Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Year 6 Learning - Summer 2022

Welcome to Year 6

Ms Morton, Mars Class hmorton@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk    

Ms White, Scorpius Class swhite@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk  

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.

This term we will be working on the following topics:



Our focus texts for the summer term will be Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and extracts from The Railway Children written by Edith Nesbit who lived in Eltham. We will also be using elements of the Blue Planet documentary to write a transcript.

We will be writing balanced arguments, writing in the style of the author, summarising and using the text as evidence. We will be putting ourselves in the shoes of different characters from the texts to understand characters’ behaviour and writing from the character’s perspective.

Following the SATs, we will be continuing to develop our writing in various ways by editing, peer assessing and improving using the Year 6 criteria. We will also continue to revisit and incorporate new grammar into our English lessons. 



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. This term we will be completing units on Geometry and Statistics. In Geometry we will be reviewing negative numbers on horizontal and vertical axes and describing the position of objects in relation to a common starting point. The children will learn how to use all four quadrants for translating and reflecting objects. In Statistics we will learn how to present and interpret information in different ways. The children will be calculating the mean in different situations and use the mean to find other information. We then move on to showing information on different types of graph. We will be using fractions, percentages, angles and algebra to draw, read and interpret the information in them.

Following SATs and the completion of our Maths No Problem learning, the children will complete a number of projects which will provide an opportunity to revisit many of the skills and curriculum content covered both in Year 6 and also the rest of Key Stage 2. The projects have been designed to explore maths in real-life contexts, allowing the children to see how important maths is in all aspects of life.



We will be studying two science topics this term, Light and Electricity. In Light, we will recognise that light travels in straight lines, how light travels to the eye and allows us to see and understand how shadows are formed. We will be investigating relationships between light sources.

In Electricity, we will be making associations between components used and their effect in a circuit. We will be recognising and using simple electrical symbols in circuit diagrams and designing and making useful products using electrical circuits.



In our Rainforests topic, we will take a close look at the mysteries of tropical rainforests, from the layers of the forest and its animal inhabitants, to the unique climate found in the tropics. We begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats.



For our Local History Project, we will be looking at the expansion of Eltham. We will be focusing on the impact of Eltham residents on the Nation including Herbert Morrison, Edith Nesbit, Bob Hope and Frankie Howerd. We will be looking at how Eltham residents were affected by both World Wars. We will studying the expansion of Gordon Primary School and visiting Eltham Palace to see how the building has evolved over time.



This term we will be studying ‘Making my voice heard’ where we will explore art with a message. The children will look at the famous ‘Guernica’ by Picasso and the confronting works of Käthe Kollwitz. Through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture, pupils will create their own artworks that speak to the viewer.



This term, Year 6 will be taking part in the Young Voices performance at the O2 Arena. They will plan and record a class leavers' song video and learn to use Garage Band on the iPad to create ‘pop’ style compositions. They will also be learning songs and choreography for their leavers production.



This term we will be focusing on Programming. The children will explore the concept of variables in programming. Using Scratch, the children will find out what variables are and relate them to real-world examples of values that can be set and changed. They will experiment with variables in an existing project, then modify them, before they create their own project.


Design Technology (DT)                 

The children will work on electrical systems: Steady hand game

Using their understanding of electrical systems and design, pupils are challenged with designing and creating a steady hand game. Pupils will use nets to create their bases and their knowledge of electrical circuits to build a circuit with a buzzer which closes when the handle makes contact with the wire frame.


Physical Education (PE)               

The children will be studying athletics, tennis, football and cricket. They will also take part in a dance workshop.



We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics: Le Sport and On va faire la fête!. 


Religious Education (RE)                

We will learn about belonging to the Sikh community and studying the end of life’s journey in many religions.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

In Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing, we will be learning what can affect our mental health and positive strategies to take care of it; managing change, loss and bereavement and how these can cause conflicting emotions; and how to balance time online with other activities to help maintain their health and wellbeing.

In Growing and Changing, we will be focusing on human reproduction and birth; increasing independence and managing transitions. We will be helping the children to understand the transition to secondary school and how this may affect their feelings and the way relationships may change as they grow up.

In Keeping Safe, we will be discussing ways of protecting personal information; the importance of age restrictions; legal and illegal drug use and the law and the ways the media can influence opinions and decisions.



Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Science Workshops – Friday 22nd April 2022
  • Young Voices Concert – Wednesday 4th May
  • Local Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022. Voting takes place in the Sports Hall. The school is open to pupils.
  • Key Stage 2 SATs – week beginning 9th May 2022
  • Trip to The Globe Theatre – Wednesday 18th May
  • Trip to Eltham Palace – Wednesday 25th May
  • Platinum Jubilee: Picnic in the Playground – Friday 27th May 2022
  • Half term holiday – week beginning Monday 30th May 2022
  • Trip to Eltham Cinema – Wednesday 8th June
  • Gordon Exhibition – week beginning Monday 27th June 2022
  • Open Afternoon – Thursday 30th June 2022
  • Trip to Minnis Bay – Wednesday 6th July
  • Leavers’ Performance – Monday 18th July (evening) / Tuesday 19th July (morning)
  • Leavers’ Disco – Wednesday 20th July 2022
  • Last day of the Summer Term – Thursday 21st July 2022



  • Your child should read for at least 10 minutes every day. Across the week, this should be a combination of independent reading and reading to an adult. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Monday and Tuesday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in a water bottle every day.
  • The weather is often hot at this time of year. It is important that your child has a hat and sun-screen applied in the morning before school.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.