Year 6 – Purple





Welcome to Purple Class





Our class teachers for the  academic year are Mrs Lyndsey Martin and Mrs Jayne Marshall. Our Teaching Assistant is Ms Debbie Warren.

In Purple Class, we cover many exciting topics to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding in-line with The National Curriculum 2014.  British Values also underpin our curriculum.

Our key topic areas this year are:

Would Ernest Shakleton plan differently if he had to explore The Sahara Desert?

Core text : ‘Shackleton’s Journey‘ by William Grill.

Shackleton’s Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton’s landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill’s impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackelton and his crew on Endurance .

This is a Geography based topic.  During this topic the children will be learning about about the geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

Click here for the  Knowledge Organiser Geography Comparison Sahara and Antarctic Knowledge Organiser

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How do the cities that Michael travels to compare with Nagasaki?

Core text : ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom‘ by Micheal Morpurgo.

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone … Kensuke’s Kingdom is a gripping adventure from the author of War Horse.

This is a Geography based topic.  During this topic the children will be learning about locational knowledge and human and physical knowledge of Europe and Japan.

Click here for the  Knowledge Organiser Geography Comparison Europe and Nagasaki Knowledge Organiser

To be, or not to be: that is the question?

Core text : ‘Macbeth‘ by William Shakespeare.

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

This is a History based topic. During this topic the children will be learning about the different types of pastimes and entertainment during Elizabethan times.

Click here for the Knowledge Organiser Elizabethan Entertainment Knowledge Organiser


What if Great Britain would have never been invaded?

This is a History topic. The children will revisit their previous learning of The Romans to the Vikings to support their chronological understanding.

Click here for the Knowledge Organiser Romans to Vikings Knowledge Organiser


Why was the Islamic Civilization around AD900 known as ‘The Golden Age’?

Core text: ‘One Thousand and One Arabian Nights’ by Geraldine Mccaughrean

A completely original version of the Arabian Nights Stories by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. In order to delay her inevitable execution, Queen Shaharazad tells her murdering husband, King Shahryar, a wonderfully exciting story every night.

This is a History topic. The children will learn about the Islamic Golden Age which  was a period of cultural, economic, and scientific flourishing in the history of Islam, traditionally dated from the 8th century to the 14th century. This will be a  study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century.

Click here for the Knowledge Organiser The Golden Age of Islam Knowledge Organiser


PE:  Purple Class will have their PE lessons on Fridays.  It is essential that children have the correct PE kit in school.

Indoor sessions:

  • Black shorts
  • Red polo shirt
  • Black pumps

Outdoor sessions

  • Black shorts or dark tracksuit bottoms (winter)
  • Red polo shirt
  • Trainers (not fashionable)
  • Sweater (winter)

Children must ensure if they are wearing small studded earrings then these are removed for PE lessons.

Our Learning Line

The Learning Line helps us the children to evaluate their own progress in lessons. This ties in with our survival and endurance theme for the year . Ours shows  the  journey of Ernest Shackleton. It follows the process of: Plan, Understand, Passion, Act, Evaluate, Embed.


Investors in pupils

Our class target is:  To always work hard/be focused and equip ourselves with the knowledge we need to meet our targets.

More detailed information about class activities will be shared with parents on our termly class newsletters.


Homework is explained on the newsletter each week.  It will be handed out on a Wednesday and must be returned to school the following Wednesday.  Homework will include: English, Maths, Spelling, Times Tables and a piece of ‘Talk’ homework which will link to our worship theme.

If you would like any more information about our class, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.