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Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to our Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 6 Staff:

Mr Hunter – Teacher

Mrs Wood – Teaching Assistant

Week Beginning: 14th September 2020

What a busy week we have had in Year 6 this week!! We started the week by looking at some formal and informal language in our English lessons – we loved exploring vocabulary choices for a more formal text type!

In maths, we have been focusing on angles and developing what we had learned in Year 5. We are aware of all of the angle names and we can find missing angles in straight lines and around a point.

In our afternoon sessions, we focused on a unit of art based on sketching.

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone and welcome back to school; we have had an excellent week settling in to the changes that have been made and children will certainly agree that everything seems pretty normal around school! We have started this week by discussing the challenges ahead and how we would be able to manage our feelings during these – I have been particularly impressed with the maturity levels already!

A few reminders about our new school routines:

Children can arrive from 8:45 for a 9am start – all children will be temperature checked on entry.

We must remind parents that there is a one-way system that must be adhered to in school and, where possible, we are asking that only one adult collects children.

PE: Our PE days are Monday and Friday – we have made the decision that all children can come into school in their PE kits for the PE days. If it is a chilly day, children can wear tracksuit bottoms.

We are looking forward to an exciting and learning-filled year! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Mr Hunter and Mrs Wood

Week Beginning: 29th June 2020

Hello everyone, I hope all of you home learners are doing well and managing to access learning from this blog. I will be aiming to contact you all this week to discuss how you are getting on and answer any questions about transition.


Maths this week will focus on Ratio, as usual, all resources are available through the White Rose Maths website.


I hope that you have all recieved your welcome packs from the secondary school that you will be attending. I have posted links below of some activities that you could complete to support with this if need be. The Biddick transition pack includes welcomes from Head of Year and a tour of the school building.


Included within the above link are letters to parents and some activities for you to try whilst being at home.

Art Competition:

You may have seen on Facebook that we will be hosting an art competition this week – I do hope we have some amazing entries from Year 6. Below is all of the information you will need.

Week Beginning: 22nd June 2020

Hello everyone, welcome back to our weekly class blog! It has been great to see some of you back at school with us. Although there is still some of you working from home, we will be completing similar tasks across the weeks.


This week in English we will be focusing on Limericks and Clerihews before moving on to a National Writing Challenge on Wednesday. On Friday, we will be taking part in a book club based on a famous William Shakespeare text. Please see the below links for these tasks.

Monday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zpb3trd

Wednesday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zw4q4xs

Thursday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb39vwx

Friday: I will post this link as soon as it is live on the BBC website.


This week in maths we will be recapping area and perimeter.

Monday: Area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes

Tuesday: Area of triangles

Wednesday: Area of parallelograms

Thursday: Volume of cuboids

Friday: White Rose Challenge – last week Grace won the challenge in class!

As always, tasks and videos can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

Other ‘stuff’:

This week, you should receive a welcome pack from your chosen secondary school. Within this, there will be stacks of activities that will support the transition to secondary school. We will be looking at these in school and I will post our worksheets and tasks when we complete them.

Next week, I will be contacting all parents just to have a little catch up at how we are getting on with home learning etc. I look forward to speaking to all parents/carers.

Class of 2020: It dawned on me last week that we will be unable to have our usual class of 2020 photographs for our Y6 leavers. With this in mind, I will be contacting parents to discuss an alternative that we will be creating in school and with the support of those of you still working at home. Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for further information.

Take care,

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 15th June 2020

Welcome back everyone, I have started this week with great excitement to see some of you return to school from Wednesday. Myself and Mrs Wood can’t wait to greet you on Wednesday morning. Although some of you are returning to school, I will continue to update the class blog weekly. Don’t worry those of you at home, it will be similar to what we will be doing in class.


We will be continuing the theme of algebra this week and moving onto some more challenging concepts. Please follow the below link for lessons this week – all of the resources are attached. It even includes some answers for your parents!

