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Brushwood Junior School

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Meet the team: 

6L - Mr Lloyd is the class teacher and Mrs Saunders is the teaching assistant.

6C - Mrs Cowan is the class teacher and Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Ashby are the teaching assistants. 


Spring Term


In English we study 'Skellig' by David Almond. This is about a boy who discovers a creature living in a disused garage in his new home. Together with his neighbour Mina, the two take care of it nursing it back to health. But what is this creature and will it help his baby sister's illness? The children will link their writing to the story including inovating a chapter themselves and writing a balanced argument for and against home schooling. The children will also study 'Fantastic beasts and mythical creatures'. They will produce an explanation text of a beast of their own imagination. Guided reading will base around the books as well as independent pieces supporting inference, retrieval and explanation skills. Spelling will be following the Spelling Shed scheme of work.


Over this term the children will be focusing on mulriplying and dividing fractions and finding fractions of numbers. They will cover further topics of measurement, ratio and proportion and decimals and percentage. Arithmetic papers will be done weekly and homework set on Atom learning. Regular practise of times tables will take place using TTRockstars.



In history we will be investigating what life was like in Victorian times. Children carry out an enquiry using census and factory records following a family history over the time period and use inference skills to suggest reasons for the changes, linking them to national events. They will plan their own enquiry and research based on a local family.



We will be investigating why certain parts of the world are more populated than others; exploring birth and death rates; discussion social, economic and environmental push and pull factors and learning about the population in Britain and its impacts.


Our topics this term areevolution and inheritance and humans and classification. Children will be given the opportunity to investigate and answer their own questions.


In art the children will explore a selection of paintings through art appreciation activities. They will be collecting ideas in sketchbooks and planning a final piece after researching the life, techniques and artistic intentions of an artist that interests them.


Creating and maintaining positive and healthy friendships is at the centre of PSHE this term, with a focus on valuing differences and having constructive conversations to risolve disputes.


6L and 6N have PE on Wednesdays and Friday. Please ensure all the PE kit is clearly named. The children will be participation in dance and movement thinking about interpreting emotions and feelings on the topic of prejudice and discrimination. They will also be doing gymnastics.


Music will be continuing with our topic learning African drumming on Thursday afternoons. In Spring B the children will learn an American folk dance while also listening and composing American folk music.


This term, the children will be learning about different French speaking countries of the world and introduced to some characters to learn about.


The children will be learning about the history of computers and be introduced to basic programming using the language of Python.

Autumn Term



This term the children are reading the book 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Caroll. This is a story about a group of children who have been evacuated from London to Devon during the Blitz. A story of mystery and intrigue including secret codes and captured German pilots. The children will have the opportunity to step into the role of the main characters as they were being evacuated from the cinema during an air raid. Through hot seating and freeze framing, the children will be able to empathise with children from this era.

They will write a diary entry through the perspective of one of the characters using emotive and descriptive language and will apply the appropriate grammar and punctuation.


This term, the children will secure their knowledge of place value and the four operations. The children will be using visual and practical manipulatives before moving onto concrete methods to embed fluency. Within each lesson, we continue to stretch the children's understanding through applying and reasoning questions, as well as investigations and discussion. 


Each week, the children will also be completing times tables practice, starting with the 2's, 4's, 5's 8's and 10's.


In history, Year 6 are exploring WW2. We  will begin the topic by investigating primary and secondary sources of historical information and asking questions about  how the artefact could help understand what life was like in the war and its reliability. The children will have the opportunity to take part in an evacuation drill where they will be asked to sit underneath the table to take cover during an air raid. We will analyse Hitler's rise to power, Chamberlain's appeasement strategy and debated as a class as to whether it was the right policy to follow.

They will investigate the government's evacuation policy and will discover first hand experiences of evacuees. The children will investigate whether the Battle of Britain was a turning point in the war. They have been encouraged to look into their own family's experiences of the war and have found out so many stories!  

In Geography the children study different types of energy sources. They learn the difference between renewable and non renewable including the benefits and drawbacks. They compare energy sources in Midland, Texas to Port of Blyth in England. They advise an urban planner on which source of energy to use to supply a new village that is being built and finish the topic with a field study of where the best location for solar panels would be at Brushwood, justifying their choice.

6L Remembrance Assembly


This term, the children in Year 6 begin the year by learning about electricity and light. They will participate in a practical lesson where they will need to demonstrate collaboration and resilience to produce a circuit. They will use a range of equipment, such as, batteries, buzzers, lightbulbs, motors, wires and switches. All children participated and were success in creating a working circuit. They will work collaboratively to investigate the changing volume of buzzers and brightness of lightbulbs. 


In art, the children will be learning the techniques using oil pastels and will compose a 'Blitz' scene from World War 2. The techniques they will learn are: scumbling and stippling. The children will also blend a variety of colours together to create a 'fire based' scene. The techniques they will have learnt will be explored further when they learn to sketch in the Autumn term.

Design and Technology

The topic this term has been 'Come dine with me'. Each group have had to design, prepare and a three course meal focusing on recipes that compliment, balance and enhance each other.



The children will be discussing why we have rules and how we develop our value codes. We will have conversations surrounding legal, illegal and prescription drugs and medicines and the effect they may have on us. The children will act out various scenarios with a dilemma of peer pressure and will identify strategies on how to respond. 


The children will be playing netball this term. They will be practising each different pass whilst building up the stamina to take part in matches. They will also be learning hockey skills and will be taking part in inter-year group matches. This will develop teamwork and sportsmanship whilst developing skills in hockey. 


Year 6 have been very fortunate and have been given the opportunity to learn how to play the 'djembe drums'. Each week Year 6 take part in a whole class music lesson, taught by Bucks Music Trust. The children will learn how to play various tones on the drums as well as rhythms and songs too. 

Whilst learning how to play the drums, the children will also develop sight reading skills through reading pieces of music. They will identify: crotchets, quavers, minims, semibreve and a semi quaver. 


The children will explore World War 2 in French which links to their topic in History. They will really enjoy this topic as it was relevant to History and they were able to understand it from a different point of view. The children will learn some key vocabulary and will write some short sentences about facts they have learnt relating to World War 2. The children will be focussing on all four areas of learning a language: reading, writing, speaking and listening.


This term, the children have been using the platform 'scratch' to create and implement codes into games. They have focussed on coding for this term and the other platforms which have been used are: code for life and 2code on purple mash. 

The children have created games - using the codes which they create - for their friends to play.