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Station Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 8EU

Pilsley Primary School

Inspire, Respect, Achieve

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

There are lots of things to cover this term, with it being the year 6 children’s last year in school, and with the dreaded SATS later on in the school year, they will be very busy.  The children will need to work very hard, and will have spellings weekly and times tables to learn, as well as other homework, which will be set to reinforce the work that we are doing in class.  They will also have a homework book which they need to complete 1 maths challenge and 1 reading challenge weekly.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.


The children will be setting their own personalised targets, and all learning will be based on a multi-sensory approach, this will benefit all children, whether they are visual learners (they like to see things), or auditory learners (listening helps them understand), or they are more kinaesthetic (like doing things).  Please encourage your children to try as hard as they can, and enjoy their last year in this wonderful school.  We certainly want them to have a great year.


The Targets that the children will be working towards in Maths are, understanding Place Value, reading and writing both positive and negative numbers.  In Literacy the children will be working on developing a range of adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs to make their writing more interesting, and their reading focus will be to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from text.



This Autumn in Science, we will be concentrating on looking at all living things, from how the body works to microorganisms, so we will be performing lots of investigations and finding things out – it should be fun. We will be linking ICT and DT and producing a multimedia presentation, which the children will love.  In our History topic, (cops and robbers) we will be concentrating on Crime and Punishment through the ages–looking at crime from vagabonds to the present day police, this will link nicely to the book Holes by Louis Sachar, which we will be reading in the Autumn Term. We will also be going to the Galleries of Justice in October which will help their understanding of crime.  For Literacy we will be looking at different types of fiction, Poetry, and at biographies and autobiographies.  We will also be reading poetry especially looking at the Poem ‘Jabberwocky’.



In Maths we will continue to develop children’s skills with numbers and arithmetic, concentrating on securing number facts, understanding shape, handling data, and number work.



We will continue our French teaching, encouraging the children to find out more about France, and learning about its culture and language.


Physical Education

Our work in P.E. will engage children in gymnastics, games and dance. Please ensure that the children bring their P.E kit on Monday every week. They also need to have their hair tied back for P.E. and their earrings removed.


Plus don’t forget Bikeability – where the children spend the day learning how to be a safe bike rider – initially learning the skills and then going out on the open road – they always love it.


And finally the winter performance – SNOW WHITE – the children will love this, learning the words, rehearsing and becoming Pilsley’s next stars.



Here are a few details about our residential trip to Dukes Barn on the 12th to the 14th of July 2017. Dukes Barn is an Outdoor and Adventurous Activity facility based in Beeley, Derbyshire (near Chatsworth House) and the children will have opportunity to take part in a range of exciting activities such as canoeing, stream scrambling, weaselling, ropes courses and a whole lot more, these activities are led by qualified instructors from Dukes Barn, although in the evening myself and Mrs McGrogan, will be supervising the children around the grounds of Dukes Barn, playing games and having fun.  Mrs McGrogan and I have been to Dukes Barn several times and still love the activities and accommodation, as I am sure your child will.


How You Can Help

Please carry on supporting your child with their homework and with reading. You can ask for a copy of the school’s leaflets offering ideas to support you in these important areas if you haven’t already got them or just look at our website online and everything you could ever want will be there, and also on our facebook page.

Year 6 - Bikeability (November 2016)