Year 6 - 2016/17

This half-term Year 6 are excited that our topic will be the Industrial Revolution and the Victorians, linking with the whole school’s focus on ‘People from the Past’. We will be able to make lots of links to Hammersmith and the local area, which was greatly affected by the vast changes that the whole of the UK underwent during the 1800’s.

Our class book this term, upon which our literacy learning will be based, is ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. This well-loved novel tells the story of Jim Jarvis who is orphaned during the Victorian Era and left to survive alone, first in the workhouse and then on the streets.

We will also be Historians this term and will be asking key historical questions in order to understand our chosen period both in detail and across the bigger picture. Children will learn how the Industrial Revolution came about due to problems and those who were inventive enough to find solutions. They will begin to understand the enormous changes our country has gone through and also to explore the British Empire and how many ideologies of that time would be viewed as totally anachronistic today.

There will also be plenty of time for trips too! In the New Year, we will visit the Royal Albert Hall (a key Victorian building) twice: first, for a ‘Discovering the Victorians’ workshop, and then for an amazing opportunity to witness the celebrated ‘Classical Spectacular’. We will also be visiting Kidzania and the Wandsworth Recycling Centre to top-up our knowledge of Global Warming and how we can prevent it.

After half-term, KS2 will be taking part in an exciting project co-led by the teachers and our colleagues at the Lyric Theatre. This will be based around the wonderful picture book, ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan and will culminate in a splendid performance at the theatre itself!


  • PE is on Fridays – please make sure you have the full kit.
  • Homework will go out on Thursday and must be returned on Tuesday.
  • Children should be reading for 20 minutes each night – either to themselves or aloud to an adult. They must bring in their signed reading record EACH DAY. They also need to be practising their weekly spellings and times tables on a regular basis. Could you please make sure this is happening and that all children are ready for their weekly spelling test which takes place on a Wednesday.
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