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Welcome to Year 6!

Welcome to Year 6 - otherwise known as Owl Class! Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find key information about our curriculum and our classroom. We will also be sharing some of our learning with you so please come back to visit to see what is new!


I hope you all had a relaxing summer break and that those who took up any of the suggestions for holiday homework found them useful. It is a privilege for me to teach your child this year and I look forward to working with you and the children to make their final year at Icknield a very special one.


Year 6 is an important year; it will provide new opportunities for the children including our four-day residential visit to CEES Stibbington Residential Centre near Peterborough (from Monday 15th October - more details to follow soon), new roles of responsibility (including house captains for those elected, and for all to become a ‘buddy’ to a child in the Reception class – the Year 6s couldn't wait to meet and are already doing an amazing job at welcoming our new additions to Icknield). In addition, we will be preparing for national tests (SATs) in May 2019 and transition to secondary school. I will expect the oldest pupils in the school to exhibit exemplary behaviour at all times, to adopt a positive, active approach to their own learning and to work very hard with me to raise their achievement by the end of KS2.


Although we provide pupils with all of the stationery they require - and this year we are trialling giving every child the same items to name and keep in a zip wallet - they may bring their own pencil case, as long as it will fit comfortably inside their classroom tray, if they wish to do so. A school bag is very useful for carrying books and letters between home and school on a daily basis. Please encourage your child to pack his/her own school bag, returning reading book and reading record every day.


I look forward to watching your child flourish this term and to discussing their progress with you at the autumn consultation evenings. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress or welfare before then, please do not hesitate to come and see me. Daily attendance is vitally important to your child’s learning. We encourage the children to arrive in school and begin working from 8.45am and although you may be able to catch me or a teaching assistant briefly to pass on an urgent message at this time, it would be very much appreciated if you could try to see us at the end of the school day. Please come in to see me on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, or contact her via Class Dojo to arrange a meeting at another mutually-convenient time.


Kind regards,

Claire Arnold

Year 6 teacher

English subject leader

Deputy Headteacher

Staff in Year 6


Our class teacher is Mrs Arnold.


Our teaching assistants this year are Mrs Hodson and Mrs Ould.


Please be aware that Mrs Arnold will be teaching the class all day on Monday and Friday and in the mornings only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to release time provided for a class teacher and also for her other role of deputy headteacher.

Mrs Hodson, who is a qualified HLTA (higher-level teacher assistant) will teach the work Mrs Arnold plans for the class from Tuesday to Thursday afternoon, with Mrs Ould providing additional pupil support. Mrs Seymour (sports coach) will teach the class games on Wednesday afternoon and Mrs Zarate (Year 5 class teacher and MFL subject leader) will teach Year 6 Spanish in her classroom on Thursday afternoon.


Year 6 will also have a session of music/dance with Mrs Hodson in the hall on Thursday afternoon, often requiring full PE kit; this will become a session of dance with Miss Christina on a different day after half term week. Please ensure that your child has a full named change of clothes for PE, in line with school uniform expectations, including a training bottoms and a sweatshirt for the colder weather.


Picture 1 Mrs Claire Arnold (class teacher)
Picture 2 Mrs Alison Hodson (HLTA)
Picture 3 Mrs Ruth Ould (TA)


Following a sparky start to ‘Owl Class’ in our first week back when Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to hold and stroke a tawny owl and, along with the rest of the school, were treated to an overhead flying display, we have are now completed some baseline assessments and begun our exciting topic, entitled ‘Come on a Journey’ – taking us on learning journeys into different areas of the curriculum as follows:


