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Ashperton Primary Academy

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Turquoise Class

Welcome to Turquoise Class

Turquoise class is where our ambitious, friendly, hard-working year 6 children learn. We are taught by Mrs Bullock (Mondays) and Mrs Margetts (Tuesday - Friday) as well as Mrs Shelley and Mrs Handley. We have an exciting creative curriculum that helps us develop our knowledge of the world around us as well as essential learning skills such as reading and writing. 

There is so much to learn and many exciting things to try that we have to apply great focus and a positive ‘make-the-most-of-every-opportunity’ attitude to help us all succeed.

Year 6 comes with extra opportunities, responsibilities and privileges, including representing and caring for our school. We strive to be great role models for others both in the classroom and around the school.

We learn quickly that hard-work helps us make great progress and achieve things we can be proud of.

We practise our new learning at home too, and really appreciate all the support that is given from parents in this final year, helping us become more confident and ready for secondary school.

Learning Journey
The Learning Journey approach means that many aspects of the curriculum combine to build a really creative curriculum. This term our Learning Journey is titled ''Battles'. We will be studying a number of battles in different subjects across the Autumn Term including the battle against climate change (in Science), the Battle of Britain and the Blitz  (in History) and the battle to stay safe online (in Computing). We will be looking at discursive writing in English and debating interesting questions including, ‘Is graffiti art or vandalism?’


We will be developing our culinary skills in DT, learning to make a 3 course meal, before studying various sculptors and having a go ourselves to make a sculpture to commemorate an aspect of WW2. In the second half term, we will be visiting the National Memorial Arboretum, taking part in a memorial service and observing a wide range of sculptures to inspire us.


In Geography we will be covering a wide range of knowledge and skills, including learning about aerial and topographical maps, geocaching, six-figure grid references, longitude and latitude, the complex decisions behind placing different human features (such as wind turbines). We will be developing our locational knowledge of places locally as well as countries in Asia. We will be going on a trip to do some Geography fieldwork on Shucknall hill.


We will be learning to read music and play the keyboard in Music as well as try out our new skills, playing piano parts for famous pieces from a wide range of different genres. We will then be moving on to learn about Music made famous in war times.


We will be learning how to tell the time in French as well as the names for different school subjects before applying this to French timetables and school tours.


In RE we will be learning about Christian beliefs. Firstly we will be studying a unit titled,  ‘Creation and science: conflicting or complementary?’. We will then be exploring,  ‘Why do some people believe in God and some people not?’


In Computing, we will improving our coding skills, learning about variables. We will be designing games including variables with a Geography theme.


Our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday, but please have your kit in school all week in case we have to change the timetable due to weather or hall availability. We are looking forward to developing personal skills of perseverance and determination whilst trying cross-country on Tuesdays as well as teamwork and stick skills playing Hockey on Fridays.


Our English curriculum is linked with our Learning Journey. We will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and work on wide range of reading skills: developing our vocabulary;  improving about ability to infer; reflecting and giving reasons for predictions; explaining and analysing the author’s choice of vocabulary; explaining and analysing the effect of a piece’s structure/layout; retrieving specific information; summarising, and sequencing. Our texts will include a science-fiction novel and a historical fiction story as well as non-fiction texts about climate change, WWII, geography and music.


We will be developing our writing skills, working on the individual components of writing (handwriting, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, structuring texts, editing, proof reading…) as well as composing a number of extended pieces including short stories, discursive texts, diary entries and letters.


In Maths we will begin by improving our understanding of particularly large and particularly small numbers, learning to work with numbers up to ten million as well as tiny decimals. We then then develop our confidence and accuracy with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, whilst applying these skills to a wide range of real-life contexts. 

Home learning


Reading: As a school we strongly encourage children to read daily, engaging with books from a variety of different authors and genres. This might range from reading recipes out loud to a parent when cooking, to reading a longer fiction book together at bedtime. We ask that they read out loud to an adult at least 3 times a week (even when in year 6 – as they should still be reading books that expand their vocabulary, learning the meaning of new words and how to pronounce them). For one of these reads, we ask in year 6 that they complete a homework comprehension read with you – this involves reading a text, your child answering some questions on the text, and then you discussing and marking it with them, helping them learn from their mistakes. This is such a valuable activity – the children really benefit from the 1:1 chance to discuss and learn as well as from exposure to a range of texts they might not have naturally chosen for themselves.

Please sign your children’s homework diary each time you read with them.

Your child needs to bring their reading comprehension homework into school on a Wednesday and it will be returned to you on a Friday. The pages to complete each week will be listed on Seesaw each Friday.

Timestables: We ask that children continue to practise their timestables at home regularly to ensure they are able to draw on them quickly in Maths lessons. They all have logins to TTRockstars Website which is a fun way to practise this – though you may also have other strategies you enjoy. Once they are confidently recalling all facts up to 12x12 quickly, I will set one of the game options on TTRockstars (The Studio tab) to offer more challenging questions that require them to use their tables with higher numbers with questions such as 30 x 70, 40 x 6 and 320 divided by 40.


Spellings: You child will learn a new spelling pattern each week at school as well as a few of the common exception words (these are tricky words that people often get wrong and need to be learned by rote). Mrs Bullock will teach the new pattern on a Monday. Your child will practise these spellings at school each morning on the Squeebles app. We ask that you also find time to practise them at home either by purchasing the Squeebles App too or using your own strategies or a website such as Spellingframe. 

We will do a spelling test each week on a Friday to help celebrate the effort they have put in and help us identify where we may need further practise.


Maths and Grammar: We have purchased books to help all year 6 pupils practise their Maths and Grammar at home. Some weeks they will have Maths or Grammar to complete – other weeks they may have a short activity from both books. The pages which they need to complete will be listed on the Seesaw each Friday afternoon. Please return by Wednesday the following week.


Seesaw:  I’ve been amazed by how well pupils have got used to using Seesaw to learn at home over the last 2 years. It is a fantastic tool for sharing ideas/activities to pupils at home and for pupils to communicate their hard work back to school. Feedback has suggested it is helpful place to list what homework your child has each week to remind them (and so that parents can see too). Sometimes Seesaw will simply let them know what pages to complete in certain books. Other weeks, the activity might be for them to complete on the Seesaw app. Sometimes we will share a chapter from our class book for them to enjoy at home.


We are continuing to use Seesaw at school to create a journal for pupils of work that isn’t in their books e.g. videos from music lessons or PE. You will be provided with a log in so that you can see your pupil’s journal from home. I will put a quick list of homework reminders for the week ahead on Seesaw each Friday. However pupils should be getting into the habit of recording their own homework, using their homework diaries in preparation for secondary school.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have anything you need to discuss, let us know or if you have any questions,


Mrs Margetts (  and Mrs Bullock (













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