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Year 6

Year 6 @ Mount Street Primary School

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 6!


Welcome to Year 6 and what an exciting year it will be!Throughout the Autumn term , we have many interesting things to explore, discover, debate and enjoy. Find out in more detail about this term below. We will  be focusing on regular reading ,our instant recall of the times tables facts to 12 x 12  and preparing for all that the Year 6 journey has in store for us all.



To start our term, we will begin by exploring causes, affects and consequences of World War II. As you may know, I am really interested in History and this topic and how it relates to the city in which you live will hopefully continue to develop your interest in this subject too.

If you have any questions or want to up date us, please use Class Dojos or leave a message with the office staff.

We look forward to working with you all this year.


Mrs Blunt, Mrs Lovejoy  and Miss Price 



This term, we will be continuing to develop our love of reading and our author focus will be on Emma Carroll and her book 'Letters from the lighthouse.'

From a very early age, Emma dreamed of being an author. She was a secondary school English teacher for many years before becoming a full time writer, though still has strong links within education and the teaching community. Her stories are usually historical, often spooky, and always led by a cast of impressive female characters.


Emma's debut ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ won the North East Book Award. Her second novel, ‘The Girl Who Walked On Air’ was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. 'Letters From The Lighthouse', was chosen as a 'Waterstones Book of the Month', as was 'Secrets of a Sun King'. Both books are popular choices in the Key Stage Two classroom. Emma's latest story, 'The Somerset Tsunami' was selected by indie booksellers as their 'Book of the Month', and was 'The Times Children's Book of the Week'. Her stories are published in many different languages. In the US her books are with Delacorte Press and Scholastic.

In another life Emma wishes she’d written ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.




Our author focus this term is Emma Carroll and we will be reading ‘Letters from the lighthouse’ throughout the term to help us develop an understanding of life in Britain at this time .Our writing this term will be mainly linked to our history topic: World War II. We will be writing flashback stories, non-chronological reports and blackout poetry. We will continue a focus on using a range of appropriate punctuation and grammar will be taught throughout each unit. There will also be creative writing opportunities which will further  help in  developing imagination, creativity, and communication skills.


This first half of term, we will be focusing on number and place value. Then we will continue developing our knowledge of the four main mathematical operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This will all include opportunities to use their skills to problem solve and further develop their reasoning.

During the second half term, we will be focusing on addition, subtraction and multiplying fractions.

We will continue to focus on arithmetic looking at a range of mental and written methods. To further support fluency and confidence, we will be continuing our focus on TT Rockstars and instant recall of all times table facts.


In Science, we will begin by learning more about electricity by constructing simple series circuits and identifying what happens when we use different components. We will learn how to represent a circuit as a diagram using recognised symbols. In the second half term, we will learn more about light: how it travels, whether materials reflect light and how shadows are formed.


Our history topic is about World War II. We will explore how it began and move onto Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. Throughout this topic, the children we develop their understanding of the lives of civilians during the war. We will also explore the impact of the Holocaust and how Plymouth was affected by the Blitz.

Art & DT

In art we will be developing our sketching techniques and making  poppies from clay for our Remembrance service.  In DT we will be designing and building an electrical warning system.


This term, we will be finding out about Bletchley Park and code breaking and decoding messages. Also, we will learn the fundamentals of the programming language of Python. We will continue to regularly revisit e-safety and ways to keep us all safe online.


We will be following the ilanguages programme of study learning parts of the verb avoir. We will also learn how to discuss the weather and retell a traditional story in French.


We will be learning rhythm and syncopation. We will be learning to sing more melodically complex songs popular during World War II. We will also compose a ternary piece of music which we will record and discuss.


Our focus this term is ‘Being me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating difference’ following the Jigsaw programme.


This term we will be continuing to practice our invasion game skills, develop speed and stamina in indoor athletics and continue learning strategies when participating in striking and fielding sports.. We will be focusing on exaggerating dance movements and motifs when performing dance sequences.



This term we will be considering the Christian belief of God as a Creator. We will look at the creation story in Genesis and compare this with a scientific approach to creation. In the second half term, we will be studying Judaism and the importance of the Torah.






Useful information:

Home learning: This will be set at the following times:

Maths Monday to be handed in on Friday.

English – Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.

Reading – 20 minutes reading daily. Reading books and diaries need to be in school each day.We ask that an adult signs the reading diary at least once per week.

 Pupils are able to complete quizzes at home for AR at the following website: The children know their logins and so should be able to access this from home. 

Spellings:  Set on a Monday ready for a Friday spelling test.

Games and PE.

Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, our two allocated hall slots are Monday and Friday. 

Kit:         Trainers, white shirt, blue or black shorts, football socks.

In colder weather, a plain tracksuit should be worn outdoors for games.

All items need to be clearly named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary, as cloakroom space is limited. For health and safety, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that if they are wearing stud earrings in school they are removed or they have taped them for each session.

Reading for pleasure:  Remember that you can complete Accelerated Reader quizzes at home if you don't have time to do it in school.  Use this link: Welcome to Renaissance Place (

Useful Links





Here are some great maths resources - for young and old!


What is long multiplication?

We explain what the long multiplication method is and review how multiplication skills are built up through each year of primary school.


What is long division?

The long division method is used when you are dividing a large number (usually three digits or more) by a two-digit (or more) number.


Order of Operations

Use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations and explore the order of operations using brackets.


Expanded Addition Using Place Value Counters

A step towards a more formal written method of columnar addition using place value counters.


Column Subtraction Using Place Value Counters - Tablet Version

A good starting place for teaching column subtraction. Helps children to visualise the processes involved.

Maths Calendar