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Year 6

Year 6 2021-22

Year 6 Team 2021-22

Monet Class Teacher: Mr Longland

Johnstone Class Teacher: Miss Murphy

Holbein Class Teacher: Mrs Figueiredo



Welcome to Year 6!

Summer 2 2022

Welcome to our Year 6 class page! We hope you enjoyed the break and are looking forward to Spring 2 in Year 6.


This term, our PE day will continue to be a WEDNESDAY.  Please make sure appropriate PE kit is in school every day (this is useful if additional events/opportunities arise where a PE kit is needed).


We are looking forward to all the learning we get to share together this school year as responsible, determined and successful Year 6 learners. Below is some information on the learning we will be carrying out this half term: 


In English, we be will be focusing out writing around the text 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan.


In maths, we will be exploring a range of curriculum domains to practise and consolidate our fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills in a range of mathematical and contexts.


In science, we will be studying Living Things and Their Habitats with a focus on classification. 


In history, we will be exploring the legacy of the Roman era.


In geography, we will be creating sketch maps, comparing land use over time, different types of farming and following a route on an OS map.


In DT, we will be making a moving fairground ride.


We have lots of exciting learning together this half term and we are looking forward to updating this page weekly with examples of the learning we will be doing together.

Key dates - Summer 2:

Monday 6th June 2022 - INSET Day

Tuesday 7th June 2022 - Children return to school

Week Beginning Monday 6th June 2022 - National Fieldwork Week (Geography)

Friday 14th June - FORDS Fathers' Day Wrapping

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June - English Faculty Non-Fiction

Wednesday 6th July - Music Festival

Thursday 14th July - Move Up Day

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July 2022 - Cross-Curricular Day PE Commonwealth Games

Friday 22nd July 2022 - Term Ends 2pm

Week Beginning Monday 27th June 2022

This week, we had 2 cross-curricular days based on animals. We had the opportunity to see and handle a range of animals such as a slink, hamster, African land snail and whites tree frog. We then researched the whites tree frog further and will use this as the basis of our writing for the next couple of weeks. 

Week Beginning Monday 20th June 2022

This week in history, we finished our study of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings by looking at who took the throne at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The previous lesson, we looked at who took the throne after Edward the Confessor died and then how William the Conquerer planned to take the throne back during the Battle of Hastings. We chronologically ordered the events and thought about the key people and places involved. 

Week Beginning Monday 13th June 2022

This week in art, children developed their skills of manipulating materials by creating a Viking longship sculpture from Modroc. The children will now finish this unit but comparing Viking longships with ships we have today. 

Week Beginning Monday 6th June 2022


For Geography Fieldwork Week, Year 6 created a sketch map of human features in the local area and collected data on different types of houses. We will use this data on the types of houses back in class to create pie charts to present our results.

Week Beginning Monday 23rd May 2022


On Thursday, we celebrated the Jubilee! We spent the morning learning about national and international events during the Queen's reign for the decade we were given - 2013-22. In the afternoon, we created a collage using pictures of the queen. We also learnt 'Sing' as we found out it was one of the Queen's favourite songs. You can see our performance of it below. 

Year 6 "Sing" for Jubilee

Week Beginning Monday 16th May 2022


Year 6 had a fantastic day celebrating all of their hard work and determination at Chessington on Monday 🎢

They enjoyed a range of rides and activities and behaved fantastically as they represented the school around the park. Well done Year 6! 🌟

Week Beginning Monday 9th May 2022


This week, Year 6 sat their SATs tests. They all showed our school values of responsible, determined and successful brilliantly and we are feeling so proud of the children. To celebrate on Thursday, we spent some time either playing team sport games or team board games together on Thursday ♟ ⚽️ Well done Year 6 🌟 


On Friday, we started a new RHSE unit called Positive Minds which develops our understanding and ability to promote positive mental health. One of our activities was a human bingo where we got to find out more information and connect with lots of different people in our class. 

Week Beginning Monday 2nd May 2022

In computing, we have been learning about how computers read and interpret information using binary code. Last week, we learnt how to represent letters in binary and, this week, we used the binary base two number system to represent different numbers in binary. It was a challenge to begin with but once we practised the structure together, the children were able to use the digits 0 and 1 to represent lots of different numbers 0️⃣1️⃣



Week Beginning Monday 25th April 2022

Each week, each Year 6 class takes it in turns for a music session with Mrs Thomas while the other class are taught music by their class teacher 🎵 This week with Mrs Thomas, Johnstone recapped the skill of musical notation. We then applied this when learning songs that we performed for the rest of the school during singing assembly. 

Week Beginning Monday 18th April 2022


On Friday, Miss Murphy’s English group enjoyed some SPaG revision through a relay race. They were given a topic linked to SPaG, such as punctuation or phrases and clauses. They first worked in groups to revise everything they knew about it and then completed questions on each topic as a relay team. As you can see from the video, we really enjoyed this active learning experience! 

SPaG Revision Active Learning

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Spring 2 Maths Learning Look Video

Year 6 Maths learning looks

A video to showcase maths learning within Year 6.

Week Beginning Monday 28th March - DT Spring 2 - Making a Viking Stew

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This term in DT, we have created a Viking Stew. We learnt about food during the Viking era and how different foods are processed. We then planned a recipe and developed our chopping, peeling and cutting skills to prepare the vegetables that we used in a hygienic and safe way. Once it was cooked, we evaluated our stew considering it’s strengths, taste and texture. We then thought about adaptions we would make for next time.

DT discussion video

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Week Beginning Monday 21st March 2022

As part of our learning in Geography, we have been learning about storms. We focused our research on storm Eunice. We discovered how the impact of the storm varied across the UK. We have also challenged ourselves to find out more about other extreme types of weather. Some of us chose to develop our knowledge about a tornado, hurricane or tsunami. 

Week Beginning Monday 14th March 2022

On Friday afternoon, we took part in an RD talent show. Across year 6, we had some fantastic talent such as playing musician instruments, singing and dancing. The winner from each class then got to play in front of a panel of judges, including Mrs Phillips and the Stevenage Borough mascot. It was great to see the talent from the children and the support from their peers while watching. 

Week Beginning Monday 7th March 2022

On Thursday, Johnstone class learnt how to play “Once an old man fell into a well.” on the glockenspiels. The previous lesson, we learnt the song and explored the pitch, rhythm and phrases. We then learnt the song, ensuring the tempo of our instrument matched the lyrics. We then practised performing the song in groups and parts. 

Once an old men fell into a well

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Week Beginning Monday 28th February 2022

📚 On Thursday 3rd March 2022, it was World Book Day! 📚

We got to enjoy lots of book related activities such as a talk by author Holly Ryan, a talk by Mrs Hooper, a published author who works at RD, finding out the teachers behind our masked reader and book tasting - exploring lots of wonderful books accompanied by yummy snacks! It was a great day to celebrate the wonder of books 📚

Wednesday 23rd  February 2022 - Well-being Wednesday


Today, we have been focusing our learning on well-being and the theme of 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give.


Our day began with a 'Keep Learning' activity. We used Chrome Music Lab to create our own pieces of music using a variety of instruments. We were able to edit the tempo and pitch of the melody. Some of us decided to created a piece of music with our partner. For 'Connect', we drew around our hands and created patterns that we thought represented us. We then added our core values to show what we look for in someone we connect with. During the afternoon, we began our 'Active' session. We were given the opportunity to be active in sports that we haven't learnt in school before. This included ultimate frisbee and lacrosse. Finally, we ended our day with 'Take Notice' with some mindfulness activities. As a school this week, we have been donating food to our local food bank for our 5th way to wellbeing of 'Give'.

Spring 1 Art Learning Journey - Drawing Viking Portraits

This half term in art, we have been focusing on developing our drawing technique using pencil. We have looked at the artistic drawing techniques used by different artists and how to achieve tone and texture using different shading techniques. We then chose an image of an important figure during the Viking period and planned which pencil types we would use, as well as the different techniques to achieve tone and texture. After we had planned the pictures, we used our plans to draw our final piece. Below are some videos and pictures to show some of our art learning journey. 

Art Video 1

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Art Video 2

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Wednesday 9th February 2022 - Mathematical Reasoning


Today, Miss Murphy’s maths group used their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills to problem solve. They had to see how many 24 leg potions they could use (to turn their math’s teacher into a frog! 🐸) using only spiders with 8 legs, lizards with 4 legs and bats with 2 legs. We had to use a systematic approach to ensure we got all the possible combinations and could follow a process so we didn’t miss any out. Below are some videos talking about their learning. 

Using Concrete Resources

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Does it matter what order the animals are in?

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Review of our learning

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Week Beginning Monday 7th February 2022

This half term, we have been learning about evolution and inheritance. We have specifically looked at Darwin's Theory of Evolution and his study of birds that lived on a variety of the Galapagos Islands. He proposed that the finch species all originated from one common ancestor and that the shape and size of their beak had changed based on their environment.


We conducted an experiment to challenge his theory. We chose two different types of beaks (match sticks and plastic spoons) and a variety of food to collect (satsumas, pumpkin seeds and grapes) to see how easy it was to pick up the food with each type of beak. We concluded that larger beaks were more efficient at collecting a variety of food types and smaller beaks were useful for collecting smaller types of food.

Week beginning Monday 31st January 2022


This morning, Year 6 experienced a Viking Warrior workshop run by St Albans Cathedral. We got to experience an educational talk which featured a Viking Warrior. The Viking Warrior talked to us about what life would have been like during the Viking period, such as the daily life, battles, and key objects.  We were able to ask questions and even asked a question to extend our learning from last week on the invasion of Lindisfarne. We asked about the supplies they would have needed to take, and we were told they would have taken food on their longships such as hard bread and salted meat. It was a great experience which helped us to consolidate and extend our history knowledge and vocabulary.


We saw the artefact of a necklace. It had a symbol which represented Thor - Jaiden


Their shield is made from wood and leather - Amreen

To get water, they collected it from the sea or rainwater - Isla

The dragon that is on longships and shields are a sign of strength - Saffron


I learnt that the Vikings filed their teeth to look menacing. I now know that there are different types of axes and it was really interesting - Rylen

I enjoyed that although we didn't go on a school trip, we could still have the same learning online - Liam

I enjoyed how they had a Viking to ask questions to - Farren

Week Beginning Monday 24th January 2022


The text we have been learning about in English is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. We have looked at a range of themes that have arisen from the book and we have dived deep into some hidden meanings within the text. Some of the activities we have completed about the book have included role-play, writing diary entries, finding inferences within the text and rewriting some of the story using correctly punctuated speech.


Week Beginning Monday 17th January 2022


This half term, we have been learning about Ordnance Survey (OS) maps in Geography. We have been comparing maps from the early 1900's to the present day from a variety of towns and cities around the world. We have been accurately locating significant places using 6 figure grid references and the 8 compass points to describe the direction between them. Next week, we will be combining all of our learning together to create our map using OS symbols on our map.

Week Beginning Monday 10th January 2022


This half term, we are starting a new topic in science called Evolution and Inheritance. This week, we learned the difference between inherited and acquired characteristics and how you inherit characteristics from both your parents via chromosomes. To help us understand the concept, we got the opportunity to look at pictures of teachers and their parents and match them up! We found this quite a challenge (and very fun!) but we were able to make our decisions based on key inherited characteristics to give us a secure understanding of which characteristics are learned and which are inherited. 

Week Beginning Monday 3rd January 2022

🎆Happy New Year! 🎆

The first two days back this half term were cross-curricular days based on life skills. We took part in a variety of activities that developed everyday life skills such as British Sign Language, budgeting, first aid and preparation for secondary school. We had a company called ABC Life Support come in to teach the children first aid skills such as what to do in an emergency and how to deal with burns, choking and nosebleeds. The children were fantastically engaged during this and took part in the activities with great enthusiasm. We also took the time to develop some key skills for secondary school. We learned how to tie a tie and how to read a timetable and pack a bag for secondary school. 

Week Beginning Monday 20th December 2021


This week, we looked at Christmas poetry together. We looked at the poem 'Another Night Before Christmas' by Carol Ann Duffy and turned this into performance poetry in groups. We then took a section of this poem and wrote and perfectly presented our own versions, focusing on the structure and themes of the original poem.


We hope you all have a happy and safe  holiday and we will look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Week beginning Monday 13th December 2021


This week, Year 6 recoded two Christmas performances for you to enjoy. We have been practising these with Ms Thomas during our Thursday music lesson. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed performing!

Week Beginning Monday 6th December 2021


This week in DT, we used our plans to create our functional product that included a fastening. We focused on attaching our fastening and other designs using stitches we had practised such as blanket stitch, over stitch and backstitch. We will now go on to evaluate our products to include their successes and areas for development. 

Week Beginning Monday 29th November 2021


Below you can see a video clip of our daily story time in Monet and Johnstone. We share a story each day to promote the love, enjoyment and importance of reading 📚 

Week Beginning 22nd November 2021

This week, Year 6 started their product to create a decoration in DT. The aim is to create a product which includes a fastening, including stitches such as backstitch, over stitch and running stitch. They used their plans to create a paper template, and then used this to cut out their felt. They will then begin to stitch and add their decorations to create and evaluate their final product. 

Week Beginning Monday 15th November 2021 

This week in science, Johnstone class looked at the impact of voltage on a circuit. We made predictions about what we thought would happen to a bulb as we increased the voltage in a circuit and then tested our predictions using electrical equipment. We concluded that the more volts within a circuit, the brighter the bulb as voltage is the force that pushes current around a circuit. We then made next step suggestions for future experiments, such as testing different electrical components and monitoring the mood of light with light sensor.  

Week Beginning Monday 8th November 2021


This week in Geography we have been learning about using a map and compass. We have split our compass to make 16 specific directions. We have found this a very useful skill to learn and we have been giving directions to move around a map. Our learning also developed into a conversation about how technology has evolved and how apps like "What 3 words" are now used to aid us.


Week Beginning Monday 1st November 2021


This week, we took part in a cross-curricular day linked to Parliament week. We spent the morning learning about the difference between government and parliament: their organisation, purpose and impact. We then looked at debating skills and took part in a class debate on the motion “Computers are better than books.” The children came up with brilliant ideas and evidence to support their side of the argument. They then applied this to a written outcome in the form of a persuasive argument. 

Computers are better than books debate

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Week Beginning Monday 18th October 2021


This week, we consolidated our knowledge on the life of the Anglo-Saxons by looking at the villages in which they lived. We explored different sources of evidence and looked at why the villages were placed where they were. We learnt that Anglo-Saxon villages were always placed near a water source for drinking and fishing and that in the middle of the village was a larger house that the chief lived in. We also saw evidence of where people worked, such as blacksmiths and weavers, which linked to learning in our previous lesson. We will use this knowledge next half term to compare the lives of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 



Week Beginning Monday 11th October 2021


In computing, we have been looking at logos. We explored logos that we know and what makes that impactful. We explored the fact that logos that are memorable are simple because they are eye catching and easy to remember. We then created our own logos using features such as auto shapes, texts and the masked image tool. Once created, we evaluated the logos for their success and areas for development and used these to improve our logos. See some of our logos on display below. 

Week Beginning Monday 4th October 2021

After reading the text Skellig, by David Almond, we have been writing our own prequel or sequel based on the story. We used key parts of the original text to link with our stories and planned each section of our story to link with the original book. We then practised the skills of using impactful vocabulary and dialogue before applying this to our stories. Editing to improve is a key part of our writing learning journey and the children have worked brilliantly to edit and improve their learning with the help of them peers.  

Week Beginning Monday 27th September 2021


This week in art, we looked at different artistic styles: abstract (Picasso), impressionism (Renoir) and pointillism (Seurat). We looked at how colour, line and shape are used in each of these images and then painted an image in two of these styles to compare the artistic styles between them. This will then help inform the colour, line and shape that we will need to make decision about when painting a Viking battle scene over the next few weeks.

Week Beginning Monday 20th September 2021

In Johnstone maths group this week, we have been looking at rounding. We focused on applying our skills of place value to know which digit to round to and applied the rules to know whether we round a digit up or keep it the same. After recapping these skills on Monday, we then applied them to rounding games on Tuesday. The children showed fantastic team work and all groups progressed their understanding and practised rounding to different places values from 10 up to 100,000!

Week Beginning Monday 13th September 2021


This week was a slightly different week for Year 6! A group of children went to PGL where they took part in a series of team-building and practical activities, including a range of climbing activities, canoeing, rifle shooting and archery (to name a few!). The children stayed away from home for 5 days and challenged themselves both physically and emotionally through the day and evening activities. It was great to see the children having so much fun outside of the school environment and building deeper relationships with staff and children, and making new frienships with the instructors and group leaders they had throughout the week. Their behaviour was fantastic throughout and they represented Round Diamond brilliantly. 


A group of children also stayed at school and took part in activities linked to mindfulness throughout the week. In the mornings, they discussed the skill of staying mindful. They made a one-shot film and walked around the school taking photos of things at Round Diamond that help us stay mindful. In the afternoon, they took part in a project where they created their own island, which had many cross-curricular links. They considered it's physical and human geography, the laws needed on the island and created species that lived there using their knowledge of classification. On Thursday afternoon, they also created art in the style of Charlie Mackesy and his book The Boy, the Mole the Fox and the Horse (see video below). They created artwork and quotes in his style using our school values.



The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy describes the inspiration behind his new book THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE. A reminder of the most important things in life. This...

