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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 McKay and Mrs Halliday.


Our annual Standardised Tests are all completed, so we will be working on our summer class exams during May.

Preparations are under way for our school production of The Lion King Jr, with shows on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June.


Our creative writing focus on Fairytales will continue through the term.  Using well-known fairytales, we will devise a list of common features and recurring characters and will come up with a fairytale of our own choosing. We will use plenty of awesome adjectives, super similes, smashing sentence starters and a sprinkling of magic to bring our tales to life.


The focus on second part of Term 3 will be time: 12- and 24-hour clocks, and telling the time using analogue and digital clocks, too.  We will look at the practical applications of telling the time and how this applies to real life situations such as reading timetables, using calendars and timing races. Mental maths and tables skills will remain a focal point, as the children improve their mental strategies for working out mathematical problems that they can apply to real-life scenarios.  We will also learn how to work out the cubic volume of cubes, cuboids and other 3D shapes, as well as how to measure and convert liquid volumes in litres and millilitres.

World Around Us

We will be continuing our exploration of Ancient Egypt as part of World Around Us. We will be learning more about the people, culture and beliefs of Ancient Egypt.  We will carry out a few scientific experiments and investigations to give us understanding into the way of life in Ancient Egypt, as well as making some colourful Egyptian crafts and artwork.


World Around Us

This term’s World Around Us theme is ‘Raiders of the Lost Tomb’, where we will be learning about all things Egyptian. We will be finding out where Egypt is, and will be travelling back in time to explore the pyramids, discover the importance of the River Nile to the Egyptian people, and investigate some of the (rather grisly!) customs from this fascinating place. We will be using our comprehension skills to carry out research into some of the Egyptian gods, creating an interesting information leaflet about them. We will be finding out all about hieroglyphics, discovering what the symbols mean and creating our very own personalised hieroglyphic art!

March - April

Both classes are taking a special Easter assembly on Wednesday 21st March. Parents and family members are welcome to attend to show your support. Keep an eye in diaries for more details.

In P6SM the children will be also be taught by Stranmillis student Miss Mulholland. She will be in the class for 3 weeks before Easter. It is great for students to have the opportunity to get experience of what it is like to be a teacher and I know the children will be great.


We will be focusing on recount writing before Easter and the children will have the opportunity to learn about writing a biography about a famous person connected to our World Around Us topic. They will be learning all about the different aspects and features of a biography and will carry out online research to help them with their writing.

In grammar the children will be learning about connectives, prefixes and suffixes and similes and metaphors. These areas of grammar will be used in their biography writing where appropriate.

The children will also continue to develop their comprehension skills.  Between now and Easter they will be learning about making conclusions based on what they have read and this will help them both when carrying out their biography research and completing their individual biographies.


In P6SM the children will be focusing on angles and percentages, while in P6JH the focus will be on angles and length.  There will be a variety of practical and problem solving activities carried out related to these topics and you will see some photos of the children completing these activities on our web page.

World Around Us

Throughout the term, we will meet up with our friends from St Brigid's for the final time to complete our work on our World Around Us topic, 'Lighten Up'.  This will include putting on our own shadow puppet theatre and discussing all of the new things we have learned throughout the theme.  We will be completing various art and science activities, such as making our very own periscopes (donations of juice cartons will be very much appreciated!).


World Around Us

Throughout the term, we will be meeting up with our friends from St Brigid's to work together on our new World Around Us topic, 'Lighten Up'.  Over the coming weeks we will be exploring everything light-related: transparent, translucent and opaque materials, sources and reflectors of light, researching the history of the light bulb, and even making our own mini rainbow spinners!


In English, we will continue to learn important comprehension skills through Reciprocal Reading and Accelerated Reader as well as through traditional forms. In doing so, we will improve and develop our clarifying, questioning, summarising and predicting skills. We will also continue to learn about grammar and punctuation, especially verbs, adverbs, commas, apostrophes and speech marks. We will use what we are learning to help us improve different forms of writing throughout the new term.




Mathematics and Numeracy

This term, we will be learning about decimal numbers and fractions and how the these are linked; we will be using our knowledge of decimal fractions to help us measure mass. In addition, we will be learning about telling the time, particularly focusing on the 24-hour clock and converting between 12-hour and 24-hour times. We will continue to develop confidence in tables, mental maths and problem solving investigations, which we can use in real life situations.




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