Year 6 (Jazz) 2021 - 2022

Mrs Davis

Assistant Headteacher

September 2021

Dear Parents and children, 

This year is an extremely important one, with children taking their Y6 SATS tests in the summer term, as well as preparing to move on to secondary school. The children will be working hard and at the end of the year, they will have opportunities to celebrate their time at Pippins.


During the first half term, the children will be studying the books ‘Holes’ written by Louis Sachar and ‘Windrush Child’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. After half term, they will be studying the books, ‘Wild Boy’ by Rob Lloyd Jones and ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf They will be developing their reading skills through discussions and comprehension questions focused on their understanding of vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. 
They will be using the texts to write a wide range of genres including non-chronological reports, newspaper articles, biographies, formal and informal letters and descriptions of characters and settings. They will develop their understanding of how grammatical structures and punctuation assist the reader. 


The children will be learning all the areas of the mathematics curriculum and building on their learning from last year. There are 12 units of study: numbers and place value; mental and written calculations; fractions, decimal and percentages; ratio and proportion; algebra; measurement; geometry; and statistics and they will show how they can use and apply their knowledge to new situations. The children will be required to use their mental calculation skills in all maths lessons and it is very important that they know their times tables and key facts to enable them to use them in lessons. Further details can be found in the documents below.  


In science, our first topic is living things and their habitats and the children will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. They will learn about the importance of Carl Linnaeus’ work and be put their learning into practice classifying plants found in the local area.

After half term, the children will learn about variation and adaptation. They will explore how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution and be able to explain how some animals have adapted to survive in their environments.


Children will be developing their understanding of how computer systems and networks work and are used. They will explore how search engines rank information and how we can communicate online in a variety of ways.
After half term, they will be exploring the features of a good website and creating their own effective webpages, making decisions with their targeted audience in mind and following copyright rules. 


In geography, our topic is ‘Raging Rivers’. The children will find out why rivers are so important to the towns and villages that have developed on their banks. By looking at the features of rivers, and the natural and human ways that rivers change over time, the children will explore the life stories of rivers. They will also learn the names and locations of the major rivers of the UK and the world.

In history, the children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. They will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. They will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and they will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate, arguing which was most important in a class debate.


Rivers will be used as musical inspiration in our first topic this year. Children will learn to listen to changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics and relate it to a river’s course: wild and racing or calm and meandering. They will represent different stages of the river (upper, middle and lower courses) through vocal and percussive ostinatos, culminating in a final group performance.

After half term, they will be developing greater accuracy in pitch and control and identifying pitches within an octave when singing songs of World War 2, using their knowledge of pitch to develop confidence when singing in parts.


In art, the children will develop their skills in design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation. They will design a hat, create zentangle patterns and prints, paint in the style of impressionist painters and explore the painting ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper.

In design and technology, they will explore a range of structures before being challenged to design and create a model of a new playground. Children will visualise objects in a plan view and get creative with their use of natural features for their structures.


P.E. will continue be on Wednesday afternoons. The children are expected to wear their P.E. kits on this day and remove jewellery. The children will begin the term by developing their skills in 'Quicksticks' and then will participate in indoor athletics. 


In the first half of the autumn term, we will be learning about Islam and considering the key question, ‘What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?’

After half term we will be studying Christianity and considering the key question, ‘How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?’


To start the year, children will be thinking about their year ahead and setting goals and considering what it means to be a global citizen.

After half term, we will be considering how people are different and celebrating differences, appreciating other people for who they are.


The children should continue to use Sumdog, and Education City whenever possible as it will assist them in learning key facts and practicing crucial number facts, spellings and skills. The BBC bitesize revision website is also extremely useful to help the children to practice and revise. It can be found at


Your child will be expected to read at home every night and spellings will be given to children on a termly basis to be learnt for a test every Friday. Weekly homework will be handed out on Thursday to be handed in on Tuesday; however, additional activities will be sent home throughout the week to begin to prepare them for secondary school. Some homework will be set through online platforms and children will be given individual log on information to access this.

Important dates

The deadline for secondary school applications is the 31st October 2021. Please make sure that you submit your application by this date. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us.

From the Year 6 Team

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