Week Beginning Monday 6th September 2021

This half term, we are learning about the circulatory system in science. This week, we looked at understanding blood flow through the heart and throughout the body. We carried out a heart dissection on a lamb heart, because it is a close match to a human heart. We were able to see the different chambers and valves and understand the direction of deoxygenated blood through the heart to the lungs, before oxygenated blood comes back to the heart to be pumped around the rest of the body. We could see how the left side of the heart was thicker because it is this side that pumps blood to the rest of the body. Red and blue straws were used to show where oxygenated and deoxygenated blood travels. We then applied this understanding and vocabulary to a task where we described the direction of blood flow through the heart.


Week Beginning Monday 30th August 2021


It was great to welcome the children back from Thursday 2nd September. We spent the first two days in our home classes getting to know each other, our new classroom and our new learning. Both classes carried out some learning on their new class artists. Monet created fact files about Claude Monet and Johnstone created paintings in the style of their artist, Terry Johnstone. We watched Goodnight Mr Tom to give us an understanding of the story in preparation for studying the novel by Michelle Magorian during English this term. We also started our afternoon learning in art, RE, science and geography.


Over the summer, some children completed some of our home learning tasks which were given to them on Move Up day. It was fantastic to see the dedication and pride that these children put into their learning and to watch them discussing their learning with the class, using key vocabulary and new facts that they had learnt. It was great to see how some children went out for the day during the summer holiday to places which helped them to learn new information about our topics. For example, two children went to the British Museum and learnt about the life of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This learning will now be proudly presented on our learning walls for us all to learn from and refer to. You can see some pictures from the children sharing their learning below. 

Johnstone Class sharing their Home Learning Tasks


Year 6 Staff Team


Johnstone Class: Miss Murphy

Monet Class: Mr Sullivan-Pond

Teaching Assistant: Mr Taylor

Summer 2 Learning


This term, our PE day is TUESDAY. Please have your appropriate PE kit in school on this day.


Here are some of the learning experiences we will have this half term:

This term in English, we will be developing our fictional skills using the book The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

 In maths, we will continue developing our arithmetic and problem-solving skills in a range of topics like fractions, decimals and percentages, shape and measurements.

In History, we will be studying the impact of the Roman Legacy on later periods in British history, including the present day.

In Geography, we will be looking at sketch maps, farming around the world and following a route on an OS map. 

Within science, we will be studying light looking at how light travels, shadows, reflection and refraction.

In DT this half term, we will be creating a moving fairground ride.


We are looking forward to updating this page weekly to show all the fantastic learning that you will be doing over the term!


Summer 1 Maths Fluency Facts

Summer 2 Maths Fluency Facts

Happy Summer!


We can’t believe we have reached the end of the academic year. We’ve have a great year together and we hope you have enjoyed our Leavers’ Celebrations, including our videos and disco.


We wish you all lots of luck and happiness as you transition to you new schools. Stay in touch - we love to hear how you are getting on. Have a wonderful summer and take care!


Miss Murphy and Mr SP

Week Beginning Monday 19th July 2021

This week, we planned, built and evaluated a fairground ride powered by an electrical circuit. We explored how motors can power the ride and how cams can be used to control the speed. With the materials available, we had to problem solve and design a structure that was stable. There was lots of discussion and adaption to plans based on tests we did of our product, such as reducing the size of the Ferris wheel to make the ride move better. See some of our creations below 🎡 


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Week beginning Monday 12th July 2021


This term, due to missed learning last year, we have had weekly cornet lessons. We have focused on learning about different parts of the orchestra as well as learning how to play songs on the cornet such as Hot Cross Buns and Merrily We Roll Along. We have learnt how to use the instrument appropriately and how to play different notes. We are very grateful to our teacher, Mr Robinson, for our fun lessons. See a song we have learnt below.




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Week Beginning Monday 5th July 2021 

This week, we had a secondary school transition week. This involved teachers throughout the school teaching us secondary school subjects such as Citizenship, German and secondary school curriculum English, maths and science. This was a great experience that helped us to learn what it’s like to have different teachers for different subjects and to learn some new knowledge and skills for secondary school. 

Week beginning Monday 28th June 2021


This week, some of Year 6 took part in the PGL experience. We took part in a whole range of activities including climbing, canoeing, abseiling, zip wire and problem solving. Throughout the week, we developed our team work, problem solving, communication and listening skills. We had very long and busy days with both daily and evening activities and we are proud of the children for their enthusiasm and engagement within the activities. We all thoroughly enjoyed the week away!



Week beginning Monday 21st June 2021


In science this week, we explored refraction. We learnt that refraction is the bending of lights as it passes through different mediums, such as air, glass and water. We carried out an activity using an image underneath a cup and we found the image disappeared when water was added because the refraction of light meant the light no longer passed out the side of the class. We then carried out an experiment with an arrow behind a glass and saw that the arrow appeared to flip when water was added due to refraction. 



Week Beginning Monday 14th June 2021

On Monday and Tuesday this week, the children had two Cross-Curricular Days focused around healthy lifestyles and the Olympics. We learnt about the country of Brazil where the Olympics were held in 2016, the long-term effects of an unhealthy lifestyle on the heart and how to apply bandages. We also had a Year 6 Olympics with a range or activities on the All-Weather Pitch and tried out the Japanese exercise “Radio Tasio.” See a video of us trying it out ourselves below!

Year 6 Radio Tasio

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Week Beginning Monday 7th June 2021


This week during computing, the children used a 3D room planner to designed their ideal room. They used their computing skills to search up different objects for their bedroom and problem solved ways of adding windows and doors. We then compared using a 3D room planner to create bedrooms to the bird’s eye view drawings we created on Word and Google Drawings in previous weeks. Children felt this 3D room planner was much more beneficial to create realistic looking rooms but would have liked the opportunity to be able to resize objects, instead of only rotate objects, in the room.

Week Beginning Monday 24th May 2021

In English the last two weeks, we have been studying a Take One Book called Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. The book is all about accepting and celebrating your differences. For our learning this week, we wrote our own stories, blurbs and designed our own front covers. I was very impressed with how clearly the children wrote about a challenging theme and linked their story clearly to their front cover. You can see some  of front covers below. 

