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Welcome to Amethyst Class - Yr 6


Welcome to the Amethyst  class page! Here you will find links to useful websites, information about our topics and recent activities and options to download key documents.

As always, if you have any queries or questions, we are available every day after school, or by email at sally@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk 

Remember: Please bring in your good news from home slips! All news welcome!

Term 2 Darwin Delights


Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle.  We will stop at the magical Galapagos to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

They will explore how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the World’s greatest explorers and naturalists

Fun Facts

  • The genome is a set of instructions, encoded in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) needed to make a human.
  • Charles Darwin attended Endinburgh University, hoping to become a doctor like his father.  He soon gave up on the idea because he couldn't stand the sight of blood.
  • For Darwin's 25th birthday, on 12th February 1834, Captain Robert Fitroy of HMS Beagle named a mountain after him: Mount Darwin.
  • The biggest Galapagos tortoise ever recorded measured 1.8 metres long and weighed over 400kg
  • Palaeontologist sometimes find fossilised faeces, which are called coprolites.  The biggest coprolite from a carnivore is a tyrannosaurid dropping found in Alberta, Canada.  It is 64cm long, 17cm wide, and is full of crushed bone.
  • Human eyes can be brown, blue, green or hazel.  Genetics control what colour eyes a baby will inherit.  Some people are born with eyes that are different colours-a condition known as heterochromia.
  • Scientists can tell the weight of an animal by measuring the depth of it's fossilised footprint.

Useful Websites

Down House, English Heritage - YouTube

Home of Charles Darwin (Down House) - English Heritage

Darwin Online

Transcripts of Darwin’s journal entries on board HMS Beagle and his observations in the Galápagos Islands (except the missing Galápagos field book).

Darwin's Beagle field notebooks - Dawin Online

Here you will find a series of small notebooks the belonged to Charles Darwin.

Galapagos with David Attenborough - YouTube

What's a Fossil? - Dinosaur Days - YouTube.

Mary Anning - BBC Primary History

Darwin on worms - University of Cambridge

A brief account of what happened when worms were exposed to music and sounds.


This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Monday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Monday, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Monday as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Letter - Join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.