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The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Year 6: Panthers

*** STOP PRESS! *** Year 6 Shakespeare production is being shown to Year 6 parents and relatives on Wednesday 18th July. It will start promptly at 2pm in the Upper School Hall. 

As Year 6 is the final primary school year, it is inevitably the most eventful year for the pupils. Eventful in terms of their learning, responsibilities, clubs, trips, performances, booster contingencies, transition to their secondary schools among many other opportunities. The first two terms, up to the Christmas break, have included a trip to Dover Castle and a Year 6 produced pantomime, Cinderella.

The class is taught by Mr Southgate, with Mrs Ireland and Miss Coomber supporting. The role of intervention and booster groups cannot be underestimated and these will be utilised throughout the year. (Small group work further enhances their skill sets and addresses misconceptions in a much more dynamic setting.)

Homework is set every Friday and expected back, completed, by the following Wednesday. Spellings are set on Mondays and tested on the Friday of the same week - note: spellings are not set for homework in terms 5 & 6. Reading and mental arithmetic skills are also essential skills that each pupil needs to have – anything you can assist with at home is genuinely beneficial and will always be of benefit to your child’s education. (As is a good night’s rest!).

Children that were enrolled by their parents/guardians sat the 11+ (Kent Test) on Thursday 7th September at school.

An overview of the year…


English is taught daily in sessions covering a multitude of skills and genres including grammar, spelling, punctuation, comprehension, writing and poetry. Within the curriculum, there is plenty of scope to include English in other subjects and this is wholeheartedly embraced. Our class books usually relate to the History topic area being covered in that term; however, key author's, particular acclaimed Children's Laureates, are incorporated into the literary diet of the students too.


Our maths, like English, is taught daily and covers the full range of concepts from the National Curriculum. Additionally, pupils are given confidence building tasks such as 5-a-day maths problems, the Big Maths programme and of course the termly times tables challenge to help improve their efficiency. Maths is often brought into other curriculum subjects, particularly science and P.E.





Terms 1 & 2

Terms 3 & 4

Terms 5 & 6




Properties and changes of materials; Forces.

Earth and Space.

Animals including Humans; All Living Things.



Conflict: Turning points in British history; World War II.

Maps; Topographic of world regions and the UK; Continents.


Empires: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

Geographical studies of differences and similarities across the globe. Human and natural impacts on the environment. 

The End: The changing impact and roles of the monarchy.

Tourism and climates.

Art & Design Technology

Nets of shapes; Construction including reinforcement. Textiles: Fraying, knotting and dying.

Food tech: Cleaning and Hygiene.

Painting with inks; collage, papier mache. Textiles: Applique.

Food Tech: Measuring and planning a family meal.

Observational drawing; editing digital photography; Food tech: savoury recipe.


Physical Education


Gymnastics; Basketball; Dance.

Hockey; Dance.

Orienteering; Cricket; Athletics and other summer sports.


Computing (inc. cyber safety)


Devising and developing an interactive game;

Cracking a code.

Fusing geometry and art;

Creating a webpage about cyber safety.

Sharing experiences and opinions;

Creating a virtual space.


Religious Education


Judaism; Christianity


Christianity; Islam



Composing and improving; Singing and performing.


Appraising, describing, comparing and evaluating music.

Improvising melodic and rhythmic phrases as part of a performance.


Personal, Social and Health Education + Citizenship


New beginnings; Friendship building/Anti-bullying.

Appreciating ourselves; Dealing with conflicts.

Setting goals; Relationships and Changes; Transition to secondary school.


After our very successful pantomime, Cinderella, we intend to give another opportunity for your talented children to sparkle in the limelight. Every child in Year 6 will be given the chance to feature in an 'adapted' Shakespeare production. After all, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." This year's production, "Romney-o and Ju-Lydd-et", is being shown to the school on Tuesday 17th July; Year 6 parents and relatives will be able to see it on Wednesday 18th July: it will start promptly at 2pm in the Upper School Hall. 


SATs Week Timetable

These are nationwide tests, set by the Department for Education. The pupils will be well-prepared for these and will sit them, like other year six pupils up and down the country, in the week commencing 14th May.

Monday 14th May - English reading test

Tuesday 15th May - English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 1: spelling; English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 2: questions

Wednesday 16th May - mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic; mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 17th May - mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

This concludes the testing as writing is assessed at a county level with other schools within the Kent authority remit.

Examples of the 2017 SAT papers, and advice for parents from the Department for Education, can be seen here:

Breakfast Boosters are available in Term 3, Term 4 and Term 5 - invites will be sent out to targeted pupils in January; however, further spaces may be available. If you wish your child to attend a booster session (Wednesday: Comprehension, Thursday: Maths, Friday: Grammar) please contact me closer to Christmas. 


Keep popping back from time to time to check for updates and more of our news. 

Mr Southgate