Week Beginning Monday 17th May 2021


This week, children have started to create their Viking ship sculptures in art. They drew their model to scale and created it using cardboard and Modmesh. This week, we worked in groups to begin using Modroc to create our sculptures. Once these are finished, they will be solid sculptures that we will be able to design and paint in the style of a Viking ship before evaluating our sculptures. 

Week Beginning Monday 10th May 2021

In science this week, we went out into our school environment to see which plants and animals we could identify. We noted these down and then classified these into the difference plant and animal groups ready for creating a field guide next week. 

Week Beginning Monday 3rd May 2021

Year 6 were very lucky to have an online quiz delivered to them all about road safety on Friday. We learnt lots of interesting and useful safety information, such as car stopping distances and where to look when crossing the road.


Year 6 Corridor Displays

Week beginning Monday 26th May 2021


During art in Year 6, we have been developing the skills to create a Viking longship. We have produced scaled drawings of longships and practised using Modroc to create a sculpture. We will now use these skills to create our longships next week. 

Week Beginning 19th April 2021

This week, Year 6 have been looking at decimal place value. We have been using our knowledge of decimal place value to order and compare numbers. To practise these skills, we went outside and worked in groups and put ourselves in ascending order based on the decimal value place number card we had been given. 



Week beginning 12th April 2021


It has been great to welcome the children back after the Easter break to begin our learning for the summer term. This half term in art, the children will be creating a model of a Viking longship using Modroc. In order to help us with our designs, this week we learnt about the history behind Viking longships, their design and purpose. We will then use this to create scale drawings for the models that we will be making.


Week Beginning Monday 22nd March 2021

This week in science, we set up an experiment to look at what conditions the fungus mould needs to grow on bread. We set up different fair test investigations with mould in the following conditions: warm and cold, light and dark and wet and dry. We took observations over time and found that mould grew the most on the wet piece of bread. 

Week Beginning Monday 15th March 2021

In English, we have been exploring a new class text called There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar. To help us explore the characters further, we did some drama improvisation into how the main characters, Bradley and Jeff, were feeling in one of the chapters. We then used this to help us write diary entries from each of the characters. You can see a video of one of our improvisations below. 


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Week Beginning Monday 8th March 2021

We were so excited to welcome all of the children back to school this week! 
In geography, we used research that we completed last week on Storm Ciara to write a weather report. We included rainfall, wind speed, damage and disruption caused by the storm.

You can watch a video where we got some of our research for our reports from below. 

Week Beginning Monday 1st March 2021

This week was World Book Day, where the children were able to celebrate the joy of reading 📚 The children were able to watch a video from a real author, James Campbell, who spoke about his books and the challenges he had to overcome to become an author. From this, the children wrote motivating speeches on how you need to persevere to achieve your goals. I was very impressed with the powerful quotes the children included in their writing. The children also took part in Round Diamond’s Masked Reader, where they had to guess which teacher was reading the book behind the disguise. Did you guess Miss Murphy correctly? I’ve added my video below alongside some children’s motivating speeches!

Miss Murphy’s Masked Reader

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Week Beginning Monday 22nd February - DT Food Research

This half term in DT, the children will be creating a Viking Stew, linked to our topic of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This week in DT we begun our research into the meats and vegetables that Viking would have had available and how these were cooked and stored. 

Week beginning Monday 8th February 2021

This week, relating to their learning on evolution, Year 6 took part in their own science investigations at home. The task was to investigate the success of different beak shapes and sizes with different sized food items. The children were very sensible and organised their investigations well, using a variety of tools such as spoons, chopsticks, tweezers and clothes pegs to replicate birds’ beaks. They then interpreted their results to make a conclusion on the best type of beak. 

We would like to say well done to all children in Year 6, both in school and online, for their hard work throughout this very different half term. Have a well-earned rest over half term. 

Week Beginning Monday 1st February 2021

This week, Year 6 have been learning about how the Vikings first arrived in Britain. They used their computing skills to complete this learning in Google Classroom, labelling and colour coding maps to show the names of areas in Britain at the time, as well as the Vikings’ route from their homelands of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

Week beginning Monday 25th January 2021

Over the last few weeks, Year 6 have been refining their shading skills and learning how to accurately draw a portrait. This week, they combined these skills with their history learning on the Vikings to produce some very impressive king portraits. 

Week beginning Monday 18th January 2021

This week on Google Classrooms, Year 6 have enjoyed making their own Pong games on Scratch. Have a look at the example below to see one in action!

20 Jan 2021 at 3_16 pm.MOV

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Home Learning

Well done to Amaya in Monet Class for taking part in the Humanities and Arts Home Learning Project! Amaya used the Google Arts and Culture app to explore the Eiffel Tower in Paris and has created this great PowerPoint presentation on what she learnt. 

Week Beginning Monday 11th January 2021


In art this week, we looked at putting the pencil, shading and texture techniques we learnt the week before into practice by drawing self-portraits. We followed instructions to draw them to ensure our facial features were correctly positioned and sized. It was fantastic to have children take pictures of their drawings and upload them to our Google Classroom for us to see. Have a look at some of the outcomes below!

Week Beginning Monday 4th January 2021

Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable and safe Christmas break.

This half term Year 6 are putting their skills learning online on Google Classrooms back into action.

In English this week, we have started reading the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The children are really enjoying getting to know the adventurous and courageous character of Coraline and some of the strange occurrences that she comes across living in her new house. Well...she did wish for a more exciting life!

We have started to explore the authorial techniques used to make this an engaging book, such as the balance of speech, action and description in the text, that you can see evidence of us highlighting below.

Over the next few weeks, we will finish reading the book and exploring the writing skills before writing our own short stories based on the text. We will look forward to sharing our finish pieces soon!


Merry Christmas!

