Birkbeck Primary School

Elder class

Welcome to Elder class, I am looking forward to working with you and supporting your child to achieve their very best this year.

Please see below a video explaining what we will be learning about this term.  

Mrs Townsend



September Blog

I would like to start this blog by wishing a huge well done to all of Elder class. Coming into Year 6 can be a big change for the children, however they have all shown resilience and independence when talking this change head on.

We have been working hard across all subjects, ensuring that our work is completed to the best of our ability. Please see some examples of what we have been doing below:


In maths we have been working on refining our knowledge of number and place value to provide us with a solid foundation of learning that will help us to tackle more complex mathematical concepts and problems as the year progresses. All of the children in the class have worked hard to ensure that they have a deep knowledge of this topic and are often completing extension activities that challenge them beyond their age-related expectations for Year 6!


Charlie- Maths Work


In our reading and writing lessons, we have been looking at our core text for this term - Letters from the Lighthouse. The children have been busy making links and trying to uncover the mystery of Sukie's disappearance and the secret coded messages she has left behind for her sister who has been evacuated to a very strange place indeed... This has sparked many inspiring conversations amongst the class in which they have been delving deep into the plot and characters to try and uncover the mysteries surrounding the story. This has extended into their writing lessons as they have begun to construct beautiful narratives based around Chapter 1 of the book. The children have challenged themselves in experimenting with vocabulary and grammatical features to really create an impact on their readers!

 Saanvi- Letters from the Lighthouse Narrative


Our History topic this term is WW2 and the Rise of Nazi Germany. So far, the children have learned about Hitler's rise to power and how he manipulated the situation in Germany to provide him with the greatest amount of power he could possibly acquire! It has been really lovely to listen to the children have such insightful conversations about the morality and ethics of Hitler's rise to power and recognise how this can relate to some of the modern-day situations that they are witnessing in the news. 


Kiera - History Work


Our science topic this term is 'Animals Including Humans' and the children have discovered many new facts about their own bodies! We were shocked to discover that the rhythmic thud of our heart is actually the chambers in our heart opening and closing to let our blood pass through properly! The children have also taken part in a practical experiment to show how the blood flows through each of these chambers without escaping out... even though a couple of us managed to get trapped in these 'chambers' during the lesson!


George and Autumn - Science Work


The children have taken part in their first mock SATS week and shown extreme courage, determination and resilience throughout. They should be incredibly proud of the hard work and focus they put into these tests - and their results definitely reflect this! 

I would like to end by saying a massive congratulations to the children for coming back to school and hitting the ground running – Miss Lumsden and I are very much looking forward to the year ahead!

 Mrs Townsend

October Blog

As we close the chapter on the first half term of the academic year, I find myself filled with a sense of pride and gratitude. The Year 6 students have embarked on their final year of primary school with unwavering determination, remarkable focus, and an impressive level of maturity. This blog post is dedicated to celebrating their exceptional transition into the year group and the inspiring qualities they've displayed throughout this period.  The transition from Year 5 to Year 6 can be a challenging one, marked by increased academic rigor and responsibilities. However, our Year 6 students have tackled this transition with grace and resilience. From the very beginning, it was evident that they were ready to embrace the challenges and seize every opportunity to learn and grow.

The students adapted quickly to their new schedules and classroom environments and their resilience has shone through, whether it's navigating complex mathematical concepts, diving into in-depth research for their projects, or showing excellent organisational skills in managing their time effectively. It's heart-warming to see how they've embraced the changes and continue to thrive.

One of the standout qualities of our Year 6 students this half term has been their remarkable focus. With the anticipation of SATs and the impending transition to secondary school, it's essential for them to stay on track and dedicated to their studies. The students' unwavering focus is evident in their daily tasks and their commitment to improving their skills and knowledge. They've approached each lesson with enthusiasm, eager to absorb all they can. 

Year 6 has also seen the emergence of a remarkable drive for success among our students. They've set personal goals, both academically and socially, and are committed to achieving them. Their ambitions, coupled with their hard work, are shaping them into young individuals who are not only equipped for the challenges ahead but ready to embrace them with open arms. 

