Year 6 Mr McCullough

Welcome to Year 6 Boyle!

Wow! What a busy start to the year it has been! We have already started to work on becoming more independent learners and also had to apply for positions of Head boy and girl, Prefects and Head of our new houses – we cannot wait for all that responsibility and to find out which teachers will be in our houses too!

We are working really hard in class to improve our reading for pleasure and our reading at home. Our class author this term is Dan Freedman and everyone really enjoys the different types of writing he does.

Our class novels this term have been ‘Kick Off’, ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Golden Goal’. We have also been exploring many classic texts such as ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and ‘Treasure Island’. By reading at home with an adult every night, we are able to record it on our reading charts and then possibly win some rewards.

Autumn term:1

In the first half term, we focused our English learning around the story of Wolves in the Walls.  It was great and quite scary too!

As well as reading it and writing our own version, we also created our own fantasy creatures and wrote non-chronological reports about them. We worked really hard to improve our presentation too – don’t you think our writing looks good?

In Maths, we have been trying really hard to get better at our reasoning skills.  Looking through our books, you can see that now we are much more able to use sentence starters to help us explain what we think in Maths.

Aleks “I can explain much more easily now how I have solved a problem in Maths.”

Up until Christmas, our new topic is Africa.  We have started to look at the continent and where in the world it is located.  Already, we can locate many of the countries that make up Africa and in our Geography lessons, we have found out so many more similarities and differences than we thought there would be between this far away place and our own country and Manchester, our city.  We are looking forward to finding out more about the places and people and also looking back through time to find out about countries in Africa in ancient times like Benin.

Roald Dahl Day

On the 13th September it was Roald Dahl day, but this year was extra special because not only was it his birthday, it was also 100 years since he was born, so we had to make sure we had a big party to celebrate.

Everyone dressed up in their favourite Roald Dahl character costumes and in Year 6, we did a lot of our work around ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ This meant our work made us really hungry because we had the chance to design our own chocolate bar and write descriptions of what it would be like to live in Oompa-Loompa Land with the hornswogglers and snozzwangers. Everyone definitely wanted their lunch that day!

“I love describing and drawing the hornswogglers and snozzwangers,” Tai.

Charlotte’s Web

On the 20th September the children watched a production of Charlotte’s Web in the school hall.  This was a great opportunity for the children to experience. After the production, the children wrote character descriptions about the different characters in the production.

World Maths day

On Friday the 15th of October we celebrated World Maths Day by dressing up in clothes that had a maths theme. This could be numbers, patterns or shapes.

In class, we did everything linked to maths. We worked on investigations to solve problems such as how many different varieties of ice-cream scoops there would be for a cone and how the least amount of jumps a frog could make across a pond’s lily-pads to get to the other side of the pond.

Finally, we played lots of maths games to help with our percentages, decimals and fractions.

“We love doing investigations because they give us a good challenge!” Milly

Autumn 2

This half term we have looked at the narrative The Lost Happy Endings by Carol-Ann Duffy.  We have used this book to help us write a narrative from a familiar setting. We planned to change the conclusion of the story when we wrote our own endings and we were all very proud of the results.

In addition to this, we went onto do some persuasive non-fiction writing and because the villain in the story was no more, we had to create a brand new villain and apply for the new role.  Instead of being the best at everything, we had to pretend to be really evil, nasty and unreliable – it was lots of fun.

Growth Mindset Week

Week beginning 7th November was growth mind-set week. We explored what a fixed mind-set is and what a growth mind-set is.

Throughout the week, the Year 6 children were set a challenge in groups to see if they could work in groups and also use their more resilient growth mindset, just like Rosie Revere Engineer, the character from a story we focused our work on.

The Year 6 challenge was to become engineers and build a bridge using nothing but paper which had to be strong enough to hold and support a can of fizzy drink.  At first this appeared to be impossible, but after lots of planning and a good use of our growth mindsets, we managed to meet the challenge, even though it still seems quite impossible now.

“We worked really well in our teams to make our bridge strong enough to stand up,” Amy-Leigh, Declan & Jacob.


On Friday 9th December the children watched Aladdin in the school hall. This was yet again another amazing experience for the children and they loved every minute of it.

“It was so funny. I thought the people doing the play were brilliant!” Lase.

Manchester City Event:

As a special reward for all our hard work in Year 6, five children from our class were chosen to go to the Ethiad Stadium to be ball boy and girls at an under 21 football match. The children who were chosen to attend were so excited and could not wait to go.

When they returned to school the next day, they were all so excited to tell everyone what had happened.

Boluwatifa, “It was brilliant and I cannot believe I was chosen for such a great event.”

Kaden said, “It was really cold but I really loved every second.”

New School Field Opens:

As an extra special treat, Year 6 were fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of our new school field and forest school. We were told there would be special visitors, a game of football and hot chocolate so we were all really excited.

As well as visitors from other local schools and important people from throughout our Academy, we were lucky enough to have Alex Williams, the first black goal keeper who played for Manchester City in the 1980s.

“He was a really nice man,” Clive (Year 6 Boyle), who was one of the lucky people to show him around.

After showing the visitors our new attractions and seeing how we might use the new field in the future, we watched the first football match to be played on our new AstroTurf pitch.  It was just like watching a champions league match with traditional ceremonies before and after the match.

“It was amazing fun and I was so happy we won,” Bolarinwa (Year 6 Boyle)

“It felt awesome to play on the new pitch in front of everyone.  I was like a real match,” Aleksandra (Year 6 Boyle)

E.A Extreme Dance Team:

Children from Year 6 make up a large part of the E.A Extreme dance group which this term went to a dance festival in December. Due to their hard work and dedication, they came away with a range of medals and certificates.

Annabel described the team as dancing like they had never danced before and Boluwatifa was so proud of herself and her gold medal.

We are proud of the whole team for trying their best and working hard! Congratulations!


Now we are in Year 6, we know how it is important to know all of our number facts instantly! By now, we should all know our times tables facts. Please spend 10 minute every night recalling multiplication facts.  Any practice we can get counting money, telling the time and working out time differences would be great for our Maths skills.

Handwriting and presentation:

Handwriting is a focus for us this term, as they are assessed on this throughout the year. By Year 6, your child should have developed their own handwriting style. They will be expected to write legibly and fluently, in accordance with the Academy’s handwriting policy. Also, if they want to achieve a level of greater depth in their writing, they need to have a cursive and legible style. They might still need reminding of certain rules such as – never join capital letters to the following letter!

Reading Comprehension

  • Children in Year 6 are encouraged to read a wide range of texts and to discuss a wide variety of narrative, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes. They will have an opportunity to read books from an assortment of authors, classic stories and plays and poems.
  • Each term, we have a class author and we read many of their books. In Year 6 we will be looking at the authors David Walliams, Dan Freedman, Antony Horrowitz and more!
  • Each week, we learn new reading strategies to decode and understand extracts from texts and how to answer questions on it. We also do independent comprehension work and look at what we have done well and what we can do to improve next time.
  • They will complete book reviews, giving reasons for their opinions and making comparisons with other texts.
  • Children will be reminded to check their reading makes sense, discussing their understanding of the meaning of certain vocabulary as they read. They might also be encouraged to ask questions about the text to further develop their understanding of what is going on and draw inference about character actions, speech or motives, providing evidence. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  • They will also be encouraged to make predictions based on what they’ve already read, summarise key points to show good comprehension and look out for interesting phrases that authors use.
  • Don’t forget to read at home every night. If you read regularly with an adult then you will be able to take part in our class competition to see who has read the most over the half term.
  • Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their green reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online).Parent Information.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • PE kits are needed on a Thursday and a Friday so please make sure they are in school.
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.


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This term, our new class author is David Walliams and his hugely entertaining stories of ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape,’ ‘Mr Stink’ and ‘Gangsta Granny’.

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When researching our new author and his stories, we found out all about David Walliam’s his life and wrote letters to ask him questions about his life. Some of the class wrote his biography.

