Welcome to Year 6

Autumn - WWII

Year 6 children arrived to be confronted with a shared area that had been transformed into an Anderson air raid shelter…


This was because this term’s learning focuses on many of the aspects of WWII. The children will learn about the background to the declaration of war, rationing, Home guard, dig for victory, evacuation, the Blitz and the treatment of minorities by the Nazi party

In literacy, the children will use the experiences they encounter as a stimulus for their fiction and non-fiction writing. This will take the form of letters, biographies, fact pages, diary entries and much more. In science they will be learning about how light from light sources, or reflected light, travels in straight lines and enters our eyes, as well as investigating how we see objects, and the formation, shape and size of shadows. Also they will be using apparatus to construct and control a circuit, and describe how the circuit may be effected when changes are made to it; and use recognised symbols to represent simple series circuit diagrams.

Finally, our FAB Finish (December 13th) will take the form of a VE celebration party and we would like to ask you, if possible, to dress for the occasion, 1940’s style clothes. More information will be sent out closer to the time.

Spring  - Titanic

Year 6 are going on a voyage of discovery, back to 1912, boarding White Star Line’s RMS Titanic. As the children arrived, they were given a boarding pass and told whether they were 1st or 3rd class passengers! The topic looks at many aspects of life on board such as: the different classes of passengers; the building of the ship and the crew; the sinking and whose fault it was that the ship sank. We have begun the topic with historical research linked to the children’s passenger (with most of them immediately wanting to find out if they survived the tragedy or died!). The children are also learning how to use iPads to present their work.

Our learning journey will include:-

  • A visit to the Titanic museum in Southampton
  • Opportunities to role-play as 1st and 3rd class passengers
  • A detailed debate about whose fault it was that the ship sank
  • Research about life in 1900’s – 1920’s
  • Making choices about who you would save and why

Our journey will conclude with an opportunity for you all to come aboard the Titanic, with your child choosing an area of most interest to them to deliver at the Fab Finish!


Summer - Going for Gold

The summer term is a very busy one for Year 6. Our first event is the Year 6 Statutory Assessment tests, which take place in May. The children have worked hard to prepare for these and we are confident they will all be great. The rest of the term is filled with camp, transition visits and activities to prepare the children for their move to secondary school. Our theme ‘Going for Gold’, focuses on the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and gives the pupils the opportunity to find out about inspirational people (past and present and starts them on their own journey to their future. We will be working with the children to decide what their aspirations are; what their Plan A and Plan B might be for their future careers, and how they might achieve these dreams. The children’s final term at Southway Primary School ends with two very special events – firstly our Leavers’ Awards evening where you and your children are invited to celebrate their achievements during their time at Southway and secondly our end of year production – Porridge. Details of both to follow, as we do not want to give too much away!

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