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Year 6 Tolkien Class


Hello parents, carers and children,


At Oaklands, we cannot wait to welcome your children back to school on the 8th March. Over the next 7 weeks, year 6 will be engaging in an exciting, science-based unit called 'Mission to Mars'. With the current ongoing space missions, this will be an especially pertinent learning sequence, which the children will hopefully enjoy. This page contains useful information about year 6, with some useful resources to support your/your child's learning.  


During our topic, we will be building our knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the planets in our solar system
  • About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity
  • How to grow seeds and plants, and choose those that will be suitable for Mars
  • How to identify a living organism
  • About different energy sources
  • About different forces and their effects
  • How to choose the best energy source/s for our Mars shelter

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the geographical features of Mars
  • How we can prove that there was once water on Mars

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the technology that has been used to explore Mars
  • How to design and make a robot to explore Mars
  • How to design and make a suitable shelter for living on Mars

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About what people in the past used to think about Mars
  • About the evidence to prove and disprove intelligent life on Mars


In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to work as a team
  • How to assemble a successful team for our mission to Mars


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to write our own international rules and regulations for Mars
  • About the reasons why we might one day need to live on another planet


We would be delighted if any parents could contribute to this learning sequence. If you, or anyone you know, has skills that could support, please get in contact with us via the school office. 



PE will continue to be held on Friday afternoons. Please send children to school wearing their PE kit, consisting of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. Hair must be tied back and any jewellery must be removed. 


Other subjects


Alongside our IPC unit, we will continue to use the Herts for Learning back on track planning for both Literacy and Maths. This will focus on key skills that may require extra input since the national lockdowns. Elsewhere, we will have regular lessons in RSHE, Music, French, and Computing. 



Homework is a valuable opportunity for enrichment and consolidation of learning. Homework will be set on Google Classroom:


Every night: Reading for at least 15 minutes and Doodle Maths

Wednesday: Literacy or Maths and a Curriculum task (usually due Monday)

Friday: Spellings and tables (usually due Wednesday)



Thank you for all that you are doing and here's to making remote learning as fun and useful as possible! If you have any queries or concerns, please email the school office. 


Kind regards,


Mr M. Pilsworth & Mrs A. Thompson


Mr Pilsworth

Tolkien Class Teacher / Key Stage Two Leader



Year 6 In Action!

Alan Pete Sentence Types

Alan Pete's different sentence types can help the your child to open sentences in different ways.  Please have a look at the file when your child is completing any writing based homework to ensure high standard are achieved at home as well as at school.


I have used these before with varying ages of children and seen great outcomes.  It allows the children to experiment with variety and fresh ways to write sentences.  They go hand in hand with all the other skills and techniques that they have been exposed to throughout their journey through education.


Click the picture to view the document.



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