We had a great last day of term today! We started by having our end of year assembly where we also got to watch the staff Christmas video that has been made. We then played party games together before watching a film, having our video from Santa and lots of lovely snacks and drinks thanks to FORDS.


We hope that you all have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and we will look forward to seeing you again in 2021!

Week Beginning Monday 14th December 2020 - The Gift

In English, to finish our Take One Book called the Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, we perfectly presented the poems we had written together and decorated them with the elements of the setting from the story. To create the poems, we needed to use our knowledge of the story and organise it into different verses of the poem. We used figurative language and impactful description to describe the different parts of the story. We also focused on the use of syllables and rhyme to give our poems rhyme and rhythm. 

Week Beginning Monday 7th December 2020 - Whole-School RE Afternoon

On Thursday 10th December 2020,  we took part in a whole-school RE afternoon to deepen our understanding and real-life experience of our RE learning. Our afternoon was focused around Bodhi Day - a Buddhist celebration to celebrate the day the Buddha reached Englightenment. We learnt how Buddhists celebrate this day by decorating a Bodhi Tree and by worshipping statues of the Buddha. For our learning experience, we made our own statues of the Buddha out of clay and decorated leaves for a Bodhi Tree with the ways you can reach enlightenment. 

Week Beginning Monday 30th November 2020 

Miss Murphy’s English group created our own sequel stories on PowerPoint using the book Tuesday by David Wiesner. We then used this to inspired our writing on police investigation reports.



Week beginning 23rd November

This week, we have taken part in our termly cross-curricular days. This time, all of our learning was centred around 'The Wizard of Oz'. We started our learning by watching the film in order to understand the story and characters. We then applied our skills in a range of subject areas, drawing on our knowledge from the story. 

In maths, we compared data on the size and strength of different tornadoes and presented this information in bar and pie charts. In science, we looked at investigations which seemed to be 'magic' such as dancing raisins and rainbow celery. In English, we wrote character descriptions of the witch and in geography we learned what to do to keep ourselves safe in the event of a tornado. We finished the week by looking at the artistic style of surrealism and drew a dream we had experienced in this style. 

Week beginning 16th November


In history this week, Year 6 have been looking at some Anglo-Saxon artefacts. When trying to find out what they were, they answered questions such as:

Who used this object?

What was it used for?

Where do you think it was found?

What clues does it give us about what Anglo-Saxon life was like?

The children then reflected on this learning to decide what skills they thought archaeologists would need in order to give us clear pictures about what life was like in different time periods. 


Week beginning 9th November

As part of their DT learning this half term, Year 6 are designing and making their own felt Christmas decorations. To prepare for this, they practised their stitching this week and learned how to do stitches including; running stitch, back stitch, over stitch and blanket stitch. 

w/b Monday 2nd November 2020


This week, Year 6 spent the week learning on Google Classrooms at home. We got to experience live teaching on Google Meet from our teachers before applying our computing skills to completing and submitting tasks for different subjects online. All Y6 staff were very impressed with the maturity and dedication of the children during this time - well done Year 6!

w/b 19th October 2020

This week in RE, we learnt about how different religions use art to express meaning. We then used tissue paper to make our own stained-glass windows to convery a meaning of our choice.

Week Beginning 12th October 2020 - Geography - Longitude and Latitude

In geography this week, we looked at locating countries using longitude and latitude. Next week, we will take this learning further by using these skills to identify time zones. 

w/b 5th October 2020 - Peer Editing 

Now we have finished writing our Skellig stories, Year 6 have been developing their editing skills. Children evaluated their own and others’ writing for elements such as grammar, spelling and sentence construction and looked at ways they could edit their writing to improve it. The results showed some great writing improvements! 

w/b 28th September 2020 - Maths

Johnstone maths group have been playing times table games during fluency this week. We played times table bingo and a game where you randomly choose a times table fact and have to race your partner to the correct answer. The children showed energised learning for both games and are seeing an improvement in how quickly they’re able to recall their times table facts. 

w/b 29th September - Sports Crew 

The Year 6 Sports Crew set up games for Year 6 to play on the playground this week. It was brilliant to see the leadership skills they showed when organising the games and the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the other children joining in. Well done Sports Crew! 

Science learning w/b 21.09.20

In science this week, Year 6 tested their knowledge on the circulatory system by creating their own quiz questions. They then put their peers’ knowledge to the test by asking each other their questions to earn points and prove their expertise. 


Science Learning - Heart Dissection - w/b 14.09.20

This week, Year 6 had the opportunity to watch their teacher perform a heart dissection on a lamb’s heart. This helped us to understand the different parts of the heart and where the blood flows to enable blood to be transported throughout the body correctly. We had lots of discussion about what we saw before applying our learning to a diagram and instructions of how the heart works.

English Learning - w/b 9th September 2020

Year 6 have been exploring the book Skellig and have enjoyed reading it in our English lessons this week. Within our learning, we have studied the relationship between the main characters Michaela and Mina, inferring their feelings and emotions and making predictions about what will happen next in the book as they work to help and protect a man called Skellig, who has been found in the garage of Michael's new home. We are excited to find out happens next!

Welcome to Johnstone Class!

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Welcome to Monet Class

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A hello from your new teachers! 

Please email any questions you may have about next year to


21st July 2020

Year 6 have had a lovely last two days at Round Diamond. Yesterday, they enjoyed a video call and virtual quiz between the bubbles in school and the children at home - it was lovely to see those who haven’t been in school since March! 
Today, they enjoyed some music and games in their bubbles on the all weather pitch. As always, they really impressed us with their excellent behaviour and it was lovely to see them all having fun together. 
We hope you all have a restful and safe summer break and wish all of the children every success and happiness in their journey on to secondary school. 

Year 6 Leavers’ Videos!

Goodbye and Good Luck from Round Diamond

Today, Year 6  had the opportunity to view their leavers’ videos during our farewell video call. Below you can find the links to the two Year 6 leavers’ videos created to mark the end of primary school for a wonderful cohort. All of our staff wish them every luck and happiness for the future as they begin their exciting new journey at secondary school in September.


The videos are available using the following links:


Year 6 Leavers 2020 - Pictures throughout the years:


Year 6 Leavers’ Messages:

A goodbye message from the Year 6 Staff

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A goodbye message from the Year 6 staff to wish you lots of luck and happiness for your future as you continue your school journey in secondary school

Class Teachers:

Johnstone Class Teacher: Miss Murphy 

Monet Class Teacher: Mrs Downie

Holbein Class Teacher: Mr Pallant

Teaching Assistant:

 Ms Landau


Our PE day is now on a Wednesday. Please ensure that children have the correct school PE kit in school with them each day. As we move into the winter months, please ensure that children have an appropriate school PE jumper and jogging  bottoms to keep them warm during outside PE lessons.

Welcome to Year 6!


Welcome to the class page for Monet and Johnstone Class.

Join us this term and see our exciting learning journey, along with  other celebrations we take part in.

We have a lot to share and can't wait for you to be able to take a sneak peek into our learning in our final year at Round Diamond.



The Prime Minister's address to school leavers

A message from Boris Johnson to congratulate you and thank you for your resilience during this time.

Week Beginning Monday 20th July 2020
Week Beginning Monday 13th July 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

This week in Year 6, we have spent a lot of time outside, despite the unpredictable weather! In science, we explored our school grounds and made a record of the species of plants and animals we could see in their habitats. We have also continued to play a range of socially distanced games during our break times and taken part in some different activities in our PE sessions. 

Week Beginning Monday 6th July 2020

Friday 26th June 2020

In Year 6 this week, we collected the results of our investigation on mould growth. We found that mould grew much more quickly on the bread that was left in damp conditions. We also created some fantastic portraits of famous Viking Kings, using a range of sketching pencils and shading techniques. 6M and 6D bubbles finished the week with some socially distanced problem solving games in the sun on the all weather pitch, while 6T had a great time learning songs from The Lion King. 


Week Beginning Monday 29th June 2020

Friday 19th June 2020

This week in Year 6, we have been practising our debating skills in our English lessons. We discussed the quote “To Live Forever is Not to Live At All” and came up with for and against arguments. In science, we have prepared an investigation into which conditions mould will grow most effectively on bread and will be checking for results next week. 



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Week Beginning Monday 22nd June 2020

Week Beginning Monday 15th June 2020

Colour picture from the book - use the other How to Live Forever PDF document to see the words on this page

Thursday 11th June 2020

We’ve had another fantastic week in our Year 6 bubbles. In English, we have been learning about the sinking of the Titanic and have written discussion texts on who was responsible for the disaster. In maths, we have been solving a range of problems relating to area of 2D shapes and volume of 3D shapes. This afternoon, we put our art skills to the test by using a range of sketching pencils to create some impressive self portraits. Some of us even finished the afternoon with some socially distanced PE! 

Week Beginning Monday 8th June 2020

Thursday 4th June

It has been lovely to see lots of our Year 6 children back in school this week! We have been very impressed by the way they have adapted so well to our ‘new normal’ and have really enjoyed teaching them in our ‘bubbles’. The children have engaged fully in their learning in class and have enjoyed playing different games together during break times. Well done Year 6 - what a fantastic start to the new term! 


Week Beginning Monday 2nd June 2020

Monday 1st June 2020 is an INSET day, therefore there is no learning for this day.

Happy Half Term!

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A half term message from Mrs Downie and Miss Murphy!

Week Beginning Monday 18th May 2020

Home Learning Overview w/b 18.05.20

English 1


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Week Beginning Monday 11th May 2020

Home Learning Overview w/b 11.05.20

English 1

The LEGO® Story

This is the video that we will be using for our English writing over the next few lessons.

Microorganisms video

Use this video to support your science learning on microorganisms. We are only focusing on bacteria, fungi and viruses in the lesson, but it also gives you information about algae and protozoa.


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This is a Sea shanty - What is a Sea shanty?
This is a song you will know but we’re going to analyse it. What do you think the word ‘analyse’ means?
How many phrases has it got?
How many different pitches in the song in total?
How many in ‘too ly ay’?
Now tap the rhythm of the second phrase , ‘john kanakanaka too ly ay’
Make it nice and clear .

Week Beginning Monday 4th May 2020

Home Learning Overview - w.b 04.05.20


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Follow this music video and have a go at the following listening task:

Cheery song - Lollipop by Mika

Find out 2 facts about Mika.

Choreograph the song ( make up a dance routine for it, showing changes in the verses and choruses)

Week Beginning Monday 27th April 2020

Year 6 Home Learning Overview w/b 27.04.20


Week beginning Monday 20th April 2020

Year 6 Home Learning Overview w/b 20/04/20

Friday 3rd April 2020 - End of Term


Today is the day that we officially break up for the Easter holidays for 2 weeks!


Well done to adjusting to a new way of learning at home for couple of weeks and it is now time to relax and enjoy the break. Although this holiday will be different to other school breaks, we hope that you make the most of spending time with your family, doing activities that you enjoy and that you keep yourself active while staying at home. Below we will place a link with some fun ideas to have a go at during this time.


Further learning updates will be posted to this page after the Easter holidays. 


We hope that you stay safe, well and have an enjoyable break,


Miss Murphy, Mrs Downie, Mr Pallant and Ms Landau


Link to fun activities that can be completed at home:



Hello all,


As we come towards the end of the first week of a different way of learning, we wanted to send a message to say that we hope that you're all keeping safe and well.


We hope that you have managed to find a routine of completing some English, maths and afternoon subject learning each day as well as completing home activities that you and your family enjoy. It is very important for your physical and mental health that you complete some daily exercise to help keep yourself active while at home. Both at school and at home, we have been finding the daily PE with Joe Wicks workouts (live from 9am every weekday morning and can be accessed on Youtube at Body Coach TV - these can be done live at 9am or at any time after) brilliant to get ourselves moving and to release all those feel-good hormones that come with exercise.