Monday: Forming and solving two step equations

Tuesday: Using substition

Wednesday: Converting metric measures

Thursday/Friday: White Rose Challenges


Week Beginning: 8th June 2020

Welcome back everyone – let’s hope we have some more sunshine this week! Some more lovely tasks for you to be getting on with.


White Rose will be brining our maths lessons this week – ALGEBRA!!



Slightly different in English this week. We have some reading and research activities. I’ve attached the sheets below and answers are included in the documents.


It’s around about this time when we would be discussing our futures and looking forward to the challenges we have ahead of us. With this in mind, I would like you to consider which jobs you want to work as when you are older. The sheets attached will break down the tasks for you.

We are looking forward to welcoming some of you back to school next week – we will be opening on Wednesday 17th June to Year 6 children. Further information can be found in the whole school blog section.

Week Beginning: 1st June 2020

Can you believe it is June already?! I hope everyone had a relaxing half term and enjoyed plenty of sunshine! As always, a few things to keep you all busy this week.



Access the above link for our English lessons this week – all about newspapers! A perfect time to be focusing on news with everything that is going on in the world!

Lesson 1: Fact Retrieval

Lesson 2: Reading and locating key information

Lesson 3: Identifying features of a text

Lesson 4: Using direct speech to write quotes

Lesson 5: Writing a newspaper article

It would be excellent to see some of the learning taking place this week – email new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Something a little different?

Want to try some new art skills? We have three lessons on how to add visual texture and creating optical illusions this week. If you have time there are three lessons linked to pulse and rhythm. All lessons can be found here: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/foundation#subjects


I thought a little bit of revision on the topics already covered would be excellent for you all this week. Use the link below to find 15 lessons based on fractions and problem solving – I am not expecting you to complete all 15 but I thought it would be great for you to take ownership of your learning and choose the lessons you need further support on. Any questions, please contact school.


Week Beginning: 18th May 2020

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend despite the limited sunshine! As always, please see below for the tasks available this week.


Visit: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ for all of the lessons this week.

Lesson 5: Challenge day Friday – use the above link to find the challenge on Friday.

A step back in time:

A history lesson for you guys this week.


Use the above link to access some learning linked to Henry VIII. There is a brilliant video to watch before completing a quiz based on his life.


I have read some really interesting news stories this week and I thought you would love to read them.


It would be great to hear how you have been managing with your home learning! If you have anything to share or any questions please send them to: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Take care!


Please see the letter below regarding a potential reopening of school for your year group.

Week Beginning: 11th May 2020

Welcome back to our weekly blog, I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend in the sunshine! I hope you enjoy some of the tasks we have planned for this week.


We will be following the Oak Academy English lessons this week. Use the link below to access the sessions.


Lesson 1 and 2: These lessons will be linked to reading around instructions

Lesson 3: Identifying the features of an instruction text

Lesson 4: Varying sentence openers

Lesson 5: Writing Instructions

Something a little different?

After something a little different this week? Why not try out the history lesson based on Tutankhamun? Use the link below to find out more.



More fractions this week guys!! All to be found at:


Lesson 1: Multiplying fractions by whole numbers

Lesson 2: Multiplying fractions by fractions

Lesson 3: Dividing fractions by integers

Lesson 4: Finding fractions of amounts

Designing PPE!
Nissan are calling for children to make pictures which will be printed on PPE equipment that they are making for Key Workers!
Your task: Design an image to be printed on PPE equipment, include your first name only, your school and your age. This could be a rainbow, smiling faces, anything that you think will make key workers happy!

Week Beginning: 4th May 2020

Happy Monday everyone! It would have been a 4 day week this week!! I have provided you with a range of interesting tasks to be going ahead with – please come back on Wednesday to see a special VE Day activity!


For our English lessons this week, I would love us to take part in the Oak Academy sequence. The lessons will be based around information leaflets.

Lesson 1: Reading activity to keep our brains ticking over!

