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Welcome to Damascus class - Year 6


Teachers:                    Mrs Judson

      Mrs Rafferty (Wednesday morning)

French:                        Mrs Hudson

PE:                                Mrs Burnell 

Music:                          Mrs O’Sullivan 

TA:                                 Mrs White

SEN TAs:                      Mrs Shaieb, Mrs Irvine, Mrs Stepney


Our topics:




Ancient Greece


Masters of Disasters

Living things and their habitats

Evolution and inheritance



Animals including humans

RE topics using 'Come and See'


Vocation and Commitment





Death and New Life



Common Good


All our topics are cross curricular.


Autumn Term Topic:

This term our topic is Ancient Greece.  We will be learning:

  • How do we know about the Ancient Greeks?
  • Finding evidence in pottery.
  • Why was Athens so strong?
  • What was special about Athens?
  • What can we learn from the Greek theatre and festivals like the Olympics?
  • How have the Ancient Greeks influenced our lives today?

We will use a variety of stories, poems and information texts in English that link to our topic.

We will also use Art, DT and Music to deepen our understanding of the topic.


What should your child bring to school each day?

  • Reading book
  • Lunch
  • Small pencil case
  • Named water bottle
  • Homework books and Reading Journals on Thursdays

If your child brings a rucksack, please make sure it is small as our cloakroom space is very limited.

School Uniform - All school uniform must be clearly labelled.



Reading and Reading Journal

Try to read every day, and regularly with an adult so that you can talk about your reading.

Complete a Reading Journal activity once a week.

Occasionally I might replace the Reading Journal activity with a different task, for example, RE, English or Topic.

Set on Fridays.

Hand in on Thursdays.


We will learn spelling rules and patterns in class.  You will also have a weekly list of High Frequency Words, homophones and National Curriculum words to practise at home.  The list will contain a mixture of words to revise and new words.  Make sure you know the meanings of these words and can use them in sentences.

Learn the spellings in your own chosen style using the spelling strategies and spelling activities suggested on our homework page.  You do not need to hand this work in.  

The best way to learn spellings is little and often.

Weekly dictation on Thursday containing a selection of these words.  New words will be put on our class story on Dojo each Friday


There will be a written or online maths activity each week.

Set on Fridays.

Hand in on Thursdays.


This is an independent project that will run for part of each term. Write one page each week.  


Hand in on Thursdays.

Times Tables

Keep practising all the times tables regularly.

The best way to learn times tables is little and often.




Wednesdays and most Thursdays.

Please wear PE kit to school on these days.


Times Tables

Keep practising these regularly to keep up your speed and fluency.

We will practise them regularly in class using games and activities.

You can use Times Table Rock Stars.

These websites are also useful:


Handwriting and Presentation

Please ensure that all homework is presented well

This link shows animations for each letter if you are unsure of the formation:



The children will be exposed to a range of quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts in class.  They need to read as often and as widely as possible at home in order to build up their reading stamina. 

Recommended reading lists for year 6:


Class Saint

Our class saint is St Paul.  We will learn about his life and how we can be like him.


Parents’ Evenings

There will be parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.  In the Summer term, parents will receive a written report.


House Points

The children can collect house points for effort, work and behaviour.  Each half term, the house with the most house points will have a non-uniform day.



On your child’s birthday, we ask that they do not bring sweets for their friends, but if they would like to donate a book to the class for the book corner instead, then it would be greatly appreciated.  They can also come to school in their own clothes on their birthday, or on the nearest school day if their birthday falls at the weekend.



SATS will take place from 9th – 12th May 2022.


PGL will take place from 16th – 20th May 2022.


Please come and see us if you have any information, questions or concerns regarding your child.