Birchwood Grove CP School


Year Six

Autumn 2021

Welcome back to Year 6 at Birchwood Grove!

We will put any information on this page, including: planning, homework and anything else that may be useful. We will also use Parent Mail or Seesaw to update you.  

Click here for our yearly overview of planning.  

Our curriculum is based around concepts, with every subject being linked where possible. Our concepts this term are: change, cause and consequence.


This term for our first two weeks, we will be using the text 'The Promise' to help us think about building a growth mind set, the consequence of humans on nature and how we can help the environment. We are also busy getting to know each other in our new classes, setting up our class RRS class charters and celebrating Roald Dahl day! As a priority, we have also started discussing the importance of online safety and each of us has made a pledge on how to stay safe when using technology. 

"History doesn't change the past, but likely it changes the future."

For the rest of the half term, we will have a focus on History (1066 and beyond). We will begin by thinking about what eras we have studied during their time at Birchwood Grove and how they fit in chronologically and concurrently with each other.

World War I: 

Year 6 will then be looking at World War I and exploring texts such as 'War Game' and 'Poems from the First World War' exploring the consequences of the Great War. Within this focus, we will be creating artwork inspired by Jacqueline Hurley using charcoal, using map work to plot the countries involved and evaluate some wartime music. In Science we will still be learning about change and consequence through electricity and thinking about the categorisation of appliances and how the uses of electricity have changed our world. 





Year 6 will also have the opportunity to take part in bikeability this half term and discover how to be road safe. 

Our fantastic trip to replica World War I trenches, with fabulous workshops:


World War II: 

In the second half of Autumn term, Year 6 will be focusing on World War II. Our trip inspired our learning as we learnt about the home front and how people were affected by blackouts and evacuation. We have thought about the consequences of World War I and how it sparked the cause for World War II and are going to look at the changes in people's lives linked to: evacuation, the people in our locality, the Blitz and how the role of women changed. We are going to be using 'Goodnight Mr Tom' to inspire our writing and learn about the life of an evacuee. In Science we are going to link our history learning to our focus on light and making some periscopes for the trenches we visited to use!


Homework for Year 6 will include:

-Reading (a weekly sticker through Seesaw)

-Times Tables Rockstar (500 coins a week)

-Spelling Shed (set lists following spelling patterns looked at in school)

-A big make project (once a term)

-GPS task (set weekly on Seesaw)

Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on Wednesday. Homework club will be on Fridays after school- contact the school office if your child would like to join. Please let us know if you are having trouble with any logins.