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Welcome to 6RD 2018-2019


6RD is taught by Miss R Docherty. Other adults who teach and facilitate learning in Year 6 are: Miss S Whitehead, Mrs H Gledhill, Miss C Gregory and Mr M Crewe.


Should you ever have any questions, you are more than welcome to speak to a member of the Year 6 team in the playground at 3.15pm. Alternatively, if you ever have something to discuss in private or at greater length please arrange a meeting after school; we are here to help.


Helpful information/reminders:


School uniform:

At Fairfield we expect to see you in a school jumper, school polo t-shirt, grey trousers or skirt, white socks and black shoes. Please do not wear trainers to school - save them for your PE lessons or weekends. Take pride in your appearance, look smart and wear your Fairfield colours with pride. Also, we kindly ask that no jewellery or elaborate headbands are worn please. For further details on uniform expectations please refer to the school’s uniform policy.


PE kit:

PE kit is needed every Tuesday and Wednesday in Year 6 and should include; a white t-shirt, blue shorts, white socks, pumps or trainers. All items need your name in them and should be kept safely in a PE bag in the classroom. As the children are getting older and starting to perspire, we ask for your PE kit to be washed regularly.



Homework is set weekly, and supports your child’s learning and is also good preparation for secondary school. Homework is due in on a Wednesday morning ready to peer and adult assessed and any misconceptions clarified. If you forget your homework then it will be noted and you will miss the golden time on a Friday afternoon. Homework club will run every Tuesday lunch time and everybody is welcome! Please develop outstanding learning behaviours, be independent and ask for help if you need it before Wednesday morning.



We expect you to read for pleasure at least three times a week. If you share a text with an adult for 15 minutes they can sign your reading record. You can also read on your own for 15 minutes and if an adult has seen you do this, then they can sign your reading record too. Reading records are also looked at on a Wednesday morning and we expect to see at least three signatures in your reading record. Reading is celebrated in our school and you could win a prize if you complete one of our class bookmarks. 


Bug Club:

Bug club is an opportunity for you to read a range of books online. If you are having trouble accessing this site, or finding the time to read at home then please let us know.


Spellings/Common exception words and Math Passports

As you are aware, Year 6 is the end of Key Stage 2. This means there is an expectation that they can read and spell all the National Curriculum common exception words from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. SATs in May will be assessing the children’s learning from Key Stage 2, not just their new learning from Year 6. Therefore, it is essential the children revisit spelling rules and lists from previous year groups to over learn.

As well as knowing key spellings, it is essential that the children also know key mathematical fluency skills which needed to aid mental recall and then application to problem solving and reasoning tasks. Please see the Passports for a list of these key skills. Any help you can provide at home to support your child/ children and school with this is greatly appreciated.


Dates for your diary Autumn 2018

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Back to school. Autumn 1 begins. Welcome to Year 6.

Monday 10th September 2018 - Welcome Meetings.

Friday 21st September 2018 – Heritage Day 2018.

Thursday 27th September 2018– Year 6 Safe Squad Trip.

Friday 28th September 2018– Macmillan coffee morning.

Friday 26th October 2018 - end of Autumn 1.

Monday 5th November 2018 – Autumn 2 begins.

Tuesday 27th November 2018 - Pupil progress parent meetings

Wednesday 28th November 2018 - Pupil progress parent meetings

Friday 30th November 2018 – World War 2 Dress up Day

Friday 21st December 2018 – Year 6 party day, non-uniform.

Friday 21st December 2018 - end of Autumn 2. Happy Christmas.


Dates for your diary Spring 2019

Monday 6th January 2019 – Staff INSET day, school closed to the children.

Tuesday 7th January 2019 – Spring 1 begins. Happy New Year.

Friday 15th February 2019 – end of Spring 1.

Monday 25th February 2019 – Spring 2 begins.

Friday 5th April 2019 – end of Spring 2. Happy Easter.

To support your child’s/ children’s learning both in and outside of school. Fairfield Road have subscribed to:


- Bugclub

- I am learning



Other useful websites to support learning:

BBC Bitesize


Top Marks


Top Marks


Rhyme Zone



Robinwood Information
SATs (Standardised Assessment Tests) Information for Parents


Please feel free to follow us on Twitter @miss_docherty. Watch out for current updates sharing some of the exciting things we are learning in 2018-19.

