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Year 6 learning this week

Below you will find our weekly teaching and learning summary to find out how we develop and enrich your child's learning whilst they are with us.

Week ending What we have been learning about
21/06/2024 This week in Year 6, the children delved into their exciting Geography topic, comparing South America and Europe; exploring both physical and human geography, drawing on their knowledge of the world around them. On Wednesday morning, the children had a visit from PC Barnes, Surrey Police, who spoke with the children about the importance of online safety and what they can do to further protect themselves when being exposed to social media platforms. Rehearsals have also been well underway from our end of year production!
14/06/2024 This week, Year 6 have continued to delve into our new Power of Reading text: ‘Darwin’s Dragons. The children immersed themselves within the narrative which inspired them to continue the story through writing their own version of the next chapter. In Science, ‘Evolution and Inheritance’, we explored specific characteristics that can be inherited to offspring as well as discussing those that are not inherited genetically. We have also continued to practise for our end of year production: ‘Superstan’.
Spellings: vegetation, spontaneously, desolate, inheritance/ inherited

This week, Year 6 have begun exploring our new Power of Reading text, ‘Darwin’s Dragons’, further supporting our impending Science topic: ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. The children conducted their own research around Charles Darwin, compiling their information into a well-organised report. The final preparations were also underway for our ‘Echelford Enterprise Event’ with the children finalising their stalls and creations ready for the school community to attend!

Spellings: A range of our Year 5 and 6 spelling words, suited to our writing. For example: voyage, expedition, evolution.

24/05/2024 This week. Year 6 had the opportunity to develop their culinary skills during our ‘DT Day’. Inspired by our History topic ‘Vikings and Anglo-Saxons’, the children were able to chop, dice and prepare a range of seasonal vegetables to produce a scrumptious stew - fit for a Viking! We also wrote up the recipe and evaluated and critiqued each class's concoction during our tasting session. Auditions were also held for our end of year production: ‘Superstan’. All of the children performed brilliantly, and we are excited for rehearsals to be well underway after half term!
Spellings: Revising our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.
17/05/2024 This week, all of our Year 6 children showed determination and resilience during their end of year assessments! We are incredibly proud of what the children have already achieved and the way in which they conducted themselves throughout all of their papers. Well done, Year 6!

This week, Year 6 have had a fantastic week in their final preparations for SATs week. Our final revision sessions have been completed and the children have worked incredibly hard up until this point. In History, the children had the opportunity to take part in an Anglo-Saxon ‘Mock Trial’ - working collaboratively to write up a detailed speech defending or prosecuting the accused. The children then delivered these speeches to their class ‘jury’ who determined the verdict: guilty or not guilty!

Spellings:  Words ending in -er, -or and -ar: superior, shoulder, calendar, radiator


Year 6 have had a fantastic week completing their final assessment week before SATs! The determination from all of the children has been admirable and should be incredibly proud of their achievements. We have also spent the week continuing our learning on the ‘Vikings’ - creating our own hypotheses to support our new learning.

Spellings: Words containing the suffix ‘-ence’ and ‘-ent’.
For example: patient/patience, presence/present, absence/absent


This week, Year 6 had the exciting opportunity to delve deep in History during their ‘Viking Day’ on Monday. The children immersed themselves into the world of the Vikings with a visit from The History Squad, giving the children an opportunity to explore artefacts and weapons from the Viking era. We have also continued with our revision in preparation for our final Mock week before SATs next week!

Spellings: Words containing the suffix ‘-ibly’. For example: legibly, forcibly, responsibly, horribly


Year 6 kicked off the brand new school term with their penultimate assessment week of the year! All of the children should be incredibly proud of their dedication and success throughout the week. One final push before SATs! We also commenced our new History topic: Anglo-Saxons and Vikings - Crime and Punishment where the children had the opportunity to conduct their own historical enquiry through analysing a range of sources and devising questions based on their findings. 

Spellings: We have revised our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.

28/03/2024 This week, Year 6 have finalised their ‘Chocolate Drop’ game using the software ‘Scratch’, coding a range of algorithms to achieve their desired game. In Music, we composed our own educational song on the topic of ‘Ancient Maya’ - matching an appropriate score to the lyrics we wrote. We also spent some time this week continuing to revise our basic skills in maths, grammar and reading, in preparation for our next Mock Week after the Easter holidays.
Spellings: We continued to revise our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.

This week Year 6 has had a busy week during Moc Week! The children spent time revising their key skills before completing their paper - they worked incredibly hard throughout the week and should all be proud of what they have achieved. We also spent the week finishing our Science topic ‘Animals including Humans’ - conducting an experiment, using skittles and water, to study and observe how nutrients are absorbed and transported around our bodies.

Spellings: We revised our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.

