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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

We are taking part in a 'campaign for change' workshop led by a representative from Parliament.

Year 6

This year, we will become citizens of the world


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.

To take a look at our long term curriculum planner for the year, please click here

What are we reading in Year 6?

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey, The Wind Singer by William Nicholson, The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan O’Dowd, Pax by Sara Pennypacker, The Rabbits and the Arrival both by Shaun Tan.


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.

Reading In Year 6

If you're looking for a new book to read or stuck for inspiration take a look here at 100 books to read for Year 6


What are we learning this half term in Year 6?

Welcome to Year 6. As a new member of staff at St. James, I am really looking forward to getting to know the children in my class and to meeting their parents. I appreciated the warm welcome offered by those who introduced themselves on the first day of term in the playground. The half term ahead, promises to be a busy and exciting one. For information about our learning during the next few weeks, please see the class curriculum map on the left of this page.


Home Learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include the expectation of spending time on the Times Table Rockstars website. A secure knowledge of the multiplication tables is essential for all of the maths learning in Year 6. If your child does not have their login for this website, please see Mrs. Kirkley in the school office. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class during the coming week and some questions or activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure that your child reads at home for at least twenty minutes every day. A reading book (which your child is hopefully enjoying) should also be in school each day. Try to encourage your child to read a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction: reading a newspaper and keeping up to date with current affairs is also a good idea.


Class reading books used in Year 6

There is a wealth of good quality children’s books available from public libraries, bookshops and online. We have planned to read the following books throughout the year and would kindly ask that (if your child hasn’t already read them) you do your best to avoid them!

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey, The Wind Singer by William Nicholson, The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan O’Dowd, Pax by Sara Pennypacker, The Rabbits and the Arrival both by Shaun Tan.


Year 6 will have an outdoor P.E. lesson on Tuesday afternoon and a fencing session on Friday afternoon. They will need a full P.E. kit (which is labelled) for both of these lessons.

Pendarren Meeting

On Friday 27th September, there will be a parents’ meeting about our upcoming, residential visit to Pendarren where we will give you final details and answer any questions you may have.


If you have any questions or concerns, I will always be available on Tuesdays between 3.30-4.00pm. Please feel free to simply turn up at this time.

Kind regards,

Mrs Girling

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

Maths English Spelling Grammar Learning Journey

In Maths this week, we will multiplying and dividing fractions.


This half term, we are reading Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey.




Look at the words from the Year 5 and 6 compulsory spelling list.

This will also be sent home on Friday.

Use the strategy ‘look, cover, check’ to learn or revise any you do not know how to spell.




This week, we will be looking at the active and passive voice.







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To prepare for these lessons, children should complete the questions on the sheet which will be sent home on Friday (15.11.19).

Please continue to log on to TTRockstars.

Speed and accuracy in the knowledge of the multiplication tables is crucial and needs to be practised regularly.

Children should still have their new, up-to-date login details from last week.

Linked to an activity for next week, please find the time to look at images of Indian palaces, for example, the Gwaliar Fort, the City Palace at Jaipur or the Taj Mahal.

Enjoy a book for at least twenty minutes every day. Ensure that a range of challenging texts are read over time. A discussion about the book is always a good idea – year 6 children are not too old to read a book to a parent. Or, parents, read the same book and discuss it afterwards.

We have also used some more creative spelling strategies in class this week, which could be used at home.

Please focus on learning the following words:

  • correspond
  • criticise
  • curiosity
  • definite
  • desperate
  • determined
  • develop
  • dictionary
  • disastrous
  • embarrass


There will be a dictation exercise using these words in class on Friday 22nd  November.

Log on to Spelling Shed here  




Following our visit to the Houses of Parliament, try to watch the news this week and follow some of the debates in the lead up to the upcoming general election.

Throughout the year, we will continue to consider what it means to be a global citizen.

Discuss the meaning of the word democracy. 

Consider what it means to be a citizen of a country.

What does ‘democracy’ and ‘citizenship’ look like on a day to day basis?


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.