What have we been up to? Enjoy!

International Women's Day March 2019
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World Book Day 2019
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World Book Day 2019

On Thursday 7th March we had our annual world book day celebrations and here at Fairfield Road we dressed up as a word. Yes… a word! The Staff and children expressed their love of words and chose a WOW word to represent.

This is a photograph of Mrs. Gledhill and the boys in 6HG English group. Mrs. Gledhill is a witch, similar to the one you may be familiar with in the famous story ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and stage musical ‘Wicked’, but can you guess which word her appearance and personality represents?

In Year 6 we enjoy exploring word choices and choosing words which create an effect on the reader or audience. To help us do this we use: thesauruses, dictionaries and on line sites such as rhyme zone or word hippo to help.

Fairfield Road Football Superstars!

Well done for winning three out of your four games, but more importantly for showing amazing sports values. 

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An afternoon with … Manchester United Football Club

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We even met … Fred the Red!

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Happy New Year! Celebrating the year of the pig.

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Guided and shared reading spring 2019

To link to our new topic: ‘Why is Ancient China so Special?’ and to further develop our reading for pleasure and for purpose skills we have started to enjoy reading narratives linked to another culture. The three texts we are exploring are: ‘The Willow Tree Pattern Story’ by Allan Drummond; ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Our reading will also support our writing; the texts will be the inspiration behind writing: letters and diaries in role, writing narratives from the perspective of a different character, haikus, instructions, balanced arguments, advertisements and even converting narratives to play scripts.

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Actions have consequences

“It only takes 20 minutes to get a criminal record”.

Today at Fairfield Road, we were visited by the: ‘Actions Have Consequences’ team, run by Paul McGovern MBE.

Here at Fairfield Road we nurture and support our children to become responsible, model citizens of the future. Children who are respectful and hold British Values and who are also aware that actions have consequences. Learning that making the right choices is the key to a successful, fulfilling future.

The children have had a fun filled day of learning with the Prison Service and Local Policing Team. Throughout the day the children covered life skill topics such as:


· 999 calls

· Stranger Danger

· Mobile phone safety

· Social Media safety

· Drug Misuse

· Bullying

· Alcohol Misuse

· Knife Crime

· Peer Pressure

· Child line


The highlight of the morning was meeting the police dogs in action!

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Measuring length


When revising multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 we decided to link this to real life mathematics and use and apply this skill when selecting appropriate tools to measure things around school. This led us to even measure Mrs. Gledhill’s waist!


Once we had measured different lengths and distances we showed our results in different ways converting between mm and cm, cm and m and vice versa.

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Multiplication tables superstars!

In Year 6 we know the importance of knowing our multiplication and division facts at speed. We work hard every day to recall our multiplication tables and inverse division facts up to 12 x 12.


Below are some children who have achieved their gold certificates for being: ‘TT superstars’. Well done!

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Sweetie rocks?


In Year 6 we have been exploring different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. To help our understanding of this, we melted Chewits; look at the photographs below to see what happened.


After, we enjoyed looking at samples of real rocks, identifying the similarities and differences between them and then sorting and classifying the rocks into the three main types: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.

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E Safety


On Monday 2st January, Year 6 led the whole school assembly all about: ‘E Safety’.


The Year 6 children were great ambassadors for the rest of the school, clearly explaining the importance of keeping safe on-line and sharing lots of useful tips on how to do this. Amazingly, the Year 6 children created the presentation as well as hosing a quiz at the end of the assembly choosing children from the audience to participate and answer questions.


Thank-you Year 6 for being outstanding lead learners!

Year 6 book tasting morning. Recommend a read!

In Year 6, the children had the opportunity to share with others one of their favourite books. Recommending a read to a friend.

Here at Fairfield Road, we encourage the children to read for pleasure and purpose, sharing and fostering a lifelong love of literature.

We had a lovely morning listening to each other appraise their book in a sophisticated, courteous manner.

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Step back in time toWorld War 2!

Today, Year 6 had the opportunity to go back in time and partake in activities which resemble things children their age may have done during the war years. Throughout the day in small groups the children took part in activities such as: being evacuated to an unknown place by train (reading train timetables and planning routes), baking Anzac biscuits, dancing the Charleston and sewing and mending clothes. A fun day was had by all. It was a fantastic day which helped accumulate and celebrate all the wonderful learning which has taken place during the term. Thank-you to everyone who helped make the day special.