Below we have also attached some links to additional learning opportunities that you can access to keep yourself learning and feeling good.


Keep visiting this page regularly for your learning and updates. Adults can email: if you have any questions during this time.


Stay safe and keep smiling,


Miss Murphy and Mrs Downie


Additional learning links:


  • Audible is free for as long as the schools are closed, so if you run out of books on BugClub, there are lots of audio books for children of all ages. Find this at: 
  • GoNoodle is good for practical dance and mindful activities
  • BBC Supermovers has videos relating to a range of activities
  • Topmarks has a range of interactive activities to support learning for a range of subjects






School Closure Home Learning - 18.03.20


Attached below are a range of home learning opportunities for children to complete during this period of school closure. This learning covers the 2 weeks of teaching before the Easter break. MyMaths and Bug Club have also been set and children have been given their passwords for these. Any children without access to the internet will be given a printed pack.


We recommend that children stay in a regular routine of completing English, Maths and afternoon subject learning daily to ensure a sense of stability, routine and allow them to progress with their learning.


Twinkl, an educational resource website which is used at school, has also given parents a free-month access code to use during this period of school closure. The free access code is: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS and can be used at


They have a range of high-quality resources and explanatory PowerPoints across year groups and all subjects that will be extremely useful for additional learning or to focus on specific learning areas.


If you have any questions regarding this learning please email:


We would like to thank you for your continued support at this time.


The Year 6 Team

Writing learning


Below are a range of writing tasks on fiction and non-fiction topics. Please use the differentiated writing mats and sentence starter document for ideas, support and to recap skills we have been working on throughout the year. Some tasks may also require you to do some research using the internet to gather ideas.


The English Faculty have been considering ways in which to make effective changes to our home learning expectations at Round Diamond. As part of this process, we have looked at opportunities to promote the enjoyment of high quality texts, both in school and at home.


To support this, each year group has created a ‘Summer Term Recommended Reading List’. The list has been put together by class teachers and has been designed to give children the opportunity to explore a range of texts at home, over the course of year.

Alongside this list are some question prompts which can be used to start discussions about what has been read. The questions are in line with our weekly VIPERS teaching, that focuses on individual skills within reading – Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise.

Please note that this home learning is not compulsory. We hope that you will be able to enjoy some (or all!) of the recommendations by buying the texts if you wish. Equally, the question prompts can be used with any book you choose to enjoy with your child.


Reading Home Learning

Comprehension questions that can be applied to different reading books

Afternoon Subjects Learning

History - Ethelred the Unready - 16.03.20


As part of our history learning, we learnt about the Anglo-Saxon King Ethelred the Unready and how he used Dangeld to pay the Vikings to try and stop them from attacking during his reign...and how this didn't stop them because the Vikings learnt that they could keep coming back for more money!! Using this learning, we created a poem on Ethelred the Unready in the style of the one attached below. 

13.03.20 - PSHE -  The Importance of Hand Washing


This week in PSHE, we reiterated the importance of thorough hand washing to keep ourselves healthy. We watched videos on how to wash our hands thoroughly and then created posters to advertise the useful steps. Find the video was used at the link below.

Science - Creating Periscopes - 5.03.20


This week in science, the children created periscopes using cereal boxes that were kindly donated. We used these to help understand how light is reflected to help us see. We explored the angles of incidence and reflection to help us understand how we see our reflection in some objects and not in others. 

World Book Day 2020 - Our Brilliant Outfits!

02/03/20 - Discussion Texts


To help us with our discussion writing this week, we researched the use of animals for human benefit to explore more about the themes raised in our class text: Pig Heart Boy. Each group took and different view and a different area to research including use of food, drug testing and xenotransplantation. We then presented our findings to the class to help us make our own  opinion on the topic. 

New Science Topic - Light - 27.02.20


Year 6 begun their new Science topic of Light this half term by exploring how light enables us to see. We learnt the science behind it before creating group presentations to demonstrate how light travels in a straight line from a light source, bounces off an object before travelling in a straight line to our eyes. 

13.02.20 - The Day the Chairs Quit!

In English, we have been reading 'The Day the Crayons Quit' as part of our learning on persuasive writing. Today, the chairs in all Year 6 classrooms decided they would quit after being mistreated by not being tucked in and being swung on constantly! Our job was to write a letter to the chairs to persuade them to come back. Luckily, most of us had earned our chairs back by break time!


03.02.20 - Geography - Grid References


This week in Geography, we learnt how to read four and six-figure grid references to give exact locations of places. We will be putting this learning together, alongside this half term's learning on compass directions, reading maps and OS Map Symbols to create our own map using these skills next week. 

A document to help you choose Year 6 reading books with blurbs, reviews and author comments.

House afternoon - Rule of Law - 30.01.20

This afternoon, we had a house event where children in the same house from Years 1-6 came together to discuss the importance of the British Value - Rule of Law. We then worked together to come up with the laws we would make if we were Prime Minister. Children came up with some really thoughtful laws such as ways to reduce plastic and provide more money to the NHS.


It was great to see many of the Year 6 children acting as leaders to their younger peers, with our House Captains helping to direct children to the correct classes and children supporting younger ones during the task and then sharing their learning in our sharing assembly. 

Compass directions - 21.01.20


We have been developing our map reading and directional skills during geography. To build on our knowledge of locating places on a map and our knowledge of longitude and latitiude, we learnt about the 8 points on a compass and how a compass works by taking some outside and trying them for ourselves. We then used this knowledge to locate countries on a map. We will use this knowledge again next week when we explore OS maps of Stevenage.



Year 6 - Evolution and Inheritance - 07.01.20


To begin this half term's science topic on Evolution and Inheritance, the children had an awe and wonder session to explore inheritance. They were given pictures of members of staff and their parents, who they then had to match up based on similar inherited characteristics. I think the children will agree that it was quite a challenge, but really helped us to understand the difference between inherited and acquired charactertistics in a fun and practical way!