Lesson 2: Identifying key features

Lesson 3: Levels of Formality

Lesson 4: Writing an information leaflet

All lessons are available at this link: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6


Spellings for this week can be found below:


One of my favourite weeks this week for maths: FRACTIONS! As usual, all links and videos can be found here:


Lesson 1: Simplify Fractions

Lesson 2: Compare and Order Fractions

Lesson 3: Add and Subtract Fractions

Lesson 4: Mixed Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Lesson 5: Friday Challenge – see below for more details!!

Wanting a little extra work?

BBC Bitesize
Some amazing lessons available this week! There is a great trade and economy lesson that I think you will all find really useful! Why not give it a go?

Audible is a website filled with a range of audio books. Recently, they have started to offer children’s books for free. On the site, there are a range of books to listen to, from Harry Potter to Kid Normal. How amazing! Take a look https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Anyone up for a maths challenge?

This week I will be completing the White Rose Maths Challenge on Friday and I would love for guys to take part too. Check out our Facebook page for more details later in the week.

I’d love to see some of the learning you are all getting up to! Please email what you have completed to: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Week Beginning: 27th April 2020

Hello again everyone – I’m pleased to see that the sun is shining still!! Mrs Johnson has set everyone the challenge of posting images of some home learning this week – I can’t wait to see all of your photos and videos!


We will continue with the White Rose Hub documents and home learning tasks – this week we are focusing on angles and then a spot of problem solving. As always, resources are at the link below:



Who has been inspired by Captain Tom? I certainly have! This week I would like you to read around his story and complete a comprehension task. The answers are included in the link below – NO CHEATING GUYS!


Spellings are at the below links.

Wanting a little extra work?

Oak National Academy
A new online classroom has been created by teachers to support children learning at home. The website provides high quality resources, which are updated weekly, and link to many areas of the curriculum. If this is of interest take a look at https://www.thenational.academy/

Audible is a website filled with a range of audio books. Recently, they have started to offer children’s books for free. On the site, there are a range of books to listen to, from Harry Potter to Kid Normal. How amazing! Take a look https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Anyone up for a maths challenge?

Have a go at the below maths challenge, I would love to see the work you are completing! Email: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Wednesday 22nd April:

Hello again everyone, I have been spending some time this afternoon looking at the BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons website and I am really impressed with some of the activities and I wanted to share one activity from tomorrow that I think will be really useful for you all!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zj2grj6 – Wellbeing Task

The above link will take you to a webpage with videos and advice on all things moving onto secondary school. The videos look at the main differences between primary and secondary school and I think it would be great for you to watch these and have a go at the linked tasks on the page. Take care and stay safe!

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 20th April 2020

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to our home learning blogs following a sunshine-filled Easter Holidays! We hope that everyone has enjoyed some of the lovely sunshine and that we are remaining as active as possible whilst staying at home! Throughout this week, I will be pointing you in the direction of a range of key resources and home learning tasks that have been released to support both children and parents. I have spent this morning looking at some of the excellent materials out there and I can’t wait for you guys to try some of these this week. Also, if you want to share some of your learning with us please email: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

English: For our English lesson this week we will be focusing on newspaper articles and we will hopefully have a go at writing one by the end of the week. Choose lesson 3 on the below link to read an extract from Harry Potter before locating the key facts.

Maths: Everyone loves a spot of fractions revision right?! Well today you’re in for a treat, we will be expressing fractions in a range of ways. Follow the videos on Lesson 2 before completing the quiz to test your knowledge – there is lots of help on the videos within the lesson so don’t panic!

History: Who wants to take a trip down memory lane? Choose Lesson 1 on the link below to access a history lesson based around World War 1 – let’s see what we can remember from our learning throughout November!


The link has 3 lessons that I have mentioned above – the lessons can be accessed easily through mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computers. You don’t even need a printer to take part!!

Want to try something else?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylesson – an alternative set of lessons from BBC Bitesize

https://whiterosemaths.com/ – the week has been updated with a new concept for you to try.

