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Whingate Primary School

Whingate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 3DS
Headteacher: Stephen Archer

01132 638 910

Welcome to Year 6!

We enjoy our last year at Whingate with Mrs Walker, Miss Dean, Mrs Gatenby, Miss Loney, Mrs Croll and Miss Boocock.

Year 6 2017-18

Below is our long term planning document for Year 6. It shows the wide variety of learning that will take place in year 6 this academic year.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park - May 2018

Year 6 had a fabulous day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. After an interesting workshop looking at adaptation and handling some creatures, we all explored the park during the afternoon. We saw polar bears, tigers, wallabies, giraffes, zebras and much, much more. We also had lovely sunny weather! Have a look at a few of the pictures below.

SATs Meeting - Feb 2018

Thank you to everyone who managed to attend the SATs meeting. The slides we discussed at the meeting are below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team.


Animals, including human - Investigating the different parts of the heart.

In Science, we are learning all about animals, including humans. We are comparing and contrasting different species as well as finding out all about how the bodies of different species function. As part of our exploration of the heart, we had the opportunity to dissect a lambs heart and identify the different parts, such as the position of the chambers and different valves. We all really enjoyed this 'hands-on' investigation and will use this experience to write an explanation of how the heart works. 


January 2018!

In memory of a very special member of our year group, Otis Webster, year 6 children and staff took part in the first Y6 Great Whingate Bake Off. The children worked in teams to complete a bread 'technical challenge'. The teams had to work independently with the same set of ingredients to create a white loaf. The loaf could be any shape they wanted but had to taste delicious and be 'soggy bottom' free! The results were amazing and we were lucky enough to have a visit from our very own Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins to complete a 'blind judging'. The very worthy winners were Billy, Logan and Michael with their very tasty alien creation. All of the children and staff had a lovely day and lots of fun - the perfect way to remember our fun-loving friend. Have a look at the gallery below for an extra peek at our day.

Talk 4 Writing

Jan-Feb 2018

Should Little Red Riding Hood be grounded?

In literacy this half term we are developing our non-fiction writing skills using the Talk 4 Writing strategy. Our focus genre in Y6 is discussion and we will be using the traditional tale of Red Riding Hood to develop our skills in this genre. We will be debating the arguments for and against, as well as developing our language and punctuation skills. At the end of the unit, we will be applying these skills into our independent hot tasks. We will be adding our completed writing to the Y6 display in the hall. 

This year we have invested in the Reading Plus online reading scheme to help increase the reading speed and comprehension of children in Y6. Every child has their own account and can access this at school and at home. It has had an extremely positive impact so far and we will be continuing to use this resource throughout the year.

World War II

Sept - Nov 2017

This term we are learning all about life during World War II. In history we will be learning about key events which shaped the course of the war and researching life for children during this time. In literacy, we will be exploring and writing recounts of life during The Blitz before looking in more detail at life for evacuees. Our reading texts will also support our World War II research, reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. We will be uploading some of our work shortly so watch this space! We will also be visiting Eden Camp in November as part of our learning.

Eden Camp

We had a fantastic day at Eden Camp in York. We spent lots of time exploring the various huts on the camp and got a chance to step back in time to some events during the war: the Blitz, Evacuation, and life on board the U-Boats. The puppet show was very entertaining and we sang some songs from the war with the usual Whingate gusto. We also got the chance to complete an army assault course and managed to pose for a picture or two!


Y6 Author Focus - Michael Morpurgo

This year, children in Year 6 will be encouraged to read as many books as possible by the author Michael Morpurgo. This will enable children to build up a strong understanding of the themes and conventions in texts by this author. We will be reading Kensuke's Kingdom, Escape from Shangri-La, Friend or Foe and The Giant's Necklace in class. All of the other titles will be available for children to read for their home readers.


Each week, children will be expected to complete a variety of homework tasks to support their in class learning. Tasks include:

Reading - Comprehension task

Spelling - Spelling list to complete and extra spelling activities to earn Spellvis points

Maths - Arithmetic test and number skills

Homework will be given out on Fridays and we expect it to be returned on or before Wednesday of the following week. 

Children will also be expected to read each week and return their book bag on their designated day, signed by an adult. All books books read (chapters in longer texts) will count towards the reading challenge.

Spellvis Challenge!

 Every week, children need to complete a minimum of 100 points  in their spelling journal. Awards will be given to children as they meet the different milestones. There will also be an award for Speller of the Week - the child who puts the most effort into their spelling journal homework.


PE Days

Indoor PE - Thursdays

  • White t-shirt
  • Black/Navy shorts

Outdoor PE - Fridays

  • White t-shirt
  • Black/Navy shorts or jogging bottoms
  • Trainers
  • Tracksuit top for colder sessions


Please ensure your child also has their trainers in school everyday to enable them to get the most out of our new running track.