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Year 6 – Mr Polak

Razorbill Class


 Welcome back!

Welcome letter Autumn 2017


Our topic this term is: Conflict and Harmony

Our key questions will be:

•What would a tree see before, during and in the aftermath of war?

•How did women become stronger through war?

•What was the cost of the war?

Have a look at our topic web below for more details.

Topic web

We are so excited about our topic, where we will explore some of the conflicts which have shaped modern Britain. We will explore the meaning of values and how, when they can differ, we can either resolve peacefully or be at conflict. We’re also looking to create an evacuee day to mimic the experience of so many children in the war- there will be more details about this closer to the time. 


Great readers make great writers. We want to see as many children as possible reading five times a week. My best readers last year discovered some wonderful texts which I’d never seen before and have left some great reviews and even some books for my new year six to try!

Here is Mr Pleasance’s powerpoint which is really useful when talking about asking different types of questions. Our focus will be to evidence our inferences using modal verbs of possibility. When children answer your questions, do they say it definitely is the case when they mean it could be the case?


Mathematics is the music of reason,

James Joseph Sylvester

As you know, maths is such a passion of mine and we will be looking at how maths impacts the world around us. The war effort was run on numbers and relied on great mathematics to strategise. We’ll be looking at some of the work they did!

If you’re looking to help at home- here are some things we’ll need to practise:

•Formal methods of multiplication and division

•Times tables

•Recipe questions- if you have a recipe for four people, how much do you need to cook for seven people?


I am so excited about the writing we have lined up. Some of the greatest pieces of work have come out of the depths of the world war conflicts. We will look at how language and influence a viewpoint and how emotive language can move a nation to feel and think differently. We’ll start with war poetry and write ‘response’ pieces which mimic and contrast the author’s depiction of events. 

Spellings will come home every week with individualised lists, but the overall statutory list is here:

Our statutory spelling list is at the bottom of the page.

Please catch me in the mornings for a chat about absolutely anything- for those of you who can’t get hold of me at those times my email is I am always available for any issue, or to provide any support I can. I really value the close involvement we have with parents at Woolacombe and look forward to starting a brand new year!

Thank you,

Dan Polak

Spelling list We’ll be trying to use every single one of these words throughout the year to make sure we’ve seen them and understand them!

The writing assessment frame will be in everyone’s books as a guide to the skills we want to have mastered by the end of the year. It looks like this: