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Whitehouse Primary School, 2 Doagh Rd, Newtownabbey

Year 6

Teachers:  Miss Campbell and Mr Harris

Support Staff: Mrs McGreevy (Literacy Support)

Year 6 Topics:

All of our year 6 topics relate to the theme of journeys.

  • Raging Rivers - During this topic we will think about how rivers are formed, where rivers are found, the main features of rivers and how rivers are used. We will also be creating some landscape paintings including rivers.
  • Building Bridges – During this topic we will be thinking about why and how people build bridges. What are they made out of? What is the best type of bridge? How do we decide exactly where a bridge should go? What is the benefit of having a bridge near you? We will also thinking about other sorts of bridge - bridges of friendship, bridges of peace and bridges of kindness.
  • Eat Up, Feet Up - In this topic we explore the importance of rest and fuel for our bodies. We also explore what happens to food inside our bodies.
  • On the Move – In this topic we will explore the reasons for migration and the impact of migration for individuals, governments and countries as a whole.
  • Vicious Vikings – Why did the Vikings come to the United Kingdom? What did they do when they got here? What was it like for the people already living in England/Ireland when the Vikings arrived? Are there still Vikings today? All these questions and more will be answered during this topic.

Important Trips: Abbey College (New Year New You), Ganaway Activity Centre

Visitors: Belfast Giants

Highlights of Year 6: Year 6 take part in Shared Education each Wednesday afternoon with the Year 6 pupils from St. James's Primary. We work together on our World Around Us topics and PDMU.

In April, Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to go on a 3 day outdoor pursuits residential. It is a fantastic experience for the pupils. It helps them develop friendships, become more independent, have a go at new things, overcome fears.

Every day year 6 walk or run a daily mile. It not only helps keep us fit but helps us concentrate better on our work too.

Finishing Times: 3pm each day

Homework Schedule:

Day  Homework  Due Date 

Spellings, Mental Maths, Buzz Word, Maths Words 

Basic Skills in Literacy



 Tuesday Mental Arithmetic Wednesday
 Wednesday Maths and Grammar Minutes Thursday

Revision of Spellings, Mental Maths and Maths Words

 Friday Friday test signed and corrected. Reading Monday

Accelerated Reading: Pupils should be reading at home for at least 30 minutes every day.

P.E. Days: September/October - Tuesday. Pupils should wear PE kit to school with a pair of tracksuit bottoms and their school jumper.

November - June - Monday (Both classes)

Important Equipment:  

  • Pencil x 2
  • Sharpener
  • Rubber (preferably white – the coloured ones often make a mess of your page)
  • Red biro pen
  • Blue biro pen
  • Purple biro pen
  • Blue erasable handwriting pen
  • Ruler (15 or 30cm)
  • Colouring pencils/pens
  • Glue stick

Please only bring 1 pencil case to school! There is not enough space on the desks to have 2 or 3 pencil cases each.

You must also ensure you bring your AR book, homework diary and homework folder to school every day.

You need to bring a coat to school every day. We will complete our daily mile regardless of the weather!



10th Jan 2020
Yesterday, Year 6 had an amazing day, packed with adventure at Abbey Community Collage!...
10th Jan 2020
On Wednesday, Mrs Stewart delivered an amazing talk to Year 6, discussing her role...
10th Jan 2020
On Wednesday, Year 6 had a visit from Ben Lake & Jeff Mason from the Belfast...

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