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. 


Summer Term Ahead:

Summer term is one my favourite terms (being a Year 6 teacher) as we will see the rewards of all our hard work so far. SATs will take place during the third week of the Summer term. There are lots of exciting surprises that we have in store for Year 6 once the SATs have finished.

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. 


Summer 2018 Term Events: 

The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!




English Focus:

Once SATs are completed, we will be getting the children prepared for their transition to secondary school. We will be looking at some of the topics that children will study in secondary school and also taking part in some project based learning. The staff from Castleford Academy will also be working with us to teach a sequence of lessons to prepare children for the next step in their educational journey.

Maths Focus:


Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:



Science Focus:

In the Summer term, children in Year 6 will take part in many different scientific investigations to complete their KS2 program of study.

Topic Focus:

During the Summer term we will be starting our topic of Explorers in which we will be learning about the Mayan Civilization. In this topic we will learn about the way the Ancient Mayans’ lived including the way they created their own calendar and numerical system.


Activities will include, looking at Chichen Itza and other Mayan ruins; we will find out where the Mayan’s came from and where they settled.

At home, children can research the Mayans and their way of life, in preparation for this topic.

My Challenge:

How much information can you find out about different Ancient Mayan ruins?

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:





What do the children in our class have to say?



What have we been up to in our class?