‘Beyond the lines’ and ‘How to Die’

To celebrate and commemorate the end of WW1, in Year 6 we have watched the short animation ‘Beyond the Lines’ and read a range of war poems, including ‘How to Die’ by Siegfried Sassoon.

Our English and History learning has helped us empathise with how the soldiers may have felt during World War 1, and those who survived, how the war impacted on the rest of their lives.

We have learned the poem: ‘How to Die’ off by heart and recited this with gestures and actions, thinking about using volume, intonation and pace for effect on the audience.

We will be using all our knowledge from reading to write our own emotive poems about war soon… watch this space.




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Departing and Arriving!

Here are some photographs of the writing we have composed throughout our two units on: The Arrival and Boy Overboard.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading and reflecting upon the two texts and writing in a range of genres such as: informal letters, narrative extracts, poems, setting descriptions and recounts.

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French bus. Bus français

To support our learning in Modern Foreign Languages, a bus filled with French literature (like a mobile library) came to Fairfield Road. We were able to listen to a story told in French as well as browse the books.

TIME CAPSULE drama performance!

On Wednesday (17th October), a drama company came to Fairfield Road to perform a play all about life during World War 1 and 2. Interestingly, the ‘Time Capsule’ transported the children back to 1914, after the war against Germany had begun, sharing lots of interesting historical facts about this period of time.

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D I S C O !


This evening (Thursday 11thOctober), Year 6 children enjoyed meeting up with their friends at the school KS2 disco. They enjoyed getting dressed up and dancing the evening away to their favourite tracks. It was fun! Thank-you to everyone who helped organise this social event.

Fairfield Road Book Fair Autumn 2018

This week the children have been able to browse and purchase books from our mobile book fair.

Thank-you to everyone who has supported this event and also to the Year 6 children who have helped run it. The children behaved responsibly and were amazing ambassadors to our school.

Happy reading!

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Safe Squad Year 6

Thursday 27th September, Year 6 participated in the ‘Safe Squad’ workshops. During the afternoon the children were engaged in a range of interesting, informative educational experiences which taught them many important life skills such as: staying safe on line, preventing fires at home, anti-social behavior and first aid.


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National Heritage Day 2018. South Africa!

} National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa.

} It is celebrated every year on September 24th.

} Heritage Day is a day when people concentrate on the importance of the diverse cultural heritage in South Africa.

} South African’s refer to themselves as “The Rainbow Nation”.

} It has also become known as Braai Day.

On Friday 21st September the whole school participated in a range of exciting, creative learning activities such as: African drumming, dancing, BBQ and artwork to celebrate National Heritage Day.

Here are some photos of the fun learning experiences which took place in Year 6.

Fairfield Road Primary School Council! Pupil voice.


Fairfield Road Primary school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to help further improve our wonderful school.

At Fairfield, our motto is: Together Everyone Achieves More’ TEAMWORK COUNTS!


Well done to all the Year 6 children who spent their free time writing persuasive speeches stating the qualities and skills they have to be a super councillor. Thank-you to all Year 6 children for being a fantastic audience and listening well, but more importantly for voting and electing one of your peers to represent the class.


Remember, a good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. Good luck!

Guided Reading Autumn 2018


Archie’s War and My War Diary by Marcia Williams



Read for pleasure and read to learn!

This term, the Year 6 topic focus is: ‘WAR – what is it good for?’ To support the children’s historical knowledge and understanding about World War 1 and 2, in our daily guided reading sessions we will be reading and discussing these two books. As the children contribute to quality text discussions they will have the opportunity to further develop and improve their reading skills focusing on the seven context domain areas.






Shared Reading Autumn 2018


Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman



Jamal's stubborn little sister Bibi is even better at football than Jamal. But girls playing football is against the law in Afghanistan. When it is discovered that Jamal's mother has been secretly running a school, the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia.


This is our driver text in English, which also further supports our learning topic: ‘WAR – what is it good for?’ Share a story. Tell a friend. Why not listen to Morris himself read chapter 1? Visit…

Maths Day 27th February 2018 Year 5 and 6

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