The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement

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The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement


Welcome to the Wagtails!

  Mrs Lock and Mrs Simpson


Thank you for coming to look at our class page. We hope that it will give you an idea of some of the things that we get up to, as well as lots of other important information for the year ahead. If you want to find out more about what we are learning this term then please take a look at our termly overviews.

Our topic this term is 'Chocolate'. Throughout the term, we are going to be learning about the Maya Civilisation and how they made and used chocolate, as well as discovering other aspects of their culture and lifestyle. Having looked at the Maya's use of chocolate we will use our DT lessons to create some confectionery of our own as well as designing attractive packaging. Our journey will take us to Central America where we will find out about a variety of animals using the rain forests in the area as their habitat. In Science we will learn how to classify the living creatures and how classification helps Scientists. Our Art lessons will see us exploring Quentin Blake and his illustrations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will study his style and technique before creating our own characters. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.




Overview 'Chocolate'

Year Six Chocolatiers!

Year Six Chocolatiers! 1 We have been designing boxes of chocolates.
Year Six Chocolatiers! 2 We have worked hard on our box designs.
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Year Six Chocolatiers! 4 This week we made the contents for our boxes....
Year Six Chocolatiers! 5 ...and today was the day....
Year Six Chocolatiers! 6 ...for seeing how they turned out.
Year Six Chocolatiers! 7 We were impressed with the results.
Year Six Chocolatiers! 8 The chocolates looked delicious.
Year Six Chocolatiers! 9 They came out of the moulds easily.
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Year Six Chocolatiers! 13 Well for most of us!!!
Year Six Chocolatiers! 14 We got to taste them too. YUMMY!
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Year Six Chocolatiers! 25 The whole classroom looked like a chocolate shop!
Year Six Chocolatiers! 26 We loved the end results!
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Exploring the Maya

Exploring the Maya 1 The Maya didn't eat chocolate..they drank it!
Exploring the Maya 2 We made hot chocolate..Maya style.
Exploring the Maya 3 The Maya liked their drinks with froth.
Exploring the Maya 4 We loved our spicy mixes.
Exploring the Maya 5 We learned about Maya head dresses.
Exploring the Maya 6 We got creative with feathers...
Exploring the Maya 7 ...and made some wonderful creations.
Exploring the Maya 8 The Maya used corn in their cooking.
Exploring the Maya 9 We made tortillas from corn and chickpea flour.
Exploring the Maya 10 It was messy....
Exploring the Maya 11 ,,,,it was sticky...
Exploring the Maya 12 ...but also very fun!

WW1 Baking-What did you think of our Wartime Fruit Cake?

Testing trebuchets

Parachutes-testing air resistance.

A few reminders

PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday so children will require full school PE kit on these days, although it is best to keep it in school if possible. Children should be prepared for both indoor and outdoor PE, as this can change depending on the weather. 


Homework Expectations


Maths, Grammar and Punctuation (set weekly, on a Wednesday, to be returned to school by the following Wednesday)

Children will be provided with a maths workbook, as well as a grammar and punctuation book. The children will be shown which activities to do each week. Spellings Children will also be set a spelling objective on a Wednesday, usually based on their work from that week. The children will then be tested on words, using this pattern, the following Wednesday, as well as words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list and words from previous lessons. The children will usually mark their own homework so they have the opportunity to correct and learn from any mistakes.



Project-based homework will also be set at different points during the year. When completing projects, other homework will be adjusted to allow children adequate time at home to complete these.  Our current project is World Book Day story jars; a chance to be really creative. Have fun!



Your child should be reading regularly at home and this needs to be recorded in their reading diaries. They should also be given the opportunity to read aloud to an adult and there are questions in their reading journals which parents can use to help develop comprehension skills. 


Recommended Books For Year 6 Children

Useful Links

  • The Claypole Church of England Primary School, School
  • Lane, Claypole, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5BQ
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