New for 2019 Year 6 - Classroom doors open at 8:30 for independent reading and homework 


Kestrel Class


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. 

Last updated: 23/09/19



This half term, we are reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It is a story of new experiences, perilous incidents and unlikely friendships. Based on the characters and plot, the children will be writing persuasively as a Head Teacher, composing a newspaper report and penning a diary entry.


Our topic this half term is the Mayans, a wondrous ancient civilisation from mainly  Central America, whose expertise in astronomy and architecture was exceptional. As Historians, we will study where they were from, how they became known as an advanced civilisation and their typical lifestyle, including rituals and beliefs.


Miss Kay will be focusing on the four main operations this half term, including the standard method for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Miss Walker will be focusing on place value and properties of shapes.

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. 

Homework Autumn 1

Homework is set on Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday. If you're struggling to complete your homework at home please feel free to come in to school from 8:30 onwards and ask for support. 

  • Reading 
  • Spellings for test
  • CGP punctuation
  • CGP spelling 
  • Maths (Year 5 level till half term to review previous concepts) 
Example of Maths homework
Example of Maths homework

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