Year 6

A Letter from Mrs Harrold

Year 6 Autumn 1 Newsletter


Our Topic 

Welcome back! This half term our learning will be related to our book ‘The Witch of the Sands’ by Jamila Gavin which covers the themes resourcefulness, human needs and charity. Our main topics will be History, Geography and Art. 

In History we will study Africa’s past and Ancient Benin religion. We will also be in role as ‘curators’ and decide which artefacts we want to display in a museum. 

In Geography we will investigate world features including locating the equator, longitude and latitude, the tropics and time zones. 

In Art we will look at and recreate African patterns and become weavers as we create our own placemats. 


Our English for Autumn 1 will be related to the book ‘The Witch of the Sands’. Children will be consolidating what they have learnt in Year 5. We will be creating our own poems, studying features of newspaper reports and writing our own stories!


In Maths we will be focusing on place value and addition and subtraction. Children will be consolidating methods taught in Year 5.


Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. Homework grids will be sent home the beginning of each half term with a variety of learning tasks. Children may bring in their completed homework on a Friday where it will be checked.


Your child will be sent home with a book to read which will be regularly changed. Your child is expected to read on their own or with an adult a minimum of five times per week. Please sign their reading record when they have read. This will ensure your child makes progress in reading in school.

Important Days 

Due to COVID-19 we have had to temporarily postpone curriculum mornings and the harvest festival. We hope to be able to invite you into school as soon as it is safe.

Dates for the diary

Please check the website for advance notice of all school events for the whole year ahead.

Home Learning Activities

If your child is required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 please find below a range of activities and resources that you can access and do at home. Please see the homework grid and activities for your child's class - there is lots on there to keep you busy and some tasks can be done more than once. You can also practise spellings and phonics as well as reading.

In the event of your child's bubble being closed to self isolate more information will be provided relating to online learning and lessons. 

Websites and Apps

Please find below recommended websites and apps for Year 6.

Oak National Academy

BBC Bitesize

SATS practice

SATs Practice (past papers and sample papers)


Maths Resources - In particular it is worth trying mathman (maths hangman), parity and numberwang.

Apps: Match 10 (free) and Logic Squares (£1.49) are excellent for developing reasoning.


Apps: Spell Fix  – there are a number of these free apps focusing on different spelling patterns and on all of the words on the year 3 – year 6 word list. Clues are presented like crosswords and children progress through levels like in a video game.