Welcome to Year 6

Mantis and Scorpion classes are our Year 6 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School.  On this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities.   

Adults in our classes:

Mrs Hema Patel-Thorpe              Mrs Christy Collard


Ms Louise Bradshaw-Campbell   Mrs Hannah Delgrazia


This half term, we will be learning:


In English, the pupils will be reading Macbeth. It is a rich and exciting story that excites and stimulates the pupils. The pupils will explore the themes of the text in depth and use it as a stimulus for their independent writing. This term we are focusing on producing work that demonstrates the pupils can produce a range of text-types. The pupils will be ensuring that they use a wide variety of sentence structures, formal and informal voice, high-level vocabulary, figurative language and the full range of punctuation. Pupils will draft and re-draft work with a focus on independence and craft.


We will start this half-term by continuing to complete our learning on geometry. We then will focusing on revising other areas.  We will also be introducing the children to algebra and building on their current understanding of measurement, ratio and proportion.  As we move ever closer to the Year 6 SATs tests in May, we will continue to practice using calculation methods accurately and solving reasoning problems in different contexts effectively. 


This unit begin with learning about asexual reproduction in plants. Pupils will observe a potato, strawberry and garlic over the course of this unit to look for growth. Pupils will learn that some plants reproduce asexually, not requiring a male and female, but reproducing by copying itself. Understanding this form of reproduction will build on knowledge of how flowering plants reproduce. Moving on to reproduction in animals, pupils will look again at how animals reproduce, building on their knowledge from previous years, specifically in Year 5 Human Body. They will learn about internal and external fertilisation and will understand that different animals reproduce in different ways. They will learn that external fertilisation has a much higher mortality rate, therefore animals that use external fertilisation, e.g. fish, produce more offspring than those who use internal fertilisation e.g. humans. Pupils will build on this knowledge and look at growth stages of animals, building on their knowledge from Year 5 when they studied human and elephant gestation periods.


This half term we will be spending the next 6 weeks learning more about WW2. Pupils will learn that WW2 was a war fought around the world by many countries from 1939-1945 and that the war was fought between two sides: The Allied Powers (including the UK, the Soviet Union, France, USA) and Axis Powers (including Germany, Italy, Japan). We will also gain understanding of how the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies and won by the British RAF. We will look at the impact of the Blitz and explore how the Code-breakers at Bletchley Park played a significant role in helping the allies win the war. We will also with sympathy begin to understand that the Holocaust is the name given to the genocide that took place at this time, where the Nazis killed millions of people, predominately Jewish people.


In geography this half term we will be learning about Asia. We will be reminded that Asia is the largest continent. Due to its size Asia and physical geography it has a wide range of climates and biomes including deserts, mountains, tropical and sub-tropical jungle, temperate forests, taiga and temperate grasslands. We will look at how it historically served at an important trade route on the Silk Road. We also consider how boundaries can change and how natural disasters occur.

Physical Education

This half term we will be doing Volleyball on Tuesdays and Cricket on Fridays.

Religious Education

In R.E. this half term, the children will be exploring Peace. This unit will look at each religion’s view of peace and take children on a journey through different acts of achieving and creating peace. The children will compare and contrast the concept of peace across religions. Look at symbolic people of peace and well known symbols of peace before creating their own. They will be considering how and why conflict is caused and discussing whether peace is ever truly achievable.


Our topic this half term in Music is Film Music. The children will develop knowledge of how important soundtrack and background music is in films and how this is composed by film music composers. We will learning how to identify and understand the composing techniques that create action, tension and emotion in film music. The children will then, using their knowledge from last half term on graphic scores, make up their own graphic score interpretation.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This half term we will be carrying out a unit on Relationships. We will explore how to ensure we have a range of strategies to look after our mental health. Pupils will also learn that there are different stages of grief and that there are different types of loss that cause people to grieve. We will also explore important issues around power and control and what makes a healthy relationships.


Children are introduced to the art of the Italian renaissance by looking at The School of Athens by Raphael and Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. Through these works they learn that Renaissance is a French word meaning ‘rebirth’, which is used to describe the revival of art that took place in Italy from about 1400 influenced by the rediscovery of classical art and culture. They then investigate work created by Leonardo, looking in particular at his anatomical drawings and his painting technique used in the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Children practise their drawing skills in detailed observational drawings of their own hands and, ears.


Our unit this half term is ‘Big Data2’.  Big Data describes the way companies and organisations use data in their work.  The children will be learning will how data can be corrupted within a network and data should be sent in packets as it is more robust. They will learn to recognise differences between mobile data and learn to use a spreadsheet. 
DT This term, pupils will be investigating Structures with the theme of ‘playgrounds’. They will research existing playground equipment and their different forms, before designing and developing a range of apparatus to meet a list of specified design criteria. They will work in groups to create five apparatus designs, applying the design criteria to their work. They will make a range of landscape features using a variety of materials which will enhance their apparatus.


This half term the children in Year 6 will be learning nouns for clothes and the verb to wear in Spanish. The children will see how to use adjectives of colour and size to describe clothes. They will then look at and unpick a detailed description of an outfit and will finish the unit with a sport kit design and description. Reading opportunities will be provided for the children to practice and develop their pronunciation and comprehension skills. There will be an opportunity to check for learning with an assessment at the end of the unit.


Knowledge Organisers

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see the progress they have made.

Computing Summer A

Science Summer A

Geography Summer A

History Summer A

Music Summer A

RE Summer A

Art Summer A  


WC 13.05.24

We just want to say a huge WELL DONE to all of Year 6. They have shown incredible resilience and courage this week and took all the papers in their stride. We hope you all have a well-deserved break now in the sunshine this weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday for Arts Week. 

Please also find below a link to the monologue examples website shown to the children this week in class. If they want to look at the website for ideas for their auditions next week please do so. https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/monologues-for-kids-72732/


WC 06.05.24

We want to wish all the year 6s a very happy weekend. Enjoy yourself and have a break. You are all amazing. See you on Monday.

WC 29.04.24

We have embraced the sunshine this week in Year 6 and enjoyed the time outside playing volleyball and ensuring we have lots of breaks in between all our revision. In maths, the children have learned how to write algebraic equations and also solve 1 step problems. Their problem solving skills have improved tremendously and as a result, they have thoroughly enjoyed these algebra lessons. In English we planned and started to write our Macbeth stories, bringing together all our figurative language and toolkit to express the atmosphere and develop the characters of Macbeth, Banquo and the witches. We continued to learn how the Second World War was truly a global war with countries from all over the world in History, playing their part as a result of the empires and colonies which existed in the late 1930s and 40s. Finally in Science the children dissected a flower to reveal the male and female component parts when learning about the sexual reproduction of plants. We hope you all have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing the children back for the final week before SATs!

WC 22.04.24

Week two of the summer term has been an exciting, if wet and windy, week. The pupils have excelled at considering different ways that a scene from Macbeth could be performed. They have acted and directed the scene and even embellished it with sound effects that greatly enhanced the mood and creating tension. Now, they must consider what this can lend to their written versions. In Maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of geometry, ensuring that we can calculate unknown angles in regular shapes, find radius and dimeters of circles as well as revising the names and properties of 3D shapes. In History we learned about four of the most important battles of the 2nd World War. In Geography we began to learn about the different countries that make up the continent of Asia. In Music, we sang a WW2 song, 'the White Cliffs of Dover' beautifully. We all enjoyed coming to school in our pajamas to raise money for the dolphins and whales.


WC 15.04.24

What another busy week in Year 6! We have started the Summer Term with lots of revision ready for the SATs later this month. The children have spent more time in English going over different grammar topics and have ended the week with an introduction to our new spine text, as well as English topic, of Macbeth. We started with a drama lesson, acting out some parts of the opening scene of Macbeth and learning about two of the main characters; Macbeth and Banquo. In maths we have started looking at geometry and the children have learned to measure angles using a protractor as well as calculate the missing angles in shapes, particularly triangles. In history we started to look at the two key sides involved in World War 2; the axis and the allies and the leaders of each key player. Finally, in art, the children learned some facts about the renaissance period of art and in particular Leonardo di Vinci. Have a lovey weekend!