Clive said that David Walliams book ‘Billionaire Boy’ is “definitely one of my favourite books in ages!” Clive and many others are really excited and looking forward to reading and hearing some of his stories.

In our English lessons, we have been using the story The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward to help us improve our writing.

We have also used this story to practice writing new character and setting descriptions and also improve our sentences by looking at subordinate clauses and relative embedded clauses.

The whole class was really excited to write their own versions of the story and we had a range of alternative versions from Alisha with The Monkey Machine to Declan with the The leprechaun Machine and Tai with the ominous Spider Machine.

In Maths we have been developing our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages and also how to get better at reasoning.  Giovani & Kaden have been using the bar model to help them find fractions of amounts. Giovani says, “I just think it’s easier to find the answer if I use a bar to figure it out.”  The whole class are improving all the time at finding equivalent fractions – and decimals now too.

Our topic this term is called Time Snatchers.

Fatou, Kelly and Aaron are all so excited because they really enjoy Science. We have started to look at evolution and classification and so far we have investigated which group we would sort various non-vertebrates into.  6 Boyle has a lot of Science & Science-fiction fans in the class so they have really been enjoying all the lessons.

To work alongside our Science lessons, we have also been reading the book Time Snatchers by Robert Swindells which is all about a Scientist and her family who travel back in time to try and rescue species which have become extinct.

On 1st February, Year 6 had a really busy day.  In the morning we had an experience of using virtual reality. Using the Virtual Reality goggles, Year 6 went on a journey inside the body.  They were able to look at the nervous system and their skeleton, things that they could only imagine before this.








Boluwatife was thrilled at the Virtual Reality experience.  She said that, “It’s so weird: you actually feel like your inside someone’s brain. You can see all the nerves and it tells you lots of facts about your nervous system and how your brain works – even how you get a headache!”

In the afternoon, we visited Our Ladies High School to watch a matinee performance of their musical show Les Miserables. Amy-leigh said, “I can’t wait to do some acting and singing like that! I had a go at X-Factor so I think I could do it!”








Football tournament:

On Wednesday 15th February, some of the Year 6 children took part in a football tournament at Manchester City.  Looking very professional in the team kits, they went with high hopes as the winning team would get to play a match at Stamford Bridge.  Tai said, “We had to play 6 matches and they were really hard but I played really well and it was just so much fun!”

At the end of the day, the team all did themselves and our Academy proud as they came 2nd out of all the teams that were there.  The whole class was really proud of Tai, Clive and Aleks who were all part of the team.

Spring City Trampolining:

As a reward for all the hard work that the Year 6 children have been doing towards their SATs, we organised a day out at a trampoline park.  All the children were so excited and at the end of the day when they returned, they had not been disappointed.








Milly said “I couldn’t stop laughing when all the adults were jumping around with us – it was the best trip ever – everyone should do it!” Bradley loved the experience and said that, “I love doing back flips and somersaults – I wish we could do this everyday.”

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After all the hard work year 6 have put in this term, Giovani thought it was the best way to, “relax and for us all to have fun for a whole day!”

As well as having a day of fun and relaxation, the children also got the opportunity to learn about business.  As part of a homework task, they had to think of questions they wanted to ask the owner.  They then had a chance to interview her and find out all about how the business had got started.

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It really inspired the children and Billy-Joe now thinks that he would like to have his own sports business one day while Amy-Leigh was so impressed that one day maybe she could start her own business about dance or the performing arts, or even her own trampoline company. Over half term, all of Year 6 are now going to use all of this information to design their own business and very kindly, the owner of Spring City is going to come and help choose a winning business design.

Revision Club

During the half term, Mr McCullough and Mrs Smith have kindly volunteered some of their spare time to run an exciting Revision Club for some of our year sixes from both classes to come into school and help them work on their Maths, Reading and Writing.

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Next half term

After the holiday, Year 6 will be continuing all their preparation for the SATs and also finding out more about conservation linked to their topic of Time Snatchers which they are all excited by.

Some children are going to be visiting the University to take part in a computing day and we are also looking forward to enjoying some work by William Shakespeare when a special visitor is coming in to work with us.


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