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
1:15-2:25GymnasticsHistoryNature ExplorersPE: Tag RugbyPSHE
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 English and mathematics. 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 or within a group. Each child will be heard read once every-other week and this will be recorded in their Link Book. On Friday mornings, weekly spellings will be tested and the children will practise their arithmetic skills in maths.



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

  • Poetry: The Power of Imagery (One week unit)
  • Recount: Diary Writing (One week unit)
  • Narrative Techniques: Suspense and Tension (Two week unit)
  • Non-Fiction Writing: Reports (Two 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 will develop fluency with new skills and methods. Furthermore, the children will enhance their mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills within the topic they are studying. Nelson class will cover the following units in Term Two:

  • Four Operations: Order of Operations (BIDMAS)
  • Fractions: Ordering, Comparing and Simplifying Fractions
  • Fractions: Calculating with Fractions
  • Fractions: problem Solving with Fractions
  • Geometry: Classifying and Drawing Shapes
  • Geometry: Position and Coordinates



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

  • Understanding that offspring have similarities and differences to their parents
  • Identifying how animals and plants adapt to their environments
  • Classifying different species based on their characteristics
  • Learning about microorganisms, bacteria and medicines



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 Tag Rugby and Gymnastics. On Monday afternoons, they will be travelling to Springboard Gymnastics Centre in Warminster. This will provide the children with access to specialist coaching and equipment, within a purpose built environment. In tag rugby, the children will continue to develop their passing, throwing and catching skills. They will also work on agility and more advanced strategies for defending and attacking.



The theme for our PSHE topic is relationships. Over the course of the term, 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 learn how to develop healthy relationships, how to respect equality and diversity and understand how to respond to uncomfortable situations within relationships.


Enrichment Afternoon: Nature Explorers

On Wednesday afternoons this term, Nelson Class will be learning outside the classroom with Mrs. Boyd. They will be learning within our immediate environment and developing their understanding of nature and the living things that surround us, including local plant and wildlife.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and will focus on key beliefs of Christianity. We will explore the belief of incarnation (God coming to earth as Jesus in human form) and how this impacts on the religion. The children will also focus on the importance of Mary and why she was chosen by God for her role in this belief.



In art this term, Nelson Class will develop their art skills by exploring different mediums. They will design and sculpt 3D art, using clay; this will be linked to our history topic of the Mayans and Aztecs. They will also develop their printing skills, by producing a printing block and using this to create their art work.



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.