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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 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.