Year 6

 Welcome to Year 6’s Class Page

You are warmly welcomed by Mrs Clark-Allan and Jayne.

We are passionate about reading and we have a great range of learning planned over the year, with many chances to make links between our learning this year and with previous years. You can take a look here.


We will begin our term with the Mayan tale Rain Player and will then enjoy together Malorie Blackman’s Cloudbusting a tale of friendship and fitting in all told in poetry. It’s a book that will have the children gripped and prompt them to think about friendships and secondary school. After that we will use the first book of the Jaguar Stones series that will help with our learning of the Ancient Maya civilisation.

Our writing will be based around Niagara Falls with an account by the dare devil Annie that we read about last term in Quen of the Falls, a travel brochure and a Non Chronological report. This will challenge us to use our skills to write for different purposes.

We teach phonics and early reading using Little Wandle and Big Cat books. Please, see  In Year 6 we teach reading strategies through whole class reading lessons. Our reading lessons will include diversity through Windrush Child and non fiction texts on how children live around the world such as in Aberdeen Boat Harbour in Hong Kong.


Our Spring term has seen the children enjoy our reading for pleasure book written in an archaic language – The Little House on the Prairie. This has helped us to our explore our Geography topic where we have learnt about the Geography of the USA. We have learned the difference between states and cities and can locate many states and cities on a map. We have learned about some of the country’s iconic physical and human geography. We’ve used reading to learn about the construction and caissons  of the Brooklyn Bridge,  we have analysed the Great Colossus poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty, we have learnt how erosion formed the Grand Canyon. We have used newspaper articles to learn about how Niagara Falls were once drained and we have used the Queen of the Falls to learn abut one of the first daredevils to go over the falls. 

We have learnt about the distribution of the population of the United States, their biggest exports and how New York City, and indeed the country has changed over time.

We’ll be analysing some historical census records and looking or similarities and differences to the local Renishaw ones that we examined during the Victorians.  We enjoyed our USA theme day where Miss Hutton taught us an American Line Dance. Photos to follow…


Our Autumn topic is The Victorians  where we look at a number of themes during this period. We will look at the population growth and innovation through the Industrial Revolution and what this meant for Social Housing. We will make comparisons to other periods of time and civilisations. We will look for links to Global Learning and look at issues such as overcrowding, poverty and poor sanitation that led to outbreaks of cholera along.  We will learn about people who decided to make a difference to some of the social challenges faced by the Victorians. We will learn about many significant individuals such as Dr John Snow,  Charles Darwin, Mary Anning, George Cadbury and Joseph Bazalgette.

We will consider and evaluate which significant individuals should be celebrated by a commemorative set of Victorian Royal Mail stamps.

We will study Renishaw and Sheffield and the legacy left by the Victorians in our local area.  We’ll use historical sources such as local census records and burial registers to help our learning.

Our class book for this half term is Street Child by Derbyshire author Berlie Doherty. Through the book the children are learning about the harsh conditions endured by Jim Jarvis who was the inspiration for the philanthropist Dr Barnardo. We may even get onto the sequel Far From Home.

We will use picture books such as Moth to explore science topics such as evolution and adaptation using the Victorians and the Industrial Revolution as a part of this. We will use the classic poetry to practise our fluency to help us to read at pace and with expression.

Please find our overview of learning for the Autumn half term. Autumn term 1 overview Year 6

Our Children as Global Citizens.

Through the year we will continue to build onto our developing knowledge of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The children enjoy spotting links between these and their learning and reading  – a great way to apply what they are learning and to become global citizens of the future. 

sdg goals


Homework focuses on basics for children that will have an impact on their learning. It comprises of:

  • reading for 20 minutes at least 5 times a week. 3 of these times should be children’s banded books from school
  • doodlemaths 5 times per week
  • times table practice –  Maths shed has some great games to help with this
  • spelling practice through  spelling shed

Please record home learning in your child’s planner and sign, we ask for planners to be handed in each Friday. This will help us to keep in touch with you about home learning. Other online apps may be used such as: for spelling and grammar practice

BBC Online Radio Stories

This free website has free stories – including Viking Stories. Children can listen to many other stories including Michael Morpurgo novels and Shakespeare. It is well worth a look. BBC School Radio

Links to other Maths games to help with learning.

Transum is great for games and problem solving.

Using online maths games is a great way to get your child to improve their accuracy and their speed whilst having fun.

Topmarks times table games

maths games times tables games games 2 PartPartWhole this game becomes increasingly challenging combining accuracy and fluency.


Swimming has now finished for most Year 6s and our PE day is now on a Friday. Please can children come into school dressed ready for PE on Fridays.

 All children require the correct kit to do PE, which consists of a plain white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and trainers. It is vital that children have appropriate footwear to support their feet correctly when doing PE, otherwise this could result in injury. Any earrings must be removed or taped over and long hair must be tied back.