St Joseph's Rotherhithe


Luther King Class


Welcome to Year 6: we are very happy to have the children back and excited about our learning this year! There have been a lot of changes so thank you for bearing with us as we all get used to the routines and structures of the new term. 


This year, we have Mrs Preston, Mrs Bartley and Donna  working in Year 6. In the mornings, both Mrs Preston and Mrs Bartely are teaching groups. In the afternoons Mrs Bartley teaches Geography and History, French, Art and DT, PSHE and Science on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs Preston teaches Computing, PE, RE and Grammar on a Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to to contact us.


Our weekly routines:

Our PE day is Thursday. Please can the children come to school wearing their PE kit. 


Daily: Spelling practice, times tables practice, 30 minutes of reading

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Grammar (workbook at home)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: mathletics (online)

Weekly: Reading comprehension (workbook at home), research / writing / topic task (online through google classroom)

Reading records and homework diaries: We are asking you to initial when the children have finished the homework set. Please also sign the reading record (the children should be writing the book name and ages they have read). Thank you for your support.

New spellings are given out on Monday and the spelling test is on Friday. There is also a weekly times table test. 

Our Learning  - Autumn 1

Our topic this half term is called Darwin’s Delights and we will be learning all about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution in Science. To start with, we have extracted DNA from strawberries – very successfully! We will investigate why birds have different beak shapes and apply our learning to the finches of the Galapagos Islands. In Geography we will look at the journey Charles Darwin made in the HMS Beagle and some of the amazing wildlife he discovered. After learning all about the Galapagos Islands, we will plan our own expedition using maps. We will also compare the Galapagos Islands to Madagascar as well as Great Britain.

At the end of the unit, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat.

In Art, we will be using our observational and sketching techniques and applying these just like Charles Darwin.

During Literacy, we will be writing a range of Non-Chronological reports on animals.

 Our focus in Maths is to consolidate our knowledge of place value up to ten million as well as our four operations. We will be working on our fluency as well as looking at reasoning and problem solving.

We are currently learning about God’s unconditional love in RE through the Parable of the Prodigal Son. After this we will move on to and will be learning about Vocation, the priesthood and religious life  and hope to interview Father Graham (online of course) with all of our questions!

Computing this half term is focused on how to keep safe online and during PSHE we are working on wellbeing,

In French we will be learning vocabulary and building sentences about the weekend.

In our PE lessons we will be practising our basketball skills.