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Welcome to Shaftsbury and Gladstone Classes – Year 6




Spring Two


The Learning Powers theme for this term is: Me in a team.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF important dates for your diary:

The National Testing Week for all children in year 6 takes place for four days starting week beginning Monday 11th May 2020. The timetable is as follows:



Other important matters:

The times of our PE sessions vary. Please make sure the children always have their kit in school.

It is vital that every child is reading for at least 15 minutes every day. This can be a school book or something from home. This will help them with the reading test in May. Every time that they read, they should get their reading race track signed and move one step closer to earning a free book as a reward, from Miss Jackson.

In addition to SATs revision, the homework challenges for this term have been issued to the children and are also available on the school website.

Not every child wants homework. It is personal choice. The policy of the school is that no formal homework is set by class teacher for the whole class. The homework menu is available but optional. However, in year six, the teaching team may decide to give some additional work to individual pupils occasionally, to support them further. This homework will be relating to test preparation and it is expected that the children will complete it and return it to school.

Revision classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school, for one hour. Parents must complete and return the letter sent home before the holiday, in order for their child to attend. Children attending are welcome to bring additional healthy snacks on revision club days.


In writing, we will be focussing on 3 aspects over the coming half term:

Writing a recount; writing a formal instructional text, with historical context and a persuasive text about a country of the child’s choosing.


We will be reading a book called Journey to Jo’Burg.

Reading comprehension will cover all aspects of understanding a wide range of different texts. Reading at home can support this.

Spelling tests will take place weekly using the spellings that the children were sent home with to study during the holidays. There will be approximately 20 words tested each week.


We will cover all aspects of mathematical understanding in preparation for SATS. It is expected that by now the pupils have all the calculation skills they need in order to complete the arithmetic test and so our focus moves to applying our knowledge to reasoning and problem solving activities to show our understanding. Aspects to cover will be measure, statistics and geometry.


In Curriculum this term we will be learning all about the Global Goals. 

We will be;

  • Researching and writing a non-chronological report comparing two countries
  • Looking into inequality and injustice around the world in the past and in the present
  • Comparing education systems around the world


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Transferring to Secondary School in September 2020We can guide and support you with this process. There is a lot of local choice for schools. Last year, the children in year six, moving to year seven went to:


Djanogly City Academy (our closest school, and part of our trust)


Nottingham Bluecoat Schools OR


Nottingham Free School


NUAST Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology


Nottingham University Samworth Academy


Ellis Guilford


With demands for places being high, it is a good idea to make sure you choose at least your top three schools.


You apply online at


All of these schools will be having open days and open evenings VERY EARLY in Autumn Term and I recommend that you go to these events and take your child with you so that together you can make an informed choice about the next stage of their education.  Web links are included on this letter and if you download the electronic version of the letter, you can follow the link directly.

For your information, pupils in year seven at Djanogly City Academy will be educated at the Sherwood Campus site which is attached to our school.