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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 and the final year at Trotts Hill Primary School!  Mrs Cook is the class teacher and Mrs Cornish is the Year 6 teaching assistant.

Year 6 is an extremely important, yet fun year, when your children will sit their SATs in May.  To ensure the children are ready for these tests and are feeling confident, all the support and interest you take in your child’s education is extremely valuable.

We ask parents to read and sign their child’s reading record each week and help their child with the tasks that are set.

This year we cover the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as the following topics where we encourage children to take an active approach towards their learning including:

  • The UK – The human and physical characteristics
  • World War II
  • Mayan Civilisation
  • Stevenage New Town

Year 6 is a very important year and we have organised a range of activities which ensure children receive a broad curriculum which challenges them.  The children participate in a ‘Robotics Day’ where they design and programme a robot to walk on Mars.

Children’s ‘Design and Technology’ skills are developed through a K’nex workshop where the children build a model based on strict design specifications.  Finally the children’s fitness is tested through an activity week at PGL where they have the opportunity to conquer fears and achieve goals!

The expectations in Year 6 are very high but year on year children always rise to the challenge through good home-school partnerships and a determination to succeed.


Thursday 13th December 2018

LO: To identify the contribution of scientists to evolution theory

Continuing our Science topic of Evolution and Inheritance, we identified some key scientists who have contributed to our knowledge. Applying our English skills, we have written diary entries from the perspective of either: Mary Anning, Charles Darwin or Alfred Wallace.

Tuesday 4th December 2018

LO: To understand the importance of trees

As part of our 50th celebrations, Bartlett Tree Experts came in to plant a tree with our Eco Warriors. They also did an assembly informing us about the importance of trees. In Year 6, we then researched deforestation and its devastating effects. We then presented this information in our Computing lesson so we could demonstrate our digital literacy skills.

Thursday 29th November 2018

LO: To describe settings, characters and atmosphere

We are currently using Goodnight Mr Tom as a stimulus for writing. So far, we have written a description in the style of the author, Michelle Magorian. We are embracing this opportunity to expand our vocabulary!

Friday 23rd November 2018

LO: To beat our personal best

Today, KS2 were able to participate in the ‘KS2 on Tour’ challenge. We completed a number of activities including: speed bounce, agility run, throw and catch, tennis balance and target throw. We practised our skills and set our base scores. Later in the year, we hope to beat these scores.


Week commencing 12th November 2018

LO: To choose kindness

Trotts Hill have had an anti-bullying week this week, with the theme, #choosekindness. In Year 6, we had many discussions about how we can show kindness in different situations. We then created a profile page about each pupil, showing our kind thoughts about them. Everyone was thrilled when their page was returned to them. It is nice to be nice!

Wednesday 7th November 2018

LO: To recall and use equivalents

This week, we have been focussing on fractions, decimals and percentages. It is a large part of Mathematics in Year 6 and we need to be able to confidently convert between them.

Wednesday 24th October 2018

LO: To gain a deeper understanding of WWII

We went back in time to 1939 to experience what it would be like during World War II, with the help of Stevenage Museum. We had a very interactive session eg. we practised how to act in the event of an air raid, identified how we would feel as an evacuee and also investigated many real artefacts from the 1940s.

Thursday 18th October 2018

LO: To classify living things

We have classified bees, butterflies and birds by developing our own classification keys.

Thursday 11th October 2018

LO: To draw scientific conclusions

We have been studying the different ways that living things are classified. We have discovered that yeast is a living thing and decided to investigate which temperature it would grow best in.

Tuesday 25th September/Tuesday 2nd October 2018

LO: To identify the significance of Churchill as a leader

We have looked at numerous sources of information to determine whether Churchill was an effective leader. We then presented our findings in different ways: poems, speeches, posters and biographies.

Thursday 27th September 2018

LO: To understand significant events and features of the 60s

Today, Trotts Hill have begun our 50th birthday celebrations. In Year 6, we have been learning about the 60s. We created a class timeline and identified key events, songs, films, people inventions, toys and technology in the 60s, making comparisons with the current day. We have made some amazing discoveries as well as singing and dancing our way through the decade. Children made an outstanding effort with their costumes too!

Wednesday 19th September 2018

LO: To write a diary entry

We have been reading a new class book: ‘The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. We have been extremely enthused by the story and have been using it to create a variety of written outcomes, one of which being a diary entry.

Thursday 6th September and Tuesday 11th September 2018

LO: To describe Aristotle’s contribution to Science

We have begun a Science topic on Living Things by studying Aristotle, who was the first scientist to classify living things. We have written a biography detailing some of his key findings.

Thursday 6th September 2018

LO: To identify patterns

In Maths this week, we have been completing various open ended tasks to show us that Maths doesn’t have to be scary and that it’s okay to make mistakes! In this lesson, we wore exploring patterns, and some of us even moved on to finding algebraic equations!