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Welcome to Orca Class - Year 6 

OrcaOn this page you will find information about Orca class, including the homework set and  gentle reminders for up and coming events.  

Home Learning

Dear parents and carers,

Each week I will be uploading a timetable of activities for your child to complete at home. I have tried to follow the structure of a normal school day as closely as possible to allow you to maintain a familiar routine whilst learning from home. These activities include phonics, English and maths. There will also be a 'wider curriculum' activity assigned through Purple Mash for your child to work on during the afternoons. Every child has a login to access all digital platforms, however, if misplaced please contact us.

A new timetable will be available on this page every Monday morning for the school week ahead.

Reading Home Learning

Please see the link below for free access to ebooks which follow our school reading scheme.  The log in details have been sent to you via parentmail but you can also email us if you need them sent to you again.  Some of the books also come with activities for the children to do also.  Have fun reading!

Week commencing 30/03/2020

Orca HomeLearning Week 1 - Each week, the relevant tasks set on Purple Mash will become live on Monday - Due the following Monday. I will then review the work achieved.

Orca HomeKearning 16-17 April

Orca HomeLearning Week beg 20.04

Orca Home Learning Week beg 27.04 - A Home Learning booklet is also available from the school for collection.

Orca Home Learning Week beg 04.05 + Monday SPAG worksheet

Orca Home Learning Week beg 11.05 + Monday SPAG worksheet

Orca Home Learning Week beg 18.05 + Monday SPAG worksheet

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Please find enclosed a link to the Transition to Secondary 2020 booklet, which I would like every year 6 student to fill out. This will help to get you ready for your Secondary School start.

Usually at this time of year, our Year 6 pupils take part in a puberty talk which is offered every year as part of the Year 6 PSHE & C and Science Curriculum. The topic is essential to the children as they grow and develop. Therefore we are writing to ask you to find some time to watch a video and talk to your child/ren about puberty and growing up.

Please find here a link to the Parentmail letter with links to resources

Additional resources


Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling



Optional Extra Activities

These are just a few suggestions for activities to complete :

Maths mystery - It will require a number of mathematical skills to solve the mystery (Maths mystery game)

Story Writing - Use the idea of an Easter egg hunt to begin your story, could it become a mystery of who's taking all the eggs? What if something else was discovered during the hunt? How about you wrote about how the very first Easter egg hunt came to be?

Make an Easter Card - Make your own Easter card using one of these ideas or maybe you have your own that you'd like to try?

History/ICT - Research just where Easter eggs came from and are they celebrated around the world? How are they made? How many are made each year? You could present this in a powerpoint or as a two-page spread with all your information that you've found. Otherwise a poster would also be able to show your research.

Cooking - Why don't you try preparing one of these dishes ( Be sure to send me pictures!


If you are to complete any of these tasks please take photos and send them in - For the attention of Mrs Couchman

It's wonderful to see all of your hard work!

Keep it up! Mrs C :-)

 Curriculum and General Class Information.  

Please click here for the Year 6 curriculum map; it will tell you what we will cover in each subject throughout the academic year.

Please click here for the Year 6 curriculum guarantee; this document shows some of the wonderful things Year 6 children will experience at Dymchurch Primary School! 

PE is on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on this day. Any earrings will need to be removed or covered with micropore medical tape during PE lessons (tape will need to be supplied by parents).

Homework – A piece of maths homework is given out each week on Thursdays, to be handed in on Tuesdays. Spellings are also given out Fridays, for a spelling test the following Friday. Each piece of homework is celebrated and earns a star point!

REMINDER: Please encourage your child to read daily. It is still extremely important, even in Year 6, to read to an adult. This will help your child develop their comprehension skills and broaden their vocabulary. Please remember to sign your child’s contact book to show you have heard them read. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Couchman and Mrs Williams   

Term 4 - Early Civilisation

This is what we will be covering during Term 4:

Please find below the spellings that we will be learning in Term 4:

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Term 4 Week 1

This week Year 6 Orca class have started our new topic which is the study of Early
Civilisation Islam - Baghdad. We have watched a great video which showed us what life was like as a servant in 900 AD and how servants aspired to become scholars.

In English, we are looking at a range of classic poems, while in Maths we are revising percentages and fractions.

We went to Safety in Action in groups and really learnt a lot about important things to keep us safe when we move to secondary.   This is what the children thought of it:

“I thought it was good to learn about drugs and alcohol to tell you what is in them, for example, in cigarettes there is bug spray and a lot of unhealthy stuff.” - Bobby

“In the water safety activity we learnt what the different signs meant and what the different flags meant and to not use inflatables when the tide is going out as they could get blown away with you in them.” - Eryn

“A railway line consumes 780 volts, so it can kill you or give you a life changing injury and it can suck you into it.” - Oliver

“I really enjoyed the railway safety because he showed us what to do if you dropped your phone onto the rails and he said about that you should leave it there and tell your parent.” - Hope

 Previously in Orca Class:

Term 2 Week 6

 This week in Orca class, we started a new unit of work in English - Persuasive Writing. The quality texts are based around the environment and What we are doing to keep it safe and beautiful. We looked at Tin Forest and Dinosaurs and all that rubbish from Philip Foreman.

In Maths, we have secured our understanding of decimals with addition and subtractions. While in Topic, we have worked on our Royal Military canal leaflets, by completing a page on the history. The children have enjoyed a Golfing workshop, delivered by Littlestone Golf Club.  

Term 2

In English, we will be studying the following units:- Arguments for and against use of CCTV cameras and organising a class debate. We will be studying significant authors - Philip Pullman, and some extracts of his books.We will be also study techniques for persuasive writing, while reading some books on the environment. To finish the term, we will study 

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyer which will inspire some amazing writing.

In Maths, we will be tackling fractions and practicing our multiplication and division skills.  Reasoning is a crucial skills and we will be applying our knowledge to problems.

Wider Curriculum, We will be focusing on a cross-curricular unit of work themed around :

         The Military Canal

The Military Canal will be a fantastic topic which will allow us to discover our local area and all it has to offer. We would like to go on a trip on the Light Railway to Hythe and walk along the canal in order to discover facts and sketch our beautiful landscapes.

Science will be linked to our Topic work with a unit on Light.

 In Religious Studies, we will carry on with our unit on What matters most to Christians and the Humanists? This will lead us to study religious festivals such as Harvest and Christmas.

This term PE will be on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on this day. Any earrings will need to be removed or covered with micropore medical tape during PE lessons (tape will need to be supplied by parents).

Term 1

 In English, we will start the year with a poetry unit; this always help to build wonderful vocabulary. We will be looking at poems from a range of authors, from Roald Dahl to Paul Cookson.Then, while studying a range of fiction and using our reading to inspire our writing, we will link our Topic work to our English by studying Shackleton's Journey by William Grill.In Maths, we will be securing our knowledge of place value, while moving on to bigger numbers. Then, we will be practicing all four operations and making sure that our knowledge of times tables is secure.
Wider Curriculum, we will be focusing on a cross-curricular unit of work themed around :


Antarctica will be a fantastic topic to start the year, with hopefully a trip to the Royal Maritime Museum, where we will be able to take part in a Polar Explorer Workshop.In class, we will be locating countries on maps and understanding key features and vocabulary. We will be making models of icebergs and drawing antarctic animals - including the Orca!

Science will be linked to our Topic work with a unit on Animals including humans.

 In Religious Studies, we will spend our first two terms looking at What matters most to Christians and the Humanists? This will lead us to study religious festivals such as Harvest and Christmas.