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Hill View Junior Academy

Best for the children

Year 6

2021 - 2022






        MISS E DIXON




Welcome to Year 6!

This is your final year at Hill View Junior Academy and we hope to make it a very special and memorable one. There are different trips and activities over the year, including our visit to Derwent Hill in December for a week of fun in the outdoors. A highlight of our learning this year is our focus on WW1 and WW2 where you will learn about the impact of the war on the world but also in our local area. It is a great opportunity to share stories about people in your own families and the roles they had in the war. As the year progresses, you will get ready for the SATs tests. But do not fear, by the time SATs arrive, the teachers will have prepared you so well you will be ready to do your best. In the summer term, you will have opportunities prepare for the transition to your chosen secondary school.

Derwent Hill and a fun week in school!


It has been a fun second to last week of the autumn term for year 6 children. Some of the year group have travelled to Derwent Hill with the rest of the children staying in school for a jam packed week of fun!

The children in Derwent Hill have had the opportunity to experience a range of different things: gorge walking, canoeing, mountain walks and orienteering to name but a few! They have all had a fantastic time and made memories to last a lifetime!

While in school, there has been lots of craft making, art and even baking! The children have all really enjoyed their different week and I’m sure they are all feeling festive and ready for the Christmas break.

Merry Christmas year 6!


During the autumn term, we have been learning how to draw in perspective.  We started with simple shapes disappearing to a single vanishing point.  We then moved on to drawing landscapes in perspective.  After drawing the horizon and vanishing points, we drew other objects, making sure that the ones in the foreground were larger than the ones in the background. Following this, we took inspiration from the colour used by the artist Paul Klee and completed a cityscape colour wheel. We had to make sure that we drew the buildings in perspective, as well as mix the primary and secondary colours.

Finally, we used a different medium: clay.  Can you see the perspective on our fantastic, colourful clay tiles?


History- WW1


In history this term we have enjoyed learning about World War 1. We learned about empires and colonies, and how these contributed to the long term causes of the war. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand then started the domino effect and we learned that within months lots of the major colonies had declared war! We also considered the impact which the war had on Sunderland specifically and spent some time producing leaflets to show the impact on Sunderland in every year of the war- doesn’t our work look fantastic! We now know lots about the conditions which soldiers endured in the trenches during the war and how their uniform was designed to protect them from the cold as well as the enemy.


The 11th of November was a special day in school and around the world. We produced poppy themed art work to show how the poppy is important in remembrance. We have even had a poppy stall in school which some of our year 6 children have been running to help raise money!


Sky Song

During our Year 6 English Lessons, we have been reading the exciting adventure novel Sky Song. It is a magical story about two young children who are on a mission to save the kingdom of Erkenwald from the rule of the evil Ice Queen. In our lessons, we have read the first few chapters together and used the descriptive language to create images of the Ice Queen. Next, we worked to write a section of the narrative using speech to move the story on. We have worked really hard to check our punctuation during our editing sections.

Year 6 are continuing to read Sky Song as part of our class novel, we have also spent some time learning all about the author – Abi Elphinstone. Researching information about her has allowed us to produce some fantastic biographies including facts about her early life and career.


“Sky Song is a book full of adventure and fantasy that will make you want to journey to the Arctic,” Class 6SY.