simpkin

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