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Term 6


Welcome to Term 6! It is fair to say that you haven't had the year that any of us were expecting and I know that it is unfair that you have had to miss out of some of the things that year Six has to offer. However, it is important that we all continue to look forward, we learn from the past but always plan for the future. I know that some of you will be feeling really confused about moving to secondary school and unsure how you feel; Mrs Roach has work hard to create a social story video (below) to help you think about your next steps. Please check it out and don't forget that your teachers would love to hear from you, especially if you are feeling a little wobbly about things.


Stay safe,


Your Y6 Team.

Leaving Minster - a social story

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Term 4


Term 4 literacy (and in fact Term 5 too) is focussed around our text Skellig, written by David Almond. Michael, the main character and narrator, is going through a pretty tough time with his baby sister being born prematurely and moving into a ‘new’ house away from his friends. However when he makes a discovery in his garage his life certainly takes a turn and he is thrust into a journey no one would have predicted! We’ll be writing descriptions, poetry, narratives and fact files as well as dipping into related stories such Daedalus and Icarus.


We are now at the point in the year where the reality of SATs become rather real and numeracy will start to focus more significantly on revision of key aspects. At the T4 parent’s evening your children will have the opportunity to share their learning with you when looking through their books and we can then discuss their successes and development points. Term 4 will then see the start of the two week Easter break – a time of year we often see children take a slight slip backwards – and in this period we are pleased to offer an Easter School where children can attend school in a relaxed environment getting some really focussed input to keep pushing forward, striving to be the best that we can be!

Term 3


Well, Christmas came and went in a flash and we welcome 2020! With plenty of rest and bellies full of sweets children and adults alike have plenty to look forward to not least our literacy… film! Yes, literacy in Term 3 will be based around the film Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro and based on the novel written by Witi Ihimaera. The family drama follows a young girl struggling with the challenges and expectations of her Maori culture; she is incredibly motivated, risk taking and independent which make up 3 of the 7 Minster Muscles that we all strive to demonstrate! Our topic for the term is deforestation which we look at alongside our literacy about the tough choices native people have to make between their ancient traditions and the trappings of the modern world.


Term three will also include a SATs workshop available to Parents and Carers who would like to know a little more of the SATs testing period that will be upon us in Term 5 (wc 11.05.19). We strive to keep the children centred and avoid creating stress around the tests but in order to prepare them for their first formal exams we try to share information about the process so that they feel prepared to do their best. With the school and parents working together we hope that every child is able to be the best that they can be.


Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer

Term 2


Term two is already upon us and Christmas strangely doesn’t seem too far away! We are looking forward to the upcoming parents evening and hope that everyone can make it – don’t forget that if the dates don’t fit with your diary we will do our best to accommodate an alternative, just drop us a note. Our literacy this term focusses around the text of Kensuke’s Kingdom written by Michael Morpurgo in which we will be following Michael’s doomed voyage around the world where he makes an unlikely friend on a deserted island. Towards the end of the term we will be getting into the festive spirit and will be preparing our Christingle service with you all! Our topic work is inspired by black history month and we will be learning about Barack Obama who made history by becoming the first African American president of the United States of America. We will be considering how key events in his life shaped his decisions and priorities as President.


Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer

Term 1


What a whirlwind start to the year! It has been great getting to know all of the new pupils and we are so pleased to welcome some new students to Minster Primary as well! We will be basing our learning on a text called The Viewer by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan and exploring the exploits of 11 year old boy who sees a rather dark consequence of our actions. Across the curriculum we are considering our local area and looking carefully at Bluetown – it is an area with incredible history and has been a key location for the Navy of Henry VIII to the commercial interests of today. We hope that you will be able to join us


Year Six can seem a little daunting so over the course of the term, if expectations such as homework, behaviour, timings, classwork or any other aspect of school seem tricky or you would like some clarification, please feel welcome to see your class teacher for support.


Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer



Welcome to the Year Six class pages! The last year at Minster Primary is incredibly important as we prepare for the social, emotional and academic challenges of secondary school. We pride ourselves on being adaptive to the needs and interests of the pupils and consequently we routinely see fantastic progress. Later in the year we look forward to challenging ourselves in the KS2 SAT tests, showing what we have learnt over the past seven years. We offer a workshop to parents in order to explain a little more about the process but the focus is entirely on everyone simply doing their very best! Later in the year, Year Six offers many unique opportunities such as: the residential activity trip/activity week, Leaver’s performance and the much revered Leaver’s Awards!


We hope that you enjoy the class pages and enjoy your time in Year Six!