Year 6

Welcome to Year 6, our final year of Primary School.

Year 6 is a very exciting yet challenging year. Filled with hard work, new experiences and also loads of fun.

This year we are working toward our end of Key Stage assessments in Maths and Literacy.

Our curriculum topics at a glance

 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Why is London such a cool place to live? “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”William Shakespeare What makes the Victorians so special? SATS Revision – Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Maths Revision SATS revision and SATS tests. Monsters, slime and horror.

Autumn 1 – Why is London such a cool place to live?
Pupils will be reading “Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams – An adventure story set in and around the London. We will use the book as a starting point to write newspaper reports, character descriptions, predictions and poems. In geography we look at different maps of London. We ask the question “What is the River Thames used for?” and we use the Tube map to give directions.

The start of the year can be daunting for some children as the choice of Secondary schools looms. In PHSE we talk about expectations of the year and what the choice of a Secondary school means for your future. Parents are invited to attend our annual Meet the teacher evening where more information about the transfer to Secondary school can be obtained.

Autumn 1 Topic web


yr 6 topic web

Autumn 2 – “The Tempest” William Shakespeare

Pupils will be studying the Shakespearian play “The Tempest”. We will attend various workshops, theatre productions and other fun activities as part of our learning. Children will also spend time analysing Shakespearian language and how language has changed over time.Closer to Christmas we will be studying the book Zoo from Anthony Brown, where we will investigate current issues like climate change and conservation.

 yr 6 autumn 2 topic web



Spring 1- What makes the Victorians so special?
The Victorians are always a very interesting topic to learn about. We will read the book “Street Child” and explore what it was like being a young orphan growing up in the streets of Victorian London.In Literacy we will write narratives, information text and letters. As part of our Science topic we will investigate great Scientist of the Victorian age, look at the work they did and what impact their discoveries had on our modern day life.



Spring 2 – SATS revision
This term is the big build up to our SATS test!

During this term we will be sending home SATS revision guides in Reading, Grammar and Maths. Please use these guides at home to support you with your SATS Revision.


Summer 1 – SATS revision
Everything we worked so hard for during this year is coming to a close when we sit our end of KS 2 SATS test.

It’s also time for our annual residential trip to the Kingswood centre at Grosvenor Hall in Ashford, Kent.


Summer 2 – Monsters, slime and horror!
This term is the most exciting term in Year 6!

As part of our Topic work we will look at a country that is currently in the news, we do a lot of research on the country and then we create presentations with exciting facts about the country.

We are starting to say goodbye with our end of year show, graduation church service and a final end of year disco before we move on to Secondary school.



SATS  2017

In the summer term of 2017, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will sit their SATs papers. These tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure each child’s progress and the school’s performance. Each child’s test result will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’

Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’

Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’

Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’

Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts:

A grammar and punctuation paper short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and

A spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’

Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Key Stage 2 maths

Children will sit three papers in maths:

Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes(written)

Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division.2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

Multiple choice

True or false

Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table o chart.

Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.

When will KS2 SATs take place in 2017?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8th May 2017

How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The old system of national curriculum levels is now no longer used, after the department of education abolished it in Summer 2015. Instead, children will be given standardised scores. You will be given your child’s score, alongside the average for their school, the local area and nationally. There will also be a ‘performance descriptor’ of the expected standard for Key Stage 2 pupils. The Department for Education is aiming for 85 per cent of children to reach or exceed that standard.
Upcoming events.

Year 6 SATs Parents meeting

Many thanks to all of the parents who came to the SATs meetings on 29.3.17. We hope you found them useful.

Please click the links below to view the Key stage 2 SATs video and the Mock SATs paper revision reference pages you were given in your pack. Each year 6 child has a password and user name for MathswatchVLE so that they can access the tuition videos indicated.

Key stage 2 SATs video

Maths Revision CGP reference and MathsWatch

Grammar and punctuation revision CGP page reference

In addition to the information above, the DFE has produced some information for parents which can be accessed by clicking the link below

DFE information for parents


 Standards & Testing Agency Information re 2016-17 SATs results

Information for parents 2017 results at the end of KS2