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Year 6 - Sycamore



We will keep you updated via Marvellous Me and our usual school text messaging service.  Please look above at the Home Learning Planners to see what you should be learning each day at home each week.  The home learning planners for w/b 1st June onwards are available above for the children who have not returned to school.  We hope to see you soon and please stay safe!  Over the summer holiday period, there will be 30 challenges to take part in to help the children prepare for high school.  


Get in touch!

Send us pictures, homework and anything exciting you have done, or a message to let us know how you are.  Our class email address is:



Here are some useful links, some of which were already given in the packs:


Espresso - great for ALL areas - https://online.espresso.co.uk/espresso/login/Authn/UserPassword - the children know the school's generic username and password 

BBC Bitesize - the BBC have updated their website by adding three new lessons each day covering all areas, do look on here! - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize 

Times Tables Rock Stars - for times tables practise -  https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student - each child has their own username and password

ThinkuKnow - a free online internet safety programme by the National Crime Agency (different activities every fortnight) - 










White Rose Maths Curriculum - this is the curriculum we follow for maths so pick and choose the areas that you find most challenging but we would be covering ratio if at school - https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/ 

Oxford Owl - free eBooks on this website for different ages/levels - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

Staffordshire Library Service - free eBooks again - https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Libraries/Library-services/eLibrary/eLibrary.aspx

Twinkl - this website has a wealth of free resources for ALL areas that many teachers use regularly - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub 

BBC Learning Zone - this is used regularly by myself in the classroom and covers ALL areas - many children said that they missed learning French so they can do this here too - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4s0C9LC4YQs0ZJKQnNZgg6R/learning-zone-ages-7-11 

Classroom Secrets - covers many areas and used widely by teachers - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ 

STEM learning - for free science and computing learning - https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary

National Literacy Trust - 'Family Zone' area that has lots of free, relevant resources - https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/

Premier League Primary Stars - free resources covering English, maths, P.E. and health & wellbeing - https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures?utm_campaign=1867544_homelearning_19.03.20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=edcoms&dm_i=3VTU,14108,344SYR,3WJHS,1 

Education Quizzes - free online science, geography and history quizzes for KS2 -https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/science/



First News - read our online newspaper here that is written especially for Primary school children - https://schools.firstnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/04/FIRSTNEWS_722.pdf 

Mathematics/English Mastery - free resources for maths and English - https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources 


Third Space Maths Hub - free Year 6 maths games and activities when you sign-up - https://mathshub.thirdspacelearning.com/resources/1945/Year-6-Maths-Games-And-Activities-Pack?utm_campaign=05_04_2020_Games_Activity_Packs_Resource_MH&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pardot&utm_content=text 


Sumdog - free online spelling, reading and maths when you sign-up for an account - https://www.sumdog.com/parent/sign_up?_ga=2.215105107.533376493.1587382589-571526998.1587382589 

The Reading Realm - online spooky stories to read with accompanying activities - https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/The-Reading-Realm-Home-Learning-Pack-Spooky-Stories-1.pdf 

Jigsaw Families at Home - some free resources covering the children's health, safety and wellbeing - https://families.jigsawpshe.com/stuck-at-home-1/ 

Phunky Foods - free resources about healthy eating that also contain some delicious recipes! - https://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/home-learning/ 

Barefoot - free activities, missions and games to improve your computing skills - https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning 

Birmingham Museums - take virtual tours of the group of Birmingham Museums and look at the image galleries


NewsWise - learn how to spot fake news and how to make your own news!


