Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy

Welcome to 6NB!

In our class, we have Miss Body and Mrs Blake to help us with our learning. On this page you will find lots of details about the curriculum and current topic, as well as information about our work in class and homework.

Year 6 is an extremely busy yet exciting year, full of both challenges and changes while we prepare for SATs in May and the transition to a new school in Summer. 

 Images from our recent trip to Lea Green










Our new topic: Dawning of the Ages


This spring term we will be studying the early history of humans, journeying through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. During this huge swathe of time humans developed from nomadic hunter gatherers to highly organised groups capable of erecting monuments which survive today. By the end of the Iron Age, Britain was inhabited by people who had a sophisticated culture & who created items of beautiful artwork from which we glean information about these communities today. A study of the ages will be undertaken with a weekly focus on the key features of each age.



Literacy units will study the myths associated with life through the ages, focusing on dragons and their representation in literature. We will learn about a range of mythical creatures and characters, including dragon slayers and hobbits. We will study work by J.R.R Tolkien, work on a short film known as 'The Dragon Slayer' and use the i-Pad app Epic Citadel  to write our own adventure novel about a thief, a dragon and an unsuspecting hobbit!


Later in the term we'll enjoy reading Clive King's story about a caveman, known as 'Stig of the Dump'.  


During this topic, the children will be using a variety of resources, media and learning styles to answer the following questions:


Challenge 1

When was the Stone Age? (history)

Prehistory / Religion


Challenge 2

 How did life change up to the Iron Age? (history) 

Farming, Trade


Challenge 3

 How did life change up to the Iron Age? (history)

Military Development, Buildings


Challenge 4

How can we copy drawings accurately making them bigger and smaller? (art – grid drawing)

How did stone age people tell stories? (art – cave drawings)


Challenge 5
 How can we recreate ancient artefacts?

Challenge 6
What is the purpose and value of a sacred space?

These questions contribute to answering the big question:

'How did Britain change from Stone Age to Iron Age?'


The learning log task for this topic will be to research and present information about a chosen mythical dragon. Children will receive a prompt sheet at the start of the term. This will then help to support a literacy unit in which we will be writing about our own dragons, building suspension and tension into our work. You could find about Smaug from 'The Hobbit' or discover more about the Chinese Lung & Frost Dragons. 


Our science topic: Electricity

In science we will be learning about electricity, associating the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. We will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches, and record our findings using recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.



In school, we follow a scheme which covers the Mathematics curriculum. This term, we will be learning about place value, addition and subtraction, and properties of shape. At the beginning of each unit of work (approximately every 3 weeks), children will be given a Maths newsletter outlining the teaching and learning at school. This also includes details of questions and activities for children to work on at home with their parents/carers to support their learning at school. 



Please find below expected minimum homework requirements during this term.


Reading - 3 x 15 minutes per week

Maths - 1 set per week (Wednesday)

Spelling - 1 set per week (Monday)

Science / Topic – usually 1 piece per week (Friday)


Literacy – 1 piece every 3 -4 weeks (personal learning log)The ‘learning log’ is a piece of individual homework when your child may be imaginative, creative and resourceful in order to produce various pieces of work. Children will present their personal learning to the class throughout the topic and add any resources to our Learning Log Display.


We are looking forward to a great year in Year 6, so please do not hesitate to contact school with any questions or queries. We are here to support your child and ensure that their experience at school is of the most beneficial quality for them. 

Miss Body