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Year 6

Welcome to the P6 page!

This page will give you an idea of what we’ll be getting up to in P6. Click on the P6 Photo Gallery for a taste of what we’ve been learning!

There are two P6 classes in the 2016/2017 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs McKeegan (P6SM) and Mr Hughes (P6JH). The classroom assistants in P6 are Mrs McBurney and Mrs Halliday.



The boys and girls in P6 have been working extremely hard and it’s hard to believe that Christmas will soon be upon us. Please read below to find out what we will be working on over the next while.


Language and Literacy

Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read.  In our comprehension work we will be learning how to clarify - or work out what unfamiliar words or phrases mean - in our reading books, library books and in other pieces of text we read in school.  We will also be learning how to summarise pieces of text so that we capture the main idea.  In grammar work, we will be focusing on the adjectives, verbs and adverbs we use in everyday speech and using these to make our writing more interesting. We’ll be learning how to correct common grammar and punctuation errors within pieces of writing. In creative writing, we will be planning and creating our very own Jack and the Beanstalk comic strip, combining our summarising and drawing skills to full effect!


Mathematics and Numeracy


This year in school we will be focusing on developing our problem solving strategies and skills. We have been having lots of fun in P6 taking part in problem solving investigations using the four mathematical operations, coordinates, algebra and knowledge about cubes (and their nets) to help us with our investigations.


The main number work focus in P6JH will be on multiplication and division; we will be using our times tables knowledge to help us to both multiply and divide 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers and to solve a variety of maths problems and investigations.


In P6SM, the number focus will be fractions. We will solve problems involving equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will be simplifying fractions and using the highest common factor to help us order and compare fractions. Using our multiplication and division skills, we will also calculate fractions of numbers.


World Around Us

Having learned about the planning, building and setting sail of the Titanic, we will be learning about some of the passengers and crew members who were aboard. We will be finding out their stories and sharing these ‘in character’ – with some shocking revelations to be made! We will then focus on the events that took place on night of the sinking, investigate the phenomenon of icebergs, and research the different perspectives relating to who was to blame for the sinking of this great ship. Our P6 trip will be to the Titanic Centre in Belfast, which we are all really looking forward to!



What should your child bring with them each day to school?

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) - no gel pens please
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and any other homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break / canteen money and a packed lunch / dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed
  • PE kit - this remains in school and is sent home every half term to be washed


Homework is an important part of your child's development and helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the school day.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Tables or mental maths related to the current topic

Written Homeworks will be given on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights. These will be either Literacy or Maths. There is no written homework on a Thursday night so that pupils can revise their spellings and tables/mental maths for the weekly Friday test.

Help with Homework

Helping your child with their homework will help motivate and encourage them to continue to work at their best.  Here are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their homework:

  • Listen to them read / ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts/tables
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed.
  • Please sign or initial your child’s spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.

If you feel your child has found their homework a little tricky or requires a little extra help from the class teacher, please put a note in the homework diary for us to check the next day.

Whilst these are simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning.


Mrs McKeegan and Mr Hughes


Latest Photographs

Your turn!
Your turn!
Oh it's getting tight now!
Oh it's getting tight now!
Decisions, decisions!
Decisions, decisions!


18th Jan 2018
We have been enjoying learning about verbs and testing our knowledge using a verb...
18th Jan 2018
Problem solving investigations. 1.The children had to use a co- ordinates grid to...
17th Jan 2018
James, Rachel-Ann & Katie-Louise demonstrate their knowledge of how to find fractions...
17th Jan 2018
The girls have been practicing the different hockey skills, such as dribbling, passing...