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.


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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. 

Our topic this half term is  CAN WE PUT ON A SHOW?

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.

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.

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

Starting secondary school

There is lots of useful information starting secondary school the BBC Bitesize is a great site to visit if you have any worries or questions.  You can click on this link here

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What are we learning this half term in Year 6?

This half term we will be undertaking a STEM project, asking the question – can we put on a show? This will culminate in our end of year production – Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.


In English we will be studying the book ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. This text asks us to consider what the world is like through the eyes of someone who does not see themselves as ordinary and is a great text to help us to prepare for our transition to secondary school. Within English, we will be writing non-chronological reports, first-person narratives and pitching our ideas for film trailers.


In our maths lessons we will be learning about statistics, ratio and algebra. This will involve analysing data and drawing our own charts and graphs. We will be solving problems involving formula and looking at scale models and ingredients.


In Science we will be learning about electricity and exploring how circuits work. We will also learn the scientific symbols used in circuit diagrams. As part of this unit we will be designing lighting rigs for a stage and will be creating a moving prop using electricity.


Our key question in RE this half term is – does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives? We will be looking at the sensitivity of stereotyping and gaining an understanding into the interpretations of Jihad. As part of our PSHE unit this half term we will be delivering Sex and Relationship education. More information about this will be provided at a later date.


As part of our PE curriculum this half term the children will be undertaking swimming lessons and continuing with the fencing session. Swimming will take place on Tuesday afternoons with fencing on Fridays. Please ensure all children have the correct kit.

This is a busy half term so please check the website for key dates.

Many thanks

Mr Renwick

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.


 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. Also have a go at the games on there. 

At home



At home


Half Term Home Learning Research Projects




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.