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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 6


Lions Panthers Tigers
Mrs Johnson

Miss Dearn (Team Leader) & Miss Nash

Mrs Harris & Mrs Mayling

Welcome to Year 6

Miss Dearn, Mrs Harris, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Mayling, Miss Nash

Mrs Abbott, Mrs Creighton, Mrs Kingston, Mrs McCrae


When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind. 

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a restful break and spent time celebrating with family and friends! 

We have started the new year with our new topic, Crime and Punishment, and we have enjoyed reading The Highwayman in English. To begin the English unit, we became detectives trying to piece together clues to work out what our English focus would be; we were impressed with the levels of inference and prediction we saw! Throughout our English this term, we will work hard to understand the poem, writing diary entries, letters and newspaper reports. Our vision for the end of this unit, is to rewrite the Highwayman as a modern narrative poem.... watch this space!

During our history lessons, we have begun looking at the different British eras and created some art work based on this. We will spend our history lessons researching the beliefs of different eras and creating our own Crime and Punishment research projects. 

Year 6 Topic Web Spring 1 2020


After lining up at 8:50, Year 6 complete Early Morning Activities in their books which focus on Maths, Reading, Writing and SPaG skills, before moving onto the rest of their lessons. Please ensure your child is ready to line up for 8:50 to ensure they are not missing out on key learning activities first thing in the morning!

Our Day

Maths, including Times Table Rockstars (which is as great as it sounds; practising times tables to rock music!!)

The Daily Mile


Guided reading

English (including grammar lessons and Big Write lessons on Thursdays)


Topic – Geography, history, DT,RE, Art, Computing, Music, PSHE, PE

Please ensure your child has their trainers in school every day so they can run the Daily Mile – we are encouraging Year 6 to see how many laps they can run in the time they are given…. Each lap completed results in a Dojo (reward points which equal some prizes….. watch this space to find out what!). PE happens on Friday afternoons; please ensure your child has their correct PE kit in school.


Homework will be handed out on Fridays, due in the following Wednesday. If your child would like to, they can attend Homework Club on Tuesday lunchtimes. Please note, if homework is not completed, this will mean that Wednesday lunchtime will be spent inside completing this, so please encourage your child to go to Homework Club on Tuesdays! 


We love reading in Year 6 and want to see your child enjoy reading as much as we as staff do! Please ensure your child is reading at least 3 times per week at home. Your child doesn’t need parental signatures in reading diaries, but we do insist on reading at least 3 times. Each time a child reads three times, they will add a tick to our Read to Succeed chart; once we reach 200 ticks, the class will receive a class reward. Which Year 6 class will get their reward first?!

At the back of your child's reading diary, you may notice reading questions which are great to use when your child is reading as these will help to develop their reading comprehension and understanding of the text. If your child answers one of these questions when reading, please write the question and their brief answer in their reading diary. 

Please follow the link below for guidance on books to read by the end of Year 6. Please also remember that library trips are a great opportunity for your child to broaden their literary range, so if you haven’t yet joined the library, please consider doing so!

Please use this link for quality book recommendations - https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/7a/f0/pie-corbett-yr6-1393301.pdf


Each child will receive the same 10 spellings each week, which will be handed out on a Friday, the rule taught on Monday and then tested on the Friday, giving children a week to learn these spellings and the rule. If your child is finding the spellings less challenging, please encourage them to think of spellings which follow this rule and others that don’t. What’s the longest word they can find, using that spelling rule? And so on!