Kestrel Class


Welcome to Kestrel Class 2020

 Welcome to Kestrel class, Year 6, taught by Miss Kay and Miss Walker. Please take your time to find out what we've covered so far this year, and what is still to come.    



Y6 Play

I had planned for us to perform a Y6 play this year and am hoping, with your help, this can still go ahead.

It is called Go for Goal and is all about the World Cup. When we finally return, it will be your job to film it, to star in it and help out with scenery and props. We will not be performing to an audience but filming the play instead. This will be available on a CD or stick for you and your family to keep.   

I am going to e-mail the play to you all so you can all read it over the next two weeks and think about which parts you would like or for those film producers amongst you, how you think the scenes should be filmed. 

Look out for the playscript in the next couple of days!

Sex and Relationship Education

Over the next two weeks, Y6 will be covering SRE. This is a statutory element of the National Currriculum and will cover the following objectives:

  1. Pupils learn about the changes that occur during puberty
  2. Pupils learn to consider different attitudes and values around gender stereotyping and sexuality and consider their origin and impact
  3. Pupils will learn what values are important to them in relationships and to appreciate the importance of friendship in intimate relationships
  4. Pupils will learn about human reproduction in the context of the human life cycle
  5. Pupils learn how a baby is made and grows (conception and pregnancy)
  6. Pupils learn about the roles and responsibilities of carers and parents
  7. Pupils learn to answer each other's questions about sex and relationships with confidence, where to find support and advice when they need it
  8. Pupils learn some myths and misconceptions about HIV, who it affects and how it can and cannot be transmitted 
  9. Pupils learn how the risk of HIV can be reduced 
  10. Pupils learn that contraception can be used to stop a baby from being conceived

Home Learning 13th July

This week, I would like everyone to log on to Rising Stars.

There is now a new section called Achieve SATS success for Maths and Grammar. See below.  

Click on the Achieve Mathematics Y6 icon and you will see a menu. Click on the menu to see lots of areas of maths to choose from. See below.  

Each maths area contains a learning video to help you if you need a bit of revision. There are also quizzes that you can do which are at expected and at higher level (Greater Depth). Please watch the videos to help you and then answer the quizzes at the end. See below. 

The same applies to Grammar.

Click on the Achieve Grammar Y6 and you will see lots of revision areas for Grammar.

Again, there are videos to help you and quizzes to answer at the end. 

Home learning 6.7.20

Log on to Oak National Academy and complete the following activities from the table below.

Maths Maths Grammar Grammar
Mon 6 July Perimeter Finding the area of irregular shapes Suffixes -ious -cious -tious suffixes -ible -able -ibly -ably
Tue 7 July Area by formula Lines & angles Suffixes -ance -ence -ant -ent -ancy -ency Words with ei, eigh, ay, ey
Wed 8 July Properties of 2D shape 3D shape Words with ie, ei Words with ough
Thurs 9 July Angles in degrees Angles in triangles Words ending el, al, le, il Silent letters
Fri 10 July Translations Reflections Homophones Synonym and antonyms

Oak National Academy

Please don't forget to use this website created by Qualified Teachers with daily lessons for every year group.  Each day has 4 lessons to complete.

The link for Y6 is below:

Great WWII fiction

Try to read one of these fabulous and poignant novels set in World War II. 

If you don't have access to these books or audiobooks at home , click on the links below for BBC Teach School Radio - a great resource for some wonderful fiction!

Your Recommendations!

If you can think of another great WW2 inspired novel which is not listed above, please send your recommendations to and we will add them to the list above!


We would also love to see a picture of you enjoying your WW2 fiction or non-

fiction at home, so send any pictures to our school twitter feed!

 Grammar and Spelling revision support

 Brush up on your  Grammar and spelling

with these revision powerpoints and cards.                     


Videos to support work on fractions

RE for this term



All children should have their Grammar books, Measure, Geometry and Statistic books, their Numeracy and Algebra and their Spelling books.

Please work through these regularly over the next few weeks.

Online learning

All children should have their usernames and passwords for Rising Stars, Purple Mash and Times Tables Rock Stars (this should be in their reading records). 

As well as CGP, online learning will be available through books and activities online to embed learning in Y6.

         English   Maths General





Stories read to you 
World of Books






White Rose Quiz Questions
Multiplication Tables   








Were the Vikings always Victorious and Vicious? 

This topic covers Britain during the period of Viking invasion and settlement. Kestrel will compare the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, comparing their cultures, their relationship over the years and what they each brought to Britain.  The children will also look in detail at Viking culture and beliefs, examining why they changed from sea-faring invaders to eventual settlers in Britain.  A trip to Jorvik will give the children an opportunity to see evidence from that time period, which helps us to build up a picture of Viking life.   


Jorvik Centre, York 


Miss Kay will be focusing on decimals, percentages and the link between fractions, decimals and percentages. 

Miss Walker will be focusing on measuring angles, recognising angles in a triangle, quadrilateral, vertically opposite angles and angles on a straight line. The children will then move onto algebra.   

Please Note:  In Year 6, it is assumed that all children have a good knowledge of all times tables up to 12X12. Therefore, we do not spend time on tables practice. It is important that any children in Year 6 who are not secure in their times tables practise regularly at home on times Tables Rockstars. This will help secure their knowledge, which is extremely important this year. Please see below for link to TTRockstars.

As requested from parents meeting, a comprehensive and current set of recommendations 

Expectations for Reading at home in Year 6

Reading at home in an essential part of your Primary School Education and frequent studies have shown that not only does it improve your fluency in reading but also improves spellings and broadens your vocabulary for writing.

It is expected that you read a minimum of   4 times a week, in Year 6, for at least 30-45 minutes each time. However you’re more than welcome and encouraged to read more and for a longer duration. You need to record the date, number of pages read and book on each occasion, this can be done independently. Your record should then be signed by an adult to confirm these entries. You must bring your reading book and record to school every day and present it to Miss Kay or Miss Walker on your given day.

We will continue with our reading raffle this year, and a child will be selected at the end of each half term. It is expected you will read 10 times, in order to receive a raffle ticket and take part in the draw.

Reading club will continue this year on a Friday, during lunch from 12:30-1:00, for pupils who haven’t read or had their records signed. However, Year 6 doors will be open from 8:30 onwards for children to come in early and complete homework or read independently.

If you have any queries, questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to Miss Kay or Miss Walker, our door is always open.



Recommended Reads for Year 6 for  higher level vocabulary opportunities: 

  • The Hobbit
  • Harry Potter
  • The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • How to train your dragon 
  • Little Women 
  • Percy Jackson and the lightening thief (any of the series)
  • Boy - Tales of childhood (Roald Dahl autobiography)
  • The secret garden
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Journey to the centre of the earth 
  • Stig of the Dump
  • Boy in the striped pajamas 
  • Wizard of Oz

Check your Text Here! Ideally you should be reading texts between 900 - 1000+ lexile rated. This is measured taking into consideration the vocabulary and complexity of the sentence structures within the text. However you should also read texts you enjoy so don't worry too much if every book you read doesn't reach this level. 

Useful Websites 

Vocabulary - improve your vocabulary for reading and writing 

Spelling- Year 5/6 Spelling List Game 

Times Table Rockstars - battle your friends, beat your PB and become a rock legend

Terrific Scientific  - explore, investigate, question

Purple Mash - ICT skills