Year 6 - Mrs Lancaster

Welcome to Year 6

Click on the link below to read some super writing by Year 6 and other year groups

Don't forget to look at our photographs of our amazing trip to London.

Click on the tab to see them  - Class pages, Year 6, London 2016

Adults that work in Year 6 during the week are:

Mrs Lancaster and Ms Keating.

Mrs Naylor will be teaching on Wednesdays and Mrs O'Donovan and Mrs Thornton will be teaching RE and Music one session a week.


We aim to share work, photographs and news with you throughout the school year. Please keep checking in for updates!


Homework will be set weekly and will be shown on the Learning Platform as soon as possible.


Things to remember each week:

Wednesday and Fridays: PE

Thursdays: Spelling test

Friday: MyMaths homework to be completed by Monday

English and topic work will be set on Fridays; but may change based on the type of task given. Children will record in their planners when it is due in.


100 word spelling list is now in the back of your planners. During each week, please spend a little bit of time learning the spellings of some of the words.


At Hill Top we expect children to read at least three times a week at home. Please support this by encouraging your child to do this and sign their reading record book each time.

Thank you.



Topics 2016-2017

Autumn 1: Brainwaves and Mission to Mars 

Autumn 2: Extreme Survivors 

Spring 1: The Great, the Bold and the Brave 

Spring 2: What a Wonderful World 

Summer 1: Growing Up 

Summer 2: What Price Progress? 



What a  Wonderful World Exit Point: Wednesday 21st June 2017

School Hall 2.45-3.10pm everyone welcome.

What a Wonderful World!

Today we have been using a program called "Scratch" to write some code to produce a quiz on Biomes!  We love to use technology in the classroom but it doesn't always cooperate!  The children have worked really hard on their quiz and I am proud of their cooperation and patience today.  Well done!  We hope to show you them during our exit point after the holidays, watch this space for more information.

What a Wonderful World! Rock survey: What are the most common types of rock in our local area? We carried out a rock survey of the school grounds; sketching and photographing the rocks we found.

Maths: Miss Mountain a Year 7 Maths teacher from Woodkirk has been teaching us Algebra.  We have developed our skills through lots of practical games and activities.

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SATS Preparation

On Friday we created graffiti revision exploring Maths.

What a wonderful world!

The Big Idea: Natural forces have been shaping our planet for billions of years and these dramatic changes are still going on right now all around us.  Throughout this unit we will be learning more about the physical processes that shape our planet-and the vital role that we play in safeguarding our planet and it's resources for future generations.

Explaining the theme:

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

 About different regions and environments around the world

 How to use different type of map to find out information

 About the forces and processes that shape our planet

 About extreme weather events and how they affect people and localities

 About the possible causes of climate change and its effects on our planet

 How man-made changes can alter/change our local environment

  In ICT, we’ll be finding out:

 How to program an online quiz to test our knowledge of biomes

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

 How to classify different types of rock and soil

 About the effects of weathering on different types of rock

 About the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us

 About different types of cloud and how they are formed

 How we can set up a weather station and record data

In International, we’ll be finding out:

 About local and global environmental issues

 How different international aid groups and charities are helping those affected by environmental issues



Our Entry task was to design a calendar based on the theme of "What a Wonderful World".  We worked in a group to design and produce our calendars.

The Great, The Bold and The Brave

A great afternoon was spent with our parents and grandparents making Ancient Roman mosaics - not sure who had the most fun!

Our Greek visitor

The Big Idea

The history of western civilisation begins with the Greeks and the Romans. Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures – creating the world we know today.

Explaining the Theme

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta
  • How people voted in Athens and Sparta
  • How the Persian War brought the Greek city-states together
  • What the Parthenon can tell us about Athenian life
  • About the life Alexander the Great and what he achieved
  • Why Rome had a republic and then an emperor
  • What daily life was like in Ancient Rome
  • What happened when the Romans invaded another country
  • Why the Roman Empire declined
  • What happened when the Anglo-Saxons invaded and settled in Britain
  • About the Viking invasion of Britain
  • About the life and legacy of Alfred the Great
  • How to use archaeological evidence to find out about the past
  • About the history of Britain, from the Roman occupation to the Norman Conquest

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About Ancient Greek and Roman art
  • How to create our own piece of art in a Greek or Roman style

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the effects of invasion on countries around the world



Entry Task

The children were set the challenge of creating models of different historic monuments.

 Mission to Mars

We designed and created a Mars buggy. We had to think about the surface friction, the function of the buggy and the gravity on Mars when designing. Our designs changed as we encountered problems in making it.

We explored the questions:

Why might humans need to move in Mars to live?

How could humans survive on Mars?

What would it be like to live on Mars?



Entry Task:

We watched The Martian and learnt many things about Mars. It was very nerve-racking and thrilling film throughout.

We wrote a film review sharing our opinions of the film.




 Brainwave Exit Task

We wrote a song in groups showing what we have learnt about the brain, memory and growth mindset.

Click on the video below to listen to our songs.


We have learnt the difference between our working memory and long term memory. We decided that by 'chunking' the information was a simple but effective strategy to use. For example if you have a list of letters by chunking the letters makes it easier to remember, especially if you recognise - DNALOLBBCRAMCNNFYI = DNA LOL BBC RAM CNN FYI.

Or for numbers - look for patterns or associations within each chunk. 3361986010. So 336 makes sense because 3+3=6. 1986 is a date and 010 is nicely balanced.

Click on the links below to test your memory.



Useful documents:

Our Long Term Plan




Cooking soup

We followed a recipe to make carrot and coriander soup. We peeled, chopped and blended the ingredients to make a delicious soup with no help!



Bamboo Tamboo

On Tuesday, we had a great time exploring rhythm and creating music.





Science Day in Year 6: November 2016

Exploring colour through different materials. More photographs to follow



Extreme Survivors

The Big Idea:

If you lived in a harsh environment, for example, in the driest desert or on Earth, your body and behaviour would need to adapt in order to survive. So a cactus in the desert adapts by growing a thick stem to store water. But how would you survive if you were a small fish in the deepest, darkest ocean?

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

- How living things survive in the hot, dry desert
- How animals adapt to living in freezing cold temperatures
- About the fish that live in the deepest parts of the ocean
- How cave-dwelling creatures adapt to life inside the cave
- How animals live in the highest places on Earth
- Which invertebrates live in micro-habitats
- About a variety of food chains and webs
- About the effects of global warming

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

- How to make a bathyscope

In International, we’ll be finding out:
- Which world habitats and species deserve protection
- About Earth Day and how we can help our planet








The Big Idea:
One day, humans may need to leave Earth and settle on another planet. Mars is our most likely destination – a world that we believe once harboured life and, with our intervention, may do so again in the future.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:
- About the planets in our solar system
- About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity
- How to grow seeds and plants, and choose those that will be suitable for Mars
- How to identify a living organism
- About different energy sources
- About different forces and their effects
- How to choose the best energy source/s for our Mars shelter

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
- About the geographical features of Mars
- How we can prove that there was once water on Mars

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
- About the technology that has been used to explore Mars
- How to design and make a robot to explore Mars

In History, we’ll be finding out:
- What people in the past used to think about Mars

Click on the photographs below to read our Science Fiction stories






As an introduction to Year 6 we are exploring a Brainwave topic where we are learning about how the brain works and memory.

Here the children are teaching a skill to another child. It ranged from teaching origami flowers, performing a handstand, using computer language to taekwondo and much much more.

Children discussing the neuromyths: