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Year 6 - Challenger Class

Welcome to YEAR 6 - CHALLENGER Class!


Class Teacher - Miss Diwell

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Martin, Mrs Dyett & Mrs Richardson

PowerPoint slides from our recent SATs parent meeting

There has already been some very exciting learning in Challenger Class this year.

Here are some photos of our learning so far...

SATs Dates

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8 May 2017. 

The 2017 SATs schedule is as follows:


Monday 8 May 2017 English reading
Tuesday 9 May 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Wednesday 10 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 11 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning


Some of you have expressed concern about when the SATs are taking place. The dates are outlined above and information about each paper can be found at:


Throughout the year, high quality teaching and learning will be taking place to ensure that all pupils are in the best possible position for these assessments. 


It can be a stressful year for children and their well-being is always the most important goal. To try and relieve some of the stress, we will look at several practice papers in the run up to the assessments and will send home any materials that will further support them in their learning. 

Investigating Letter Frequency

Black History Dancing

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Fun facts from the day...


Did you know that cockroaches are very noisy?


That's right. Cockroaches have holes in their sides that they can blow air out of to create noise. They don't do this for fun though; it is normally to warn off predators or when they are distressed.


Have you got more hair than a chinchilla?


Sadly, no. The chinchilla has very dense fur to keep it warm in its natural, cold habitat. The average chinchilla has approximately the same amount of hair as two-hundred humans put together!



High Stakes Snakes and Ladders

We consolidated our learning of place value by playing this game of High Stakes Snakes and Ladders.


These were the rules of the game:


Move along the board landing on a range of 6 digit numbers. Whatever number you roll will be a task for you to complete.


Roll a 1: Read the number aloud

Roll a 2: Write the number

Roll a 3: Partition the number into its individual values

Roll a 4: Add 10,000 and 100,000 then subtract 10,000 and 100,000

Roll a 5: Round the number to the nearest thousand, ten thousand and hundred thousand.

Roll a 6: Complete all of the above.


Use your partner as a way of checking your answer.


The board is attached below if you want to give it a try at home. 

High Stakes Snakes and Ladders




To practice other skills that we have been learning in Maths you may want to look at the Khan Academy website. The free website offers tutorial videos and application questions about many of the topics we cover. It is a great way to continue your learning at home. 



Another website that is free to use is Duolingo. This can be downloaded as an app and allows you to practice your Modern Foreign Language skills. 


Both sites require a secure log-in so please ensure you have read the terms and conditions of each site before using them. The links can be found below.  


Support at home


Thank you to those of you who attended parents' evening in Term 2.


A common discussion was about reading.


There are many comprehension texts available for children at a reasonable price that ensure they understand and can explain what they have read. 


A resource that I have found useful for this in the past is CGP comprehension. 

These are available from Amazon (among other sites) and provide short texts and questions for each one. They are published aimed at specific year groups, however, if your child needs a boost in reading, it may be advisable to start with materials for Year 3/4/5 and work up to Year 6. 



How do you rate your spelling skills? Do you think you could do with some extra practice? 

Have a go at Doorway Speller and see if you can master each level.


Click on the link above and enter the site to practice some of those tricky spelling patterns.


Some of the first levels maybe a bit easy for Year 6. Try starting C (First-Second Level) and see how you go. Be sure to update me on your progress!




And finally...


Throughout all of our learning at school we encourage children to use positive habits of mind. These are key strategies that children can adopt to help them build confidence and resilience in their learning journey. Although rewarding, learning something new can be a frustrating and difficult experience. To see how we support children to reach their learning goals, have a look at the attached document which outlines each habit of mind. By following these we hope children will have a happy and rewarding time at school.

Habits of Mind