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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

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The Year 6 team:

Mrs Dunbobbin (6D)

Miss Willington and Mrs Watson (6W)

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Ali 

Accelerated reader login page link:

All the World's a Stage

This summer term our learning focus is entitled 'All the World's a Stage.'

During this term we will study Shakespeare's stage (Macbeth) and will look at the underwater 'stage' of Jacques Cousteau and his Hollywood films.

We will also perform our own production!


Theatre Curtain GIF by TIFF

English - Writing

Our main book to support our writing for the first part of this term is Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau.Our developing vocabulary and our Mastery Keys are below.

Manfish title page

During the second half term we will be looking at a shorter version of Macbeth.Our reading and writing pathways expectations are below.

Macbeth title page

English - Reading         

Our reading book for the first half term will be  Alastair Humphreys' Great Adventurers: The Incredible Expeditions of 20 Explorers. Our Mastery Keys are below.

Great Adventurers

During the second half term we will be reading a shorter version of Macbeth. Our pathways expectations are listed above in the writing section.


In maths this term we will be looking at:    

  • All previously taught areas of Y6 maths
  • Test technique
  • Maths mystery problems
  • Some Y7 maths ready for high school

Useful Websites:

To help you along the way we have found some websites which they may find useful. Many of these are interactive and use brief tutorials or engage the children to use their knowledge through the playing of games. 

  • IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual year groups.  The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills.  Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.  ixl English & Maths
  • BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2 SATS.  Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English.   Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online.  Some aspects require a subscription.  
  • A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games.  Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.


Other areas of the Curriculum

Science: Animals Including Humans 

PSHE: Relationships and Changing Me

PE: Outdoor Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Tennis

Geography: Name and locate the key topographical features including coasts, features of erosion, hills, mountains and rivers. 

RE: Why is better to be there in person? and What place does religion have in our world today? 

Art: Keith Siddle - Brave Colour

Music: Love Music Trust: Sounds of the Future and Lights, Camera, Action: Music from the stage and screen (Y6 play)

Computing: Purple Mash: Networks, Quizzing and Binary 

DT: Textiles– design and make a waistcoat for William Shakespeare and Structures – Design and construct a playground 

Long Term Plan


This term the Year 6 children will have PE on a Thursday with Mr Newell (cricket coach) and on a Wednesday with Sports Coaching Group.

On these days we ask that children come to school in their PE clothes rather than their school uniform.

Weather dependant they can wear their shorts and school coloured PE T- shirt and House PE sweatshirt. If the weather is cold, then tracksuit bottoms/leggings would be more suitable. Trainers are preferable to pumps as it is possible the children may be outdoors for some lessons.

Please ask at the office if you are unsure on the expectations of PE kits as they have recently sent out an email detailing appropriate school PE kit.


Year 6 Weekly spellings. 

The Y6 spellings will be put onto the website each week. 

To encourage the children to use an online system for homework (as they will at high school) and to promote sustainability in school, please note that these spellings will not be given out on paper. Children will be expected to access the website at home to learn their spellings.

There will be no further spellings given during summer 1. Spellings will start again after half term.


Beginning 19.4.24, in the lead up to SATs, Y6 will be sent home papers to complete as part of their homework. There will either be a reasoning (maths) or reading paper.

Year 6 Homework

Homework is always set on a Friday and is completed by 8am on the following Wednesday. Children will be asked to find their homework online. If a child is off on a Friday, the expectation is that the child will ask a friend/teacher or use the website for the homework before the Wednesday deadline. 

Y6 homework in a nutshell:

  • Spellings (test every Weds)
  • Reading (3 times a week)
  • Planner signed every week
  • Complete a book quiz (as and when they are completed)


Children in Year 6 are expected to read with an adult 3 times a week to ensure comprehension and decoding skills are in-line with the books they are reading. A signature in the planner will let us know that this has been done.

Accelerated Reader

Children will be able to read well-known, recognised fiction and non-fiction books in school and answer questions based on these books in order to determine their reading level.

Accelerated Reader accurately tracks the child's ability to understand the books within their range and will let the children know when they are able to move on to the next level in their reading. This no longer requires children to read on a screen in order to complete books, although questions will still be completed on the online platform.This will be done at home as part of their homework.


Spellings are given out on a Wednesday and the children are tested the following Wednesday. The spellings we use are mapped in the school spelling curriculum and we may revisit some of them over the year to embed them.

Completing homework

To prepare the children for the demands of high school, homework is monitored by the class teachers each week.

To reward children for completing homework and learning spellings, there are lots of positive reinforcements in place to encourage them to make positive choices.

We will also let you know if your child has not completed their homework so that you are kept in the loop.

Thank you for your support.

Shakespeare Rocks!

Our end of Year play is Shakespeare Rocks! 

The lyrics to the songs are in each child's script which they should bring home each night and bring back to school each day.

The songs are available from Steve Titford's YouTube channel. 

The link is below:

SATS 2024 information

The KS2 SATs are scheduled for Monday 13 May to Thursday 16 May. Please do not book any holidays during this time.

English GPS Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

English reading

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

The papers are both set and marked externally. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give high schools a broader picture of their attainment.


Reading paper

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’


GPS and spelling

Usually, the GPS test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The GPS test includes two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’


Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem


After SATs, each child will receive a scaled score for each subject (reading, maths and GPS) and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education.

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.