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Year 6

Welcome to the P6 page!

There are two P6 classes in the 2017/2018 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs McKeegan (P6SM) and Mr Hughes (P6JH).

This page will give you an idea of what we’ll be getting up to in P6. Click on the P6 Photo Gallery for a taste of what we’ve been learning!

What should your child bring with them each day to school?

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) - no gel pens please
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and any other homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break / canteen money and a packed lunch / dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed
  • PE kit - this remains in school and is sent home every half term to be washed


Homework is an important part of your child's development and helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the school day.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Tables or mental maths related to the current topic

Written Homeworks will be given on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights. These will be either Literacy or Maths. There is no written homework on a Thursday night so that pupils can revise their spellings and tables/mental maths for the weekly Friday test.

Help with Homework

Helping your child with their homework will help motivate and encourage them to continue to work at their best.  Here are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their homework:

  • Listen to them read / ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts/tables
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed.
  • Please sign or initial your child’s spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.

If you feel your child has found their homework a little tricky or requires a little extra help from the class teacher, please put a note in the homework diary for us to check the next day.

Whilst these are simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning.

What's happening in Term 1?

World Around Us

Our World Around Us topic this term is ‘Unsinkable’ and will focus on the amazing story of the Titanic, as well as related themes. We are learning about where and when the Titanic was built, and about what life was like back then. Using our summarising, questioning and inferring skills, we will investigate the timeline of events that led up to the Titanic’s sinking, using ICT sources and books to research information about passengers on board and where the ship sank. We will use this information to create our own Titanic fact files as well as to write, record and upload our own Titanic radio news broadcast. In art, we will create our own Titanic advertisement poster as well as a disaster scene showing the sinking of the Titanic. We will also carry out scientific experiments to find out more about ice bergs.

Language and Literacy

Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read.  In our comprehension work we will be learning how to clarify - or work out what unfamiliar words or phrases mean - in our reading books, library books and in other pieces of text we read in school.  We will also be learning how to summarise pieces of text to capture the main idea.  In our grammar work, we will be studying the different types of nouns, verbs and adjectives we use in everyday speech. We’ll be learning how to correct common grammar and punctuation errors within pieces of writing. Writing is an important part of what we do in school and throughout the year we will be working hard to improve our understanding and application of selected genres of writing.

Mathematics and Numeracy

In Numeracy we will be concentrating on quick times table recall and developing mental maths skills. We will also be focusing on the place value of really big numbers as well as how to order, sequence and round these numbers. We will be learning about decimal numbers and fractions and thinking about how these are linked to one another.  Throughout the year, we will focus on problem-solving strategies involving the four mathematical functions that will enable us to work out solutions to everyday problems. 

Swimming (P6SM)

Mrs McKeegan’s class will go swimming during term 1, beginning on Friday 15th September until Friday 15th December. The cost for swimming is £1.50 per week, to be paid each Thursday morning. Children should bring £1 for lockers, which will be refunded once the lessons are complete.

Mrs McKeegan and Mr Hughes


Latest Photographs

Dyed wool using red onion skins
Dyed wool using red onion skins
Natasha setting up her weaving loom
Natasha setting up her weaving loom


10th Oct 2017
The first app the group used was Pic Collage. The children created a series of fun...
6th Oct 2017
Friday 6th October saw the first schools’ football competition of the year...
4th Oct 2017
We were able to have a good look at our dyed wool now that it has fully dried. ...
3rd Oct 2017
Over the last few weeks the children have been learning different strategies to help...