Purple 2022 - 2023

Mrs Buckley

Mrs Loveland

Welcome to Aqua Class


We are a Year 6 class who are taught by Mrs Lawton and Mrs Tyrrell, supported by Mrs Chadwick.

This is what we will be learning about in the Autumn term:



In maths children will continue to deepen their understanding of number and place value. They will count to and across 100, forwards and backwards and identify one more and one less than any given number under 100. To support and deepen understanding the children will identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including number lines, and will use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer). The children will learn how to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. 

The children in Purple class will also develop their understanding of addition and subtraction. They will present and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20, Children will be challenged to solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems.

Children will also explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.


At Weston all children are exposed to a wide and rich variety of fiction and nonfiction books that aim to develop vocabulary, comprehension and written outcomes. In the first half of your child’s year in Year 1 the class will read Major Glad, Major Dizzy by Jan Oke. This beautifully illustrated story book is based on the true discovery of a hidden hoard of Victorian toys under the author's floor. It will introduce some of the milestones of recent British history and hopefully interest children in tracing the past through found objects and old photographs. It is funny and poignant and will provide many wonderful written outcomes.

In the second half of the term the class will share the story Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin. This unique and striking picture book retells the classic fairy tale of the Golden-haired princess who is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. The children will be exposed to a wide range of challenging vocabulary, will be asked to sequence sentences and form short narratives. They will also have the opportunity to nonfiction text types including instructions.


Our School

Purple class will begin our geographical journey around the world, starting with our immediate environment and building on the firm foundations from the Early Years Foundation Stage. The children will explore our school environment at Weston using first-hand observation and experience to further and enhance awareness of the local area. Children will also work to develop essential map skills and fieldwork.


Nurturing Nurses

The children in Purple class will learn about influential nurses such as: Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. Children will work to identify and establish what makes a person significant, including figures from their own lives. The children will have opportunities to explore and compare the lives and work of nurses from the past and consider how these individuals have influenced nursing today.


Computing Skills

In computing, the children will learn and develop their basic computing skill required to use a desktop or laptop computer. The children will learn how to use a trackpad and how to switch on and shut down a computer. They will apply their trackpad skills by launching applications, manipulating windows and opening and saving files and folders. The children will then practise their clicking skills and learn how to drag objects using a trackpad.

Programming Toys

The children will be introduced to the principles of programming through unplugged tasks and the use of Bee-Bots. They will be introduced to algorithms as a set of step-by-step instructions given to a device. The children will learn how to debug simple algorithms and how to use logical reasoning to predict how a program will behave.



The children in Purple class will learn about the Spanish Catalan artist, Joan Mirό. This vibrant and inspiring artist will help the children create pieces of art that are full of colour, fun, dreams, and nonsense. Children will learn all about his magical realist paintings, drawing on their own experiences to create dream-like pictures about their own lives. We will have great fun exploring printmaking with lots of different objects and materials to illustrate a nonsense alphabet. The children will love using their imaginations as they delve into Mirό’s Surrealist paintings and sculptures, learning new techniques and making their own unique, colourful, and exciting artworks.

Design Technology:


Purple class will get the chance to make their very own models of playground equipment. They will explore different types of playground equipment, how they move and what they are made of, as well as exploring different ways of joining materials together.


Animals Including Humans

In Science this term the children in Purple class will learn about five of the groups that scientists use to classify animals: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The children will learn to identify the group an animal belongs to by its features and will classify animals according to their group. They will also learn about the different diets animals eat. This unit will be enhanced by an in-school zoo visit where children can handle and make careful observations of animals from all 5 animal groups. In addition, children will learn about the parts of the human body and have the opportunity to explore the five senses through simple investigation.

Seasonal Changes (Autumn and Winter)

Children will be learning about the four seasons, with a particular focus on autumn and winter. Purple class will learn what the word weather means and find out how different types of weather can be measured. We will create a class weather station to observe measure and record the weather across the seasons. We will also have opportunities to observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of autumn and winter through nature and wildlife. 


Christianity: The Creation Story

We will be learning to re-tell the Christian Creation story and to explore how this influences how Christians behave towards nature and the environment. The children will develop their questioning, investigation and develop their ability to express themselves. The children will also think about how the world is precious and that we need to look after it. 


Exploring Sounds: Ourselves

The children will be creating and responding to vocal sounds and exploring how to change sounds. They will explore tuned and untuned instruments and use body percussion sounds to create descriptive sounds. 


Relationships: Team - This unit is inspired by the idea that if a team works well together, it has a positive impact on all of its members and what they can achieve. We aim to enable children to develop successful and collaborative working skills, such as good listening. The children in Purple class will learn about the importance of being kind to others, the effects of bullying and teasing and what to do about it if they see it happening, or it happens to them. They will also think about effective learning skills and how to identify good and not-so-good choices.

Living in the Wider World: Money Matter - Children will think about where money comes from and how it can be used. Children will discuss the idea of spending and saving their money and begin to understand why it is important to keep belongings, including money, safe. They will also learn about the different things on offer when they go shopping and how we need to identify the difference between the things we want and the things we need.


The children will have two P.E. sessions. Outdoor PE will be taught on a Monday. In the Autumn term children will be working to improve their striking and fielding skills and attacking and defending techniques. Indoor PE will be taught on a Thursday. Lessons will include bouncing and catching.

On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.


Maths: If we feel your child needs to consolidate or finish their work, we will send a copy for you to complete with your child at home. In addition to any homework given, children can access maths games (NumBots) to help improve mathematical fluency.

We will post Talk Maths homework activities on Class Dojo. This is a great way for your child to share the skills and strategies they are using in school. We would also encourage you to practise the 2, 5 and 10 X tables at home with your child. 5 minutes at breakfast or in the car is a great way to add it in to your day without it becoming too onerous.

English: Spelling Shed logins are in the reading diaries. The expectation will be that your child works on a weekly spelling list of spellings. There are activities and games on the website to support the learning of these spellings. Spelling related activities will take place in school throughout the week.

Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. Reading books will be changed on Wednesdays. Please send your child in with their books each day as they could be heard reading any day of the week. Please continue to support the use the ‘Bug Club’ at home. This is a valuable resource in helping develop your child's reading and comprehension skills. We have found that children who regularly access ‘Bug Club’ books at home progress more quickly than those who don’t. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. 

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