15/03/2024 Year 6 have truly immersed themselves in the wonderful world of Science during our action-packed Science Week! The children conducted two experiments linking with their Science learning of how our bodies work; investigating how our body dissolves sugar and the impact of exercise on our heart rate! In Literacy, we researched Hugh Herr - a biophysicist - to learn about his breakthroughs in the world of prosthetics; using this as inspiration to write our own narrative poems.
Spellings: Words with the suffix ‘-ible’. For example: incredible, horrible, reversible, forcible.
08/03/2024 This week, Year 6 have embraced their Literacy learning when creating their own pop-up books in celebration of World Book Day. The children spent time at the beginning of the week summarising the first few chapters of our Power of Reading text, ‘The Curse of the Maya’, before carefully constructing their books to share with the younger children across the school. In Art, we began sculpting our very own Mayan masks; using ModRoc to intricately layer and build up our final piece. It was also fantastic to see the children embrace World Book Day on Thursday, they all looked brilliant in their inspired outfits.
Spellings: Words with the suffix ‘-ably’. For example: noticeably, considerably, dependably, reasonably
01/03/2024 This week, on Monday, Year 6 had a brilliant day of exploration and discovery during Ancient Maya day! The children immersed themselves as historians in the wonders of the ancient Maya civilization; from delving deep into historical inquiry to hands-on activities like Chichen-Itza building and chocolate making. The children embarked on their own journey of craftsmanship, designing Mayan masks that encapsulated the essence of celebration, death, and battle. We have also continued our maths learning; developing our problem solving in the context of area and perimeter. In Literacy, we have developed our use of description and figurative language when creating a set of instructions for discovering the ‘Cursed Temple of Guatemala’.
Spellings: To spell words beginning with ‘acc’. For example: accommodate, accuracy, accomplish, access

Year 6 have had a fantastic first week back after half-term; we have been busy diving into our new and exciting topics. In Literacy, we were introduced to our new Power of Reading text, ‘The Curse of the Maya’ where we wrote a detailed letter predicting what we think will unfold! In Science, we began exploring the human body and what it can do - we will focus this half-term on the circulatory system. 

Spellings: Words containing the suffix ‘-tial’. For example: substantial, potential, spatial, torrential.


Year 6 have had a fantastic final week of term! On Tuesday, all of the children embraced ‘Safer Internet Day’; engrossing themselves in a range of activities linking with staying safe online. We also took part in an engaging live lesson - providing us with fascinating information about AI technology. In Literacy, we have finalised our own interpretations of ‘Macbeth’, ensuring to build atmosphere and suspense through advanced description as well as integrating dialogue.

Spellings: We have continued our spelling of words containing -cial after the vowel.

02/02/2024 This week, Year 6 have had the opportunity to become entrepreneurs during our ‘Echelford Enterprise Week’! As it has been Maths Week, the children have been busy learning and understanding the concepts of budget and profit; applying this knowledge to design and craft their own fridge magnets in order to generate a profit - raising money for the NSPCC. The children worked brilliantly on this project throughout the week and look forward to seeing how much they raise at the sale next week. In DT we finalised our shadow puppet theatres and in Literacy, we created storyboards to support our retelling of the plot.
Spellings: To spell words with ‘-cial’ after a vowel.
For example: antisocial, superficial, beneficial, crucial

This week, Year 6 worked extremely hard in their latest assessment week! All of the children should be incredibly proud of how they tackled the week and the hard work they put in. In DT, we have continued to plan and create our Shadow Puppet Theatres - using a range of tools and materials to develop our skills. We look forward to sharing these at the Expo! In Science, we have continued to explore ‘light’, in particular investigating how light only travels in straight lines and cannot bend.

Spellings: We have revised our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.


This week, Year 6 have continued to delve into their Power of Reading text: ‘Macbeth’. The children have had the opportunity to write a detailed report of ‘The Battle of Ellon’ - integrating a range of hyphenated words to extend their description as well as integrating dialogue to advance action. In Maths, we have consolidated our knowledge of multiplying fractions by integers and fractions as well as dividing. In Geography, we have explored the biomes that make up our world, what features each biome contains as well as how these biomes are being destroyed due to increasing climate change.

Spellings: Words with ‘unstressed’ vowel sounds. 
For example: environment, secretary, jewellery, reference.


Year 6 have had a fantastic full week back after the Christmas break and have enjoyed getting straight back into their new and exciting learning. On Monday, the children were able to fully immerse themselves in our new Power of Reading text: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. We spent the day carrying out a variety of activities such as: experimenting and creating our own Witches’ potions, using a variety of ‘disgusting ingredients’ for our concoctions; a drama workshop which allowed the children to act out a range of scenes from the play and perform these to their peers and finally a music class comparing the music in Shakespearian time with modern day, using the plot of Macbeth to create their own versions.
Spellings: Words with origins from other countries. For example: bungalow, blizzard, hoist

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