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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6


6NW - Harvey Milk class & 6PB - Edward Jenner class

Why Edward Jenner?


Head and shoulders detail from a black and white engraving of Edward Jenner.


Watch our video to find out why he is our inspiration -

Edward Jenner 6PB

Why Harvey Milk?


Black and white photo of Harvey Milk riding on the roof of a car at the head of a big demonstration, with placards, banners and balloons. He has a huge smile and is holding up a clenched fist



The Yr 6 Team


Head and shoulders photo of Mr Wilson.6NW - Mr Wilson

This will be my third year at Hillcrest and I am delighted to be joining the Year 6 team! This year, I will be working with Mr McIntyre to look after our English curriculum, as well as leading our school to achieving the Rainbow Flag Award, and I will be continuing to co-produce our much-loved school’s podcast From the Crest of the Hill. Outside of school, I enjoy photography, swimming, Zumba and reading. I like to sing and am a bass in my choir, Sing Out Bristol. I can often be found taking unnecessarily long road trips to find cute beaches with scenic clifftop and/or seaside walks with my few, but carefully selected, friends!


Head and shoulders photo of Mr Boyle.6PB – Mr Boyle

I absolutely love teaching and try and use humour wherever appropriate. I have a keen interest in history, philosophy and sports. This will be my fourth year at Hillcrest; I continue to be a Year 6 class teacher and I will be History lead and looking after CUSP. I’m originally from Ireland but have lived in England for many, many years. I have a huge family (typical of Ireland) – I have six brothers and one sister! In my spare time I love to cycle, run, read, write, cook (I’m a vegan) and socialise with all my many friends.


Head and shoulders photo of Mrs Hendy.Mrs Hendy

I joined Hillcrest in 2012 and have always worked in year six, supporting children in their final stage of primary school. I am part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing team at Hillcrest and run various groups to support children with any worries and anxieties they may have. I have three boys, who also attended Hillcrest Primary, so I have had years of experience with various stages of parenting - my twins are 20 and I’m still learning! In my spare time I love to do cross stitch, visit friends, explore Bristol by foot and go to the seaside. This year I plan to read more and watch TV less!


Head and shoulders photo of Miss Grant.Miss Grant

I have been at Hillcrest for more than ten years and I am so thrilled to be moving into Year 6 this year; finally, I’ve worked in every year group in the school! I work in the mornings in 6NW giving one-to-one support. Like Mrs Hendy, I have three teenage boys who like to keep me on my toes! My oldest is off to university this year, and my youngest is reaching the end of secondary school. Whenever I’m not busy being a mum, I like to read and enjoy getting to do home improvements.



Term 5 Newsletter


A very happy new term to you all!  Term 5 is a short but busy ol’ term for us all; we’re sitting our SATs from 9th – 12th May, and the following week will be off to camp on Monday 16th May for a week.  And there’s not one but TWO bank holidays - the first is Monday 2nd May and the second is Friday 27th May.  Lucky us!


As we move into springtime and expect warmer weather, please make sure you’re coming to school prepared for sunshine.  Please wear sunscreen if the sun makes an appearance, have a labelled water bottle in school so you can stay hydrated and bring a hat if you’re able to for playtimes.


This term, your PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please make sure you have a PE kit in school throughout the week. 


We are Curious:  Our enquiry this term is “How Do We Classify Living Things?” This scientific enquiry will explore the work of Carl Linnaeus and his taxonomy for classifying organisms.  We’ll be researching classifications of different animals and plants, and using our research to create our own explanation text.

We’ll be completing our class book Holes by Louis Sacher before opening up a brand new class text My Brother’s Name is Jessica by John Boyne.



We are Mathematicians: We will be completing our work on ratio at the start of term, before moving on to learning about statistics, looking at interpreting information given in bar charts, pictograms, line graphs and pie charts.  We’ll be dipping back in to previous learning too in preparation for our SATs.


As always, we cannot stress enough the importance of being fluent with multiplication and division facts.  Please ensure Times Tables Rockstars is being used frequently - it really makes a difference in class!


As we reach this stage in Year 6, we know things can sometimes get a little overwhelming - but as always, please know that you have any worries or concerns, that you can talk to any of us! We’re always here for you!


Mr Wilson 😊, Mr Boyle 😊, Mrs Hendy 😊 and Miss Grant 😊


We are not changing the timetable this term because of SATs, Camp and the Bank Holidays. When we're here, we'll be following the same timetable as last term.

15 March 

We conducted interviews with some Totterdown residents to take an oral history of what shops were like in the 1960s, before the Three Lamps demolition. 


We particularly enjoyed asking questions of the gentlemen, because they all went to our school! Although it wasn't called Hillcrest when they came here in the 1940s. 


These interviews will form part of The Road Project in a few weeks time.






11th November


We were proud to represent Hillcrest at the Remembrance ceremony at Arnos Vale, laying poppies on the war graves and giving a reading of 'In Flanders Fields'.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


John McCrae, May 1915