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Orchard Primary Academy

6 Oak

Welcome to Oak class

 Hello there!

Welcome to 6 Oak! We are 23 of the oldest children at Orchard Primary Academy and we pride ourselves on setting an excellent example to the younger pupils in school.

Year 6 can be a difficult year but we work hard and learn from our mistakes. We incorporate Orchard's three curriculum drivers into everything we do.

This year we will constantly 'Dream Big and Dare to Fail'. We will always try out best and understand that each and every one of us is amazing and unique in our special way!


 This year, your teacher is Miss Hirst. Miss Hirst has been teaching for 9 years and has taught children from Year 1 all the way up to Year 6! Miss Hirst is 'Maths Mad!' and loves using resources and bar models to solve tricky word problems! One of Miss Hirst's favourite TV programmes is 'Number Blocks'. If you've never watched it, give it a try - you'll love it!

On a Thursday afternoon and Friday, Mrs Hogarth will be your teacher. Mrs Hogarth has worked at Orchard for a very long time and has worked with the youngest children, right up to the oldest. Mrs Hogarth is a creative queen and this year will be teaching Art & DT every Friday afternoon.

Miss Hirst and Mrs Hogarth will be helped this year by Mrs Anderson and Mrs Hall. Mrs Anderson loves reading and has hundreds of fun Maths games up her sleeve to play with you.  Mrs Hall is Orchard's Eco-Warrior and if she isn't in 6 Oak, you'll find her outside in the woodland area, gardening, planting or leading Forest School sessions.


Important Information 

Weekly Timetable 

Autumn 2 Newsletter  


 Every day you need to bring your pencil case and your water bottle.



This year, your P.E. lesson will be every Friday morning. Mrs Hogarth will teach your P.E. lessons. Due to COVID-19, you will not need to wear a full P.E. kit for now. You will just need to bring a white t-shirt to change into. Please make sure you remember your t-shire every Friday.


 As you are Year 6 you will receive a little more homework than the rest of school. Alongside your half-termly homework menu, every Friday you will get a sheet of homework with some spellings to learn and some Maths and SPaG revision. Your homework sheet will be available on Dojo or you can get a physical copy in class. Your homework should be completed by the following Wednesday. You can return it on Dojo or in your homework books.

This half term we will be learning ...


This half-term all of our English work will be focussed on 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' by Joe Todd-Stanton. We have chosen this book as it links very closely to our History topic - 'The Vikings!' We will spend the first three works writing stories, before moving on to some Non-Fiction writing.


To find out more about Joe Todd-Stanton, have a look at his website:

Joe Todd-Stanton's website


In Maths, this half-term, we will be continuing our work on the Four Operations, specifically focussing on Multiplication & Division. Once we have mastered that, we will begin working on fractions. We complete the majority of our Maths work on our tablets using Learning by Questions (LbQ). During Maths lessons, we will solve fluency questions, solve problems and reason using the facts we have learnt. In 6 Oak, we have a wide range of Maths resources to use to help us organise our thinking. Resources such as: Base 10; Place Value counters; Numicon and ten frames will help us to work out the trickiest of Maths questions!


Our Science topic this half-term is 'Material World'. We will group materials together based on their properties; we will be taught that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form solutions and attempt to recover substances from solutions. During Science, we will also learn: to separate mixtures; investigate reversible changes and complete fair tests using everyday materials.


This half-term we will be learning about...The Vikings! We will use our knowledge from Year 4 to extend our knowledge of the Viking period. We will focus on the chronology of the Viking period and order key events during this time using timelines. We will explore the impact the Vikings had on Britain and look at what has changed and what has stayed the same between then and 2020.

Art and Design 

Our Art & Design will be linked closely to our History this half-term. We will work with clay to explore and create runic alphabets. We will learn a range of skills to help mold clay into different shapes and sizes. Mrs Hogarth will teach us to use a variety of equipment too!


This half-term our P.E. is called 'Social'.  We will focus on working as a team and improving our own and each other's performance. We will learn about feedback and how to appropriately give feedback to a team. We will learn to play a range of games and evaluate our performance and improvements over the coming weeks.


Our first Jigsaw unit this year is called 'Celebrating Differences'. We will consider 'what is normal?' and how there are different perceptions of 'normal'. We will think carefully about the differences some people have and how this many affect their life and how they feel about themselves. We will also think about people who do not respect differences, how they treat people and what it means to 'bully'. This year we have Jigsaw Jem, who will help us to think carefully about the questions posed.


Our Computing topic this half term is called 'We are Adventure Gamers'! We will learn about and explore algorithms. Our aim is to be able to use algorithms to create and play simple games that follow a set of rules we have designed.


 Our topic for this half-term is 'Classroom Jazz'! We will focus on Latin American grooves and Blues style music. We will learn about rhythm and timbre using body percussion.

Author Focus

 This half-term we will be reading 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman.


'More than anything in the world, Lila wants to be a firework-maker. But every firework-maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire Fiend! Can Lila possible survive? Especially when she doesn't know she needs special protection to survive his flames...' 

To find out more about Philip Pullman, have a look at his website by following the link below:


Home Learning Menu

 Here is our Home Learning menu - We can't wait to see the activities you choose to complete!

Click here to download a copy.

Home Learning Menu

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