English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 6!

The Year 6 team

Mrs Dryden                 Miss O'Malley

          Mrs Dryden                                 Mrs Jenkin                          Miss O'Malley

  Class teacher (Mon. - Wed.)                 Class teacher (Wed. - Fri.)                     Teaching Assistant


Welcome to Year Six.


We are really looking forward to working with both the children and yourselves as parents and carers this year. For us it is a privilege to be part of a team who will support and guide your children through their last year in Primary School, nurturing and supporting them to be ‘secondary school ready’ by the end of our time together. We understand their needs, their concerns, and their excitement and look forward to being on this journey with them.


Teaching structure / PPA Cover

Mrs Dryden teaches the class Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesday mornings. Mrs Webb teaches alternate Wednesday mornings, and all day Thursday and Friday and is covering maternity leave for Mrs Jenkin, who will be returning in the Spring term. We communicate daily and work extremely closely, with a full handover on a Wednesday.  In addition, Miss O’Malley will be with us throughout the week and we join together for a Year Six planning meeting on a Monday morning.


Home / School Communication

We will be offering an introduction to Year Six talk, Maths, English and SATs talks during the year, and will add the PowerPoints and information to the website for any of you who cannot attend in person. We shall let you know the dates in advance on the school calendar and on our topic newsletter that will be sent out via email. You will also be able to access a copy of these on this website. We shall also be inviting you in to look at the children’s work and share our learning during our World War Two topic during the first half of the Autumn term.

However, please don’t feel you have to wait until these sessions to come and ask us any questions you may have- we are very approachable and are more than happy to help.



We encourage the children to take responsibility for their belongings and to bring the equipment they need as appropriate each day. Please remind them to check that their water bottles, PE kits, school clothing and personal items are named to save confusion. They will each have a peg in the classroom and a personal tray. We do remind children to check their trays daily as this is where letters and handouts will be placed, but ultimately encourage them to take responsibility for taking correspondence home.

Early on in the term we shall be issuing planners for the children to record homework tasks, key dates and events, and spellings. The children will be expected to bring these in to class daily and have them ready during lessons. We do appreciate that each of our young learners is different and will support them in fostering the right amount of self-organisation for them as an individual.



This term, children will need their PE kit, including trainers, on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. We will encourage them to take care of their kit and to bring it home to be washed occasionally!! They will also need to make sure if they wear earrings that they are able to take them out for these sessions or bring in tape to cover them over.



For English and Maths we shall give out weekly tasks (Maths on a Tuesday, English on a Wednesday). These are to be handed in the following week. These should take about thirty minutes each. We shall also be giving out some termly ‘take home’ creative tasks to give them further opportunity to explore and enjoy our topics. With our weekly tasks, we set aside a time to mark the homework alongside the children in order to deal with any misconceptions the children may have. We have found that this helps to increase understanding. We would never want anyone to feel worried or anxious about their homework- please do encourage the children to come and talk to us if they need further support.

In addition to these tasks, the children also need to read regularly – we want to promote a love of reading and will encourage children to discuss the books they are enjoying at home as well as giving time in school to continue with these books. Please encourage children to record what they read in their planners.

As with previous years, children will also need to practise their spellings that we send home, and rehearse quick recall of times tables facts.


The Curriculum

This year we shall have three termly topics: World War Two, Mexico and Identity. We have chosen to spread each topic over a term as we can then really delve deeply into each area and give them the opportunities to follow their own interests and questions within a topic.

All Year Six children have to take the Statutory Attainment Tests (SATs) in May. We shall do everything we can to support the children through these tests. Our primary focus has and always will be to get each individual as prepared for Key Stage Three as possible; supporting them through these tests forms part of that process but it is not our sole aim in Year Six. This is one of the reasons we have worked so hard to plan and deliver a creative curriculum with time to explore and engage with the termly themes.


Bowles Residential 21st-25th October 2019

The children gain so much from this trip; from team-building, developing confidence and really getting to know themselves and their peers in an entirely different context. It is an experience that children recall as one of their favourite from their time at English Martyrs and we know the children will return eager to share their memories with you. We shall send out further information prior to the trip- but please do get in touch if you have any questions in the meantime.


Bikeability 2019

The week beginning 11th November, sees the start of Bikeability Week. It is a fantastic opportunity for children to gain practical skills and confidence while cycling on today’s roads. Further information will be issued closer to the time but the children will need a roadworthy bike and a cycle helmet to participate.


We cannot wait to begin another exciting year 6 journey with your children and celebrate their many successes.


From the Year Six Team.