Legacy of the British Empire

Well done year 6 for another great week of learning! We were treated this week to a special visit from University of Cambridge historian Gabriel Glickman, who gave...


Well done year 6 for another great week of learning! We were treated this week to a special visit from University of Cambridge historian Gabriel Glickman, who gave us an interesting and enriching talk on the legacy and impact of the British Empire. Many thanks to Gabriel for visiting us and for his kind words about our children and their insightful questions:

“I wanted to pass on my thanks to Mrs Sharman and to the Year 6 team for mobilising such interest and enthusiasm among the pupils attending my History talk yesterday. Most of my school speaking has been to children at secondary schools; the engagement from the Year 6 pupils yesterday, and the vibrancy of their questions, made them more than a match for the older children I’ve worked with. The school History courses sound superb.”

In Maths, we have been investigating efficiency and whether it is more appropriate to employ a mental or formal written approach for various problems. Later on in the week we revised the use of negative numbers and then carried out some extensive journalling around place value. You can have another look at the worksheets here.

In English, we worked on sentence structure and expanding those sentences into flowing paragraphs, centered around our British Empire project. Next week we’ll be redrafting and fact-checking them before compiling them in a comprehensive two-page spread in our humanities books.

In Science, we looked at the life cycles of mammals and birds, contrasting to last week’s learning about the metamorphoses of insects and amphibians. We compared them, made notes on a short David Attenborough clip and constructed the life cycle of a bird in our books.

In PRE (Philosophy and Religious Education), we evaluated our understanding of the theme of commitment and wrote about it in relation to the five pillars of Islam, recapping our understanding of their significance and meaning to Muslims.

Here are our key spellings for the week, focussing on spelling the sound “ie”.












Coming up next week:

  • English: We look at editing our paragraphs on the British Empire with an emphasis on correct sentence structure.
  • Maths: We will explore common multiples, factors and prime numbers.

A note on e-safety

WhatsApp states its minimum age of users to be 16. While it is to a parent or carer’s discretion how a child may use social media or mobile phones to communicate, we do ask that you please closely monitor your child’s use of apps like WhatsApp to ensure it is safe and appropriate.

Group chats including no adults and only children are a safeguarding concern for school as inappropriate content or language may be shared, intentionally or unintentionally, and unfamiliar individuals can be added to chats. While children’s intentions in creating and joining these groups may be harmless, they may not be able to control the direction a chat takes. Your support in educating children on the safe and appropriate use of social media is much appreciated.

We wish you all a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Year 6 Team