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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 3 and 4


    The Y6 maths curriculum focuses on skills and reasoning.

    The work this term will continue to cover the skills set out in the Y6 curriculum and also lots of reasoning activities where the skills can be applied in a variety of problem solving activities – these will become increasingly challenging!

    There will also be lots of work on times tables where lack of knowledge and quick recall can hinder much of the work above. We ask for your support in helping children with this. A good online resource is à topics à tables. There are lots of helpful (and fun) games aimed at learning tables, factors, multiples.

    In Term 3 much of the maths will be revision and consolidation of previous work in readiness for the SATs tests in May.

    Our key areas of study will include:

    ·        Place value with an emphasis on larger numbers and decimals

    ·        Formal methods of calculations which again focus on larger numbers and decimals

    ·        Fractions/decimals/percentages – consolidation of equivalence, multiplication and division of fractions and the calculation of percentages

    ·        Shape and geometry – construction of shapes, measurement and calculation of angles, area and perimeter of complex shapes

    ·        Algebra


    Reading, reading, reading!

    Reading skills such as inference and deduction are taught during comprehension lessons and are practised in the children’s regular reading sessions where they are given the opportunity to read both individually to an adult and independently. We are currently trying to develop the children’s reading stamina as the SATs reading test is a lengthy, demanding read followed by a range of complex questions.

    Daily reading also takes place across the curriculum in the form of research, understanding information and decoding – even in maths!


    Like reading, our writing is cross-curricular and children will be learning the different features and techniques necessary to write explanations, reports, narrative, poetry, instructions, personal responses, persuasion/discussion and of course editing skills. An important, often daily, focus is on sentence work – expanding sentences by adding additional clauses, varying openers, embedded clauses, sentence threes, use of conjunctions and punctuation to demarcate separate clauses…


             This term’s grammar will include:

    ·        Consolidation/development of sentence construction with the emphasis on a variety of complex sentence forms

    ·        Tenses

    ·        Word classes

    ·        Punctuation – correct usage of apostrophes, brackets, hyphens, dashes, colons and semi colons


    Spelling will focus on the word list for Y5/Y6 and various common spelling rules eg different prefixes and suffixes, plurals, silent letters etc.


    Our topic for these two terms is largely science based – Birth of the Earth and Evolution.

    This will include;

    ·        evolution/inheritance

    ·         adaptation,

    ·        classification

    ·        Formation of the Earth – volcanoes, tectonic plates, creation of different landscapes

    ·         Study of key scientists in the above fields - Darwin and Mary Anning. 


    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

    ·        Fractions/decimals/percentages

    (equivalence, comparing and ordering, problem solving, addition and subtraction, finding amounts of fractions and percentages)

    ·        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; it is for this reason that we do not participate in the reading incentive schemes that are used in other year groups.

    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. There is a list of ‘classic’ novels which we encourage children to explore to extend their repertoire and promote wider choices. 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 externally 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 be on report writing, narrative, poetry and presenting information in different formats.

    Grammar will include: 

    ·        sentence construction (subordinate/main/embedded/relative clauses)

    ·        word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions etc)

    ·        synonyms, antonyms and homophones

    ·        direct and reported speech


    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.


     India (Term 1 and beginning of Term 2)

    ·        The geography of India

    ·        Religions of India

    ·        Indus Valley – ancient civilization

    ·        Culture – dance, art, music

    ·        Myths and legends

    ·        Contrasts of poverty and wealth


    We will be following the Empiribox scheme until Christmas which covers plants and flowers. A range of investigation skills will be addressed through the following areas:

    ·        Recognising and describing the different functions of plant parts

    ·        Life cycle of plants

    ·        Transpiration/photosynthesis

    ·        Pollination and germination

    ·        Charles Darwin

    September 2017

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    Welcome to Y6. Hopefully your child has enjoyed the start of the new term and is gradually becoming familiar with their new Y6 environment, routines and also their new teachers! 

    One of our key aims is to develop the children’s independence in preparation for their transition to secondary school next year. We encourage the children to take responsibility for their own property, remember the correct equipment, books and homework and also to ensure that their behaviour is exemplary, providing good role models for the younger children in the school – we have very high expectations, both in work and behaviour, and we are proud to say that members of Y6 nearly always rise to the occasion on both fronts.

    There are some changes to the organisation and personnel in the year group, this year. We welcome Miss Marten, who will be our new Y6 teacher.

    Maths groups have now been organised following testing and discussion with previous teachers and children are settling down quickly. We monitor maths groups continually and following day to day performance and testing at assessment points, we will ensure that children are in the group which suits them best. 

    We will not be grouping for English this year which will allow for a much more cross-curricular approach with writing being prominent in science and topic work.

    The following information including daily routines and expectations have already been discussed with the children but we hope you will also find this useful in supporting your child during this important final year at primary school.


      Reading is a vital tool for all learning and will be tested during the SATs in May. Y6 children are taught reading skills and will have opportunities to read in school but still need to read daily at home in order to practise and consolidate these skills.

    Reading books will need to be changed regularly and will be monitored by class teachers. New books will be recorded in homework diaries and we would welcome your comments when you hear your child read. However, we also encourage children to read independently for sustained periods and we expect children to be responsible for noting their own reading progress in their diaries. As part of their independent reading activities in school children will be expected to write book reviews, describe characters, explain story plots etc. so discussing and asking questions about the reading would be a great support in these activities.

    School uniform / PE Kit

    Please note that all children should wear appropriate school shoes; trainers are not acceptable and may only be worn  for lunch time play and PE. Jewellery, apart from stud earrings, should not be worn.

    PE kit is a white T-shirt and navy/black shorts – football shirts are not acceptable. All items should be named and remain in school during the school week. Plimsolls must be worn for indoor activities while trainers may be used for outdoor games. Girls should bring in spare socks if they wear tights. Earrings must be removed or taped over prior to any PE lesson.

    Please be aware, children will only be excused from PE if there is an authorised medical reason and a supporting note is sent in to the class teacher.  PE is a statutory requirement by law for all children.

    Homework Diaries and Homework

    New (mini!) homework diaries will replace the reading diaries used previously. During the year children will use these to record their maths and English targets, homework tasks and any special dates or information. Please feel free to use the notes box if there is anything you wish to communicate. These diaries, along with their reading books, should be brought to school daily.

    Maths and English homework will be set every Monday and should be handed in on Thursday. Spellings will also be  given weekly, again on a Monday.

    Miss Marten will be running a Y6 Homework Club where support and guidance will be available and also save parents the headache of the dreaded homework battle! The Club will run for an hour after school every Monday.

    Homework complements classroom learning through the consolidation of important skills – it is set to help the children to practise and revise these skills regularly.

    We hope that this information is helpful to you and that between us we can ensure that the children settle quickly and enjoy their time in Y6. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact one of the Y6 staff and we will do our best to help you.

    Mrs A Gorst, Mr S Cole, Mrs Ransom and Miss Marten (teachers)

    Mrs Hicks, Mrs Noakes   (TAs)