Langley Mill Junior School

Langley Mill Junior School

Langley Mill Junior School

Year 6 - class AB

Welcome to our Year 6 class page. Here you will find details of our current topic, as well as information about trips we have been on, our work in class and homework schedules. 


This summer term will be a busy period for the Year 6 children, as we prepare for the exciting challenges and changes the final term at Langley Mill will bring. In May, the children will sit their Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) and then prepare for transition to secondary school this summer.


Our new topic: The Valley that changed the world

This term we will be studying the impact of rivers on our lives. To begin our topic we will study the Nile valley and its contribution to one of the first great civilizations: The Ancient Egyptians. We will follow the exploits and discoveries of Howard Carter, and answer these key questions:


- Are there any other sources that we can learn about Ancient Egypt from? (Music and RE)
- How did the Egyptians communicate? (Art – cross stitch – hieroglyphs/History)
- How did Egyptians decorate their dead? – (DT – death masks)
- How do Egyptians beliefs on death differ from modern religions? (RE links)
- What was life like in Ancient Egypt? – (History, ICT)
- How do we know about the past?  (artifacts, ancient writings – Art sketching/drawing a range of objects)
- Why do people settle near rivers?  (intro to Egypt)
- How do rivers change along their course?  (Art, independent research (books and ICT), sculpture, geography – make a river inc all features)
- Where is the Nile? (geography)
- Where does water come from? (water cycle – Science, geography links)
- How have rivers affected people? (settlements – Danube, Amazon, Orinoco, Mississippi)
- How have people affected rivers? (flooding, building on flood plains, dams – China and Derwent)



We are fortunate to live in close proximity to the historic Derwent Valley, which can legitimately claim to be 'the valley that changed the world', with the introduction of the modern factory system within the textile industry. We will study this World Heritage Site and we hope that the children will visit one of Richard Arkwright's early factories. You can visit to read about why the Derwent valley is considered to be such an important site and help you decide which valley deserves the accolade: 'The Valley that changed the World'


Literacy units will study journalistic reports and how the findings of Howard Carter in the Nile Valley were reported to the world. Closer to home, we will learn about the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire, and study the art of persuasion, as we help the village rector William Mompesson persuade the population that they cannot leave the plague infested village! We will read 'Children of Winter' by Berlie Doherty as we experience what it would have been like for children to live in the village at this time. 



Gallery: Our Victory in Europe street party 

Thank you to everybody who came and contributed to our VE Day Street Party on Tuesday 19th December. The morning was a huge success, and the children enjoyed showing off their work to their friends and family, and everybody enjoyed sampling cakes and treats that they had made. The children also had lots of fun building Anderson Shelters using Mod-Rock, and making war-time gardens.  


Well done to Owen, Kayla, Isabelle and Elizabeth who were judged as the winners of our 'Bake Off'. They went home with a prize and a certificate. Thank you to everybody who entered our Bake-Off competition - all of our participants were awarded with a certificate to acknowledge their superb efforts.


Our next science topic: Living things and their habitats

In science we will be learning about  classification of living things and ourselves. We will look at microorganisms and their dangers, whilst relating this to our work on the plague in Eyam. Geography will include work on rivers and using OS maps to study the journey of a river from source to mouth. 




Please find below expected minimum homework requirements during this term.


Reading - 3 x 15 minutes per week

Maths - 1 set per week (Wednesday)

Spelling - 1 set per week (Monday)

Science / Topic – usually 1 piece per week (Friday)


Literacy – 1 piece every 3 -4 weeks (personal learning log)The ‘learning log’ is a piece of individual homework when your child may be imaginative, creative and resourceful in order to produce various pieces of work. Children will present their personal learning to the class throughout the topic and add any resources to our Learning Log Display.


Please do not hesitate to contact us at school if you wish to discuss any issues regarding your child. We have a wealth of expertise and resources to support children in Year 6 and we are always ready to address any concerns you have, or celebrate any achievements you wish to share. 


Kind regards,


Mr Bland