Nelson (Year 6)

Class Teacher: Mr Lewis

Teaching Partner: Mrs Young

Nelson Class Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkWeekly Spellings and Arithmetic Skills
9:30-10:30MathsMathsMathsMathsPE: Multi-Skills
Music: Voice Tuition
1:15-2:25SciencePE: Cricket ComputingHistoryArt
2:30-2.50Whole School WorshipWhole School WorshipSinging Worship Whole School Worship
2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Work

For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Six focus on developing key skills in literacy and numeracy. The children work through a daily maths task to improve their mental calculations and fluency of key mathematical skills. They will also have a handwriting task, which has a spelling, grammar or punctuation focus. This is also a when children are heard read individually. Each child will be heard once every-other week. On Friday mornings, weekly spellings will be tested as will the children’s mathematical arithmetic skills.



Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and develops reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. During Term One, Nelson Class will cover the following:

  • Developing Characterisation (Two week unit)
  • Authors and Texts: Classic Authors (Two week unit)
  • Authors and Texts: Responding to Texts (One week unit)



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. Maths units are typically one week in length. The children build on their previous knowledge to extend their understanding in different aspects of mathematics. They also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge when solving a range of mathematical problems and puzzles. Nelson class will cover the following units in Term One:

  • Place Value
  • Multiplication and Division: Written Methods
  • Multiplication and Division: Problem Solving
  • Calculating with Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (Two week unit)



Our Science topic for this term is Evolution and Inheritance. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Exploring fossils and how they provide evidence of the past
  • Understanding that offspring have similarities and differences to their parents
  • Identifying how animals and plants adapt to their environments
  • Studying theories of evolution and key scientists in this area

Using scientific evidence to support and contest ideas



For our history topic this term we will be studying the Ancient Mayan and Aztec Civilizations. The children will develop their skills as a historian by:

  • Carrying out historical enquiry and evaluating sources of evidence
  • Asking and answering historical questions
  • Studying artefacts from this period of time
  • Understanding Mayan and Aztec beliefs
  • Learning about the Mayan and Aztec number system
  • Exploring how the Aztecs settled in central America
  • Understanding how the Aztec civilization ended
  • Cooking traditional Mayan and Aztec Food



This term Nelson Class will be developing and applying their physical skills in cricket and multi-skills sessions. In cricket, the children will improve their bowling, batting and fielding skills. They will also learn how to apply these in a game situation. During multi-skills sessions, Nelson Class will improve their agility, balance and coordination skills, which they need to be successful in all physical activity.



For our PSHE topic, the children will improve their understanding of how to take responsibility for their own and others’ learning. They will help develop the learning environment in their classroom. In addition, they will explore ways to cope with uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations they may encounter.



In art this term the children will develop their drawing and sketching skills. They will focus on their mark-making, shade and tone and apply these skills when sketching different objects.


Enrichment Afternoon: Computing

Our enrichment activity for this term is computing. The children will be learning to use code to develop, test and refine procedures. The programme  used is called Scratch and there is a link to this on the computing part of the website -please feel free to practise the  at home. Once experienced in developing code, the children will begin to explore using variables and sensors for greater efficiency. By the end of the unit they will be able to recognise that different solutions can exist for the same problem.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and will focus on key beliefs of the Islamic faith. They will explore commitment and how this can impact on our lives. They will also develop their understanding of the commitment Muslims make to their religion.



Nelson class will take part in voice tuition this term. Our voice coach, Caroline Radcliff, will teach the children a wide variety of songs. They will learn how to control their voice, how to pitch their voice appropriately and to sing as part of a group, including singing in different parts.


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize

Useful websites for year 6 subject knowledge:

Covers Maths, English and Science. It provides subject knowledge, interactive tasks and questions.

BBC Skillswise

BBC Skillswise

Covers key skills in Maths and English, although it is more challenging than BBC Bitesize.



Woodlands Juniors

General revision with interactive activities and past SATs papers.