Year 6: Curie

Year 6: Curie

Situated on the top floor of the main Victorian building, our Year 6 class is named after Polish and French physicist, chemist and feminist, Marie Skłodowska Curie.

Year 6 is a very important year for our students as they will be the oldest and therefore given many more responsibilities for their learning as well as different roles around the school. Not only do the children prepare for the SATs exams, they also enjoy a school residential trip called the School Journey and participate in the Founders Day celebrations.

In line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, Year 6 pupils are taught core subjects of English (Reading and Writing), Mathematics and Science as well as Foundation subjects of Art, ICT, Design and Technology, Music, History/Geography, PE and Spanish.

Building on the foundations from Year 5, they continue to read a wider range of poetry and age appropriate interest level books. Teachers will continue to emphasise pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of language, especially vocabulary, to support their reading and writing. This knowledge of language, gained from stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks, will support their increasing fluency as readers, their facility as writers, and their comprehension.

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Year 6 is to ensure fluency in written methods of addition, subtraction, long multiplication and division, as well as working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Reading books are sent home weekly and homework will always contain elements of spelling, writing, Maths and English.

The Year 6 team are always happy to speak to parents regarding any issues, concerns or queries. To apply for a Year 6 place at Burdett-Coutts school, please contact the school office or click here for more information about our Admissions criteria.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 6.

A very warm welcome back to you all. A new school year is upon us and we look forward to all new experiences and opportunities that this year has to offer. I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are ready to tackle the year ahead with great enthusiasm.

This newsletter is intended to give you an overview of the routines in Year 6 together with useful information about what your children will be learning. I am looking forward to working collaboratively to ensure that your child achieves their potential and thrives during their last year of primary school.

If you have any questions throughout the forthcoming weeks, please feel free to book an appointment via the school office.

Miss Sweeney


  • Reading & Writing: Private Peaceful: writing to entertain and inform
  • Maths: Place Value | Addition and Subtraction
  • Science: Circuit breaker or circuit fixer?
  • RE: Islam: What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?
  • History: The cause and effect of WW1
  • PSHE: Being Me in My World
  • Art & Design: Make my voice heard


  • PE lessons in Year 6 take place on Monday afternoons.
  • Please ensure that your children wear the correct PE kit to school each week; this includes trainers and not their school shoes.

Book Bags

  • Please ensure your child’s reading book and reading record book are brought to school every day in their book bags.
  • I would be grateful if you could make a note in your child’s reading record.
  • The children are free to visit the school library and change their books when needed.


In Year 6 homework will be given online on a weekly basis via Google Classroom (beginning on Week 1 Friday 8th of September).

Homework plays a vital role in helping children consolidate what they have learnt in class and it is really important that all children complete their homework each week independently.

  • Reading: Children should take part in a reading activity every night. Reading will help your child develop in all areas of the curriculum and your support at home can have the greatest impact on your child’s overall achievement.
  • Maths: Children should spend at least 90 minutes a week on IXL, completed the tasks which I have set based on their learning in class.
  • Spelling: During this term, your child will receive 10 spellings to learn each week which will come from the Read Write Inc scheme. Alongside this, there will also be spellings that your children are finding challenging to spell within their writing. Children will be tested on 10 words each week (on Friday). Please spend some time at home helping your child to learn these spellings each week.