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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

We will be visiting Westminster Abbey in February.

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?

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson


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 the Spring term, 2020. May I wish all of the Year 6 families a very ‘Happy New Year’.  I would also like to thank everyone for the kind words and generous gifts shared at the end of last term; both were very much appreciated.

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 covering in class during the coming week and some questions or activities for your children to complete.

Spelling and Grammar

I am mindful that in order for the children to feel confident with SATs in the Summer term, some preparation will need to start now. One way to support your child is with the spelling and grammar homework which will be set this half term. Whilst we look at spelling rules and patterns in class, repetition at home will be hugely helpful in securing this spelling knowledge.


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


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.


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.

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 next week, we will continue with our learning related to percentages, decimals and fractions.




In English, we will continue reading from The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.

We will write in character, looking at themes across the book and start to prepare for writing our own fantasy stories by exploring story maps.




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

Focus on learning the following words:


  • shoulder
  • signature
  • sincere(ly)
  • soldier
  • stomach
  • sufficient
  • suggest
  • symbol
  • system
  • temperature


There will be a dictation exercise using these words in class on Friday 31st January.



We will continue learning about different types of clauses and how they can be used in sentences to create different effects..

We will be starting our Geography topic on population.


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Maths homework this Friday aims to reinforce all of our learning on equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.


PLEASE ONLY COMPLETE QUESTION NUMBERS 1 – 14. Questions 11 and 12 will require some creative thinking. Try them if you are feeling confident.


A paper copy will be sent home on Friday (24.1.20).


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.




 Enjoy a book for at least twenty minutes every day. Try to ensure that a range of more 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 could read the same book and discuss it afterwards.

 Logins have been sent home.  Log on to Spelling Shed here  




Think about where the most people live in the world and why.

Think about where the least people live in the world and why.



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.