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The Lady of Shallot

This half term, we will begin our new topic, ‘The Lady of Shalott’. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to explore what life was like during medieval times through Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’. They will develop skills in art, music and dance in this period of history.


Their learning during the term will conclude with a thrilling competition, ‘Strictly Come Pavane Dancing’.  During this competition, the children will be scored on various elements of the Pavane dances they have choreographed.  Parents and family members will be invited to join us as judges during the event.



Over the second part of the Autumn Term, Year 6 children will focus on multiplication and division.


The key Concepts they will cover:

  • identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • multiply multi-digit numbers by a two-digit whole number using the formal method of long multiplication
  • multiply four-digit numbers by a two-digit whole number using the formal method of long division
  • solve multi-step problems
  • use estimation to check their answers

Vocabulary they will need to know:

  • calculation
  • inverse
  • estimation
  • long multiplication
  • long division
  • common factor, common multiple, prime number

How can I support my child in numeracy?

The children in Year 6 are expected to complete weekly maths homework, set on ‘My Maths’.  If you do not have access to the internet, the children will have access to the laptops on a Thursday lunchtime.  


In addition to their morning maths sessions, the children also have a focused times tables session in the afternoon. Your child has been allocated a specific times table to learn based on gaps in their knowledge. Please support your child to help them learn their multiplication tables at home and try and beat the next ‘Superhero’!





This term, the children will continue their learning with two new units in literacy. Essential to their topic work, the first of these units will focus on the poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’. The aim of this unit is to encourage the children’s love of poetry whilst focusing on the development of several key skills. In particular, they will learn how to explore a text in depth, using a variety of methods to discover hidden implications and inferences. Their work will culminate in an opportunity to explore written poetry for themselves.


In keeping with the topic, the second unit which the children will explore is the classic narrative, King Arthur. This will link with their topic work on ‘The Lady of Shalott’ as the children explore the time period in which the poem was set. The children will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge as they advance in their understanding of the features of story writing.


How can I support my child in literacy?


Children in Year 6 should complete weekly homework on www.spag.com. Passwords to access this site can be found in the children’s reading diaries. This will usually be based around basic skills involving use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Please ensure that your child completes this homework on a weekly basis.


The expectation is that children read at home at least 3 times a week. Reading is an essential part of your child’s learning and progress. Please sign your child’s reading diary to confirm that this is taking place.


Weekly spellings will be sent home on Mondays for your child to learn. Please make sure that they have understood the spelling rule/pattern. This will help them to apply their learning within their own writing.