St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Welcome to Falcons Class

Year 6

Class Teacher: Mrs McDonagh

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Thomason


“We are all children of God, one family working together to develop a community of shared values, shared challenges and equal opportunities through knowledge and understanding of the Gospels, with Jesus Christ as our teacher.”

St Mary’s Catholic School Mission Statement


Welcome to Falcons Class, where the children embrace their final year of primary school education. Year 6 is an incredibly busy year where new learning continues, revision is ongoing and the bulk of the curriculum is delivered by early May, in time for the Key Stage 2 SATs. By the time your child reaches Year 6, they will be familiar with the strategies needed to ensure progress; the focus on working independently continues, with speed, clarity and accuracy being an expectation that becomes even more so important.

Throughout this transitional year, visits to and from the local secondary schools increase in frequency. Choosing a secondary school is a significant decision for families, and these open evenings/days are always very fruitful for both children and parents. Final visits to the schools are possible ahead of the application deadline date in October. Workshops and visits take place throughout the year, and during the last term of the school year, scheduled transitional days and weeks take place. There is plenty of advertisement around the town and through St Mary’s School, but make sure that you contact the secondary schools early in September to avoid missing out on these important opportunities.

Falcons Class will enjoy many sporting activities and tournaments throughout the year, such as rugby, football, cross-country, The Chippenham Games, and of course, our own sporting events here at St Mary’s. The teacher/pupil rounders match is always a most enjoyable event. Bikeability is in the school calendar for November – a valuable skill that many children are keen to acquire.

Regular assessments will occur throughout the year, culminating in the Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) during May 2020.

Shortly after the SATs, the children are able to look forward to their residential trip to Whitemead Forest Park, in Gloucestershire, where they will participate in energetic, team-building activities. On their return, the children will plan for and prepare their end-of-year production. Amidst the excitement of the production, the celebrations will continue with a special Diocesan Mass and an end-of-year party for the children, which is traditionally arranged by parents.

Our main aim for the Year 6 children of St Mary’s is to prepare them spiritually, academically and socially as they move on to the next exciting chapter of their lives. Transitional meetings between me and the Year 7 Liaison teachers from the local secondary schools are thorough and beneficial for all involved; they ensure that the process of your child’s transition is conducted as smoothly as possible. Individual needs are very much a focus of these meetings.

We want to provide parents and carers with opportunity to become involved in school life, so throughout the year we plan different occasions to enjoy together. We have enjoyed a ‘Meet the teacher’ evening, and we now have an upcoming class assembly and a class mass to anticipate. Throughout the year, parents will continue to be informed of the children’s learning and the exciting events that will be happening at different points of the year.

A link to the Year 6 Curriculum can be viewed here:


Detailed information packs from the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening have been sent home in which a summary of this term’s learning may be found. As a brief reminder, please see below for a recap of the the learning that will be delivered this term:

Religious Education:  

  • Creation/Judaism/Prayers, Saints and Feasts


  • Handwriting – Letter-join.
  • Reading – guided reading every day/ a cycle of 4 adults listening to children on a weekly basis, including the class teacher.
  • Spelling – No Nonsense scheme. Daily. Incorporates ¾ and 5/6 spellings and patterns from the Year 6 Curriculum.
  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation – taught through our Class Text: The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Weekly homework will be sent home.


  • Power Maths – Singapore style maths scheme.
  • Daily problem solving and arithmetic.
  • Number and place value to 10,000,000.
  • Addition/subtraction/multiplication/division.
  • Weekly arithmetic.
  • Weekly homework.

 Foundation Subjects: 

  • Science/DT – light/spectrum wheels.
  • History – Corsham/aspects of local history/ The Burlington Bunker/Corsham Court / The Weavers’ Cottages.
  • Geography - Corsham /types of settlement/ land use/economics and trade.
  • ICT – E-Safety.
  • Art – drawing in perspective/ sketching/collage.
  • Spanish
  • PE – Real PE and Rugby.

Should there be any questions, please feel welcome to come in and discuss.

Falcons Autumn Term Presentation can be viewed here

Falcons Class Newsletter Term 3 - January 2020