Come on a Journey…


  • into Owl Class (an introduction to Year 6, involving a visit from The Raptor Foundation and follow-up through English and art as well as devising class rules and tsking on Year 6 responsibilities through PSHE.
  • into the woods – and the unknown! (English - This will involve using texts such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to stimulate writing newspaper reports and narrative.)
  • to millions and more! (maths - looking at the value of digits in numbers up to 10 million and then revisiting calculation via the four number operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - as well as fractions.)
  • into the world at war and into evacuation (history – initially researching World War I and providing stimuli for further writing opportunities such as recounts: a newpaper report about the trigger that started the war; the diary of a soldier leaving for France or a letter from the trenches, then with the sparky start of evacuation day at Stibbington, looking at aspects of World War II. The world wars will also provide the focus for some music and dance sessions this half term. We will also be reading ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo, as a class.
  • over oceans, lands and rivers (geography – this will familiarise children with the physical and political maps of the British Isles, Europe and the world, increasing their locational knowledge. We will also carry out fieldwork at Stibbington to develop map skills and to learn more about rivers.)
  • inside the human body, into fitness and health and around electrical circuits (science, PE and DT – this will involve finding out about the human heart and circulatory system, healthy diet and exercise and investigating electricity and light)
  • to explore enlightenment and equality (RE – looking at aspects of Buddhism and then considering equality in today’s world)
  • to harbler español (learning to speak Spanish with Mrs Zarate)
  • into the distance (art – learning how to use vanishing points to develop perspective in our work)


In addition to the above, during the first half term in computing, we will briefly re-visit online safety before further developing skills relating to digital literacy, carrying out searches responsibly on the internet and manipulating different media. In the latter part of the term we will explore unplugged programming.


The children will have ongoing work relating to handwriting and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). They will also have weekly guided reading sessions with an adult. We will continue to do ‘Big Writing’ at the end of each unit of work, when children produce a piece of independent writing sustained over approximately 45minutes.



Some important dates for your diary


  • Wednesday 26th September: Stibbington information evening for Year 6 pupils and their parents in the school hall at 6.45pm.
  • Friday 28th September: Year 6 class assembly to parents - 2.40pm.
  • Friday 5th October: Balance payment due for Stibbington residential visit.
  • Monday 15th – Thursday 18th October: Year 6 residential visit to Stibbington Centre.
  • Friday 19th October: Break up for half term holiday.



Homework continues to focus on securing key skills and will take the form of:

  • reading a range of appropriate texts at least five times per week and commneting of what has been read at least once a week,
  • learning a particular spelling pattern or rule via a list of words and
  • learning a set of number facts appropriate to your child’s previous learning.


Spelling and number facts tests will take place on Thursday or Friday. Occasionally, there may also be a topic-related activity e.g. looking up your own family tree for those involved in either of the two world wars. Activities relating to any aspect of punctuation or grammar, and practice SATs papers, may also be included at some points during the year. Weekly homework will be set on Fridays and due in the following Wednesday.

I ask you to encourage and support your child to complete their homework each week as they really need to get into good habits in preparation for expectations at secondary school.Where possible, please continue to hear your child read; even if he/she is a fluent, accurate reader, being questioned about the content of a text is vitally important. Even when you are unable to hear your child read, please sign and return his/her new reading record book to indicate when he/she has red at home. In addition to reading, pupils should be learning number facts on a daily basis. Once initial assessments are completed, the children will be grouped on the basis of their current knowledge and recall of number facts.

Key Weekly Information


P.E. will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons  – outdoor games with Mrs Seymour and some Thursday afternoons - dance with Mrs Hodson this half term. Please ensure that your child has a full P.E kit in line with school guidelines, including a jumper/sweatshirt additional to the one worn in class, a pair of outdoor P.E shoes, preferably trainers, and - in the colder weather -a pair of tracksuit bottoms. 


Pupils in Year 6 are currently expected to read an appropriate book from home or school  - at least five days per week and the equivalent of ten pages per day is recommended. Reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction is encouraged, from novels to recipe books! Daily practice of spellings and unfamiliar times tables is also recommended. 



What are we learning at the moment?

In Year 6 pupils have begun our new topic: COME ON A JOURNEY... this week we will be continuing our journey into the woods in English - considering the crimes committed by Goldilocks and revisiting how to write newspaper reports; taking a journey inside the human body to explore the function of the heart and the circulatory system in science; journeying around the world map in geography to extend our locational knowledge of countries and cities as well as continuing our class reader 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo, taking us on a journey into World War 1. In PSHE/computing, Year 6 will be debating the pros and cons of children accessing social media and using a range of devices such as mobile phones; they will provide some feedback from their dicussions in response to a request made on behalf of Heidi Allen (MP for South Cambs), who is on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee  - this select committee is exploring the impact of social media and screen use on young people. 

As well as all this, we will preparing for our class assembly for the school and parents this Friday afternoon - hope to see you there!

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