Class Teacher:

Mrs Bird


Staff in Our Class:

Mrs Appleyard

Miss Crookes

Miss Goodwin

Our Class Governor:


How can you support at home?


BBC Bitesize for KS2 has a wide range of different interactive games and activities, for different areas of the curriculum, which children can access at home.


Times Table Rock Stars – Children can practise different times tables set by their teacher and compete with their classmates. We expect that children access Times Table Rock Stars once a week as homework.


 Homework Days:

Spellings are given on a Friday to be taken home and learnt for a test the following Tuesday. We have three different spelling groups based on children’s recent test scores. It is extremely important that children practise their spellings and are able to apply them to their writing in all lessons.



Tuesdays and Fridays





Our Class Animal:

Each class, has been given a different animal ( from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups. 

Choosing a class animal was a difficult job, but when given the theme of ‘big cats’ we chose the leopard as although they are the smallest of the big cat species they are extremely powerful. Our class mascot, whose name is Jeff, is a very important part of our class; many of the children feel that having Jeff in the classroom motivates them to always work their hardest. Jeff also sits with our ‘worry box’ so if anyone has any concerns they can share them.

 Do you know any facts about leopards? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?

All About Me:

My name is Mrs Bird and I am the class teacher for Leopards.  I am in my third academic year of teaching in Year 6 at SHMPS. Prior to working at our school, I worked at a school in Leeds teaching in Upper and Lower Key Stage Two.  I did my teacher training in The Midlands and worked at schools in Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire. 

Teaching is something that I have always wanted to do and I am very happy to be doing it at SHMPS. I think the most important part of teaching is giving children the confidence to want to learn and the skills to be able to apply their learning in real life. 

In addition to being the class teacher for Leopards, I am also the leader of Music across the school.  I am very much enjoying my third year working at Smawthorne and I am excited for the rest of the things we have planned for this year. 


Autumn 2017:

In the Autumn term, I am looking forward to our topic and learning about the war. I am looking forward to our English lessons in which we will be reading ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Our writing will be also be based around our topic and our class read. 

In Maths we will begin by looking at place value. Our Maths lessons will explore problem solving and children are encouraged to use their reasoning skills.

 I am looking forward to our other curriculum topics such as our science topic of Earth and Space.

Information About Our Homework:

Our homework projects this term will be based on our topic of the second world war. Children will have the choice of different tasks which will be based on many different areas of the curriculum.  We will also have weekly spellings for the children to learn and children should also use times tables rock stars to practise their multiplication tables. 


Autumn 2017 Term Events: 

The first week of the Autumn term will be Film week.




English Focus:

Our English focus for the autumn term will be linked to our topic of World War 2. We will look at fiction and non-fiction writing genres in relation to this topic. Our class reader will be ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ which is a story of a child from London who is evacuated and sent to live in the countryside. Most of our reading lessons will be based on this book and children will explore the themes and the characters' feelings and motives throughout the book.

Maths Focus:

In Maths we will work on building skills of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children are encouraged to use reasoning vocabulary to explain their methods of working out especially in cases where they may have not achieved the correct answer. We will covers topics of place value, fractions and formal methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.


Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Autumn 2017 Term Educational Visits:

To enrich our topic of World War Two, we will be visiting Eden Camp. Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a valuable educational resource which brings history to life for pupils from KS2 onwards and meets the requirements of the National Curriculum in all subjects. 

Eden Camp is housed in a unique setting in the buildings and grounds of an original WWII Prisoner of War Camp, the museum offers a broad insight into all aspects of the social and military history of WWII, as well as WWI and post WWII conflicts. 



Science Focus:

In Science we will be learning about Earth and Space.   Children will learn to: describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system; describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth; describe the Sun, Earth and Moon relating to their shape and explain day and night using the rotation of the Earth.

Topic Focus:

During the Autumn term we will be starting our topic of World War 2  in which we will be learning about life in the UK and across the world during the Second World War. In this topic, we will learn about the way the people  lived during the war and the daily challenges people faced.  

Activities will include, looking at which countries were allies of the UK. 

 At home, children can research different aspects of WW2 in which they are interested.

My Challenge:

Write a poem based on an aspect of the Second World War that interests you.

How is Progress Measured in Year Six?

 Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. During Year 6 the children sit the statutory assessment, these being the SATs exams.  



National Curriculum Objectives:





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