English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 6!

The Year 6 team

Mrs Dryden                 

          Mrs Dryden                                 Mrs Jenkin                                              Mrs Ellmer

  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.

Although the return to school after the summer holidays this year, will be some children's first time in school in many months, we aim to make it as stress-free as possible. We are eager to get to know the children, listen to their concerns and reassure them that they will have a great year.  


Teaching structure / PPA Cover

Mrs Dryden teaches the class Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesday mornings. Mrs Jenkin teaches alternate Wednesday mornings and all day Thursday and Friday. We communicate daily and work extremely closely, with a full handover on a Wednesday.  In addition, Mrs Ellmer will be with us throughout the week and we join together for a Year Six planning meeting on a Monday morning.


Home / School Communication

As a team, we truly value the importance of working closely with parents and carers. If you have any concerns, questions or information you wish to share with us, please contact us on our year 6 email address: 

Under normal circumstances, we offer a series of information sessions for year 6 parents within school. Currently, we are unsure as to whether these can go ahead in their usual format. We will however, ensure you have all of the relevant information and an opportunity to discuss the material regarding SATs and English and Maths in year 6. Please keep up-to-date with the school newsletter and school emails for further information.   



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. 

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 Fridays each week. They are to wear their full PE kit to school on these days please - they will not be changing into their PE kits at school like they have done in previous years. 

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) from the SATs booklets that we will give to the children. These are to be handed in the following week (Maths by Tuesday, English by Wednesday). The tasks should take about thirty minutes each.  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.


Bikeability 2020

The week beginning 14th September, sees the start of Bikeability Week. (Depending upon the number of participants, it may begin earlier on 9th September.) It is a fantastic opportunity for children to gain practical skills and confidence while cycling on today’s roads. Further information will be issued when the school term begins 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.