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Year 6 Tolkien Class: 2021-2022


Hello parents, carers and children,


Firstly, a warm welcome to year 6! We have a year ahead of us which is both exciting and important and we cannot wait to get started. Please keep an eye out on here (and on our school Twitter page) to see what we have been doing in class. 


Our opening IPC unit of the year is called 'Myths and Legends'. This is an engaging sequence of learning that will take us on a journey through story-writing and storytelling history. It will examine the beliefs and cultures behind storytelling with a focus towards historical, musical, artistic and international learning.


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About societies that are well-known for their myths and legends
  • About myths and legends from our host country
  • About major events in the past

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About music that has been inspired by myths and legends
  • How to compose a piece of music to accompany a myth or legend

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different artists have been influenced by myths and legends
  • About the art of Ancient Egypt
  • How to turn characters from myths and legends into comic book superheroes
  • How to produce our own piece of art to represent a story we have written

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • About traditions, celebrations and religious festivals which have been influenced by myths and legends
  • How the behaviour of individuals and groups can be influenced by the moral messages of myths, legends and other stories
  • How global brands use myths and legends to persuade people to buy their products

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How stories from around the world are both the same and different
  • How myths and legends have affected large areas of the world
  • About the stories from the home countries of children in the class



P.E. will take place on Friday afternoons. Please send children to school wearing their P.E. 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 the other foundation subjects. Where possible, these will be tied into our topic learning and will take into account the key subject focuses of the IPC unit being taught. For example, if an IPC unit does not include geographical learning, we will plan this in alongside the unit. 



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 (due Monday)

Friday: Spellings and tables (due Wednesday)


Contact and Support

Please do not hesitate to speak to one of the year 6 teaching and support time should you have any questions or queries about your child's learning. You can speak with us on the playground after school, or alternatively, you can contact the school office to book a meeting. Additionally, if you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons. 


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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