Y6D 2018 - 2019

Mrs Doherty

Year 6 Teacher

Welcome to Year 6 at Holy Family.

This year, the staff in our year group are Mrs Young, Mrs Doherty and Ms Roper.

Please remember to follow all of our learning via our twitter accounts:

@Holyfamily_L86D and @HolyfamilyL8_6Y

Please find below the details of our learning for Autumn Term 1:

Come and See

Our first topic this term is ‘Loving’; children will be exploring questions such as, ‘How can I love people that I don’t like?’ and ‘Does love last forever or does it have limits?’ We will also be discussing the scripture of ‘The Prodigal Son’ and how this demonstrates unconditional love.


In Maths, we will be exploring and investigating numbers up to 10,000,000. Alongside this, we will be further consolidating and developing our calculation strategies for the four number operations; applying our knowledge to solve problems and reason. As part of this, we will be teaching the strategy for long division. We will also be using basic skills lessons to secure our understanding of how to tackle a range of mathematical areas using the ‘Five a Day’ approach.


We will be using the novel based approach to develop both our reading and writing skills. Our novel this half term will be ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom’; this novel explores themes around World War II evacuees and also the loss and suffering of those involved. We will be writing a range of genres including letters, diaries and non-chronological reports. We will also be consolidating our understanding and knowledge of grammar and the related terminology. A list of specific spelling which we will be concentrating on will be sent home to be learnt.


In Science, our topic is ‘Fly me to the Moon’; here we will be investigating and exploring Earth and Space. This topic will also drive aspects of History, Art and Design Technology. To link with this theme, we will be reading books such as ‘Cosmic’ and ‘Phoenix’


‘Route 66’ is the title of our topic, here we will be exploring North and South America. We will be using 4 and 6 figure grid references to identify specific physical features such as rivers and mountain ranges.


Our work in Art will be linked to music by Holst entitled ‘The Planets’. We will explore marbling, pattern and texture.


Swift Playgrounds will be the App which drives our programming for the first half term. Children will be further developing their understanding of coding.


Year 6 children will be developing their swimming skills; it is very important that ALL children are fully equipped for every swimming lesson. We will also be refining our skills in order to play a range of invasion games. Children will also be regularly working on improving their stamina by walking/ jogging/ running a ‘Daily Mile’.


Children will be looking at musical notation and planning their own compositions.



Homework will be set three nights per week as follows:

Monday - Spellings - due in on Friday (test day.) Results will be sent home.

Wednesday - Maths - due in on Thursday

Friday - English - due in on Monday

Where homework is not completed, there will be an expectation that it is completed during break/ lunchtimes. It is important tjhat we work together to ensure that homework is completed and returned. All homework will be linked to recent learning and children should be able to complete it independently. Should your child encounter difficulties, please make a comment on the homework and return it to school on the due date.

Reading daily for at least 15 minutes is an expectation, regardless of the child's reading ability. It is vital that the children are encouraged to do this in order to achieve the high expectations set for the end of Key Stage 2. 

SATs dates

SATs will take place during the week commencing 13th May 2019. It is VITAL that your child is in school on these dates. 


Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's learning or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team. We are available most days after school on the playground or you can make an appointment via the school office.  We look forward to working with both the children and their families this year.

Mrs Young

Mrs Doherty

Ms Roper

Autumn Spellings Week 1 - Week 7

Autumn Spellings Week 8 to Week 14

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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Upper Essex Street

Liverpool, L8 6QB


0151 709 3672