Year 6 – Welcome Back to Frozen Kingdoms!

Happy New Year to all of our Year 6 parents! 

Frozen Kingdoms

The children have come back full of enthusiasm and ready for another fantastic term of learning. They clearly had a well-deserved rest over Christmas. 

This half term, our topic is Frozen Kingdoms, where we will learn about life and conditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. Knowledge organisers will be coming home with the children by the end of this week. We can’t wait to share lots of our learning with you. 

We start this topic properly this week as last week, we completed our RE unit for this half term: The Kingdom of God. It is amazing to hear the children’s thoughts in RE; they always show such curiosity, open-mindedness and deep-thinking.
















Reading Rewards

This week, we are starting a new reward system to encourage the children to read more at home. For every day they read at home AND record it in their logs, they will earn one raffle ticket. If they read with/to a parent and the parent records a brief comment, they will earn double! We understand there is not always enough time to hear your child read every day; please therefore encourage them to read independently as much as possible and hear them read with you whenever possible. On a Friday, the children will put the raffle tickets they have earned into a jar and later that day, teachers will choose 3 winning raffle tickets. Those children who have won will earn a prize of some sort! The raffle tickets will stay in the jar for the entire half term, meaning the more the children read, the more chance they have of winning. We hope you will support our new reading system!  Please ask if you have any questions. 


New dates for your diaries!

Week beginning 2nd March – Bikeability. This is a training programme to help children know how to look after a bike, cycle carefully, and also be safe on the roads. It is a free training scheme which many schools provide. Whatever a child’s experience is, the training will support them to become more confident. Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes, but a bike can also be borrowed if needed. We’ll be in touch nearer the time with more details.

Friday 19th June – Winchester Cathedral. This is a special leavers’ service for Year 6 children from many church schools across the county. It will be an all-day school trip. We will require parent helpers if you are interested! More details will follow nearer the time. 

Thursday 25th June – Think Safe. This is an important half-day trip where the children take part in short sessions from a variety of professionals around safety and well-being,



SATs Information & Booster Interventions

Thank you to everyone who came to our SATs information evening on Wednesday. It was fantastic to see so many of you there to understand how we prepare the children for their end of KS2 tests and how you can do the same at home. If you weren’t able to make it, please see a copy of the presentation below.

On Monday, most children (if they are taking the SATs in May) will be coming home with their results from our October SATs practice. (Apologies – the letter printed says ‘March’).

Some children will also be coming home with an invitation to our booster sessions which are starting next week (week commencing 2nd December). They may be invited due to not quite meeting expectations yet and therefore we want to help fill as many gaps in their learning as possible. For others, it’s because we feel they could be capable of reaching ‘greater depth’ and so we would like to ‘push’ them in their learning a little more.

We will be reviewing these booster groups, along with further SATs practice regularly and based on these, we will invite more children when we feel necessary.

Please come and chat to us if you have any questions.

A Wonderful WW2 Hook!

Guten Tag! Yesterday we held our exciting ‘hook’ to immerse the children into our new history-led WW2 topic, Keep Calm and Carry on! We began with a ‘slow reveal’ of the first illustration in our focus book, Rose Blanche. Piece by piece, more of the interesting illustration was uncovered and the children made brilliant predictions about what this book might be about.

Initially, many of the children thought the image showed British soldiers either about to go to war or returning, hence the happy faces. Once the Nazi flags were revealed, the children then realised that this was in fact set in Germany showing a celebration of war being announced. We gathered together as a year group to discuss the whole picture, before being rudely interrupted by the ‘fat mayor’ who can be seen in the illustration overlooking the town square below him! He gathered us all together in our very own German market square outside Year 6 where we had to put ourselves in the shoes of the German children at this time. We learnt that the idea of war and Hitler’s views would have been welcomed by many German people in order to build a stronger nation as the years between WW1 and WW2 were punitive. Although this was initially tricky for some of the Year 6 children to understand, they were able to try and empathise.

Imagining they were German children, they took part in 3 activities: learning some German numbers and phrases, looking at propaganda posters and trying some German delicacies!

We will be exploring ‘Rose Blanche’ further in our Book Club and English lessons, following Rose’s experience of WW2. As tempting as it may be, please avoid sharing this book with your children until after we have finished using it!

Of course in history lessons, the children will learn how our amazing country was able to ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’ in order to eventually win the war and shape our nation as it is today.

Our key question for this half term is “Were there any true winners from WW2?”, with a key concept of ‘peace’.

On Friday, children will come home with their knowledge organisers for them to share with you. We would love for older generations in your family to share any experience of WW2 with the children to make it even more meaningful for them. If any family members are willing to come in and share experiences with our Year 6 children in a small assembly, we would greatly appreciate it. Please let your child’s class teacher know if this is something you could offer.

Half term update & important Windmill Hill info!

Project Outcome

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Project Outcome last week. We apologise that it couldn’t take place in the main hall as advertised – a slight flooring issue in there meant it was out of action! Nevertheless, it was a great success and we hope you enjoyed seeing the range of amazing work that the children have produced for this topic. We are so proud of how hard they have worked in their first half term of Year 6, especially with their passion towards reducing deforestation.


Parents’ Evening

Thank you also to all the parents who attended our parents’ evenings. It was great to properly meet you all! If you missed it, we are more than happy to arrange a meeting after school one day. Please don’t wait until the next lot to ask us any questions…our doors are always open!


Windmill Hill

Eeeeek! Only 4 sleeps children!

Arrangements for Monday morning:

  • Enter through 6P’s classroom door if your child has no medication for you to hand in.
  • Enter through the main Year 6 door if you have medication to hand in. Be prepared to wait in a small queue for this while Mrs Silvester and Mrs Boyle check medication against medical forms and confirm frequency/dosage etc.
  • Hand in £5 pocket money to Mrs Bayat and Mrs Lethaby in a small purse/wallet
  • Leave suitcases/bedding/coat/packed lunch in 6C on the correct side of the classroom – Activity Groups 1-4 are on Coach A and need to use the left side; Activity Groups 5-8 are on Coach B and need to use the right side.
  • Say goodbye to your children!
  • Children to sit in 6S


Throughout the week, we will be posting daily updates on the website so you can see the amazing things your children are getting up to! The password to access these will be emailed out to you before Monday.


Enjoy the rest of your half term holiday!


Windmill Hill Update

Thank you to everyone who has sent back the reply slip regarding cabin groups for Windmill Hill. Please rest assured knowing that these requests will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with other children. Your replies, along with the children’s requests of who they WOULD like to share with (which they completed today) will massively help us now in organising the rooms to ensure ALL children feel happy :)

We sent home a few extra letters today to those children who haven’t yet brought their slip back. Please simply send back the replies blank with your signature if there is no one your child shouldn’t share with. This way, we know you have definitely seen the letter.


Next week, the children will gather again for more Windmill Hill excitement. We will share with them the video from last year, have a quick look at the website and give them the opportunity to ask any questions that haven’t already been answered.

On the final day of half term, Thursday 24th October, we will tell the children their cabin number, the cabin number of the nearest adult and their activity group number. This will come home with the children on a little information slip along with the password for parents to access a special area of the school website where we will post updates while we are away. With this, the children will also bring home the activity timetable and hopefully, the canteen menu. For those children needing a little help with organisation, you can then help them pack clothes for each day according to the activities they will complete (e.g. an extra pair for any days involving muddy/water activities!). Additionally, the menu might help those children who are fussy eaters or who have allergies to plan their food choices with the help of you!


Quick reminder – All medical consent forms should now have been returned. If there is anything else that comes to mind that you haven’t included on these between now and the trip, please inform us as soon as possible. Equally, feel free to come and ask us any last minute questions!


24 sleeps to go!

Year 6 Team



There’s a Rumble in the Jungle!

Thank you! 

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended our Windmill Hill Chat on Tuesday evening and our Year 6 Curriculum morning on Thursday. We hope you found both of these informative. The PowerPoints for each presentation have been uploaded onto our website in case you missed either of them, but please feel free to pop in and ask us any questions about the year ahead should you require.

