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Woodlands Primary School

Woodlands Primary School

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Year 6


Welcome to the class page of Year 6

6 Damson, 6 Ebony and 6 Nutmeg


6 Nutmeg are taught by Mrs R Totham, supported by Mrs D Smith and Mrs A Verma .

6 Damson are taught by Mrs M Hicks and Mrs M Anacleto, supported by Mrs V Timms.

6 Ebony are taught by Mrs K Duffin , supported by Mrs C Brooks and Mrs A Burnside.

Mrs A Littlejohn (maths teacher) is also a vital part of the team. 


English writing homework and maths homework will be handed out on a Friday and due back in on a Tuesday. These will be sent out on alternate weeks so that children will have ONE piece of written homework each week alongside their times tables, spellings and reading homework.

Reading homework is expected EVERY day for all children. The homework diary is a record of this. This year, we will be introducing a reading scheme we are calling '10 of the Best'. In September, your child will be provided with a list of books to read this year. Each classroom will have the books stocked in the book corners for the children to borrow and read at home. More information about this will be provided in September. 

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and will be tested every other Friday

General Information

Attendance- Please let the school office know immediately when your child is absent and give a reason. If your child is away for more than 2 days or is absent on Friday and still absent the following Monday, please ring to update the school or email your class teacher (unfortunately we cannot accept messages via other children or parents). Repeated short absences will mean your child will miss vital elements of the curriculum and though we endeavour to ‘catch-up’, it is never the same.

Homework Diary - The homework diary that your child will receive is intended to be used as a communication tool between parents and staff for homework, reading or general enquiries. We will endeavour to check the homework diary every day so please encourage your child to have it in school with them every day. If you have any concerns you wish to raise which are more personal or require a more in depth response then please write a separate letter to your child's class teacher. 

Uniform  - Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months and also please encourage your child to bring a named water bottle to school every day.

Medication - Please let the school and your child's class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. If your child needs to be on a course of medication then please complete the relevant form which is kept in the school office. 

Social Media and Internet Safety - We are very aware of the issues surrounding social media and internet safety – children will learn (at an age appropriate level) how to keep themselves safe on line. Please monitor the time and access that your children have from home.

Kent Test Information - Below you will find the Kent Test presentation which took place in April 2016, providing information about the Kent Test which your child may be sitting in September 2019. If you have any further enquiries then please don't hesitate to contact the school office or your child's class teacher.

SATs - This academic year, the SATs will take place from Monday 11th May to Thursday 14 May 2020​​​​​​ . Below is a presentation given in March 2016 about the newly revised SATs. However, please note that changes may occur for this year and as we get them, we will inform you. A presentation evening will be held in March 2020 to inform you of how the week will work for your child.  Please click on the link to see a video about national curriculum assessments.

Trips and Visitors - This year, we are looking to take the children on more trips than before to really engage them in the topics and enhance their learning. Below, you will see a provisional outline of our intended trips and visitors for the next year. 

Term 1- Evacuee Day

Term 2- Dover Castle, War Showcase

Term 3- Safety in Action, Theatre Visit, 

Term 4- Primary Futures

Term 5- Year 6 Restaurant 

Term 6- Isle of Wight, Treat Trip (children choose)

Clubs- In Year 6, the children are allowed to run their own club at lunchtimes for the children in Years 3- 5. To be chosen to run a club for one term, the children should speak to Mrs Totham, who will supervise all clubs, help the children resource their sessions and support them with the planning of each session.

Revision Sessions- As you know, the end of year expectations for year 6 pupils are very high and in our efforts to help them achieve their full potential and to support their transition to secondary school, we are considering running revision sessions for some pupils. These sessions will potentially begin in January.  We are very fortunate that teachers and members of staff have volunteered their time to help the children tin previous years and as a result we might be able to offer very small, focused sessions for some of our pupils. We will keep you updated about this throughout the year. 

Star Books- Children are expected to read at least 6 of these books throughout the year. They are intended to challenge the children.4 copies of each book in each classroom.There is a check in and check out system for the books.We encourage you to read the books with the children as they are challenging.Weekly reading support on a Monday and Thursday after school.

Tom’s Midnight Garden- Pippa Pearce (1958)

Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden (1973)

The Nowhere Emporium- Ross MacKenzie (2015)

Cosmic- Frank Cottrell Boyce (2008)

Wonder- R.J Palacio (2012)

Clockwork- Phillip Pullman (1996)

Skellig- David Almond (1998)

Corline- Neil Gaiman (2002)

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness (2011)

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom- Louis Sachar (1987)


Year 6 WW2 Exhibition:

Thank you to the huge number of supporters who came to the WW2 Exhibition hosted by the Year 6 children yesterday. The afternoon began with the children singing a collection of war songs they have been learning in their music lessons. Thank you to Mrs Jones for organising this so beautifully. After this, the children were able to showcase their stunning water colours inspired by Paul Nash’s ‘The Dead Sea’, their artist studies of Evalyn Dunbar, who was a female war artist notable for recording women’s contributions to WW2 and their charcoal sketches of London during the war, inspired by the famous photograph of St Paul’s Cathedral during The Blitz. The children also showed off their impressive Anderson Shelters that they have been constructing in their DT lessons and their independent projects on how Kent was affected by WW2. We are so proud of the children and the work they have produced and hope you enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you so much to all of the Year 6 staff for all of the hard work that went on behind to scenes to make this afternoon possible. Have a lovely Christmas- see you all in the new year.


Year 6- The Election:

Last week, the Year 6 children took part in their very own Woodlands Primary School General Election. They began the week by learning about democracy, how general elections work and how to vote. On Tuesday, they studied the party policies in class, watched the party political broadcasts, discussed them and then went to the polls! Each child was given a ballot paper and anonymously put a cross next to the party they felt should win. After this, the children were split into small groups and were given the task of creating their own political party with three main priorities. Each party then had to write their own persuasive party manifesto stating what they would do about issues such as education, health care and the environment.  Yesterday,  the parties had the opportunity to stand for election in the Woodlands Primary School General Election and were voted for by their peers. All of the children were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and took a real interest in the real election too. Well done Year 6!