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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 homework diary 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.

Friday 20th July 2018

LO: To prepare a Mayan meal

We were inspired by the Maya to create our own healthy wraps. We filled tortillas with homemade salsa and guacamole, then topped them with chicken and lettuce. Mrs Cornish then treated us to a snail to finalise our French lessons!

Monday 9th July 2018

LO: To develop our physical ability

We spent the day at Fairlands Valley and tackled a variety of challenges, including dragon boating, canoeing and climbing. We applied lots of the skills we learnt from PGL and had a fantastic day!

Friday 6th July 2018

LO: To write a tourist guide

We have continued to develop our knowledge about the Maya and their achievements. We produced a guide advertising Chichen Itza, ensuring we included historical facts and persuasive language.

Saturday 30th June 2018

LO: To tackle new challenges

We are having an incredible time at PGL so far! We are showing perseverance and teamwork throughout. Here is a snapshot of some of our adventures so far:

Thursday 21st June 2018

LO: To write an inspirational speech

In preparation for Sports day, our House captains wrote an inspirational speech for their teams. The rest of the children were given the opportunity to write a speech about something they were passionate about. Topics ranged from saving the environment to fighting for equality for all. Some examples are below:

Tuesday 12th June 2018

LO: To write an effective setting description

This week, Year 6 have been using The Hobbit as inspiration. We have written setting descriptions and our own adventures for Bilbo in the style of Tolkein. Some of our setting descriptions are below:

Thursday 7th June 2018

LO: To design, build and program a robot

Today, we had a Robotics day! In teams, children were set on a mission to complete different tasks on Mars. These missions has to be completed by designing, building and programming a robot!


Wednesday 23rd May 2018

LO: To write a scientific report

In Science, we have been exploring materials and their uses, particularly conductors and insulators, within our Electricity topic. Using our findings from an investigation, we wrote scientific reports.

Friday 18th May 2018

LO: To create a 3D sculpture

In Art, we have been creating 3D sculptures. We have been influenced by the Mayans and have created a range of pieces including: jewellery, temples, Gods and masks.

Thursday 10th May 2018

LO: To learn a dance routine

In PE, we have been learning dances for our end of year performance. Here’s a sneak peek:


Thursday 26th April 2018

LO: To calculate area and perimeter

In Maths, we have been revising key concepts in the build up to SATs. For the last couple of days, we have mastered problems involving area, perimeter and volume.


Thursday 19th April 2018

LO: To write a newspaper report

In English, we have continued to use the story All Summer in a Day as inspiration – this time to create a non-fiction piece.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

LO: To investigate the speed of light

Today, we explored the speed of light and sound. We noticed that when the light was shone from a distance, it could be seen almost instantly. In contrast, the sound of the drum was delayed. We proved that light travels faster than sound!

Tuesday 13th March and Thursday 15th March 2018

LO: To advance the action and LO: To write an appropriate ending

In English, we have re-written the story ‘All Summer in a Day’ by Ray Bradbury. Part of our stories can be seen below:


Thursday 8th March 2018

LO: To draw a scientific conclusion

In Science, we are studying the topic of light. We devised our own line of enquiry around the topic of shadows and conducted the experiment. We have been working hard to improve our explanation skills. Our conclusions from the investigation undertaken can be seen below:

Wednesday 21st February 2018

LO: To design and construct a moving crane

We were extremely lucky to participate in the K’NEX challenge this morning. We had to design and create a crane that could lift a heavy load. We were awarded points for team-work, presentation, design and function. Our top 4 entrants are below:

Friday 9th February 2018

LO: To write a discursive text

In History, we have explored the building of Stevenage New Town, and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this. Following our debate, taking into account multiple perspectives, we composed a discussion text.

Tuesday 30th January 2018

LO: To understand Buddhist practice

In RE, we have been looking at how art is used in religion. We made Buddhist mandalas out of Play-Doh. When we had finished our creations, we scooped them up and put the Play-Doh back in the pots. This is because Buddhists believe that art – like life – is not permanent, and so they sweep their mandalas away.


Wednesday 24th January 2018

LO: To identify missing angles

We have been using our knowledge of angles to identify missing ones.

Thursday 19th January 2018

LO: To solve problems

We have been applying our knowledge of area and perimeter to solve a range of complex problems. Here are some of the examples:

Thursday 12th January 2018

LO: To understand the function of the lungs

We have been looking at the circulatory system. This week, we learnt about how the lungs function. We also conducted an experiment to identify and compare our lung capacity.

Thursday 14th December 2017

LO: To understand the process of Evacuation

This week, we were extremely lucky to have a visit from our local Stevenage Museum. We all dressed as evacuees and learnt what it was like to be an evacuee. We looked at a range of authentic objects from the war and now understand the evacuation process in detail.

Thursday 7th December 2017

LO: To write a traditional tale (based on the Just So format)

In Science this week, we have written myths about how animals got their characteristics. We then compared this to the real, scientific explanation.

Friday 1st December 2017

LO: To construct a fairground ride

In DT, we are aiming to make a moving fairground ride. Today, we began constructing it using a range of materials from school and from home. Once we have finished the fairground, we will connect it to a motor so that it moves. Some of our wonderful ideas are shown below:

Tuesday 21st November 2017

LO: To describe settings, character and atmosphere

This week, we have used the story of Goodnight Mr Tom to create a range of pieces of writing.

Thursday 16th November 2017

LO: To multiply and divide

This week we have been trying to refine our arithmetic skills. One area we needed to work on was formal methods for multiplication and division. After mastering this, we tackled these challenging problems successfully!

Tuesday 7th November 2017

LO: To describe characteristics (in French)

In French this week, the children learnt how to describe people. Children created these to help them to practise saying this in French!

Friday 3rd November 2017

LO: To present

As homework, Year 6 created Anderson shelters as part of our World War II topic. I’ve been amazed by the effort and creativity shown by everyone! We then presented our wonderful projects to the rest of the class. They are now on display in the library area for the rest of the school to appreciate too!


Thursday 19th October 2017

LO: To classify living things

We were learning how to classify living things within the same species, using classification keys. We classified: birds, butterflies and bees using a range of questions.

Thursday 12th October 2017

LO: To identify the significance of key people (Winston Churchill) in WW2

We undertook research, using a range of sources, in order to discover more about the inspiration that is Winston Churchill. We presented our work in a range of ways, including: biographies, posters and booklets.

3rd October 2017

LO: To write in role as a character

We have been reading a class book, called ‘A boy in the girls bathroom’. We have been writing in character and about characters, ensuring we are inferring from the text.