St Michael's CE Primary School

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Birch Class


We have named our classes after trees this year and Year 6 is Birch Class.


Information about Birch Trees


Birch is deciduous tree that belongs to the family Betulaceae. There are around 60 different species of birch that grow in temperate climate around the world. Birch requires well-drained soil, enough moisture and direct sunlight for the proper growth. It usually grows near the lakes and rivers. Birch is known as pioneer species because it easily populates habitats destroyed by fire.




 We will begin our literacy by exploring the importance of trees and finding out more about the birch tree.  For Black History we will study the biographies of significant Black Britons.  Children will be reading Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman and exploring the themes in the story.  This also links to our science topic on the human body. Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian is the other book we will be studying this term. As well as looking at these texts in detail we will be developing our own ideas for writing in the form of character analysis, persuasion, biographies, diaries, newspaper reports and poems.  This will include a focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling as part of our preparation for SATs next year.




  • Place value of 6 digit numbers and up to 3 place decimal numbers
  • Mental strategies for multiplication and division, addition and subtraction including money and fractions with different denominators.
  • Area and volume of shapes
  • Measures
  • Reasoning about numbers and problem solving



Medicine - This term we will be studying Medicine past and present.


  • The theories of medicine – past and present (History)
  • Describe and identify reasons for and results of historical events, situations and changes. (History)
  • Gather and use information to suggest solutions to problems. (Technology and English)
  • Explain how the lives of people in one group were affected by the activities of other groups. (History)
  • Place the events, people and changes in a chronological framework (History/English)



Our science topic this term is Animals Including Humans


  • Identify the main parts of the human circulatory system
  • Describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
  • Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyles on the way bodies function.
  • Describe the ways in which nutrients are transported within animals and humans.

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