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Shaftsbury and Gladstone

Welcome to Shaftsbury and Gladstone Classes – Year 6




The books we are studying are Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Using these books we will be:

  • Making predictions about a text
  • Learning about the historical context of book
  • Writing setting and character descriptions
  • Writing recounts
  • Comparing and contrast characters
  • Writing diary entries
  • Creating suspense in our writing.


In our writing we will be focussing on these grammar devices:

  • Relative clauses
  • Modal verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Parenthesis
  • Expanded noun phrases




Throughout the term, we will be focusing on building arithmetic skills, so that the children are secure and able to apply their knowledge to greater depth learning.


For example we will focus on aspects of maths such as: multiplication, ordering numbers, rounding, calculations (including decimals and negative numbers). We will also learn how to calculate fractions, convert between fractions, decimals and percentages.


Our term starts with two WOW maths days which will introduce the children to a range of maths learning such as tangrams, algebra skills for solving codes, tessellation, and timed challenges. We will also be using this time to assess how much the children have remembered over summer; including on ROCKSTARS!



In Curriculum this term we will be learning all about World War II. We will be concentrating on the beginning of the war, rationing, and evacuation.  

We will be;

  • Creating our own propaganda posters
  • Making our own evacuation boxes
  • Creating our own radio broadcast
  • Making food based on rationing
  • Visiting Brackenhurst
  • Seeing how the war affecting other countries at the New Art Exchange
  • Keeping a digital portfolio of facts from the war

Beginning of World War II - Khan Academy




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.