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6 POPLAR - Mrs Beetham

Mrs Beetham -


You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.


A big hello and welcome back to school! I hope you have all had a fantastic, safe summer and I look forward to a hard-working and exciting year ahead! Just a note to parents/carers that if there is anything at all that I can help with throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to ask!


In Year 6, we encourage the children to be organised and prepared for each school day. We aim to further develop their independence and organisational skills in order to help prepare them for their next step in education. Your continued support in every aspect of your child’s learning is always very much appreciated.


Important Information



English and Maths homework will be set on a Friday to be due back in school the following Friday.

New spellings will be given out each Friday and tested the following Friday. Every child has a log in for Spelling Shed where spelling tasks will be set weekly to aid in your child’s learning of the set spellings.

It would be really appreciated if you could encourage your child to complete their homework at home to support their learning journey.



Every child has a log in for Mathletics and TT Rock Stars. They will be set weekly Mathletics activities to complete and should try to access the activities set as often as possible. As a school we have a focus on ensuring all children know their times tables up to 12x12 and your help will be much appreciated with this as times table knowledge is essential and relied upon in many aspects of maths. The children can access TT Rock Stars to help practise their tables at home.



Reading plays an important part in children’s learning and therefore we ask that your child reads for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. It would be great if you could read with your child and for them to read on their own as well. Please don’t forget to fill in and sign their reading record and ensure reading records and books are in school every day! Each Thursday, reading records will be checked and raffle tickets awarded for reading 5 lots of 20 minutes a week.

Every child has a log in for Reading Eggspress. This resource can be used alongside your child’s reading book to enhance their reading for pleasure and comprehension skills. It would be fantastic to see 6Poplar at the top of the scoreboard this year!



Our PE sessions will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. The children should bring their PE kit in a bag and will get changed for PE at school on these days. These lessons will take place outside. Please make sure that your child has an appropriate outdoor kit (white round neck PE top, black/dark jogging bottoms or shorts, trainers).


Half-term Overview

This half-term we are inspiring and engaging our children through our topic 'A Badge of Strength'We will be studying the life of refugees today; identifying their geographical locations as well as understanding their history. We will also be learning about humans: What is like to be me in my world? How does blood travel around my body? Can I see without looking?  


Year 6 Poplar enjoying their very last World Book Day at primary school.

Year 6 Poplar enjoyed taking our routines we have been working on to the apparatus.


As part of our Ancient Greek learning we made our own Greek pots and model of The Parthenon.


This half term we have been refining our netball skills and looking at creating sequences in gymnastics.


A fabulous day has been had by all.  We have learnt to write our names using the Greek alphabet, designed and made a Greek pinch pot, looked at the history and importance of the Greek Olympic games and even held our own mini Olympics.  


Linked to our World War II theme we had tremendous fun recreating some models of Anderson Shelters.  We think you will agree they look very professional.


Science - Investigating Electricity

 In Science we investigated static electricity.  Learning it is an imbalance of electrical charge in the atoms on the surface of an object.

Building Circuits

 Demonstrating the difference between a series and a parallel circuit.  Ask us all about it.


Design and Technology

In design and technology we are making our own steady hand games based around World War II.  Today we were investigating how to make a base.  The emphasis on the lesson was to learn from our mistakes in order to improve and refine our final design.  


Year 6 wrote and illustrated our own remembrance poetry.  They are all individual, unique and emotive.  We hope you enjoy the selection.