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

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Our Learning

Class 6 Summer Term 2016


Dear Parents/Carers,

During the Summer term, year 6 will be learning about:


We will be studying the ancient Mayan Civilisation this term, finding out about their: everyday life, cities and society, religion and beliefs, writing and technology and their mysterious disappearance! Where possible, links across the curriculum will be made to this topic.


In reading and writing we will further develop our GPS skills over a range of genres, including writing an adventure story based on Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, performing raps about the Mayans and creating presentations about our hobbies. Running through these units, we will also be focussing on revising skills in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling including: the active and passive voice, perfect and progressive tense forms, prepositions and adverbials.


During this term the children will further develop their understanding of the four rules of number as they apply their understanding of BIDMAS to more complex calculations. They will also be revising their knowledge of measures, calculating areas of triangles and parallelograms, finding unknown angles, fractions, ratio and scale factors to tackle problems to promote their reasoning skills. Throughout these topics children will use and apply their skills during problem solving activities.


Through our scientific studies we will be concentrating on ‘Healthy Living and the Circulatory system’ as well as further exploring our knowledge of ‘plants, animals and microorganisms’. Throughout our learning we will continue to develop scientific enquiry skills including observing over time, pattern seeking, classifying, fair testing and using secondary resources.


This will be taught by Mrs Sheppard. The children will be learning about programming, html and how to create webpages.

Religious Education:

This term we will be learning about Islam and studying Pentecost: the Holy Spirit at work as well as focusing on Christian pilgrimage.

Art & DT:

Our art and DT projects will be linked to our work in history about the Mayans. We will be researching, planning, designing, making and evaluating our own Mayan weaving patterns. As well as making and tasting healthy tortillas with links to our science learning.

Physical Education:

Our PE sessions this term will continue to be on a Tuesday – we will be focussing on outdoor athletics and striking and fielding games this term.

Although are PE day is on a Tuesday, it is important that children have their full PE kits in school each day.


This will be taught following the Rigolo scheme, providing the children with a basic knowledge of French. This term we will be focusing on the topic of ‘sports’, ‘ordering food in a café’ and revising key phrases to use when travelling to French speaking countries.


The children will continue to have clarinet lessons this term. This is an amazing opportunity provided by Thurrock Music Services.

Personal, Social and Health Education:

Alongside our focus on the core values and code of conduct, we will be concentrating on the topics ‘Changes’ and ‘Relationships’.


Each week the children will be given Maths, Literacy and Spellings homework on a Friday for completion by the following Thursday. A spelling dictation will be completed on a Friday as well.  Other subject areas may be given occasionally throughout the term. Pupils are expected to read at home at least three times a week as stated in the home/school agreement.

Children will not be expected to spend more than two hours per week on homework.


Thank you in advance for your support


Miss Hill – Class 6 teacher                                     Mrs Phillips (LSA)