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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Year 6 Studies

    For Key Stage 2 Curriculum Framework please click here.

    For maths calculation guidance please click here.

    Terms 1 and 2


    The Y6 maths curriculum focuses on skills and reasoning.

    Our work over the year will cover the different skills set out in the curriculum and then an increasing focus will be placed on reasoning activities where the skills learned can be applied in a range of problem solving activities.

    ·        Place value

    Larger numbers, decimals, negative numbers, rounding, estimating

    ·        Calculations

    Consolidation and practice of the 4 rules including larger numbers and decimals and 1 and 2-step calculations

    ·        Fractions/decimals/percentages/ratio/proportion

    Equivalence, comparing and ordering, problem solving, addition and subtraction, finding amounts of fractions and percentages and expressing amounts as a percentage, ratio and proportion

    ·        2D Shape and Geometry

    Naming shapes, recognition of properties of shapes, recognition/measurement of angles, construction of shapes using protractors and compasses



    We are very keen to encourage a reading culture within Y6. There are many quality books within the year group and library books may also be read as the daily reading book. In their last year at school, we like to develop a more independent approach to reading where the children are expected to record their reading and share experiences with one another. We also encourage children to read from a wider range of genres.

    We do expect children to read on a daily basis and read at a level which challenges them and ensures that they progress. Our expectations are that they keep a record of their progress in their diaries. Children at this age are generally confident in the decoding aspect of reading so our focus is on comprehension, particularly deduction and inference which are both higher order skills. When you hear children read, could you please promote these skills by asking children open-ended questions such as ‘What do you think…? Describe a character… Tell me why… What caused…?  Why did the character do that?’

    In school we will be teaching the children a range of comprehension skills and to apply their reading skills across other areas of the curriculum in order to research and understand information provided in a variety of formats.


    There is no writing test for SATs (unlike Maths, reading and grammar), instead writing is moderated. This means that all writing is important as we have to submit any exercise book which demonstrates the children’s writing ability.

    In English, we teach the range of features and techniques required (including grammar) and provide opportunities in other curriculum areas to practise and consolidate these skills.

    This term’s focus will primarily be creative, descriptive writing with an eventual move into factual writing.

    Grammar will include: 

    • sentence construction (subordinate/main/embedded/relative clauses)
    • word classes (including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions)
    • punctuation (including inverted commas, semi colons, colons, brackets)


    Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis and will need to be learned. These will include words from the Y6 spelling list (National Curriculum), spelling rules which have been covered in class and words from children’s individual word banks.


     Term 1: Shakespeare and Macbeth

    • exploring themes, characters and language in literacy
    • learning about the life of Shakespeare in history
    • location of Scotland in relation to Europe

    Term 2: World War One

    • causes and effects
    • chronological events
    • Europe during World War One
    • Trench warfare
    • Life in Britain


    A range of investigation skills will be addressed through the following areas:

    • Materials and their properties
    • Reversible and irreversible states
    • Electricity