Year 6

A very warm welcome from Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 will be full of both challenging and exciting opportunities for the children, all of which will help to support them as they complete their final year at Pope Paul. There’s lots to look forward to: roles like House Captain and Fairtrade Leaders; the responsibility of having a Reception Learning Partner; the School Journey to PGL; the end-of-year production and lots more! With support from parents as well as school, your child 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.

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This year, our school focus is ‘The Year of Growth’.

English

Year 6 will be a formative and exciting year for your child. Now that they are at the top of the school, they will be preparing for both SATs and secondary school in earnest, and they will develop much more independence and resilience as the year goes by.

In English, your child will now be expected to understand how to use a full range of punctuation, to write with a wide variety of sentence structures, use powerful vocabulary, and to generally spell words accurately. They may well be fully independent readers, choosing their own books and non-fiction texts based on their own interests. The writing your child does at school will be increasingly confident and creative.

There are a variety of simple things you can do at home to support your child’s developing English skills:

  • Help to foster a love of reading:
    • Take them to the library
    • Read with your child: ‘I read a page; you read a page’
    • Ask them about the book they’re reading
    • Listen to them ‘perform’ some of their book to you
    • Buy a physical newspaper – they love keeping up with current affairs
  • Have fun spelling bees at home
  • Take photos of incorrect punctuation and grammar that you spot when you’re out and about

Spelling Lists

Maths

The main focus of maths teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems using both written and mental methods of calculation. With this grounding in arithmetic, pupils will learn the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. In geometry, your child will learn to classify shapes with complex properties and will learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of Year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long division and multiplication, and in working with fractions, decimals, and percentages.  They should be able to read, spell, and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

There are a variety of simple things you can do at home to support your child’s developing maths skills:

  • Fire times tables at them in the car
  • In the supermarket, ask them to estimate the final bill by rounding and adding as you go
  • Ask them the time regularly
  • Get the protractor out whenever you can
  • Take a trip into London and ask them to plan the journey using the train timetable

PE

Year 6’s PE days for this term are Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your child wears his/her PE kit to school on these days.

This term (Autumn), Year 6 will be swimming on Wednesdays. As well as wearing their PE kit to school, please ensure that children remember to bring their swimming kit into school on this day.

Home Learning

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. Home Learning is set each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class.

Home learning will consist of a spelling task, Maths and English. In the case that a project or whole-school task has been set, the children may get longer.

Please read the home school’s Home Learning Policy for further information.

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Year 6 Blog