Year 6

A very warm welcome from Miss Donatantonio

This year will prove both challenging and exciting for the children. There’s lots to look forward to: roles like House Captain and Fairtrade Leaders; working with their Reception Class Learning Partners; the School Journey; the end of year production and lots more! With support from parents as well as school, your child(ren) will be encouraged to achieve his/her full potential in SATs and be ready for a smooth transition to secondary school.

You are invited to celebrate your child’s learning in the weekly Year 6 Blog, which you can access on the right-hand side of this page.

Ready for Learning!

Year 6 comes with great opportunities and responsibilities. Please encourage your child to take an active role in both school and class life. Part of transition involves developing organisational skills. Please support your child in being ready for school and indeed, ready for learning each day.



Your child has been given a reading record to update on a daily basis. This should be signed by an adult at least once a week. The child’s reading objective is displayed in their reading record and this is reviewed weekly by the class teacher during guided reading sessions.

Guided reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills and in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills.


Spelling lists are given to the children on Friday as part of their weekly Home Learning task. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, Year 6 SATs revision words, technical words, personal errors such as common words, homophones and the new SPAG syllabus. The children are then tested on these lists of words the following Friday.

Please support your child in learning the rules and patterns extending them by looking at other words with the same patterns, using them in writing tasks and developing dictionary skills. All spelling lists are stuck into the children’s Home/School Record Books. These are provided to Year 6 in order to begin preparations for Secondary School transition and develop their organisational skills. It is a good way for parents to keep up with weekly events.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace. In order to prepare the children for SATs, both of these are crucial. Tests are administered under strict guidelines and are all timed precisely. Please use the handwriting policy as guidance to letter formation.


Wednesdays (swimming from 13th September) and Thursdays. Please ensure full PE kit and swimming bag is in school on these days.

Please note: due to the nature of Year 6 and inter-school events, these days may at times need to be altered. Please check in the Home/School Record Book as the children are encouraged to note changes, important dates etc.

Home Learning

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It is due back the following Tuesday in order to allow me the time to mark them and includes an English and Maths task. When a Home Learning project has been set, the children may get longer, for example, 2 weeks. All home learning is to be done in either their Maths or English Home Learning books, unless stated otherwise. It is vital that Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class. If your child finds the Home Learning difficult, we offer a Homework Club every Friday after school, to which they are encouraged to come.

If your child has a specific target such as handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, please remind them before they start and then to check over at the end. Children still require adult support with home learning in Year 6, particularly with personal targets, so please support your child as necessary.

Dates for your Diary

Date Time Event
Friday 22nd September 09.15 Year 6 Assembly
Wednesday 27th September 09:00 Parent Information Morning

Declan Linnane, Headteacher of Nicholas Breakspear School

Tuesday 3rd October All day Y6 to Bletchley Park
Tuesday 10th October 15:50-18:20 Parent Consultations
Thursday 12th October 15:50-18:20 Parent Consultations
Friday 20th October 09:15-10:15 Harvest Assembly followed by Celebration Morning
Friday 3rd November 11am Year 6 to Wyllyotts Theatre to see Hamlet

Please check our website Diary Page for events throughout the year.


Year 6 Maths Workshop: Monday 30th September, 2019

Thank you to the parents who attended the Maths Workshop.  Attached below are the resources that I used for this.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs C McNamara

Maths Lead

The Year 6 Learner

Maths Workshop Year 6

Curriculum Overview for Year 6