Who has taken part in the extreme reading challenge? If you have read in an unusual place, please share your picture with us.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. First day back for the children is Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 8.45am.


Some wonderful artwork from our year 4s at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Christmas at Kent House


Library Visit – EYFS


Library Visit – EYFS


Road Safety Workshops


Then there was light!


Harris Conference 2019


Cross Country Heroes!


Inspired by the work of Stephen Wiltshire some of our pupils have been imitating his cityscapes. Great job Ruby!


Book Fair Is Coming


Read Write Inc @ Kent House


Remembrance @ Kent House


Read Write Inc Information Session


Chartwells School Meal Parent & Pupil Survey

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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6:
Palm, Pine & Poplar Class


Welcome back to year 6 for the second half of Autumn term! This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home. We now have three Year 6 classes and would like to Welcome Mr. Dunn, who will be teaching Poplar Class. Palm Class will continue to be taught by Mrs. Hicks and Pine Class by Mr. Griffin.

Key Times


A homework challenges will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on several projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. In addition to this, we will be setting weekly Maths, Grammar and Spelling homework from the second week to support with your child’s learning in the lead up to SATs.


In year 6, the PE day for Pine and Poplar Class is Friday, whilst Palm Class will have theirs on a Friday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on this day.


We will be taking Year 6 on a local History and Geography walk around the local area to explore the Victorian Era buildings and legacies, as well the human geographical features of Penge.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.



Read it!

Say it!

Practise it!

  • Read another book by Louis Sachar (our focus author for this term)


  • Write a review of this book.



Challenge: Can you find out some info about Louis Sachar and write a mini biography?

By encouraging students to think and speak using sophisticated phrasing, they are more likely to internalize it and use it confidently in their writing.

Read, learn and use the key vocabulary listed below.  Work together to incorporate the vocabulary into a conversation:

  • Rehabilitate
  • Desolate
  • Perseverance
  • Convicted
  • Scarce
  • Vast
  • Stifling
  • Discipline
  • Society
  • Despicable


  • Practise your multiplication tables along with the corresponding division facts - especially 6, 9 and 12.

Experiment with different ways to learn them, e.g. writing them out, songs on YouTube, reciting them aloud or asking someone to test you. 

  • Practice your weekly spellings – try using them in a sentence both written and in discussion

Make it!

Write it!

Share it!

In History, we are learning about the British Empire.


Can you make a 3D map of the Empire?

  • Imagine that you Queen Victoria, how would you govern countries/states in your Empire, such as Hong Kong and India, from so far away? Write a diary account expressing her thoughts and fears about running The Empire.
  • Create a poster to demonstrate and explore your favourite aspect of learning this half-term.
  • You can create: a poster, leaflet, PowerPoint demonstration, news report, interview.  Be creative

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together. The best homework overall will be presented in assembly and displayed around the school.

We are all very grateful for your support!

In addition, we will be looking for every child to read at home with their parents every evening. Listening to children read will enable them to grow in confidence as they become fluent readers. Once children are able to read fluently and with expression and engage in discussion around their comprehension of the texts will be equally beneficial.

What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading “Holes” by Louis Sachar. The book centers on an unlucky teenage boy named Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile corrections facility in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft. In Maths, we will begin by focusing on the following unit: division, fractions, percentages and decimals. We will then move onto other areas of mathematics in order to ensure the children are prepared for their SATs. In Science, we are continuing our learning about Living things and Their Habitats, whilst in Geography we are learning about local maps and locations. In History, we are learning about The British Empire and its role in shaping the modern world.

How can I help at home?

As Year 6 pupils begin their journey towards the SATs tests that begin in May 2019, we will be focusing on lessons that will consist of revision in all reading, maths, grammar and spelling topics.

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr. Dunn, Mr. Griffin or Mrs. Hicks, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mr. Dunn, Mr. Griffin and Mrs. Hicks