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Butterfly Curriculum

On our return to school, the absolute priority of all here at Cotham Garden Primary School is the wellbeing of the children. Hopefully, you are aware of all the precautions we are taking to keep them physically safe, but as a school we also wanted to do our best to bolster the children’s emotional wellbeing in this unusual time. To this end, we have consulted with experts and read up on relevant theory, in the general sense of emotional well-being as well with a specific focus on the current situation. Reflecting on this information and in the light of what we know about our school community, we have developed our own ‘Butterfly Curriculum’, which sets out to welcome the children back into the school environment in a sensitive and supportive manner. This will take up the first two weeks of Term 1, before we then begin to return to a more ‘normal’ curriculum.

The Butterfly Curriculum for Years 5 & 6 begins with two days of lessons that focus on re-establishing relationships, becoming familiar with the new set-up at school and getting to know each other really well. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to socialise with their classmates, have fun with their new teacher and develop a sense of togetherness in their new class as well as the school community as a whole. Our aim is for the children to feel secure, settled and satisfied during their time at school.

After this, the rest of the two weeks will centre on the idea of ‘learning how to learn’, focusing on the skills that we talk regularly about: collaboration, adaptability, imagination, resilience, curiosity, linking ideas and planning. Each day will involve tasks based around one of these learning behaviours. For example, the first Wednesday focusses on the most important of these skills, that of collaboration. Tasks will include learning about an inspirational figure who has demonstrated one of these learning behaviours. There will then be follow-up activities to give the children the opportunity to put these ideas into practice in a fun and light-hearted fashion. A lot of thought and time has been dedicated to preparing these lessons, and to preserve the WOW! Factor, we are keeping more specific details under our hats until the children return. It would be great if you could ask your child about their learning and continue any conversations around the topic at home!

Please remember to read with your child twice a week at home! More information can be found on the letter below.

Welcome to Year 6

On this page, you will find lots of useful information: key dates, letters, a curriculum overview for the coming term and lots more! Year 6 is a fantastic year and the children will have lots of opportunities to showcase their range of skills and talents. If you have any questions about your child's learning, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Jarman or Mr Thomson. We are both looking forward to a fantastic year.


Messrs Thomson and Jarman

  • Alex Jarman 6J
  • Alan Thomson 6T

Literacy and Numeracy Terms 1 and 2


In Term 1,  we will be exploring the number system and place value, comparing, rounding and ordering numbers up to 10, 000, 000 as well as working with negative numbers.   To finish the term we will work on written and mental methods for multiplication, division, subtraction and addition.

In Term 2,  we will learn to add and subtract fractions and later explore coordinates, translations and reflections.

These are the objectives from the national curriculum:

  • solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate
  • use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
  • convert between miles and kilometres
  • recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa
  • recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes
    calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units,
  • including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units [for example, mm3 and km3 ].
  • draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets
    compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find
  • unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
    illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and
  • know that the diameter is twice the radius
  • recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles.



As a Power of Reading School we explore texts in detail, giving the children the opportunity and time to get fully absorbed in the stories and their illustrations.  The books we choose are often beautifully drawn, sometimes funny and always thought provoking.
In Term 1 we will read David Mackintosh's Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School - a fun and engaging book about changing perspectives and fitting in at school. 
We then explore the Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan book: Rose Blanche - a beautifully illustrated story about how a child experiences war without really understanding it.
In Term 2 we will read Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David Roberts.  It's  a wonderfully illustrated history of the Suffragette movement.

Curriculum Overview Term 3


In Term 1, our topic is World War 2, with a particular focus on child refugees.

In term 2 we will explore the suffragette movement.


6T will have outdoor PE on Wednesday and indoor on Thursday.

6J will have outdoor PE on Thursday and indoor on Friday.

Children should have PE kit in school for those days. PE kit consists of a white t-shirt or polo shirt and dark shorts or trousers.


The children will be studying Islam this term, specifically they will be trying to answer the question "What is the role of the mosque to Muslims?"


The ICT suite is currently out of bounds.  We will endeavor to give children time on the iPads as and when possible.


We are following the Jigsaw recovery Sequence for PSHE this term.



We will learn French on a fortnightly basis.


We will be setting weekly maths homework using MyMaths.  Please look out for your child's login details over the coming days.  We will also be setting literacy and spellings too.  See below for next weeks spellings and the Literacy wall.  Children should choose a Literacy homework task and submit it via ClassDojo by Friday each week.

 For ClassDojo access follow the link below:






View document homework_wall_2020.pdf