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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!

Our Classroom

Darwin's Delights

Darwin’s 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

  • Darwin was married to his first cousin, Emma Wedgewood.
  • The largest Galapagos Tortoise ever recorded was 1.8m long and weighed 400Kg
  • He shared his birthday 12 February with Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.
  • Charles and Emma had 10 children together, three of whom died as an infant.
  • In 1839, Darwin was elected to the Royal Society and to the French academy of Sciences in 1878.
  • He also studied finches. Each island had a different species of finch.
  • He wrote many books about his voyage, Journal of Researches, Coral Reefs, Volcanic Islands and Geographical Observations on South America etc.
  • His commemorative work The Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859.
  • He wrote his last book on earthworms which published in October 1881.
  • Darwin appears on the back of the British 10 pound note along with an image of HMS Beagle, a magnifying lens and flora and fauna seen on his travels.
  • When in Cambridge University, he formed the Gourmet Club for the purpose of dining on exotic animals.
  • Charles Darwin passed away on April 19, 1882 at Down House, Kent.
  • He was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey next to fellow scientists John Herschel and Isaac Newton.


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 home learning, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the home learning 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.

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