Rising Stars - free and discounted resources that we also use in school


Luke Temple - a children's author who's offering a free copy of his book 'Mutating Mansion' and an activity pack 


Pobble - ideas and resources for writing and non-screen activities that you can do at home


BookLife Publishing - free eBooks from a company who work closely with schools


HarperCollins Book Publishers - they have made an audio book free of charge - 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy


Staffordshire Police - activity pack about how to stay safe online


HeadStart Primary - free resources for English and maths from a company whose resources we use in school


Coronavirus Book - a free eBook discussing children's worries


Association for Science Education - science resources covering 'living things and their habitats'


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service - live broadcasts covering many aspects of safety each Wednesday at 10am


MoneySense - free activities, posters and videos to help children understand money 


N.C.E.T.M. - a website to support parents with the teaching of maths from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths



Testbase Link to Ratio Questions




These websites are being regularly updated so please visit them!  Take care and keep busy


Miss Nicholson


Victoria Community School are supporting Burton Albion with their

#TwoPointSixBACT Campaign

They aim to raise £10k, some of which will go to BACT to do the work they do and then also for them to give some to the wonderful Burton Hospital. 

Below is a link to the main campaign story it’s got a donation link and lots more information.


How can Victoria Community School help?

The challenge is to complete an activity that’s based around the numbers 2.6 or 26!

The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends or running around the house for 2.6 minutes. You can even just donate £2.60, it really doesn’t matter, we just require your help.

Here’s some ideas for ways in which you can do your challenge:

  • See who can do the most skips in 26 seconds
  • Find 26 items that start with each letter of the alphabet
  • Build the biggest Lego tower in 2.6 minutes
  • Sponsored silence for 2.6 minutes
  • Read 26 books with your family
  • Walk 2.6km inside your house
  • Bake 26 cupcakes
  • Walk up and down the stairs 26 times
  • Juggle for 26 minutes
  • Draw 26 rainbows
  • Build a tower out of 26 different objects


To donate, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/twopointsixbact

When donating remember to say you are from Victoria Community School.


Remember to email your class teacher photos and a brief description of what you have been doing and how you have supported this charity.  


Welcome to Year 6 - Sycamore

Our class teacher is Miss Nicholson and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Annett and Mrs Burrows.

Mrs Keyworth-Edwards and Mrs Boast are our Booster Teachers

We are all looking forward to the year ahead and working alongside you all.

There are 35 children in our class - 22 boys and 13 girls.


Home School Agreement

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

  • Respect everyone and everything.
  • Be a good listener and try your best.
  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.
  • Show good manners.

                               British Values   

As part of our British Values in Year 6, we will be learning about democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together.  One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes.  We vote for our School Council representatives and also vote for our Behaviour Ambassador each half term.


Mutual respect and tolerance of each other are part of the values underpinned in Year 6, and the importance of accepting, respecting and valuing the feelings and views of others is embedded in the day to day learning.  We will be learning about similarities and differences, and how these should be celebrated.  Children are always encouraged to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to express their needs and opinions. 


The children are taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom, and how they contribute to making our school a safe and happy environment.  They are always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices.  Our Behaviour Ambassador will choose a weekly 'Behaviour Star' to celebrate this.


We will work together to help one another and to make Year 6 Sycamore a great class!

Job Roles in Year 6


Timetable Monitor - Esha              

Chair Monitors – Rehan and Sahil

Water Bottle Monitors – Alfiyah

Class Librarians - Junior and Malaika           


School Council Representatives - Shokria and Awais

Sports' Council -  Inaya and Luqman

Eco Warriors - Sehar and Denis

SmartBots - Konrad and Shahzeb


House Captains

Livingstone:  Lewis and Laibah

Edison: Abdullah and Hadya

Brunel: Awais and Inaya

Kingsley: Eshan and Alfiyah


Class Representatives

We have our own School Council members that are responsible for attending meetings, making decisions and feeding back to their class. 


Our Behaviour Ambassador for this half-term is Hadia. 

Reader of the week: Shokria

Mathematician of the week: Dawar

Behaviour of the Week: Konrad

Team Tigers: Alfiyah, Shokria and Hadia



All children at Victoria Community School have homework, in Year 6 it just gets a little more demanding, preparing them for their transition to daily homework in Year 7 at High School.  Homework books will be supplied to each child at the beginning of the year and I hope you will take good care of them and take pride in the work you put into them.  You could cover them to keep them looking pristine!

