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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 6 2019 to 2020

Welcome to Year 6.

Teacher: Miss N Watson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs L DiManna

Autumn 2 Newsletter



Dear Parents/Carers,


I can’t believe it is Autumn 2 already. Year 6 have had a very busy 8 weeks learning new concepts ready for their SATs. In week 7 we had an assessment week - the children definitely impressed with their results!


Autumn 2 is going to be just as busy as Autumn 1; we have lots of exciting learning and we will be looking for the children to demonstrate their very best behaviour, effort and attitude throughout their final year at primary school.


Our topic this half term continues to be ‘A Child’s War’. Throughout the year we will be focusing on the basic skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term the children will be producing a narrative and a letter linked to our topic and our class novel ‘ The boy in the striped pyjamas’. In maths the focus will be on fractions, decimals and percentages ready for another practice SATs week at the beginning of December. 


The children will have a double session of PE the following week. The children will also complete the daily mile each afternoon. Please note the PE day has changed from a Wednesday to a Tuesday.


In Year 6 home learning will be issued on a Friday and expected back into school the following Friday. It is important that the children complete their reading sheet as each class is in competition with each other (Y6 have won a number of times!) Children are also expected to practise their spellings (spellingshed) and their times tables (Times table rock stars). At the bottom of the reading sheet is a section for them to now

complete how many times they have practised these.


Just a reminder about our residential in June 2020. This is a very exciting educational opportunity for the children with the chance to learn new skills away from home, developing their own independence and being responsible for themselves as well as covering many aspects of the National Curriculum. The children will have a fantastic programme that is a PE outdoor residential visit which is also links to reading where the children complete the Alex Rider Classified mission.



As with all residential visits, and to ensure we get our preferred dates, we are required to pay a substantial deposit to secure the booking. On this occasion the deposit is due before the end of December.  We

completely understand how close this is to Christmas, so we have staggered the cost of the deposit and the remainder of the residential payments over several months to allow for installments to be made via parent pay.  The three payment deadlines are as follows;


£40     this was due by Friday 25th October 2019  (non-refundable deposit)

£30     by Friday 20th December 2019

£185   by Monday 16th March 2020


Thank you for your continued support.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the upper key stage 2 team if you have any questions.


Topic for Autumn term is 'A Child's War'

Year 6 support Anti-Bullying!

In Science we are learning about light. They look at the composition of white light and how complex colours are made up of combinations of the three basic colours (red, green and blue). They then made their own complex colours by mixing basic colours in a colour wheel, and made white light with a colour wheel containing all the colours of the rainbow.

For Remembrance Day, Year 6 have created poppies and blackout poetry. They were given a page from our novel 'The boy in the striped pajamas' and were asked to select words that could create a poem. They then created a background for their poem. I hope you agree with me that these look absolutely stunning!

On Tuesday 22nd October, we were delighted to have been given the opportunity to attend Laurel Academy for their aspirations day. It included Science activities which were tailored to the Y6 National Curriculum, a Science show which was run by the STEM Science Ambassadors and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Maths Masterclass which was led by Delta Maths Directors and Senior Staff.

Children have learnt a range of World War 2 games this week. They have played Red Rover, Four Square and Red Light Green Light. 

On Thursday 10th October, Year 6 completed a number of activities for World Mental Health Day. In the morning they took part in art therapy, yoga and outdoor learning. In the afternoon they chose to make pizzas. 

Tuesday 8th October, Anti-Social Behaviour talk

This afternoon, we learnt about Anti-social behaviour and criminal offences and how crime can affect you in your upcoming life. From this, we have learnt that from the age of 10 you can have a criminal record. People can take offence by people swearing in public and can report this behaviour. In your upcoming life, having a criminal record can stop you from visiting other countries and making it difficult for you to get a job. We also learnt that if you have social media and send offensive messages, they can be tracked, even if you delete them. People are taking their own lives over cruel comments. You need to remember not to say cruel things, even the smallest thing can hurt someone's feelings. We learnt alot this afternoon and are looking forward to learning more at Crucial Crew after Christmas.


By Harriet and Ella W. 

On Monday 7th October, we learnt all about gas masks and made our own.

On Friday 4th October, we created our own scratch games. To try these, save our projects to your computer. Open scratch online and then open our file.

 Aaron Ridley Scratch Project (3).sb3Download
 Alfie Roberts Scratch Project.sb3Download
 charlie naughton scratch.sb3Download
 Ella Wroe Scratch Project (1).sb3Download
 Harry Murrie Scratch Project (1).sb3Download
 Jacob Simpson Scratch Project.sb3Download
 Josh Taylor Scratch Project (2).sb3Download
 Joshua Goddard Scratch Project (1).sb3Download
 Kayra Demir scratch.sb3Download
 Keira Pearson Scratch Project (1).sb3Download
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On Monday 30th September, we started our new English unit 'diary entries'. We had a drama morning preparing for evacuation. 

On Tuesday 17th September we visited Eden Camp. The children loved exploring the huts and learning about World War 2.

On Monday 16th September, children learnt about the Blitz. They created pieces of art work using a range of media. 

End of Year Expectations

Home Learning Expectations

Home learning will be issued on a Friday and due back in the following Friday when the children will complete their spelling test.

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activity                     
  • Continue to learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts (below)
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.  


Click on the logos below to go to the log in pages

Recommended Reading List

Long Term Plan