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Year 6


Dear Year 6 pupils, 


A warm welcome back to school from your new teacher, Mrs Rao. I do hope that you are all looking forward to your final year at Distington Community School. As you know, we are currently working within our 'bubble', which means that we enter and exit the building through the community entrance, leave our bags and coats in the cloakrooms and then wash our hands, before entering the classroom. No equipment from home (other than your PE kit, a bottle of water and snack money) can be brought in to school. We have now had a full week to get used to our new break and lunch time routines - well done for ensuring that this runs smoothly.



There will, understandably, be a focus on English and Maths - after all, this year you will sit your SATs tests. However, we will also continue to teach you fun topics that include history, geography, science and so on. Our current topic will culminate with a fantastical Mad Hatter's Tea Party! 


'Strive for 5':

In Y6, we will be encouraging you to read daily and achieve our 'Strive for 5' challenge. Please ensure that you get parents/carers to sign your reading record so that we can earn class rewards.


Homework and extra learning:

Homework will be handed out on a Friday in your orange homework folder and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. If you do not understand the homework then you must ask by Monday so that you still have time to complete it. There will usually be a piece of Maths work linked to the current topic, a piece of SPaG linked to the current topic, ongoing spellings and ongoing times tables (Timestable Rockstars - you now have your personal login). There is a list below of links to useful websites which can help you continue your independent learning. Use the White Rose Maths link below for help with the current week's homework. Homework is designed to consolidate learning in class and also to prepare you for the homework demands when you move on to Secondary School.



For parents/carers, I want to reassure you that, in what are unprecedented times, both myself and Mrs Stamper will do our utmost to ensure that your child has a successful and happy Y6.  If you need any help or support regarding your child's learning, or wish to discuss their progress, please feel free to contact me via email,, send in a note with your child or telephone the school. Please follow the school guidance sent home at the beginning of September should your child feel ill. The website links below will help your child to stay on top of classwork should they be absent, in particular the White Rose Maths link and the BBC Bitesize.


Here's to a successful and fun year, Y6!



Mrs Rao

Useful links and Websites


White Rose Maths

Home learning activities that run alongside our classwork.

BBC bitesize daily Y6


Mathletics -


Education City -


Times Tables Rock Stars -


Twinkl - 



Normally at this time of year, Y6 pupils would be doing activities to help them feel confident, informed and happy about choosing a secondary school. Given the current circumstances, secondary schools are still considering the best way to work with pupils who will be transitioning into Y7 in September in 2021. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you, however, in the meantime please find below some useful resources relating to the secondary school admissions process and also transition. 



Applications are now open for Workington Academy places in Year 7 for September 2021.

Applications should be submitted to Cumbria County Council (The Local Authority) by 31st October 2020.


Workington Academy are currently finalising opportunities for Year 6 students and parents/carers to be able to visit the school and to meet some of our staff, in line with current COVID-19 guidelines. Exact details about these opportunities will follow shortly.


Please check out the dedicated Transition Website including comprehensive Admissions Information, Virtual Tour and Familiarisation videos can be found here:

White Rose Maths

Home learning activities that run alongside our classwork.


Step 1: Click on the link above.

Step 2: Watch the appropriate lesson to help with your homework.




Multiplication Mash Up - A Fun Way to Learn Your Multiplication Facts!

Fancy a different way to learn your times tables?

Two Times Table Song (Cover of Rude by MAGIC!) with Classroom Instruments

Mr. DeMaio and friends rock out to a new multiplication song for the two times tables over the hit song Rude by MAGIC! Learn your 2x table facts in this fun ...

Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your three time...

Four Times Table Song (Blurred Lines Cover) with Classroom Instruments

Mr. DeMaio and friends play Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke with classroom instruments, but with a twist... It's not Blurred Lines, it's Four Times. Have fun l...

Six Times Table Song! (Cover of CHEERLEADER by OMI)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover the summer hit, Cheerleader by OMI, in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your six times table!...

Seven Times Table Song (Cups by Anna Kendrick Cover) with Classroom Instruments

Learn the seven times table multiplication facts with this fun song by Mr. DeMaio to the song Cups (When I'm Gone) by Anna Kendrick from the movie Pitch Perf...

Eight Times Table Song (Cover of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your eight times ta...

Nine Times Table Song (90's Song Mashup)

Mr. DeMaio and friends sing the 9x table song over some of the biggest hits from the 90's. Learn your nine times multiplication facts while jamming out to so...


Investigation to do at home - Rain cloud in a jar


Look at the PDF file below and have a go at finding out how to make a rain cloud in a jar. Have fun!