The children are expected to read daily for 20 minutes as this will help them develop their understanding and fluency when reading longer texts.  Their reading records are to be signed when parents/guardians/older siblings have listened to them read.  We aim for each child to have read 100 books by the end of Year 6 so they can achieve their Gold Award Olympic Reader Certificate.

Spellings will be given out to learn on a weekly basis.

Most homework will be given out on a weekly basis, but there may be some other weeks when there are tasks to complete.  Weekly homework will be given out on Thursdays, to be returned by the following Tuesday. 

The homework will all relate to what your child is currently learning in class.  This half-term, the children will be completing the following, in addition to their reading and spellings;

  • maths work about fractions
  • English work relating to the class book 'Skellig'
  • comprehension work (sometimes related to newspaper reports or science fiction)
  • science work about the circulatory system and the impact of diet and general lifestyle on the way our bodies function


If you need help see any Year 6 member of staff on a Friday or a Monday break or lunchtime.


The children are welcome to complete their homework from 8.30am to 8.45am each day if they arrive at school during these times. 


Year 6 Sycamore Timetable





8.45 – 9.00

9.00 – 9.30

9.30 – 10.30

10.45 – 11.15

11.15 - 12

12.45 – 1.00

1.00- 2.00

2 – 2.35

2.35 – 2.55


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up/ Independent Activities

Guided Reading





Spelling Test



Reading for Pleasure (Read Aloud)


Creative Curriculum

Special Events & Themes Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up/ Independent Activities

Shared Reading






Reading for Pleasure (Read Aloud)


Creative Curriculum

P.S.H.E. & R.E.



Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up/ Independent Activities

Shared Reading






Reading for Pleasure (Read Aloud)





Local, National & World Events Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up/ Independent Activities


100 Club/ Arithmetic




Shared Reading



Reading for Pleasure (Read Aloud)








8.55 – 9.15am







Guided Reading



Reading for Pleasure (Read Aloud)



2 – 2.30pm

Music with A.S.


Computing / Library (reading for pleasure)


Management Time – Tuesday P.M. (covered by Mrs Deb Annett)

P.P.A. Time – Wednesday P.M. (covered by Mrs Deb Annett)

Year 6 Maths Targets


The children have half-termly maths targets to work on.  In summer 1, the children should be practising divisibility rules.  They usually complete three tests - one at the beginning, mid half-term and one at the end of the half-term.  Hopefully, they make lots of progress!

Due to these uncertain times, I have attached the Key Instant Recall Facts (K.I.R.F.s) test below.  Please practise this as part of your home learning!





Summer 1 divisibility test

Year 6 English Learning Walls


The children have these Learning Walls in the front of their reading and writing books.  They have to highlight when they have achieved that particular target.   We aim to have them all achieved towards the end of the year!




Year 6 Target Booklet

Year 6 Overview - What we will be studying throughout the year

Year 6's Wow Work


Sycamore Reading Corner - Spring 2 - Louis Sachar - 'Holes'

September 2019 - Trip to the Imperial War Museum North

September 2019 - Abbot Beyne Visit

October 2019 - World War 2 Outreach Visit

October 2019 - National Poetry Day


On Thursday 3rd October, we all celebrated National Poetry Day and wrote poems about food.  Lewis wrote a poem called 'The Cake Crusader' which we all loved!  We chose that one to perform in front of the whole school the following day.  Our voices and actions were fantastic!  Read the poem below.


Vanilla, chocolate, I don’t mind,

They’re all delicious you will find.

Toppings; icing, cookies and cream, 

You will find they’re all supreme!

Cake, carrot cake, creamy, carrot cake,

So much better than a moody shake.

Cake, coconut cake, there’s no end,

I will eat with my fab friend.

Suddenly my whole body froze,

The fantastic fragrance was jiggling up my nose. 