As we reflect on the first half term of Year 6, it is abundantly clear that our students have made an exceptional start to their final year of primary school. Their smooth transition, unwavering resilience, focus, and drive for success have left a lasting impression on all of us. I am immensely proud of each and every one of our Year 6 students and look forward to the exciting journey that lies ahead. Their accomplishments so far are a testament to their potential, and I have no doubt that they will continue to excel and make their mark in the coming months. With such a determined, focused, and driven group of students, the future is undoubtedly bright for Year 6, and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this incredible journey.

Mrs Townsend

November Blog

It's time for another exciting update on all the super learning that is  taking place in Year 6 Elder Class! Our students have been working diligently across various subjects, immersing themselves in the world of fractions, historical events, and scientific wonders.

Mathematics Marvels: Mastering Fractions

In the realm of mathematics, our Year 6 students have been diving deep into the fascinating world of fractions. From understanding the basics to mastering complex concepts, our young mathematicians have been working hard to build a solid foundation in this essential mathematical skill. Whether it's adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing fractions, our class has embraced the challenge with enthusiasm and a determination to conquer the world of numbers. Here is some of our amazing work:


Historical Journeys: Letters from the Past

In the realm of writing, our students have embarked on a poignant journey back in time to World War II. Through immersive lessons, they've crafted heartfelt letters home from a soldier's perspective, capturing the emotions and experiences of those who served during this pivotal moment in history. This project has not only honed their writing skills but has also allowed them to empathize with the challenges faced by soldiers and their families during wartime. Please read some of our fantastic letters:



Unravelling the Past

History has come alive in Year 6 as we learnt about the holocaust and some of the atrocities committed during World War II. The children created their own remembrance flames considering how we can remember those who have been lost. 


Scientific Explorations: Classification and Trailblazing Scientists

Switching gears to science, our curious minds have been exploring the wonders of classification. From understanding the intricacies of taxonomy to delving into the ground breaking work of scientists like Charles Darwin and Carl Linnaeus, our Year 6 students have been captivated by the marvels of the natural world.  


London Docklands Museum Adventure: A Journey Through Time

Adding a touch of excitement to our historical studies, our Year 6 students recently embarked on a school trip to the London Docklands Museum. The WW2 galleries proved to be a treasure trove of information, allowing our students to connect their classroom learning with real-world artefacts and immersive exhibits. The trip was not only educational but also a whole lot of fun, with our students eagerly exploring the museum's captivating displays.

 The children have really worked hard and I am proud of the progress that they are all making. Please check in next month to see some more of our learning. 

Mrs Townsend

Spring Term 2024

Welcome to the Spring Term. Please see below our Spring Term presentation explaining what Year 6 will be doing this term.




February Blog

In Year 6, the children have shown remarkable dedication and perseverance as they embrace their new sets, demonstrating a commendable commitment to their academic journey. Their diligence has yielded impressive results, evident in their performance during the mock SATs exams that took place at the end of January. With focused effort and determination, they have achieved commendable outcomes, reflecting their readiness for the challenges ahead.


Moreover, their creativity flourished during the previous half term, as they collaborated to craft stunning photo montages, showcasing not only their academic prowess but also their artistic talents and collaborative spirit. These accomplishments stand as a testament to their hard work, resilience, and collaborative ethos, marking them as bright stars poised for continued success.



Well done to all. 

Mrs Townsend and Mr Cakebread

March Blog 2024

As their final mock week concludes, we're filled with immense pride for our Year 6 students. Their dedication and resilience have been remarkable, evident in their focused approach to each task and exam. With SATs approaching, their hard work and preparation are evident, setting a confident tone for the challenges ahead. Witnessing their growth and determination, We couldn't be prouder of how they've risen to the occasion.

Together, we'll make these last weeks count, ensuring they're fully prepared to showcase their abilities and excel in their upcoming exams.

Mrs Townsend and Mr Cakebread

Summer Term 2024


Please use the link above to view the Y6 Summer Term Curriculum Presentation.