Welcome to Year 6

year 6Here are our curriculum maps for 2018/19:

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Reading VIPERS for parents

We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

CLICC– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

English: Spring 1

In English, we were looking at the book ‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai: we wrote three diary entries in Malala’s point of view.

Our first diary entry was when she was coming home on her bus (The Dyna). Then, she was shot by the Taliban for standing up for women’s rights to education.

Our second diary entry was when Malala was in hospital: the doctors she saw on a daily basis were Dr Fiona and Rihanna.

In our third diary, Malala got an invitation -on her birthday- to speak in the UN. She even got to see Obama with his family!

We learnt so much from studying this book, and learnt a lot about seeing things from others’ perspectives.

Written by Ellie and Jessica

Maths: Spring 1

In Maths, we have been learning about:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Angles
  • Pie charts
  •  Co-ordinates.

In May, we will be taking our SATS. To get ready for them, we have boosters once or twice a week after school. In school time, we have been doing mock SATS papers and practise questions to boost our confidence!

Written by Ellie and Jessica

Science: Spring 1

In science, we have been learning about light and how it helps you to see. We have carried out lots of experiments to see whether light will reflect on different objects. In one of our experiments, we used different reflective materials and put them on a piece of black card. Then, we shone a torch onto the objects and we judged them on how reflective they were.

Written by Ellie and Jessica

Spanish, Spring 1

In Spanish, we have been learning the alphabet and how to write sentences about houses and other objects.

Written by Ellie and Jessica

PSHE: Spring 1

In PSHE, we have been learning about drugs and how they affect our body. We have also been talking about friendships and how they can affect other people including us.

Written by Ellie and Jessica

History: Spring 1

This spring we have been learning about medicine through time. It started when we learnt about the Egyptians and how most people could not afford doctors. Then we focused on the Greeks, Hippocrates and the four humours. Then we moved onto the Romans and how they focussed on preventing illness rather than curing it. Lastly, we learnt about the black death and all of the 6 stages. This term we will continue learning about this topic until we reach the present day of medicine.

Written by Bethan and Tammy

DT: Autumn 2

In DT this Autumn, we have been learning how to design and create a stocking for ourselves or for our family members. We have been taught how to do a backstitch, a zig zag stitch, the running stitch and the applique. Using those skills, we have learnt how to attach other pieces of felt that were different colours to our stockings.

Although we have been very successful with our learning, there were various difficulties. Here are some of them: threading the needles; tying knots in our threads: stitching in a straight line. We have all been strong and persevered with the use of resilience in our lessons.

English: Autumn

In English this autumn, we have been looking at the book ‘Arrival’ and the Shakespeare play ‘Twelfth Night’.

When we were learning about ‘ The Arrival’, we were predicting what would happen just by looking a picture as there were no words in the book. Later on in the year, we wrote diaries and tried to imagine how the characters in the book were feeling. Some of the steps to success were

  • I can use a range of sentence structures
  • I can expand my noun phrases to describe how the characters are feeling
  • I can use prepositions and adverbs for detail
  • I can relative clauses
  • I can use rhetorical questions

On Monday 1st October 2018, we started learning about ‘The Twelfth Night’. We started with creating a comic strip about when Malvolio (Lady Olivia’s Stewart) ‘went mad’. We wrote our own story starring Malvolio as we were focusing on putting inverted commas (speech marks) in the right places. We used a script from the Twelfth Night to add the character’s emotion, actions and thinking about how they would say their lines. Looking at some poems, we created our own poems about different emotions. Later on, we made a character fact file about our favourite from the Twelfth Night.


Written by Amelia


Maths: Autumn

We have learnt all sorts of new skills in Maths this term so far, including looking at the four operations, fractions, sorting shapes and using angle facts. We have enjoyed applying our learning to a range of problems and investigations, and are building excellent resilience in this!


Spanish: Autumn

This autumn, in Spanish we have been learning about objects around the classrooms and putting them into sentences using prepositions that we also learnt. We have also been learning to conjugate the verbs ‘to be’ (ser) and ‘to have’ (tener), and use these in a sentence.


Written by Amaya


Art: Autumn

This autumn, in Art, we have been creating Greek pots as we have been looking at Greek gods, heroes and even Greek places.

For our Greek pots, we had to choose from the coil technique or the push-pot technique: the majority of us chose the push-pot, since the coil method kept cracking on us whilst we were trying to shape and paint it.

Firstly, we had to design our pots in art books as we didn’t want to make it up on the spot and then end up not liking it. Secondly, we had to label our diagrams to say how we were going to make our pots and how big they were going to be. Later on in the week, we started to create our pots out of clay. The next week, we painted our pots to look like they made during the time the Greeks.

Written by Amelia


History: Autumn

In History this autumn, we have been studying Ancient Greece.

The first lesson we did KWL (what I know, what I want to know, what have I learnt.)

We learnt to order time lines from BC to AD. Also we learned about Greek gods and goddess. Did you know Aphrodite came out of Zeus’s head fully grown?!


Written by Izzy


Science: Autumn

This autumn we learned about classification (living things can be divided into groups based upon their characteristics.)

The first lesson we learned about how animals are classified into broad groups. Another lesson we found out about the differences between helpful and harmful bacteria.

We also explored changes on our school field: we looked at what it is like now (the plants, habitats etc.) and later on we will observe how it has changed, as we move into winter.

Written by Izzy


P.E.: Autumn

This autumn, we have been learning football and netball in outdoor P.E. In indoor, we have learnt about balances and different ways to travel.

Written by Tammy


Computing: Autumn

In Computing, we have been looking at learning how to make rose patterns and Islamic patterns on Scratch – an app used for programming.

We started by learning how to make roses and create the programing for them. Next, we learnt how to turn them around and change the shape and colour all by one click of a button.


Written by Holly

Miss Piper —- Heath

Miss Blundell —- Beach

Miss Whittlesea —- Wykeham

We would like children to have their PE kit in school every day, however, we understand that they do need washing!PE

Our PE days are-

Heath:  Tuesday and Thursday

Beach: Tuesday and Wednesday

Wykeham: Tuesday and Wednesday

As we often give children the opportunity to take part in the Daily Mile, please ensure, where possible, that children have trainers in school everyday.



Homework is always given out on a Friday and hand-in day is Wednesday.

All children will receive spellings, English/SPaG and maths homework each week. We would encourage times table learning and lots of reading too. Ask questions about what books your child is reading; about the characters and what they think might happen next, based on what they have read. Reading aloud to an adult will help fluency and understanding.

Recommended Reads

Many parents have asked if we can recommend age-appropriate challenging texts for their child.

Below are links to two book lists of ‘recommended reads’ which are suitable for Year 6 Readers and for More Able Readers:

SLS Booklists Recommended Reads Year 6

SLS Booklists Able Readers at KS2

Grammar Guide for Parents

This useful guide is an excellent tool when helping children with their homework or revising key grammar vocabulary:

A Parents_Guide to grammar