Year 6: 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Year 6 class page is displayed to provide an overview of provision during the academic year up to 23.3.20 when schools were closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.

Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 6. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

Click on the links below to download the 'Knowledge Mat' for each project. Knowledge mats are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts taught during the project. Knowledge mats will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 6 by clicking here.

See the overview of what Year 6 will be learning during 2019-2020 by viewing their long term plan here.


Our Class News

News from our 'A Child's War' Creative Learning Project

Evacuated to Murton Park

On Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th of September, Year 6 children from Copley Junior School were evacuated from Doncaster to Murton Park.  On arrival, they were met by an evacuation officer who escorted them to the village hall. During their visit, children experienced what life was like for children during World War 11. Activities included: washing and ironing clothes; making farmhouse crunch and butter; blast taping windows; carpet making; air raid drills and most children’s favourite - extinguishing a small incendiary bomb!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from the Amethyst class visit.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from the Jet class visit.

Our Visit to Murton Park - My Best Bits

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2019-2020

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2019-2020. Miss Mellor explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practice, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Miss Mellor explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

Our launch event finished with a teacher challenge - five brave (and very competitive) teachers tackled 100 instant recall questions against the clock. Miss Havercroft was victorious with a time of 1 minute 24 seconds!

You can find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars' by clicking here.

Year 6 have had a busy first half term learning all about what life was like for children living through World War Two.  They had a great day experiencing what it would be like to be a child being evacuated with our amazing trip to Murton Park, two fun-filled days of painting silhouettes of London during the Blitz and spent time creating large A1 posters about an aspect of World War 2.

Children enjoyed creating silhoutte paintings of London in the Blitz.

As part of our work on 'A Child's War' children worked collaboratively to research and present information about an aspect of World War II e.g. evacuation, the Blitz, rationing etc. Here are some of our posters below:

In their geography work, children used maps and atlases to locate the UK ports and cities that were bombed in the Blitz and considered why these were targeted. The children then recorded and labelled the locations on their own map of the UK.

The children worked together to create a class poem on the theme of war and evacuation before creating poems in pairs.

Year 6 Class Poem

Year 6 learned that during World War 2 propaganda was used to increase support for the war and commitment to an Allied victory. Year 6 researched propaganda posters and then designed posters of their own.

Year 6 children used textbooks and websites to research information about the causes of World War 2 before producing their own written reports.

Children then worked independently to choose an aspect of World War Two that they wanted to find out more about, they carried out their own research and then decided how to present their learning. Great work Year 6!

Research on rationing in World War 2

Research on World War 2 Ocean Liners

The Life of Anne Frank

In our maths work, Year 6 used their investigative maths skills to take on the challenge of solving a World War 2 Transposition Cipher.

As part of the home learning for their project 'A Child's War', Year 6 pupils had the choice of many engaging home learning tasks. 

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 6's fantastic home learning work.

'A Child's War' Parent Express

We were very pleased to welcome so many parents/carers and relatives to our Year 6 express event. The Copley Museum opened and our highly organised Year 6 tour guides led the adults around the different exhibit spaces. This was an entirely pupil-led initiative, with the children deciding how to organise and present their learning. I am sure you will agree that the children have learned an incredible amount about what life was like during World War 2 and it is lovely to see how confident they were to share their learning with the adults. Thank you so much for your support of this event.

Click on the first picture in the gallery below to view a photograph selection from the Year 6 express event.

To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

Year 6 'A Child's War' Display - great work, Year 6!

Young Shakespeare Visit

Each year our children in Year 5 and 6 have the fantastic experience of engaging in ‘theatre in the round’ with the Young Shakespeare Company. We organise this so that by the time children leave Copley they have had live theatre experience of two Shakespeare plays.


The Young Shakespeare Company visits provide a wonderful first experience of Shakespeare. Their performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' on 30th September was, quite simply, electrifying and the children were completely absorbed.


At points children were actively involved in the performance and afterwards there was opportunity to ask the very talented actors questions about the plot and the motivation of characters etc.

'Romeo and Juliet'

Please click on the first image below to view our gallery of photographs.


