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Red Wolves - Year 6

We Love Spring!


The Spring term proved to be an excellent period for the class. Excellent progress in our work, very promising SATs mock results, exceptional sporting success and a superb Hampton Court trip to cap it all off!! I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the class last term - the pupils really stepped up a gear. Can we keep up the effort and success? I certainly hope so!


We welcome all members of the Wolf pack, new and old, back to our classroom as we continue our journey on this most intensive but enriching year of all. This half term is the big one in terms of our SATs - now a mere four weeks away! As our preparation continues, we will be focusing on both the test knowledge and test strategies to help all pupils perform to their best ability over the four days. Of course...don't forget to smile and enjoy your learning. Stay focused but relax and you will succeed!


A Red wolf only ever succeeds in a pack



Being a year 6 pupil here at Thorpe Lea comes with many new expectations and responsibilities but I know each and everyone of you will be able to succeed. Some of this expectations include:


  • Giving 100% to your learning every single day - even when it is difficult
  • Working together to help each and every person in Year 6 achieve their potential
  • Leading by example to all other pupils; being good role models for younger children
  • Presenting ourselves smartly each day
  • Having a positive and committed attitude to our learning


 Here is a snapshot of just a few of the fantastic activities and experiences that await us during the summer term in year 6: 


  • Our end of Year 6 Production
  • Year 6  Class Dodgeball extravaganza!
  • SATs
  • Stonehenge day trip
  • Year 6 rounders tournament
  • Richmond park educational trip
  • Year 6 Pizza Party
  • The world famous Year 6 waterballoon and pillow fight


Lets make your final year here at Thorpe Lea a truly memorable one!


On this page you will find all sorts of information that will help you and your child work effectively. If you have suggestions for any other resources that may be useful to share with parents, please let me know.


Mr Ward 





Thursday, 5th July 8am - 4.30pm


Our end of year class trip will see the pupils visit one of the most unique and mysterious places in the world - Stonehenge. The trip will cost £10 and the further information will be provided to parents in the near future.






Worried about your child making the transition to secondary school? The following websites offer practical advice and guidance to help you support your child.


Thorpe Lea Primary obviously want to do as much as we can to support you and your child as they make the change this summer. Should any parent feel anxious or concerned, please take the opportunity to come and speak with me. I will be happy to offer any advice, guidance or support which is required to help you through the move.


However, the best piece of advice I can give is simply this: don't worry. However big or scary the move might appear, our children are wonderfully resilient and resourceful. They will make it work! 






During the next two half terms, we will be looking at the two most significant periods endured by Great Britain over the past hundred years. Invariably, the first and second world wars were linked by a succession of significant themes and events which have shaped modern Europe and modern politics. We will begin by learning about the fist world war - the causes and consequences.


Some of the key questions we will discuss include:


  • How did it start?
  • What was trench life like for the soldiers?
  • Why were there boy soldiers in the war?
  • What role did woman play?
  • Why do we describe it as the Great War?
  • How was peace found?
  • What was so significant about the 'Battle of the Somme?'

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History of World War 1 (in One Take) | History Bombs

Fantastic sketch about the WW1 sequence

CBBC: Horrible Histories - World War 1 sketch

Here's a clip from the Horrible Histories World War One special episode.

Life in a Trench | World War I | History

Thousands of miles of trenches were built during World War I and, for the soldiers living in them, their day-to-day life was nothing short of horrific.

A Soldier's Kit - WW1 Uncut: Dan Snow - BBC

An army is as good as the kit its soldiers use. In 1914, which army was the best equipped? Historian Dan Snow finds out.

A recap on the fun and adventures enjoyed the Red Wolves last year


Now lets start making our own memories in 2017-18!

Year 6 Summer timetable and learning overview

Getting Out and About

Nothing can support an individual's learning more than by providing engaging opportunities to get out into the real world! Museums and local sites of historical interest are fantastic places to focus a child's interest and enthusiasm. We are therefore fortunate to have a selection of facilities, near and far, appropriate for our children and which I highly recommend. If you and your family do visit any interesting place, we would love to hear all about it so please bring in pictures, leaflets and any other information you find out!




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All pupils in the school are given weekly homework and we ask that maximum effort is given to ensure it is completed and returned on time. Although we hope the children are able to take some responsibility and complete their work independently, we are delighted when parents choose to help children who become stuck. Please don't be afraid to support your child if they need some support and extra help at home. Should a set task baffle adults, please don't hesitate to come and see me.



Your child has been given a table featuring 24 different activities - all chosen or suggested by themselves! The aim is to try and complete as many of the activities as possible - these are all extremely good fun AND offer a fantastic learning opportunity. These challenges do not need to be recorded but I love to receive examples, pictures or models in class so please try to record anything that does happen. A challenge can be done multiple times. Each pupils should aim to complete one of the challenges each week.


All homework is expected to be completed to the same standard as classwork - poor presentation and effort will be not be accepted here at Thorpe Lea. 



Your child is expected to read every evening for 10 minutes. They need to bring their reading book and signed homework diary into school every morning. Children who do not read at home will need to catch up with it during their lunchtime. The expectation is that they read one book a week in-depth. I would also like to see a mix of fiction and non fiction books. As a class, we are not as confident or fluent as we need to be. It is a major area of development which we will work on together!



Your child will be provided with a spelling rule on a Thursday and a list of words connected with this rule. Each morning we will practice the spellings before holding a test on Friday morning. These words will taken predominantly from the Year 5 and 6 spelling word list which can be found in the National Curriculum. 


A literacy task will also be provided every two weeks in rotation with Numeracy.


Please note with SATs approaching later in the school year, additional homework will be given to help pupils prepare thoroughly. Should you wish for your child to have additional homework to help consolidate their learning, please come and speak with me.



Pupils are asked to practice their times tables on a short, daily routine. They will usually have a times tables test on Monday; however their knowledge of their number facts greatly improves their daily performance in numeracy.


A piece maths homework will be provided on a bi-weekly basis (on rotation with literacy) which will require children to talk about their maths and use different strategies to work out the answers.


Anyone who is unable to complete homework at home, can attend homework club in our Library and ICT suite on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.


Homework hand out day: Thursday

Homework is due in day: Tuesday

(Should there be any problem with meeting the weekly deadline, please speak to me before Thursday)

Example homework template

Challenge by Choice Activities



I have provided some ideas for how to help support your child at home to enable them to acquire the skills they will need here at Thorpe Lea and beyond.  I have included documents about supporting your child in reading, writing and with their speaking and listening skills. It is so important that home and school work together to help children reach their full potential so I hope this will provide few ideas about how this can be achieved.


Please let me know if you have found this useful or have any further questions.


Helping your child to read with greater understanding

Supporting your child with practical every day maths skills

Helping your child through questioning

Developing advanced Speaking and Listening skills with your child

Encouraging your child to write with freedom

Additional Online Maths and Literacy Programmes


Web Links for SATS preparation