Welcome to Year 6

There are lots of ways in which you can support children's learning outside of school. All Fairholme children have access to Purple MashMyMaths (online maths homework), Times Tables Rock Stars and Bug Club (online books and comics) for free! Please ask your class teacher if you do not have log-in details for any of these sites.

Our topic this half term is...


We're off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.  Can you trace his route across the vast oceans? 

Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.  Do you know what is so special about a lava lizard or marine iguana?  Why does the blue-footed booby have blue feet?  Are all of the animals in a species the same?

See how animals adapt to the environments over time and meet some of the world's greatest explorers and naturalists.  Imagine what it must be like to visit places and see things few people have ever seen before.  Find out about Mary Anning and her amazing fossil finds.

This topic is science and geography-based with some opportunities for great art and writing. 

Ready to trace the origins of species?  Let's set sail.

Our Class Reader this term is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.  

Many children have found it helpful to have their own copy of the book at home.

There are other recommended reads below.

In RE this term we will be focusing on Islam.

In Science this term we will be focusing on animal adaptation and evolution.

The animals of the Galapagos Islands and varied and fascinating. 

Some of the Year 6 staff have had a go at creating our own Galapagos animal art.  Can you guess who produced each one?

Can you do your own?

Recommended Reads for our Topic

Year 6 Mathematics Arithmetic Teaching Videos

It is possible to find several links to online lessons and videos at the Oak National Academy.  Please find below a selection of videos, which will support the children’s learning in mathematics and particularly arithmetic.  Many of these videos are found on youtube.  Please can we ask and remind parents to monitor your child while they are working online.

Column Addition 1

Column Addition 2

Column Subtraction 1

Column Subtraction 2

Short multiplication

Long multiplication

Short division

Short division with remainders

Short division with remainders including decimal answers

Long division by chunking

Square numbers

Cubed numbers 1

Cubed numbers 2


Simplifying fractions

Improper to mixed number fractions

Mixed number fractions to improper fractions

Adding fractions 1

Adding fractions 2

Subtracting fractions

 1 Arithmetic half tests - 15 minutes.docxDownload
 1 Arithmetic half tests - answers.docxDownload
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Our Teachers

We have three classes in Year 6:

Saffron Class, Scarlet Class and Sapphire Class

They will be supported and guided through this important year by:-

  • Miss Spencer
  • Mrs Coleman
  • Miss Benn
  • Miss Begum
  • Miss Nicholls
  • Mrs Bowyer
  • Mrs Botto
  • Mrs Malone
  • Mrs Westbeard
  • Mr Camidge 

all working together to help the children to achieve their full potential and to make good progress.

Mrs Coleman and Miss Spencer are our Year Group Leaders.

Click here to read our leaflet which outlines learning expectations for the end of Year 6.


50 Recommended reads for Year 6

Age 9-11: Books to read together at home

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with us, then please contact the office to make an appointment to see us. We are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any issues. 

We have been very happy to see so many of the children wearing their full correct school uniform and setting such a brilliant example for the rest of the school, thank you.

We would like to remind you that all children should have a school PE kit to change into as we will have regular lessons each week.

We encourage all children to bring a water bottle to class, which they can refill at regular intervals during the day in order to keep themselves well-hydrated and to keep their brains working to the best of their ability.

In Year 6 homework is vitally important for the children, as it helps to reinforce the learning that has gone on during the week.

We urge you to support and encourage your children with their homework.

We will provide your child with a folder and Home Learning Journal for the adult to initial to show they have been practising their reading, maths and spelling skills.  We encourage the children to keep their homework folders in pristine condition, taking pride in, and celebrating, their home learning. 

Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be checked the following Friday.

It is really important the children get into good habits with homework in Year 6 to help them get ready for secondary school.

Children should have their homework folders and reading books in school every day.

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