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Welcome to Alps' Class page! 

Year 6 team

  • Our teacher is Miss Parker.

  • Our teaching assistants are Mrs Shiels, Mrs Howell, Mrs Barrett and Ms Iyer. Mrs Hansen will also be working with us 2 afternoons a week.
  • Our School Council Representative is Tyler.
  • Our Eco Council Representative is Jake.
  • Our Rights Respecting Schools Representative is Jason.


Dylan for amazing reading responses and understanding the author's use of simile.







his term our topic is ...

Our Topic this term is titled Fantastic Beasts. We will be getting our creative juices flowing by learning about mythical creatures from around the world.


We have chosen to learn about the Mayans this term as they will link to our Geography work when we explore South America. As historians we will:
-  discover facts about the Maya civilisation and explain who the Maya people were and when and where in the world they lived
- explain the religious beliefs of the Maya people
- discover how the Maya invented and used their calendars and number system
- use a range of evidence sources to help us understand more about the Maya civilisation
- explain what the Mayan writing system consists of, how words are constructed and what codices are
- describe a range of foods that were eaten by the ancient Maya people and explain why certain foods were particularly significant.

This BBC information page is full of interesting facts and useful links - BBC Intro to ancient Maya.

This Mayan fact page is full of information about daily life in ancient Maya.


- To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping identify the countries of North and South America
- To use geographical terminology to describe the location and characteristics of a range of places across the Americas
- To describe the climates and biomes of different regions across the Americas
- To identify similarities and differences in the human and physical geography of my local area and a region of North America.


We will be finding out about the life of Amelia Earhart who was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

In our missions we will:

-Learn how Amelia coped in a man's world. She worked alongside many men and was not considered equal so was often ignored.

-Build and test our own planes as Amelia did before setting off on her record-breaking, solo flight.

-Send ground-to-air signals back to our team in order to get the help we require.

-Discover what it was like to make repairs in mid-air by leaving the safety of our cockpits and making our way across the obstacle course to the other side in order to make the necessary alterations to the tip of the wing. The equipment required to repair the tip of the wing must be carefully carried from the cockpit to the damaged area.

-Find out what it was like to fly through a storm by following navigation instructions whilst wearing a blindfold.



Big Reading        

This year we will be working on small reading activities called Mini Missions in Big Reading. These Mini Missions will focus on key reading skills such as deduction, inference and understanding the writer’s viewpoint which will help you to answer comprehension questions at a much deeper level. You will read with an adult at least once a week focusing on key targets.  

We will be focussing on narratives which include wonderful descriptions of mythical beats.


We do expect you to read at home every day and write it in your diaries which will be checked every Friday. Remember reading every day always earns stickers and a weekly reader’s award.


Linked to our Big Reading, we will be creating our own mythical creatures and writing descriptions of them. We will create our own field guide for our creatures and we will write a non-chronological report for a professional who is going to study our creature. 


  • Big Maths – daily focus on key number skills.
  • Shapes – We will be exploring the properties of circles.
  • Algebra – We will be exploring growing patterns to deepen our understanding of the link between sequences and algebraic formulas.
  • Financial maths and enterprise – We will be introduced to financial terms including income, expenses and budgets. Then through developing an Enterprise project, we will plan, market, make and sell a product. Evaluation after the project will support us to review how we have managed the project and how we could have improved the outcomes. 
  • Preparing for KS3 maths - we will finish the year by reflecting on ourselves as mathematicians. We will consider what we do well and how we approach mathematical problems. Furthermore, we will highlight information that we want our KS3 teacher to know about our mathematical learning and how best to support us.

Looking to boost your mental maths skills? These daily10 challenges are fab as you can select your level, topic and time intervals.


We will be learning about evolution and inheritance this term. We will:

  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways
  • Identify how adaptation may lead to evolution by examining the theories of evolution constructed by Darwin and Wallace
  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations and the role of human intervention in the process of evolution.

Another useful BBC Bitesize information page - this one explains inheritance and adaptation.


  • We will be making flick books to show movement.
  • We will also identify how movement is created in works by notable artists including Eadweard Muybridge and Emil Nolde.
  • After this, we will create our own action pictures portraying a dance using pastels.
  • Finally, we will experiment with collage and montage techniques to create the illusion of movement.


In our Computing lessons, we will be creating our quizzes using Scratch which are linked to our maths learning.

  • Use selection commands so programs execute different commands depending on whether the player answers correctly or not.
  • Program a maths quiz in Scratch.
  • Debug code when it is not working correctly.
  • Collaborate in pairs.


We will be discussing different ideas about God, discovering the role that suffering plays in different religions and talk about human's responsibility for our environment.       


In athletics, we will work on our starting technique and our speed in preparation for Sports Day.


Linked to our geography work, we will be giving directions to different key places in some of the South American cities that we look at. 


In line with the rest of the school, our PSHE unit is called Relationships




Tuesday 23rd October 2018

We enjoyed a refreshing Autumn walk to our local library where we met some of the librarians that work there. They shared a story with us and explained how to use the library and all its services. We all borrowed books with our new library cards and are very excited to read them when we get home!



Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic time at Crucial Crew on Tuesday 18th September 2018. We had valuable information from the Fire Service, Samaritans, Train Line, Dog's Trust, Police and the charity Billy's Wish.