We offer Bikeability training to all pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 each year. In 2019-2020 fifty four Year 5/6 pupils took part! This training is designed to give children the skills and experience to cycle safely and confidently. The training involves cycling in both an off-road playground environment and on roads around the vicinity of the school. Children enjoy cycling and of course it brings many health benefits, develops confidence and gives them independence. Children who have been trained are much safer and, in addition, tend to cycle more. Well done to all our Year 6 pupils who passed their Level One and Level Two training!

Year 6 Anti-Bullying Work

In national Anti-Bullying Week, children in Year 6 took part in a question and discussion session about bullying. The children were given a number of prompt cards, including:

  • It is not is banter, can't you take a laugh?
  • Is there such a thing as an innocent bystander?
  • Cyberbullying doesn't involve physical harm, so what's the harm?
  • What can you do to get online bullying to stop?  

The children worked together to match each question card with a corresponding guidance card and then discussed their responses. This session supported children to consider a range of issues around the theme of bullying and how they should respond to these.

Year 6 Concert - 'The Wizard of Copley'

The Year 6 performance of ‘The Wizard of Copley’ had something for everyone – fantastic acting, super singing, creative dance, humour, slapstick comedy, high tension, the triumph of good over evil and, of course, a happy ending. There were so many fantastic parts and so much for the children to learn – each and every child should be very proud of themselves. We have such talented children and teachers at Copley; thank you to parents, relatives and governors for your fantastic support at the performances.

Click on the first picture in the gallery below to view a photograph selection from the Year 6 concert.

Blood Heart

In their science project on 'Blood Heart' Year 6 took part in practical activities to find out about the heart's circulatory system and the passage of deoxygenated and oxygenated blood.

Children identified and named the main parts of the human circulatory system and identified the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They also carried out research using text books and primary websites to identify the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function before deciding how to present their explanations and findings in written accounts.

As part of their project on 'Blood Heart' Year 6 researched how unhealthy choices affect the heart and chose how to present their learning.

Young Voices 2020

Once again, our enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 choir (of 64 children!) took part in the Young Voices Concert at Sheffield Arena. After months of practising the songs and dances with Miss Havercroft, the children were very excited to attend the afternoon rehearsal, followed by the concert itself. The whole performance with the dancers and vocalists was amazing, not to mention of course the incredible 8000 children in the Young Voices choir. We greatly appreciate that so many parents/carers and relatives were able to come in the evening to enjoy the performance. Well done to all the children for putting in so much effort to learn the songs and dance moves. As usual, the children were an absolute credit to the school with their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour.

Please click on the first image below to view our photograph gallery.

News from our 'Frozen Kingdom' Creative Learning Project

To launch their new learning project, Year 6 visited the polar bears at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. In their workshop sessions, children considered how animals have evolved so that they can survive in such a hostile environment, they conducted investigations to consider the adaptation of species and considered the impact on the environment if species were to become extinct.

Please click on the first image below to view our photograph gallery.

During their visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Year 6 identified how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. They took part in an investigation workshop that helped children to consider that adaptation may lead to evolution. Children planned an enquiry, including recognising and controlling variables, recorded data using tables and then reported the findings from their enquiry, including oral explanations of the results and their conclusions.

How is a polar bear adapted to its environment?

Children have explored their creative sides through the medium of pastels when they produced a piece of art work inspired by the Northern Lights. Year 6 also researched and then presented information about the science behind the Northern Lights. The children have also been working hard in both Literacy and Numeracy in preparation for their SATs in May.  Many have seen dramatic improvements in scores – especially arithmetic.

In their geography work Year 6 researched and presented information about the differences and similarities between the Arctic and Antarctica.

Arctic Facts

The Ends of our Earth

The Arctic

Indoor Athletics Tournament - Doncaster Finals

Well done to our successful indoor athletics team who competed in the Doncaster Finals on Thursday 13th February after progressing through from the Ridgewood pyramid tournament.

Our team competed in a number of events, with our girls’ team coming 2nd and our team coming 3rd overall. The margin between our third place and coming second and progressing to the county finals was incredibly close! To come third out of all the schools in Doncaster is a great achievement and we are very proud of the team who demonstrated great team spirit and sporting behaviour. Very well done to everyone!