Spring term welcome!

Welcome back after the Christmas holidays! We hope you had a lovely break and are now ready to continue with your learning.


Our theme this term is "Beyond the Great Wall”. We will be learning about China! We will look at the geography of China, learn about Chinese history, follow a book about a young girl and celebrate Chinese new year! We will start our topic with a ‘stunning start’ to help us to think creatively.


Curriculum Subjects Focus


Literacy – We will start the term by reading “Spilled Water” by Sally Grindley. We follow the story of a young girl who was taken away from her family and learn about what life used to be like in China for young girls.


Numeracy – We are starting off by continuing to focus on transformations. We will start by looking at translation, rotation and reflection. We are then going to move on to looking at shape, angles and algebra before returning to a number focus.


Where possible, please encourage your child to complete additional Maths and English tasks at home to help to prepare them as much as possible for their SATs tests. Please ensure they also complete their weekly homework tasks.


Science - We will be learning about human and other animal changes during their lives and why these changes happen. Our Science topics will be a continuation of the Science covered so far in the Autumn term.


PE – We will be completing one of our dance units related to China and Chinese New Year. We will also be completing outdoor and adventurous activities.


The Arts – We will be creating our own mythical beast!

Humanities – We will be looking at Chinese dynasties and then focus in on the Shang Dynasty. During Geography sessions, we will research different cities in China and share our findings in leaflets, posters and presentations.


ICT – We will be completing our programming units looking at Scratch and building on prior knowledge. 


Reading - Year 6 can change their books whenever they have completed their book. We recommend that children read at home for 10 minutes a night if possible, as well as any reading that they do at school. It is also important that children have chance to discuss what they have read to improve their comprehension skills, ready for their KS2 SATs reading test. If you need any further information about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


For your information...


PE: Our PE sessions this half term will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where possible; but please make sure correct PE kit is in school every day as the timetable sometimes varies from week to week.


Spellings: Children will bring home a set of spellings at the start of term labelled for each week, please encourage them to practise these at home as they will be tested on them weekly. They are also available on the class page, if you need another copy.


Homework:  Homework will be set on a weekly basis on a Friday. This is to be returned to school on or before the following Wednesday. 


If you have any questions about the rest of the year ahead, please speak to one of the Y6 staff.


Miss Pell, Mrs Comery, Mrs Parkes, Mrs Smith and Miss Freer


  • Highfields Primary School
  • Beeches Road
  • Rowley Regis
  • West Midlands
  • B65 0DA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0121 559 1037
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