Year 6


Parent / carer chats today!

Parent / carer chats got underway this morning. The weather is beautiful so we are using the playground to meet up. If you booked an appointment, I’ll see you later to talk about what fantastic learners you all are! Be prepared to feel proud!

Mr Hankin


Holiday Maths Challenges from NRICH

Hi all,

During the Summer holidays, the nrich maths website are producing a challenge a day. These aren’t compulsory (you don’t have to do them); they are optional (you can choose to do them if you want). Have a look at them here:


Newton Abbot College Transition

Following this week’s visits by Coombeshead Academy staff to talk with our children about their transition to Coombeshead, we have managed to arrange visits from Newton Abbot College staff next week. Claire Cowan, KS3 Raising Achievement leader, will visit us on Wednesday and Thursday (8th & 9th July) with one of their Heads of House, to discuss transition with groups of children who attend our school on those days. Mr Hankin

Coombeshead Induction day

Hi all,

It was great to meet Mrs Coulson and Mr Emanuel from Coombeshead Academy this week – we all said how it helped us know lots more about going to secondary school. They answered loads of our questions and made us feel excited about going to Coombeshead. They told us about the Induction day which will take place online this year, due to our current Covid situation. Future Coombeshead students will need to be ready to go online at 10am tomorrow – that’s Wednesday 1st July at 10am. They think it should last until lunchtime. You can just watch or you can join in at some points during the session. There are lots of important people to meet so enjoy it!

If your parents/carers can’t find the email from Coombeshead which was sent yesterday, you can follow the link here:


If you can’t follow it, copy and paste it into your address bar, like we did in class over the last couple of days. This is a really important part of the transition process so make sure you are ready just before 10am on Wednesday – that’s TOMORROW!

Mr Hankin

The Station Youth Centre on Zoom!

Each day this week, the children in Year 6 have had the opportunity to take part in a Zoom chat with Alex and Rachel from The Station, a youth club in town. Our children have been asking them all sorts of questions about their transition to secondary school and playing some fun games too. The centre leaders will be sending contact details in to school so your child can continue the fun via Zoom at home. Again, this will need your authorisation first, of course. The transition to secondary school can be quite a tricky journey, so the more opportunities your child has to talk to adults involved in the journey, the better.


Mr Hankin

The Station Youth Centre – permission required please!

Hi Parents/Carers – I hope you are well.

We have managed to arrange a Question and Answer session via Zoom with the Station Youth Centre in Newton Abbot. It will take place during your child’s day in school of the week commencing 22nd June and will give the opportunity to ask any questions about the transition to secondary school. In order for this to happen, you will need to give your consent by filling out an online form here:


The event should really help kick off our efforts to invest in the process of transition and all of the benefits this will bring your child.

Graeme Hankin

Year 6 teacher

Healthy snacks

‘ We’re enjoying healthy snacks at break time.’

Experiencing evolution in The Science Dome

We all enjoyed our experience in The Science Dome last week. We learnt all about evolution to prepare for this half-term’s Science learning. From the atoms that make up who we are and the DNA that tells our bodies what to grow like, to the Big Bang and dinosaurs, we found out lots more about where we come from. A big thank you to Simon for the fantastic presentation!

Tesco’s Choir

On Thursday 5th December the choir sang at Tesco’s in Newton Abbot. It was a fantastic, but nervous experience singing to such a large amount of people. They all did extremely well spreading festive cheer whilst people were shopping. Members of the public commented on how amazing the choir sounded. A massive thank you also goes to parents, carers and friends who came to Tesco to support the choir in this event. May it be first of many!

Year 6 Plastic litter pick to Dawlish Warren

Following a visit to school by children’s environmental author Ellie Jackson, our Year 6 children decided to set an example to others and wanted to pick up plastic rubbish from a local beach. We wrote to GWR who helped us get there for free. When we got there, we borrowed litter picking sticks from the Nature Reserve then ventured onto the beach. We found all sorts of plastic litter that had either been left by people enjoying a day out or other rubbish that had been washed up on the beach by the tide. Fishing nets, floats, plastic bottle and clothing were all found and collected by us. We brought it all back to school to use in a sculpture next week…