Year 6


I’m Mrs Cockley and have been teaching at Abel Smith School for the last 5 years. I really enjoy the challenge of teaching Year 6 and strive to make the curriculum fun and engaging for the children in my class.

In Year 6 we ensure that the children cover varied and interesting topics which support them in their SATs which they will take in May.

We also believe that it is essential that the children are independent and responsible for their own organisation which will prepare them fully for the demands of secondary school.


We welcome your support to:

  • Make sure your child arrives on time to school.
  • Maintain excellent attendance
  • Support your child in ensuring that they are fully equipped for the day.
  • Help your child to take responsibility for completing their school jobs.
  • Check that your child is dressed in the correct school uniform and has a full PE kit in school each day.
  • Hear your child read regularly and write a positive comment in their diary.
  • Provide a quiet space for your child to do their homework and support when necessary.
  • Talk to your child about their day and encourage them to tell you about their learning.
  • To further develop their independence, encourage your child to discuss any worries that they may have about school with me.
  • Support our positive behaviour for learning policy by discussing appropriate behaviour with your child and ways to avoid / deal with confrontation

Year 6 Staff

Mrs A Cockley

  • Senior Leader
  • Teacher

Mrs M Pratt

  • Teaching Assistant


Term: Autumn 1

The BIG EXCITING event this half term is our trip to PGL – Little Canada on the Isle of Wight! We leave on Monday 25th September and return Friday 29th September. Don’t forget the parent information evening about this trip on Thursday 7th September at 7pm.

Week 1 will focus on well-being and teamwork to settle the children into the new academic year. This will include fun, hands on, cross curricular activities including Art, DT, Sport, Problem solving, English and Maths.


Week 2 & Week 3: Autobiographies and Biographies

Use biographies of Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo to identify features of biographies and autobiographies. Use the texts to study dialogue, noun phrases and complex sentences. Write narrative pieces based on these texts.

Week 5 & 6: Recounts – History Link

Using some of the work covered in history, we will identify features of recounts and write in the style of a diary. Then we will read and compare an eye-witness recount with a historical recount and write a newspaper report based on a historical event.

Week 7: Author Celebration –  Louis Sachar There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom

Reading and discussing extracts of this text and examining the main characters. Writing agony aunt letters from different characters point of view (informal writing) moving onto to looking at formal writing in the form of formal letters.

Handwriting – cursive joined script

Spelling – Y3 & 4 and Y5 & 6 Statutory word list.

Guided Reading – Weekly small group sessions focusing on the key assessment points.


Week 2 & 3: Number; Place Value

* Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.

* Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy

* Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across 0.

Week 3, 4, 5 & 6: Number; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

* Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems

* Refine methods of short multiplication ( HTU x U)

* Refine methods of short division including with remainders ( HTU ÷ U)

* Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by 2 digit numbers (THTU X TU) Long multiplication

* Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit whole number (THTU ÷ TU) Long division

* Use knowledge of the order of operations to solve calculations

SCIENCE: Living Things and Their Habitat

This unit teaches about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. The children will build on their work in Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences. They will extend their learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus. They will learn about micro-organisms, and conduct an investigation into the growth of mould on bread.


TOPIC: The Vikings

The children will learn who the Vikings were as well as when and where they raided and settled. They will learn about significant events from the period and order these  chronologically on a timeline. The children will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of everyday Viking life. They will explore the types of houses that the Vikings lived in, what clothes they wore and even what types of food they ate.


This term we will continue to develop skills in writing algorithms as well as editing and debugging existing codes. New skills are introduced to structure code and animate characters and scenes, gradually building to create a short animated story. Some skills will be taught at PGL during our activity week.

RE: Finding out how Buddhists and Christians live their lives

PSHE: Values based teaching based on Team building and Diversity

PE: Badminton (Wednesday) & Swimming (Tuesday)

Music: Charanga – All that Jazz 2

DT: Viking Shields & Purses

Current Homework

  • Homework will be given out each Monday and must  be returned on the following Monday morning
  • Homework will consist of: Reading, Spellings, Grammar book & Maths book.
  • In Year 6, children will be tested on their weekly spellings on a Monday
  • Year 6 must have their home learning books in school every day.
  • PE lessons on a Wednesday but we may go out for extra sessions during the week.