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Welcome to our class page! My name is Miss Berrington and I  teach Australia class. My major passions in life are the RAMS as well as teaching. I am a huge lover of music and vinyl, so any opportunity to use this to inspire learning will be used in our classroom. 


If you wish to contact me, please do so via class dojo rather than email, as I check this on a more regular basis. I will sign your children's planners every Friday so feel free to leave a note if you need to. 



 Spring 1: Rich and Poor


This learning block links very closely to last term's 'Achievements and Legacies'. 

We will be basing our learning around life in England from Tudor times to the Victorian era by comparing the lives of those rich and poor.  Our enquiries will take us to looking at labour for both adults and children, how the Children's Act came about and how all of this has impacted on the criminal system we know today.  In computing we shall looking at the finer skills of how to make a really impressive Powerpoint publication with hyper links and lots of other fancy features. In PSHE this term we will be exploring the concept of drugs through looking at alcohol, caffeine, tobacco. Alongside this we will be investigating what influences us, how to manage peer pressure and advertising and who we can talk to.








PE for the spring term will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Don’t forget your kit!








7/2/20 We have massaged our mental health today and are going into the weekend with clear minds and happy souls. Well done for everyone's engagement this week.

24/1/20 It's been another brilliant week down under, learning about the Victorian Workhouse and life for the paupers. It has served as a great reminder of just how lucky we are. 

17/1/20 Well done for another brilliant week possums. Despite the rain we still got out to do our 4 minute continuous run for our fitness test. yes

14/2/20 What a week: wind, rain and snow and that was just outside of the classroom. Inside we have been arguing the rights of children in the workhouse and so much more.

10/1/20 It's been a busy week and everyone has settled into the new term brilliantly; Mr Brown included. He will be with us until Miss Berrington is back on her feet (no pun intended). cheeky




I hope you all had a lovely holiday and a good rest. We can't wait to get started with our learning for the new term! I will continue my weekly blog and update it each Friday. smiley


Oh.... and did anyone get a good book for Christmas?winkwinkwink




Homework in Y6 is used as a stepping stone for what can be expected at secondary school. It is important that diaries are used on a daily basis, that homework is recorded in them and that they are signed by an adult at home on a weekly basis. 


At least one piece of homework is given out each week. This may be in the form of e-homework (mymaths,, TT Rock Stars etc) or it may be paper based. When paper based it needs to be completed in the homework book. The presentation and organisation expectations for work in this book are also set out in this book. Pupils are asked to hand homework back within a week of it being set.

Remember: To be the best version of ourselves we give our all to everything.

Please take the time to learn your spellings and go onto TT Rock Star.

Nobody ever got better at something without investing time in it!

14/2/20 Please complete CGP set B Paper 3 Reasoning -  (The instructions and answers can be found in the documents below.)

7/2/20 Please complete the Percentages Activity that has been given out in class.

24/1/20 Please complete the GAPs activities (Antonyms and Synonyms)

17/1/20 Please complete the DT homework that can be found in the documents below.  

10/1/20 Please read a few chapters of your reading book and complete your spelling crossword. Spend some time learning your weekly spellings and don't forget to make some time for your big Y6 spelling list. 

20/12/19 Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. Because we want you to make memories with your families in the holiday period we are not setting any homework. But please, if Santa brings you a book or anything to read then please sit down and enjoy it, maybe even with a loved one.

heartShare some good old fashioned quality time together.heart

13/12/19 Below is a document called, 'Bridges'. Please complete this activity and read to an adult so that you can work on your inference.

6/12/19 Please complete Mymaths fractions activity.


22/11/19 Login to for your grammar homework this week.

15/11/19 This week's homework is a reading activity and has been given out on paper. It is entitled 'The Baking Battle.

8/11/19 Please complete your Mymaths activity

24/10/19 After our Derbyshire Police Knife Crime talk why not go and visit the Knife Angel Statue is Derby this holiday.

Please spend copious amounts of time on TT Rock Star so that we can win the academy battle. Learn your Y5/6 spelling list and finish your reading book. There is a Mymaths multiplication and division activity to complete too. 

18/10/19 Today is the day we find out which class (Australia or Mexico) won the TT Rock Star battle! Who will reign supreme - this time?surprise

In preparation for making or modern Briton documentary, your homework is to watch a documentary of your choice. Below are a series of questions to answer about your chosen documentary.


11/10/19 Please read to an adult, do 15 minutes on our TT Rock Star battle and learn your spellings. 

There is a bonus merit for everyone that battles and a 5 merit bonus for the highest scorer from our class.

As a pre-lesson task we would like you to think of a modern living Briton such as Sir David Attenborough,  that you believe to be a positive icon. Think beyond Youtube influencers and footballers and more about someone who has positively impacted lots of different people and not just children or people who like sport. You may present this information in any way you choose but remember it must meet the Y6 homework standards. This will really help you in your lessons next week.

4/10/19 I'm giving you an extension on last week's homework as so many of you have struggled with it.  Therefore no new homework will be set this week. Please ensure you do you reading, spellings and TT Roc Stars time though.

27/9/19 Complete the Volcano activity below using the following weblink:

20/9/19 Mymaths has been set - be sure to get it done and have a go at TTRockstars and Spelling shed to keep yourself on track for next week's lessons. 

13/9/19 SPAG has been assigned and there is an optional grammar activity below if you want to go deeper with your understanding of paragraphing. (SPAG 1)

2/9/19 Please return your holiday homework on the first day of term - Bonus merits for everyone that does. yes