Remember to continue to follow Government advice and we all hope that we are back together learning within our school soon! Take care and enjoy the sunshine while we have it!!

Week Beginning 30th March:

Happy Monday everyone! Just a brief update with some more engaging tasks and opportunities for learning whilst at home this week.

Spelling: want to brush up on some of the spelling words and rules that we have learned this year? Try these out this week:

Maths: every day this week White Rose Maths will be hosting a live lesson from 10am (still plenty of time for a lie in!). Use the link below to access home learning – each lesson will consist of a video tutorial of the concept, some worksheet tasks (these can be done in the books you went home with) and the answers to all problems! White Rose are even holding competitions on social media for those of you who would like to enter.


The focus for the rest of the week is calculating scale factors and then building onto measure angles! Enjoy!

Computing: for those of you who have access to iPads, tablets or computers at home, why not log onto PurpleMash? I have set a ‘Todo’ for you all and i would love to see what you have been up to with your computing learning so don’t forget to hand these in.

If you don’t know your username and password, email the school and we will send this back.

English: did anyone join in with the applause for the NHS last week? It was amazing to see! I’ve attached a daily newsletter from Twinkl below all about it, attached to the document is a comprehension that you could complete in your workbooks.


Joe Wicks will be hosting PE lessons every morning from 9am.

David Walliams is reading different stories from 11am on his Facebook page.

Check back here regularly to see what new learning you could be doing.

And most of all, stay at home where possible and stay safe!

Mr Hunter 🙂

Week Beginning 23rd March:

Just a quick update for all you ‘home learners’! There are lots of activities to be completed on White Rose Maths – they are even teaching a daily lesson at 10am if you wanted to test your maths ability.

I am sure many of you will have already watched these, but Joe Wicks is holding a live PE lesson every morning from 9am! Why don’t you get up early and burn off some energy for the day ahead?

If you are wanting to take a journey down memory lane, there will be a live history lesson held on the below link


I hope this will all help you remain busy and keep those brains ticking over!

Remember to stay at home where possible and take care!

Mr Hunter

Science Week: 9th – 13th March 2020

What a fun-filled, scientific week we have had here at New Penshaw Academy! The week started on Monday with an initial investigation into refraction! The children were amazed at how an arrow appeared to change direction when placed behind a transparent glass of water!

Later in the week, we held a family learning morning where we took part in the creation of bird feeders to use within our environment. All children had great fun but we did make a bit of a mess in the classroom!

Week Beginning: 2nd March 2020

We’ve been so busy here this week! We have had visitors in school and been on our own exploration day at Eden Camp – see photos below.

On Thursday, we had a visit from a theatre company as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We had a whistle stop tour of the life of William Shakespeare before focusing on his final play The Tempest. The children explored the key events of the play before getting to know the protagonist, Prospero in a little more detail.

Eden Camp Visit – 4th March 2020

What an amazing day we had at Eden Camp! We were able to experience World War 2 in the year 2020 at Eden Camp; the children explored ‘The Blitz’ where we were able to walk through an air raid (the sounds and smells were completely mind blowing).

Check out the pictures from our day below:

Week Beginning: 24.2.2020 – Blitz n Pieces

Such a positive week this week in Year 6! The learning has been focused around a key part of World War 2 – The Blitz. The children read publications and posters linked to remaining safe during and preparing for an air raid. When complete, we wrote procedural texts advising how to remain safe during an air raid within the Blitz period.

Within our maths learning, we have been focusing on the language of ratio. At first, we found this challenging but with a positive mindset, we have managed to crack this and we are now ready to solve problems involving ratio and proportion.

Week Beginning: 10.2.2020 – All of the Lights!

I am so pleased with the attitudes to learning from Year 6 this week!! We started the week by continuing with our celebration of Charles Dickens. We read an extract from his original A Christmas Carol and discussed how he portrayed the character Scrooge – the children approached the tricky vocabulary with an amazing attitude and they were pleased to see that some of his chosen phrases are still used to this day.

