Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

We finally have two Year Six classes in school now: 6F and 6N.

In 6F, there are two adults - Miss Fulton (class teacher) and Miss Blackburn (teaching assistant).

6N's class teacher is Mr Newton but Miss Shaw and Miss Gomersall support us (and him) with our learning everyday too. 


We are also very lucky to have some additional adults coming in to help us throughout the week: Mr Darnell helps us with our maths learning and Miss Pyrah supports our writing lessons.


Key Information

Our P.E lessons are on Monday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor) this half-term, so we need to come to school in P.E. kit on those days. 

We have all been given a new reading book so it important that we are reading at home every evening (where possible). It doesn’t always need to be to directly to an adult - you can ask us a few questions about what we’ve read to check our understanding – but it’s important for improving fluency and comprehension. Make sure it's logged on to Boom Reader so our teachers can see. 

All of our other homework will be set online through Microsoft Teams. Login details for this site and others, such as Times Table Rockstars or Reading Plus have been given to the children. The expectation is that we complete 30 TTR games and 5 Reading Plus texts a week. If we do not have access to online learning at home, we will be given time and support to complete any homework through the week at school. We need to organise ourselves to get this done each week as good preparation for high school.

We have lots to look forward to this half-term as we get back into the school routine – keep glued to this page because it will be regularly updated to show you what we have been up to.


Autumn 1

This half-term has been a very, very busy but enjoyable return to school life after the summer break. We have crammed lots and lots into the past seven weeks, both inside and outside the classroom. In our English lessons, we have focused a lot on narrative writing: in particular, writing the introduction of a suspense story full of description and emotion. We did however use our science learning (more on that later) to write some explanations of how the heart pumps blood around the body and how water and nutrients are transported.  For maths, we have spent a lot of time securing our knowledge of place value and then applying it to calculate and reason within the school’s Maths No Problem scheme. Also, our weekly Times Table Rockstars Battles have been very competitive and there are some very fast rock speeds in the class. 

In the wider curriculum, some highlights include our science lessons in which we have learnt so much about our hearts and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We spent our geography lessons learning all about maps and how to use them: we now know what the symbols on them mean, how to use grid references / the eight compass points and planned our route up Pen y ghent. As a part of Black History Month, we studied Martin Luther King Jr. and thought about what changes we’d like to see in the world for it to be a better place for everyone. Our art lessons have been spent creating self-portraits in the style of Sheffield artist Pete Mckee. He uses a cartoon style and lots of bright colours that is very effective and fun to imitate. We have of course also been enjoying our music lessons on Fridays with Mrs Leadbeater too. 

Finally, as you may well know – WE CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN! Our days out on Pen-y-ghent were challenging but enjoyable and we were so pleased to be able to raise money and awareness for such an important cause. The compliments we received from passers-by along the way really motivated to achieve our goal. We also enjoyed a lovely day out on the Ledston Estate learning about nature and being out in the woodlands. 

We’re already looking forward to next half-term, which includes our residentials at Lineham Farm, but first it’s time for a week full of lie-ins and rest. See you in November!

Autumn 2

WOW. Another busy half-term. In English, we have continued developing our fiction writing skills by writing a piece of historical fiction. We used ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ from Ancient Greece to help us create our own hero verses monster narrative. In Maths, we started our work on Fractions which will continue into the Spring term. In Science, we have looked at the Theory of Evolution and inheritance.

In the wider curriculum, we have looked at life in Ancient Greece, learning new disco style dance moves and coding in ICT.

This half term, both Year 6 classes has their residential trip to Lineham Farm. The children absolutely loved their weeks’ away and it has given them life-long memories shared with friends.

The Year 6 staff wish everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to what the new year has to offer.

A great start to 2023 by our Year 6 classes. They have come back after the Christmas break with lots of resilience and determination for the Spring term. We are beginning to prepare the children for their upcoming SATs in May and would really appreciate the support from home with weekly homework: 5 Reading Plus texts, sessions set on Times Table Rockstar and home reading which is logged onto Boom Read.

Spring 1 has seen the children continuing with developing their fictional writing skills by creating a portal story. In maths, we continued working on fractions before beginning our decimals unit and finally converting units of measure. Our reading sessions have focused around the text ‘A Monster Calls’ and the children have been able to build on the existing skills of inference, vocabulary, sequencing and predictions.

Across the wider curriculum, Year 6 have enjoyed learning about mountains in the Geography unit and revising electricity in their science lessons. They planned, investigated and presented a scientific inquiry. In R.E, we have looked at Sikhism and how Sikhs choose to live their life. Year 6 have been looking at graffiti art this half term and will create their name in graffiti style after the half term.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support during this important year of primary school. Enjoy the week off!


Spring 2

Upcoming in Spring 2:


  •  Continued support and preparation for SATs.
  • ·Year 6 pupils will be informed of high school placement (1.3.23)

  •  Gymnastics

  • Graffiti Art