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Year 6

Core Topics


In Year 6, children should learn a range of English language and literature skills, such as:

Figurative language – hyperbole, similes, metaphors
Active and passive voice
Complex sentences

Pupils should be able to write down their ideas quickly and their grammar and punctuation should be broadly accurate. Pupils’ spelling of most of the words taught so far should be accurate, and they should be able to spell words that they have not yet been taught by using what they have learnt about how spelling works in English (prefix, suffix, spelling rules.)


The children in Year 6 will develop a range of reading skills to understand what they read by:

checking that the book makes sense to them and asking questions to improve their understanding
retrieve and record key information from the text
discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph
identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
Year 6 Shared Reading books


The children recap their learning from previous years and develop their confidence in applying their knowledge. They look at applying their knowledge to greater numbers and tackle problem-solving and reasoning questions with increased complexity, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 


Extra-Curricular Activities  



The children in Year 6 have been learning the different playing techniques of African percussion and Brazilian Samba music. Their focus is placed on the use of the African djembe drum and Afro-Brazilian samba percussion. During their Drumming sessions, they practice basic key rhythmic concepts of percussion music,  along with the basic playing techniques on a variety of percussion instruments. Through this, they also develop their discipline, musicality and improvisation using different musical styles and approaches. They work as an ensemble within different musical time signatures and tempos.


Reception and Year 6 Buddies

Our Year 6 pupils have been paired with a Reception pupil to share various experiences and support our younger pupils. On a Friday afternoon, the Year 6 pupils spend some time reading and completing activities with their buddy.