In maths, we have moved onto focusing on converting a variety of measures. We have made great progress within this concept this week and everyone has managed to attempt some tricky problems when fluent in converting. Next week, we will be moving onto ratio!!

In science this week, we started our new unit of Light! The children had some excellent prior knowledge of light and shadows and used this within our first session when we looked at how light rays travel. Later in the week, we looked at reflections and angles of reflection and incidence! We definitely have some budding scientists in class! Remember to check back next week to see our periscopes made from cereal boxes.


Reply slips for Eden Camp visit are due Friday 14th February

Monday 24th February is an INSET day and school is closed to all children. Children return to school on Tuesday 25th February following half term.

Week Beginning: 3.2.2020

Can you believe it is February already?! Yet another busy week for Year 6 this week – full of positivity and enthusiasm! The week started with an assembly from Mrs Flood outlining the key focus for this week: Children’s Mental Health Week. The children have approached this week with such a positive and respectful mindset.

We started on Tuesday by learning something NEW – in our case, we have been learning to play the cup song using plastic cups. We will be performing these during our assembly on Friday! On an afternoon we have been taking part in mindfulness breaks; ours included relaxation. We listened to some classical music whilst controlling our breathing.

In English lessons, we have been focusing on the famous author Charles Dickens (it’s his birthday on Friday). We completed some lovely double-page spread fact files before having a closer look at some of his famous work – can you believe some of his stories had over 1000 pages?!

In maths, we started ALGEBRA!!! The children have been so positive towards this and have started to apply their knowledge into some tricky problems. I’m so impressed with the way they tackle challenging mathematical concepts!!


SATs morning booster clubs are up and running – Monday – Friday 8:15-8:45

Letters and parental contributions for Eden Camp visit are due Friday 14th February

Week Beginning: 27.1.2020

Year 6 have been working so hard this week and we want to start by saying how proud we are of the efforts of all children!! Let’s keep it up! The week started with our English learning where we have been writing a balanced argument based on the question: should children have been evacuated during World War 2? Check back next week to see these displayed within the classroom.

Within Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of percentages and their relationship to decimals and fractions. We have focused on converting a percentage from a decimal and vice versa. The children are becoming much more confident!

Within our art lessons we have developed our knowledge of the famous artist Joseph Turner. The children looked into his life before focusing on his art work. Check out our studies below!


SATs breakfast clubs will be ongoing next week: Monday – Friday 8:15 – 8:45 (all children welcome)

A letter regarding our visit to Eden Camp (4.3.20) will be sent out this week.

Week Beginning 20.1.2020

What a busy week we have had! The week started with a celebration of religions around the world with a key focus on weddings. The children completed some research based on the given religions before writing an information leaflet aimed at parents. They loved finding out about the different traditions.

On Monday afternoon, we focused on the Mehndi tradition and completed our own designs linked to the images we focused on. On Thursday, the whole school focused on the text ‘Only One You’, each class looked at the key morals and will be contributing towards a whole school display within the foyer. Photos will be revealed when it is complete!


SATs morning clubs are now up and running and we are seeing lots of faces each morning. It is very important that your children try to attend as many of these as possible.

Parents Evening will be held next week on Monday and Wednesday – please see your class teacher for appointment times.

All children MUST have a PE kit each week – it is important they are changing into their kits for the sessions.

Week Beginning 7.1.2020

Welcome to 2020! Year 6 have had a great start to the decade this week with the key focus being based around World War 2. We started the week with an introduction to the war and the experiences some children had – searching for Anderson Shelters and having to live with air-raids.

Within maths, the children have worked tirelessly to develop their knowledge of decimals and I am so proud of their achievements this week – let’s keep it up throughout January and into the summer term. Within English lessons, the children have been forming their own opinions on the topic of evacuation. We have some really strong views and I am looking forward to reading the persuasive letters that we will write next week. Be sure to check back to see some snippets of these.