I am the cake crusader,

I am an evil raider!

Vanilla, chocolate, I don’t mind,

They’re all delicious you will find.

Toppings; icing, cookies and cream,

You will find they’re all supreme!

Cake, cake, there’s no end,

They will eat YOU in the end!

November 2019 - Outdoor Learning Session

November 2019 - Maths Open Session

On Thursday 28th November, Year 6 held their maths open session.  Unfortunately, we only had two visitors but we hope that they found it useful!  We attempted a few problem solving and reasoning activities from the White Rose curriculum.  This was to complement our current work with adding and subtracting fractions.  

December 2019 - Burton Library Visit for the 'Fake News' Workshop

February 2020 - Christianity and Islam Workshop

March 2020 - Crime Scene

During the second half of the spring term, a terrible crime took place in Sycamore's classroom!  On Tuesday 3rd March, (sometime between 12.10 and 12.20pm) a cunning thief went into the classroom and stole Miss Nicholson's delicious doughnut that was part of her lunch!  Understandably, she was distraught so she took extreme steps to try to catch the greedy criminal!  Luckily, they were careless so left some crucial evidence behind.






Use these lists to help you learn tricky spellings.

Keep working on your Maths skills, these websites can help with a range of questions for each area 



http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-2.html covers all curriculum areas for you to develop your understanding.

And if you fancy challenging yourself a little further try http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage 


Also I have found some Apps that might come in handy to help you revise and be ready for the SAT's in May. There are hundreds out there, a lot are free and I will keep updating with new ones as I find them.



Available for iPadAndroid, or Kindle Fire KS2 Maths by Brian Harkins is a comprehensive revision tools, packed with over 500 SATs-type questions. Pupils can take a test in each of the maths topics, or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, which helps find areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £2.99*



Available for iPad/iPhone, I am learning: KS2 Maths is an entertaining and engaging game based revision and assessment tool, supporting the revision process. The app merges interactive games with official curriculum content – and featuring 3500 unique questions, allowing you to see results to analyse gaps in learning or understanding. The app is priced at £1.49*



Built by Rising Stars for iPad/iPhone aimed for pupils working towards a Level 4 grading in Maths, ‘Achieve’ offers a tried and tested formula for raising attainment. There are over 200 interactive questions covering all of Level 4 Maths including: Number and algebra; Shape, space and measures; Handling data; Using and applying mathematics. The app is priced at £3.99.



DoodleMaths by EZ Education Limited is a free app for iPad but the full version is available as a £6.99 in-app purchase within the app, plus a £4.99 extra payment for each additional user. The app is built as a progressive development tool for pupils from 7-11, helping build on maths skills as they progress. Children are encouraged to use DoodleMaths for a few minutes daily and with over 6000 carefully-crafted questions covering the entire curriculum, the program makes it ideal for SATs or 11+ preparation and can be set to create weekly email reports to parents. The app can be trailed free for a week. This app is free, but in-app purchases are required to continue and progress.




KS2 SATs English, by Brian Harkins is a really useful app for iPad,Android, or Kindle Fire tablet devices. With over 400 SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in four English topics: spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary – or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, helping find areas of strength & areas for development.The app is priced £2.99*, and available by clicking on the app stores mentioned above.



I am learning Key Stage 2 English, for iPad / iPod merges interactive games with official curriculum content, featuring 2500 unique questions. The app covers all major topic areas and builds easy to use reports, allowing to focus learning with a powerful gap analysis. The app is priced at £1.49*.




Some schools like to check progression and understanding in Science for pupils aged 11, so KS2 Science by Brian Harkins is a valuable revision tool built for iPadAndroid, or Kindle Fire.The app contains hundreds of SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in each of the science topics, or a mixture of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate National Curriculum level and score, finding those areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £2.99*


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=47 will explain things to you clearly and help you understand key terminology for the test.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/ Year 6 all know I like this website.