Bolivia – Year 6

Mrs E Eely
Mrs J Hamblin

Welcome to Bolivia Class 2018-2019.
We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for a fun packed term with lots of fun things planned. Please keep checking our class page for updates and photographs of our learning throughout the academic year.

Here is some useful information to help you settle into Year 6.


Wow – what a fun Autumn Term we had! It was great to learn all about an Ancient Civilisation and a different culture!

This Term, our Topic is ‘Heads Will Roll’ and we shall be focussing on the Tudors (Mrs Bennett and Mrs Eely are very excited about this)!

We’ll be looking at this time period and exploring links within Dunstable. Not to mention learning about the many wives of Henry the 8th!

Spring Term is very busy – it’s our last full term before SATs but there’s still time for lots of fun.

We start with our final concert at the O2 Arena at the end of January.

Watch this space!


Year 6 Heads Will Roll Topic – Spring Term


What was life like in the Shang Dynasty?

What was life like in the Shang Dynasty?

The Shang Dynasty was the first Chinese dynasty for which we have written and archaeological evidence. Most historians now date the dynasty from 1600-1046 BC when it was succeeded by the Zhou Dynasty. The Shang Dynasty was centred around the Yellow River in North East China but moved its capital on a number of occasions. The artistry of its craftsmen has made the dynasty famous for its bronze and jade work.

Did you know?

  1. The first ruler of the Shang was Tang Shang, a military leader. There were thirty Shang Emperors; a dynasty is a succession of rulers from the same family or line.
  2. The Shang built their houses and public buildings out of wood and mud. They built mud banks to try and hold back flooding. Defensive walls and towers were also built of mud.
  3. Shang society was divided into different classes. At the top were the ruling class under the royal family, then came priests, an administrative class, warriors, craftsmen, traders, farmers andslaves. Most people were farmers.
  4. Noble warriors paid tributes to the Emperor who granted them land in return for their loyalty.
  5. The Shang were specialists in bronze work and many beautiful artefacts have been recovered from their tombs.
  6. The Shang believed in a supreme God, Shang Di, as well as subsidiary powers or spirits. Ancestor worship and the family were central to their religious practice.They also believed in an afterlife and were buried with the goods, slaves and animals they believed would be useful to them.
  7. The Shang were the first Chinese to develop writing. They used pictographs, characters which could convey more than one meaning.
  8. The Shang year of 360 days was comprised of 12 months of 30 days. It was based on the lunar month and the solar year. An additional month was added when necessary.
  9. In order to predict the future, or ask questions of the gods, people would engrave questions on oracle bones (tortoise shells or cow bones). These would then be burned and the priests would ‘read’ the cracks which then appeared.
  10. Chinese people used to grind down these ancient animal bones to make traditional medicines. In 1899 some scholars noticed engravings on the bones and discovered they had come from North East China. In 1928 excavations began and evidence of the Shang was discovered.shang 6

Around 2000 BC, people in China learned how to make bronze out of tin and copper, so we call this the Bronze Age. About the same time, people in China also developed writing. Like Sumerian and Egyptian writing of this time, their writing is based on pictures that stand for ideas or sounds. We know of this writing from oracle bones, which are bones with writing carved into them. They were used to tell fortunes. People also used bones and tortoise shells to keep records about who paid what to who, much like Linear A in Crete or Linear B tablets in Greece at the same time.

Class List

Ethan A, Evans, Stefan B, Stefan B, Ethan C, Amy, Sarah, Keira, Oliver, Laura, Jack, Eleanor, Savannah, Bradley, Olivia K, Caitlin, Reese, Olivia L, Ethan M, Ruby, Bethani, Samuel, Nieve, Jasmine, Alessio, Leah, Steve, Scarlet, Isabella-May, Emer.


This year we will be learning about the ancient Chinese Shang family (The Shang Dynasty), the Tudors (Heads will Roll) and the Mayans of South America (Maya Mayhem). We follow a creative curriculum and have lots of fun whilst learning.


Maths, English and Spelling homework will be given weekly and there will be a termly topic project too. As you are now in Year 6 it is up to you to plan your time carefully to make sure it is completed on time.

You should all continue to learn your times tables and should read for at least 20 minutes every day and at least once during the weekend. We encourage you to read a book of your own choice.
Useful website for maths:


Times Table Rock Stars
Useful website for English:

Education City

Spelling Frame

Top Marks

General websites:

BBC Bitesize

Woodlands Junior

P.E. and Swimming Kit

Your kit remains the same: black shorts, white t-shirt, suitable footwear and an Ardley Hill tracksuit. As you will now be coming into school in your PE kit, please ensure you have the correct kit. Our PE afternoon will be a Thursday.

For swimming you will need a one piece swimming costume or trunks, towel, flip flops or other suitable footwear, a swimming cap for long hair and a carrier bag for wet clothes. We will swim in the Summer term.

Additional Information

You need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. You will also need a healthy snack in a sandwich bag or named container to have during morning break.

You will be allocated a locker to store your belongings during the day. The locker key is YOUR responsibility and if lost there will be a cost of £5 for a new key.

If you walk to school on your own or with friends you can bring a mobile phone with you. This must be turned off at the beginning of the school day and handed in to be stored securely in the office until the end of the day.

We look forward to making your time in Year 6 creative, fun and memorable. See you soon!