Year 6 Curriculum Statement
English- In English in Year 6 we focus on writing creatively using precise grammatical structures with an emphasis on using more ambitious vocabulary. This is done through the use of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as the use of engaging video stimuli and creative hooks.
In reading, the children learn to use intonation and read aloud, expressively, with fluency and confidence. Skilled word reading involves the working out of speedy pronunciation of unfamiliar words, based upon prior phonetic and decoding skills, as well as an understanding of spelling patterns, to aid the acquirement of wider vocabulary.
Comprehension skills are developed from linguistic knowledge, with a strong emphasis on developing children’s inference, deduction and comparative skills. These are developed through high-quality discussions with each other and the teacher, as well as reading a wider range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to establish an appreciation and love of reading.
In writing, children develop transcription (spelling & handwriting) and compositional (articulating ideas and structuring them in writing) skills. They are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
This effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
In SPaG the children learn to apply the Year 6 spelling and grammar rules.
The children have 5 spelling lessons, 6 English lessons and a handwriting lesson each week.
In Year 6 our aim is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This develops the connections that pupils make between multiplication and
division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Algebra is also introduced more formally in year 6, preparing them for the transition into Key Stage 3 mathematics.
At this stage in their learning we help pupils to develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. This is taught in year 5 and we revise and build upon these skills in order to embed them fully.
We adopt a ‘mastery approach’ to mathematical teaching, in line with the rest of the school, and ensure that our pupils learn to master the fluency aspects of maths before they begin to apply them to questions, which require reasoning and other problem-solving questions and activities.
The pupils cover the following units across the year: