St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


For homework over half term, please learn your lines for the play.

Year 6


Welcome to Year 6.  Our class values are WISDOM and JOY

We aim for all Year 6 children to have an exciting and educationally stimulating end to their time at primary school. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum as well as opportunities for children to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities such as fencing and a week long residential school journey. We spend a considerable amount of time preparing the children for the transition into secondary school by encouraging them to become independent and organised learners. In addition, we plan an extensive unit of work focusing on all aspects of personal, social and health education in the second half of the summer term to ensure all pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. 


You can find out all about Year 6 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.


What are we reading in class?

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here


Walking Home and Mobile Phones

In order to be able to leave school by yourself - either to walk home or meet your parents at the gate, you need to fill out a form here and hand it into the School Office.


If you are bringing a mobile phone to school you must fill out this form here and hand it into the School Office at the start of each day.

What are we learning this half term in Year 6?

This half term is, once again, a busy one for our Year 6 pupils. The SATs take place the week commencing 13th May and over the next three weeks we will be ensuring that the children feel as prepared as possible and are relaxed about this process.

In English

Our text for this half term is ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd. This is an exciting mystery adventure set in our city and one that we are certain the children will enjoy. Through this text we will be making inferences about characters and predictions based on what we have read. We will also be turning our hands to writing our own mystery stories.

In Maths

The first half of this term will be focused on revising the key mathematical skills from the KS2 curriculum. This will include the four operations, fractions, measure and place value. We will also be developing our exam technique and applying mental techniques to our calculations. Following the SATs, we will be looking at statistics and applying our learning to a business enterprise project.


In our PE on a Wednesday afternoon, we will be developing skills in athletics. This will include running, throwing and jumping. The children will continue to have fencing lessons on a Friday. Please make sure PE kits are in school all week.

In RE and PSHE

We will be looking at the key teachings of Islam and looking at the role of key figures in the Islamic faith. We will also be making comparisons between the teachings of Islam and Christianity. In PSHE we will be learning about changes and getting ready for the next chapter of our academic lives.


Language and Music

We will be continuing our Mandarin lessons and in music will be developing a piece for performance.

Parents - please continue to encourage your children to read daily

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.


In the Autumn term we spent at week at PGL, learning new skills, trying new activities, team building and challenging ourselves

 The Focus Of Our Week Ahead And Our Home Learning














At home

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At home

Please read every day for 20 mins.

Record your reading in your Planner and show your teacher on Wednesday.

Please read a text that you feel challenges you. Remember to; check your understanding, summarise, infer and predict.


At home

Login to Spelling Shed here and have a go at the activity I have set for you on challenging words. Also have a go at the games on there. 

At home



At home


Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Coming soon



Other Great Resources For Year 6 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Spelling - If you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Reading - You can click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills.  Please make sure you log all your reading at home in your reading log books and don't forget to take part in our School Book challenge.

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun.  You can also try testing your times tables here

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics

Another great website for games for all subjects is Top Marks.  You can access it here

Tests and Assessments

In the Summer term, Year 6 take their SATs.  Parents can find out more information and guidance from the Government here

National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 6?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Give a view about choice of vocabulary, structure, etc.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Appreciate how a set of sentences has been arranged to create maximum effect.
  • Recognise: complex sentences with more than one, subordinate clause, phrases which add detail to sentences
  • Explain how a writer has used sentences to create particular effects.
  • Skim and scan to aide note-taking.
  • Refer to text to support opinions and predictions.

In Writing

  • Use subordinate clauses to write complex sentences.
  • Use passive voice where appropriate.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely (e.g. The fact that it was raining meant the end of sports day).
  • Use a sentence structure and layout matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use semi-colon, colon or dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses.
  • Use colon to introduce a list and semi colon within a list.
  • Use correct punctuation of bullet points.
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
  • Use full range of punctuation matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Use paragraphs to signal change in time, scene, action, mood or person.
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.

In Mathematics

  • Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 10,000,000.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Identify the value of each digit to 3 decimal places.
  • Use knowledge of order of operations to carry out calculations involving four operations.
  • Multiply: 4-digit by 2-digit
  • Divide: 4-digit by 2-digit
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in the simplest form.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Calculate % of whole number.