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.


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



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!



This autumn, in Spanish we have been learning about objects around the classrooms and putting them into sentences using prepositions that we also learnt.

Miss Whittlesea also runs a Spanish club on a Wednesday lunch at 12:30, which a lot of children decide to go and learn more Spanish than they already do in class.


Written by Amaya



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



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



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



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



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:  Thursday and Friday

Beach: Tuesday and Wednesday

Wykeham: Tuesday and Wednesday



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