Academic Curriculum

A Subject Topic & Skills Grid giving an overview of what the children will be covering this term, will be published on Friday.



In Year 6 children should be spending 30 minutes per subject per week on prep set, with the presentation and effort maintained as in all class work expectations. We do expect the children to maintain focus on their weekly spellings and times tables by completing all activities and strategies set. Your children should continue to read at home and bring a current reading book into school daily. We do have a variety of reading books in class and weekly library visits continue. Please do encourage your child to read a wide variety of genres to help widen their vocabulary choices.

We appreciate your continued support in allowing your children to complete their homework as independently as possible.

Prep diaries should be bought into school each day. This is where they should record all prep and any daily notices. Prep diaries can also be used for home/school communications, and where you should sign each time you read with your child. House points awarded will be recorded here each week, and diaries will be checked by the Year 6 Team and signed off weekly.  A house point is awarded each week for correct diary use.

Pastoral Care and Curriculum

In our SHOOTS-wellbeing lessons this term we will be exploring ‘Positive Relationships’ following on from the very successful ‘Resilience’ topic last term linked to Marcus Rashford’s book, ‘You Are a Champion’; we were thrilled with how well the children responded to this and their enthusiasm shown. This term the children will explore the relationships they have in their life, consider the importance of compromise and forgiveness and learn how to find positive solutions if relations break down.

In PSHEE/RSE the pupils will explore and learn about: Puberty and Change – managing the changes of puberty, menstrual wellbeing, developing independence and how a baby is made. We will then move onto Managing Change after half term.  This topic will include: developing friendship skills, changing and ending friendships, managing change, loss and bereavement and understanding sources of support.


The Years 5 and 6 children will be taking a theatre trip to see ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ on Thursday 29th February. More information will follow nearer to the date.

The Year 6 Residential, which has always been one of the most popular trips at Pennthorpe for the children, is fast approaching at the end of the Spring Term. In four action-packed days they will spend time in both France and Belgium where they will experience an immersive week in French culture and language. They will taste the foods and test their language skills together with the opportunity to explore the World War 1 battlefields and memorials. This trip will not only give them a newfound confidence in their learning, but also an incredible shared experience with their peers creating wonderful memories together.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Information Evening on Tuesday 16th January at 6:00pm in the Library where the itinerary, travel details and packing list will be shared with you. In advance of this, please complete the form here to provide your child’s travel document details.


In Years 5 – 8 pupils must have their own fully stocked pencil case, including the following items:

  • HB pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Two Blue handwriting pens (not biro)
  • Red pen (a red biro is fine – children will use this to refine and perfect their work)
  • 30cm ruler
  • Coloured pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Three different coloured highlighters

Children should also have their charged laptop with them in school each day.

Year 6 Routine

Drop off is at 8:15am on the Terrace or in the Drop off zone, for registration at 8:20am. Children arriving earlier should be booked in for breakfast from 7:30am or join our Early Birds in the Sports Hall or Courts from 8:00am. Children should not enter the Clock Block earlier than 8:15am. Core lessons begin at 8.30am.

Pick Up is at 4:00pm at the front of school, unless your child is staying for Prep when pick up will be 5:00pm at the front of school. All children must ‘blob out’ with the member of staff on duty before they leave the school site.

If you would like your child to join us for breakfast, or stay beyond 4:00pm for Hobbies or After School Supervision / Supper Club, please book this via the Portal, or contact for assistance.

Dates for your Diary

As well as your pocket-sized diary, parents can also view the Spring Term calendar via the website and Parent Portal.

Please do have a look through and pop important dates in your diary.  Of course, sometimes plans need to be updated, and so any changes will be updated on our electronic calendar and communicated to you as soon as possible.

The key events for our Year 6 parents include:

  • There will be a Senior Prep Open Evening for the parents of our Years 5-6 pupils on Monday 15th January, where we will give insight into what pupils can expect in Pennthorpe’s Years 7 & 8, and how this might differ from the experience of the same years in larger Senior Schools;
  • Parents are invited to an information session regarding the Year 6 Residential to France on Tuesday 16th January at 6:00pm.
  • If you are interested in finding out more about the Prodigy Programme, we will be hosting an information evening on Tuesday 23rd January at 7:00pm and Thursday 25th January at 8:30am.
  • Parents are invited to our PSHEE Tea & Talk for Years 5-8 on Friday 9th February.
  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with Heads of Year on Tuesday 27th February at 8:30am.
  • The Years 5 and 6 children will be taking a theatre trip to see ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ on Thursday 29th February.
  • All our parents are invited into school to Come & See What We Do Afternoon on Friday 1st March.
  • Week beginning 4th March we will be hosting a Virtual Careers Fair where the children in Years 5-8 will have the opportunity to meet and talk to industry and job experts.
  • We will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character for the day.
  • Save the date for the Years 5-6 Showcase on Tuesday 12th March at 6:00pm.
  • The Year 6 Residential to France departs on Tuesday 19th March and returns on Friday 22nd March.
  • Wednesday 27th March is the end of term with school finishing for Year 6 children at 12:00pm.

FoP events

Our brilliant Friends of Pennthorpe, as always, will be doing lots to support our school and community this term. Key things for you to watch out for include:

  • Bags of Support Collections on Friday 12th January and Friday 22nd March.
  • Please save the date for the FoP Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 2nd February.
  • The Friends of Pennthorpe Mother’s Day Shop will open it’s doors on Tuesday 5th March.
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday 12th March.
  • After-school Tuck Shop on Friday 15th March.


Now that the weather is getting colder please can you ensure your child has a named Pennthorpe hat, scarf and gloves in school.

Children are expected to wear smart uniform each day, with clean shoes and tied back hair as required for girls. All children should wear their blazers coming to and from school.

As a reminder, all PE and Games kit should be brought in to school on a Monday morning and should be taken home for washing at the end of each week (see below for sports kit requirements).

The Year 6 Team will be conducting a complete kit check at the beginning of term.  This will include wellies, waterproof trousers, school play coat, water bottle and sports kit. It is important that the children understand the importance of looking after and organising their own property. Please support this at home, by ensuring your child uses their independence and organisational skills to ensure they have what they need in school each day and take care of their belongings (especially their laptops!).

Please ensure that all items of uniform are named, including water bottles, shoes, wellies and trainers.

If you have any uniform requirements, please place an order via our website here. You can also book an appointment at the Uniform Shop by contacting or drop in during the times below:

  • Monday 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Sports Kit

For the first half of the Spring Term,  boys will be continuing with rugby and the girls with netball. A full kit list is available here, and all branded items can be ordered through Blueblood


  • Games kit
  • All jewellery must be removed
  • Base layers (recommended)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Base layers (recommended)

Please can the boys have a separate bag (such as a bin bag) in their games kit bag so muddy sports kit can be kept away from clean PE kit/uniform and a named towel to wipe excess mud off after rugby sessions.


After half-term the boys will be switching to hockey and girls to football.


  • Games kit
  • Shin Pads
  • Football Boots (optional)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard

Car park

Please do not park in the drop-off lanes at the front of school if you are coming past the gates to drop your child into school, or collect them from one of the school buildings. These lanes are intended for dropping-off only!

Instead, please park up in the car park, or find a safe place to park on the neighbouring roads (being considerate of our neighbours, especially with regards parking near to junctions or driveways).