Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Miss Randles
TA: Mrs Phillips

Happy New Year!

Mrs Phillips and myself (Miss Randles) would like to thank you for the Christmas messages and gifts! It was very kind of you and we both hope you had a lovely winter break and are rested and restored for the year ahead.

This term, I believe the main focus from the children’s point of view, is our school journey to PGL, which will take place just before the end of term (Mon 21st March – Friday 25th March), but there are a few other things going on as well!

For the Spring term our curriculum is as follows:

English – We will be using some of the ‘Herts for learning: Back on Track’ planning which covers ongoing development of skills based around a non-fiction text ‘Children of the King’ by Sonya Hartnett. We will also be focusing around a collection of poems by Ted Hughes and our fiction text is Skellig by David Almond.

(In guided reading, we will begin looking at reading test papers to understand what is required to achieve ARE in reading.)

Maths - We will continue to follow the Hertfordshire Essentials maths planning.

The units include: Formal written method of multiplication and division, properties of shape, order of operations and algebra, perimeter and area, angles, reflection and translation, fractions, ratio and proportion, volume, measures, statistics. We will also be consolidating key learning and addressing any gaps in learning.

Science – Light and Electricity (three Friday afternoons will be spent at Haberdashers' Aske’s School for Boys as part of these topics – see separate letter)

RE – Buddhism and Christianity (taught by Mrs Phillips)

PSHE – various topics, including Media Literacy and Digital Resilience, Money and Work, Keeping Safe.

Computing – Online Safety, Coding and Quizzing

Humanities (History) – The Ancient Greeks and Impact of War (WW2)

Music – Classic Rock and Music and me (Inspirational women working in music)

Art – A variety of art activities (taught by Mrs Phillips)

DT - Global Food (After half term)

PE – Fitness training & multi-skills (Tuesday afternoons), Dance with Mrs Bedwell (Thursday mornings)

Kit suitable for indoor and outdoor PE is required. It is best to send their PE kit in on a Monday and to leave it in school until Friday in case it is needed again.

Please ensure all PE kit is labelled with their names! 



Homework will be given out every Wednesday and handed in on a Monday.

This will usually consist of two pieces of homework usually one English and one Maths. 


Children should complete a minimum of 10 minutes of Times tables rockstars (TTR) each week.



All children will read with an adult during their guided reading sessions once a week within small groups. In addition to this, children will be given a schoolbook to read at home with an adult or older sibling. Reading records are checked every Monday and children are expected to read a minimum of three times a week at home where it is recorded and signed by the adult. If children have read three times they receive one merit point, if they have read five times they will receive more.


Following a lovely term in which we saw the children developing many of the skills they will need to become confident young secondary school students, we are looking forward to a hard (there is lots to do!) but enjoyable term ahead.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.


Miss Randles


Spring Term 2022

In Year 6 we learn to:





  • Refer to text to support opinions and predictions.
  • Give a view about choice of vocabulary, structure, etc.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Appreciate how a set of sentences has been arranged to create maximum effect.
  • Recognise:
  • o   complex sentences with more than one subordinate clause

    o   phrases which add detail to sentences

  • Explain how a writer has used sentences to create particular effects.
  • Skim and scan to aide note-taking.
  • Our reading scheme is Bug club from Pearson






  • Use subordinate clauses to write complex sentences.
  • Use passive voice where appropriate.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely (e.g. The fact that it was raining meant the end of sports day).
  • Use a sentence structure and layout matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use semi-colon, colon or dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses.
  • Use colon to introduce a list and semi colon within a list.
  • Use correct punctuation of bullet points.
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
  • Use full range of punctuation matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Use paragraphs to signal change in time, scene, action, mood or person.
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.




  • Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 10,000,000.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Identify the value of each digit to 3 decimal places.
  • Use knowledge of order of operations to carry out calculations involving four operations.
  • Multiply  4-digit by 2-digit
  • Divide 4-digit by 2-digit
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in the simplest form.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Calculate % of whole number.