Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 6


Horndon –on–the–Hill C. Of E. Primary School

Teacher- Ms Voss

L.S.A- Mrs Mansfield

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Year 6! I hope you had a lovely summer. We are ready to face the final year for your children as they now become the leaders of the school. This, like previous years, is an important chapter for the children. We will support them with not only the tools to be successful in their end of primary school tests, but more importantly, make sure they feel comfortable and confident to try their best and prove their skills whilst also preparing them for transition to secondary school.  Here you will find details of your child’s learning for the autumn term. During this time, Year 6 will be mainly focusing on a history based topic.


WORLD WAR II- the experiences of children in WWII and life as an evacuee. Everyday life during this time- rationing, work, The Blitz etc. The life of various individuals’ like- soldiers, nurses and including Anne Frank.


Non-fiction: story writing, informal letter writing, biographies and diaries.

Fiction: poetry and newspaper reports.


Number- place value, +, -, ÷, x

Whole and part numbers- place value, comparing ordering and rounding,

Simplifying fractions. Equivalences.       

Calculations and algebra- calculating mentally with 3/4 digit numbers. Using the order of operations. Using formulae.

Larger numbers- using long multiplication, calculating mentally with large numbers. Multiply and divide up to two decimal places.

Solve problems with ratio and proportion.

Solving problems involving all of the above skills.


Planning scientific investigations will be a focus this term. This will include planning for fair tests and reliability. Making observations, recording measurements and comparing results so that we can draw conclusions about our discoveries.

Focusing on- how we see things- light, shadows and the eye. Circuits- investigating, changing and drawing circuits.


Our computing skills are developed across many subjects, our main areas of learning will be programming, creating algorithms (set of precise steps needed to complete a task), presenting our work in a variety of ways and staying safe online will also be a focus.


Games- Invasion including hockey skills and gymnastics- where we develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

Swimming- swim competently and confidently over at least 25 meters. Use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water situations.

Sessions will be on Wednesdays and Fridays.

(Please make sure kits are in school every day as P.E days can occasionally change. All jewellery must be removed for P.E sessions)


The children will continue to have clarinet lessons throughout the year. As last year, this amazing opportunity is delivered by ‘Thurrock Music Services’. The children will perform a concert to you at the end of the autumn term to share their developing skills. The date of this concert will be on the newsletter as soon as it has been confirmed with Thurrock Music Services and an individual letter will also go home to see if you are able to attend.


Comparing religions through architecture and charity.

Harvest- our place in creation. Christmas-the mystery of Christmas.

New beginnings. Getting on and falling out.


Where we live. Places in a town. Christmas celebrations and traditions.


Locate world countries- focus on Europe linked to WWII. Locate continents and countries.

Use maps atlases and globes. Name and locate counties and cities of UK.

Use the 8 points of a compass. 4 and 6 figure grid references.


Advertising and posters linked to WWII. Creating shelters.

Cooking- Recipes and how rationing had an impact on cooking.

 ‘Homework Schedule’ 

Below is a schedule of the days homework is due into school, which you will also find on the inside front cover of your child’s homework book. For each piece of homework, a week is given to complete it- this allows you all to arrange your homework schedule around your busy lives away from school. To support with S.A.T.s preparation, the children will also be provided with revision guides and activities, later in the year.

Monday - Extra homework linked to topic work will sometimes be set. This may form a project, art work or research. When this work is set it will be recorded in homework books so that expectations are clear.

Tuesday – Times tables. (We will revisit times tables throughout the year. Each week, there will be a times table to learn or revise and a weekly challenge is completed. The children are asked to recall them in a random order and they will need to apply their multiplication knowledge at speed to challenging questions.)

Wednesday – Reading records checked. (Minimum of 3 reads to an adult each week. Even if your child is a fluent and expressive reader, it is vital - this year- to ask questions and discuss the texts they read in detail.)

Thursday     – Maths homework- an activity linked to that weeks’ learning that will consolidate or extend their understanding.

Friday   - Spelling homework and dictation day. A new spelling pattern and activity will be given. (Spelling homework activities will range from sentences, definitions, stories, word searches, crosswords, anagrams etc.) The spelling list can also be extended at home by investigating other words that you can find with the same spelling pattern.


I thank you in advance for your support.

Best wishes     

Ms. Voss