Bush Tucker Trial

The children have certainly got their teeth stuck into our first topic, Rumble in the Jungle, starting with an Amazon Rainforest inspired ‘Bush Tucker Trial’! They were offered jungle delicacies including Parrot Intenstines (strawberry laces), Frogs’ Eyes (peeled grapes and raisins) and Sloth Droppings (prunes and chocolate covered raisins)!

Lots of eager children keen to try the ‘Parrot Intestines’!

‘Worms in Mud’, anyone?!

The ‘Monkey Vomit’ clearly went down a treat!

Brandon’s face lit up at the sight of ‘Frogs’ eyes’!

The ‘Wild Fungus’ was all a bit too much for Sophie!

Smiles all round for ‘Forest Floor’!

After this, the children created their own descriptive Amazon restaurant menus, featuring some of these delicious sounding meals along with their own unique creations! Why not come along to our Amazon project outcome on Tuesday 22nd October, where you may be tempted to try some of these delicacies for yourself!

Amazing Artists!

Wow – we have been truly amazed by the incredible artwork the children have already produced since starting Year 6. We have used Georgia O’Keefe’s style to inspire our own ‘close ups’ of Amazon flora and fauna. Can you guess which creatures are lurking in the rainforest?


A Few Reminders

  • Windmill Hill consent forms need to be returned by Tuesday 8th October. Please inform us of ANY medical/sleep issues, even if you think it’s not worth mentioning, so we can all have a really successful and positive week.
  • CGP SATs Revision Books payments are due by Monday 4th November. These are a fantastic way to prepare your children for their end of KS2 SATs.
  • Social Media use amongst the children has already been brought to our attention. Are you aware of what apps your child is using and what messages are being sent? Most of these apps have a minimum age restriction of 13, if not older.

Year 6 Team

Times Tables RockStars

RockStars proved to be hugely popular last year and helped the children to make considerable progress in learning their times tables facts.

As it is a new school year, we have reset the children’s RockStars accounts. Teachers will be handing out their logins this week.

RockStars is continuously improving with new features; this year, it has some new tools which help to assess where your child is currently with their times tables knowledge in order to tailor some of the questions to suit their needs and also give feedback to their teacher.

When your child first logs in, they will first need to choose a new ‘rockstar’ name. It would then be beneficial for them to play the ‘Gig’ as this gives an initial assessment and a baseline speed so that they and their teachers can see their progress over time.

If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to the class teacher.

An excellent start to our new school year!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Y6!

We have been very impressed with how the children have come back after the holidays. They are already showing themselves to be excellent role-models to the rest of the school and are working hard in lessons.

There are many exciting activities to look forward to this term and we will keep you updated with website posts as often as we can.

Here are a couple of key points for the Autumn term:

PE kits

These must be in school on a Monday and will be taken home on a Friday. Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday but there could be extra lessons added in at any point which is why we ask them to be in school all week. Please make sure all items of clothing are named too.

Curriculum workshop

We hope you will be able to attend the Y6 workshop on Thursday 26th September 8:45am-10:00am which will give you information on our maths curriculum. You will be welcome to visit your child’s class to complete an activity with them after the presentation. If you are unable to attend, there will be an evening presentation on Wednesday 18th September at 7:20. You do not need to attend both.


We will issue homework twice a week. Maths will go home on Fridays and children will have until the following Friday to complete it. SPaG homework will be issued on a Wednesday and be due in on the following Wednesday. We aim to support with homework wherever we can and it will link to what we have been doing in class that week. Miss Pettitt is running homework club after school on a Monday – there may still be some spaces for children if you check with the office! Our first piece of maths homework will be issued this Friday. A revision spelling sheet will be issued weekly too. Please encourage your children to learn these as they will be tested on these each Friday.

Windmill Hill

On 24th September, at 6:15pm, the Y6 teachers will be holding a Windmill Hill information evening for all parents of children attending this year’s residential trip. It will be an opportunity to find out more about the structure of the week, ask any questions you may have, and to collect a medical form which will need completing before the trip.

We hope you are as excited about the year as we are! Please feel free to come and see us if you have any queries.

Year 6 Team