Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123

Laurel - Year 6 

       Mrs Whitaker, Mr Price, Miss Phelps, Miss Hutton 





Autumn Term


This term sees the launch of our new way of teaching writing. The Write Stuff follows a method called 'sentence stacking' which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage the children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. This method allows pupils to improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writerly choices. All our writing is taught through the ‘writing rainbow’ which provides a lens for the writer to focus through, in order to ensure all writing is effective and engaging. We will be starting with Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaimin. Children will write descriptive sentences around the setting and witch, before retelling the point of the story where the witch is fattened and pushed in the fire. Grammar will be taught in context and within this unit will cover modal verbs, semi-colons and complex sentences. 


During our Guided Reading lessons, we will use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to build our ability to retrieve and infer information. Primarily we will be working on using evidence from the text to justify our ideas and opinions. A further element to our learning will be to build our understanding of more adventurous and descriptive vocabulary. 


We will be spending the first few weeks embedding and developing our understanding of place value. We will be working with numbers up to 10 million, rounding and ordering numbers and considering negative numbers in context. Children will learn to represent and partition numbers using a variety of methods, for example - place value charts, part-whole models and number lines. A particular focus will be on developing our problem-solving and reasoning skills, explaining our mathematical thinking. Our KIRF this term is to use our knowledge of times-tables to multiply and divide (including decimals).

For example, if 7 x 6 = 42, we know that 0.7 x 6 = 4.2 


Our science topic is Living Things and Their Habitats. Children will learn how to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals. They will find out about the work of Carl Linnaeus, a pioneer of classification. Children will also learn to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics



Rainforests is our first topic in Year 6. Our first skill as geographers is to consider
lines of latitude and longitude and how each place on an atlas can be mapped according
to a set of co-ordinates. We will then discuss the different biomes in the world,
before focusing on the rainforest biome. We will consider the key physical aspects of
a rainforest, the layers within them and the different species found within each
layer. Children will also learn about the people that live within the rainforests and
their lifestyles. Finally, we will consider why parts of the rainforest are in danger and
what the consequences are of losing the rainforest. 



P.E. this term will be Swimming on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will need to bring a swimming costume and a towel. Children can come to school in P.E. kit on a Wednesday.  

Remember to email all photographs for your activity passports to our class email below.


Our class email is: Mrs.


 Don't forget! You can play Education CitySpelling ShedPurple Mash and Times Table Rockstars at home! 

Click on the words for the link to their webpage.

Please get in touch with me, either by ringing the office or through the class email if you have any questions or wish to discuss anything in more detail.