St Joseph's Rotherhithe


Luther King Class


Welcome back to another school year! I am Mrs Preston and I am the Year 6 teacher. Our teaching assistant is Donna and Mrs Bartley teaches maths and literacy groups in Year 6 in the morning.

As you know, Year 6 is the final year here in St Joseph’s and we will be teaching the children to be more responsible and independent in their learning, in preparation for secondary school. It is also the year where the children write their SATs test in May and we will be giving you more information about them this half term.

Our weekly routines:

In Year 6 we have homework every day and it is important for children to read, practise their times tables and spellings every day as well. It is the children’s responsibility to fill out their reading record every day. An adult needs to sign it once a week (we check this on a Friday).


Daily: Spelling practice, times tables practice, 30 minutes of reading

Monday and Wednesday: Grammar

Tuesday and Thursday: Mathletics

Friday: Reading comprehension, Mathletics, research / writing task

The children will receive new spellings on a Monday. Spelling tests are on Fridays and times tables tests are on Tuesday.

PE is on a Monday.

 If you have any questions or any concerns, please come and speak to me. I am looking forward to a good year!

Our topic for this half term is Frozen Kingdom where we will be exploring the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. We will start by observing icebergs. In Geography using globes and maps, we’ll identify the Polar Regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment and why it is so important. In Science we will learn all about how to classify living things, comparing ones found in Southwark to those in the Polar Regions. . Linking our Science and Geography, we will look at the effects of climate change on the Polar Regions. In Art we will study artwork by the Inuit people, especially that of Kenojuak Ashevak. We will use these to inspire our own lino print artwork. In Computing we will be learning all about blogging.

Our Learning  - Autumn 1


Our topic for this half term is Blood Heart where we will be learning all about the heart and circulatory system. In Science, we will explore the heart and circulatory system, the function of blood, blood groups and measuring our heart rates. Armed with this knowledge, we will investigate how heart rate is affected by exercise. Our History lessons will see us going back in time to see how medicine has changed through the ages and continents. In DT we will be learning about healthy heart recipes.

During Literacy, our Talk for Writing text is Clockwork by Philip Pullman, which we will use as a basis for writing suspense stories. The children will have their own personalised targets that they will be working towards.

Our focus in Maths will be accuracy this half-term; making sure we use the checking strategies we learn. We will be solving reasoning problems to practise applying our knowledge and show that we are able to explain our mathematical thinking.

Our first topic in RE is about the’ Domestic Church – God’s unconditional love’ followed by learning about  ‘Vocation – The Priesthood & Religious Life’ .

In Computing, we will be looking at how to keep safe on the internet including: having a positive digital footprint; how to tell if a website/message is genuine; and looking after passwords.

Our first PE unit is basketball where we will not just imporve our dribbling and passing skills but also look at defenders and creating space.