Chestnut Class - Year 6

Chestnut Class Teacher is Miss Wright
Mrs O'Mara is our full time TA
Mr Vernon is our TA (Monday-Friday mornings)
Welcome to the
Chestnut Class Page
We are looking forward to welcoming you back after the summer holidays for your first term in Year 6! Our new topic will be 'Out of this World' which is part of our whole school skills focus of 'Discover'

In English, we will be reading the book 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan.

In History, we will be learning about Ancient Greece, where children will gain an understanding of where and when some key events during the ancient Greek period took place. They will explore what is meant by the terms ‘trade’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘empire’. Children will use ancient Greek pottery as a primary source to help them gather evidence about the ancient Greek Olympics and make comparisons between the ancient Games and the modern Olympics. In addition to this, children will learn about the beliefs of the ancient Greeks, produce fact files about the Greek gods and will explore historical evidence relating to the Trojan War. 
In Science, we will be learning about Earth and Space,  where children will learn that the Earth is part of the Solar system and that the Sun is at the centre of that system. They will learn the names of the other planets (based on their distance from the Sun) and be able to describe the movement of Earth (and other planets) in relation to the Sun. We will also be learning about Forces, where children will consolidate and extend their knowledge of forces by naming individual forces (e.g. gravity, friction, upthrust). They will learn what a mechanism is and how pulleys, levers and gears are used to allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

In Maths, we will be looking at: Place Value, the four operations (+ - x ÷) and fractions, decimals and percentages.
For more information please see the topic web below. 

PE days for Chestnut Class will usually be on Wednesdays (with Mr Green) and Thursdays.

Woodland Learning
On their day of Woodland Learning, the children will need to come to school dressed in their Woodland Learning clothes.  Woodland Learning will happen in most weathers, other than high winds and thunderstorms, therefore it means the children should be prepared to be outside in all weathers and dressed appropriately. Please remember that shorts are not suitable.
Our dates for the Autumn term are:

All Thursdays
Autumn Term 1:
  • 14th September
  • 28th September 
  • 12th October
Autumn Term 2:
  • 2nd November
  • 16th November
  • 30th November
  • 14th December
If you have a query or concern, please talk to us at school drop off or pick up. You can also get in touch through the school office by emailing I am always happy to answer any questions and support your child.
Miss Wright

Each term, the children will be given a new ‘Independent Homework Grid’. In Year 6, there will be set ‘hand in’ days at the bottom which is the minimum requirement. Each task should be taken from a different row and column. The amount of time a child chooses to spend on a project is up to them. Please focus on the presentation!

Children should continue to practice their times tables at home to help them improve their weekly scores. Knowing the times tables (and their associated division facts) supports mathematical learning and understanding. 

Out of this World Topic Homework Hand-in Dates:
  • Monday 18th September
  • Monday 16th October
  • Monday 6th November
  • Monday 27th November
Each task ideally to be taken from a different row and column.
Chestnut Class Spellings 2023-2024
You will be given your spellings for half a term at a time.
  • Spellings will be tested on Tuesdays. 
  • Weekly English homework is due in on Tuesdays. More information to follow.
  • Children are split into three groups: Miss Wright, Mrs O'Mara and Miss Shepley.
Autumn 1 Spelling Test Dates: 
Week 1 - 12th September (no homework due in)
Week 2 - 19th September 
Week 3 - 26th September
Week 4 - 3rd October
Week 5 - 10th October
Week 6 - 17th October
To improve your weekly arithmetic, you should be practicing using MyMaths Each week, we will write an area on the front cover that we would like to improve. 
Username: loxwood
Password: square162 
If you need help finding this topic on MyMaths, please ask me. 
Here are some highly recommended books to read if you need inspiration: