Welcome to Year 6

Welcome back to a new year in Year 6. What an exciting time ahead, as the children enter their final year at St John’s School.  We are looking forward to seeing them flourish as our school leaders and role models.

The team:
We are lucky to have a team of three in the class this year.

  • Ms Mhairi Mackelworth (Monday-Wednesday), Mrs Jane Gillhouley (Thur-Fri), and Mrs Debbie Barnett, our experienced teaching assistant, will be supporting throughout the week.
  • In addition, we have focussed support from Sharon Pinder (Mon, Thurs and Fri) and Ms Helen Reynolds (Tue-Wed)


  • Our curriculum map and our themes are on the school website. It can be found at https://stjohnssevenoaks.co.uk/our-curriculum/
  • We are always evolving the curriculum taking advantage of learning opportunities, such as trips and visits, which means there may be slight changes to the published map on the website.
  • On Wednesday, we have our specialist teachers of computing, music and Spanish.


  • Spellings are taught at the start of the week and are based on a spelling rule. Spelling is about patterns, etymology and meaning. We have two spelling books, one that the children keep in class and the other that they keep at home. Each week we teach a new spelling rule and the children need to learn that set of spellings ready for the test on Friday. Results will be recorded in their planner.
  • If the whole class achieve 10/10, they are rewarded with ‘minutes’ which the children have chosen to bank and cash in at the end of the year. Our expectation is that they will get no less than 9/10 as they are consolidating Year 5 spellings. There will be an adjusted expectation for some children.
  • On Fridays, we will also test the children on their times tables and those results will also be in their planner.
  • Schofield and Sims Maths books (one page per week to complete) and Grammar homework will come home every Thursday. The grammar homework consolidates the class learning from that week. All homework will need to be returned by the following Tuesday but please bring it in earlier if your child has completed it as this helps us address any errors and misconceptions.
  • Occasionally, there will be topic-based homework instead of or in addition to the usual weekly homework.
  • Whilst the children get the opportunity for whole class reading in school, it is still very important for them to be reading for at least 30 minutes daily at home. Even though they are Year 6 and can read very well independently, it is still invaluable for them to be heard and, where appropriate, to read books together. This enables them to hear texts which may be less accessible if they were reading purely on their own.


  • PE is on Wednesday. Come to school in your PE kit – house colours please.
  • From Tuesday 14th September the children will be swimming at Wally Hall pool. They will need to bring in their swimming costume/trunks, towel and hat in a separate bag each week.


  • The children will meet their reception buddies in the week commencing 13th
  • They will support their buddies in the dinner hall at lunch time and in the playground, during term 1.
  • This term the children will apply for the coveted year 6 roles and responsibilities and these will be announced in our celebration assembly once all applications have been read and positions allocated.

Reading circle:

  • This is something new and exciting for the Year 6 pupils.
  • There will be an opportunity to present a book of their choice twice during the year and a letter has already been sent out with further details.

Secondary transition:
Over the coming weeks and months we anticipate that children will be visiting potential secondary schools.

  • These open days are invaluable. We suggest that parents and carers visit a range of schools.  Once these have been narrowed to a manageable selection, it is a good time to visit the selected schools together with your child during the school day and in the evenings, so that you can make an informed decision about which school is most suitable for them.
  • Please let the office know the dates and times your child will be out of class.
  • If you require any help with submitting secondary application forms, Theresa Shrubb in the office is happy to help. Online applications for transfer to Secondary school for September 2022 opens on Wednesday 1 September and closes on Monday 1 November 2021.


  • We are in the process of organising the Year 6 residential trip. As soon as we have more details we will let you know.

We are looking forward to an exciting year full of challenge and learning opportunities. If you have any queries or questions, please do feel free to come and discuss them with us. We may be looking for helpers on trips. Please let us know if you are interested and available.

Kind regards,

The Year 6 Team



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