Welcome to Year 6's Class Page

The year starts with the children in Year Six exploring Anglo Saxons. The children read the text ‘Beowulf’ and creatively write using the book as a stimulus.

To further the pupils learning, they attend a very engaging Anglo Saxon day at Tatton Park exploring the Anglo Saxons impact upon the UK and their daily life.

In Maths, the pupils work on place value and their methods for the four operations. They cover a wide-range of arithmetic and reasoning to ensure they are confident mathematicians.

The children are encouraged to think about next year and the range of opportunities and learning in a high school. They attend a full transition day at the High School. While there, the children are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of lessons and experience a day as a high school pupil. 

Information to remember:

  • Homework every week
  • Spelling test every week
  • Maths Whizz every week

Autumn Term Topic

  • Anglo Saxons with a visit to Tatton Park
  • Text Study: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

Spring Term

  • Rainforests
  • Text Study: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Summer Term

  • Space
  • Text Study: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

SATS Year Six

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

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

The Reading Test

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. 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.’

The SPaG Test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural 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.’

The Maths Tests

Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: 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. Papers 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 or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children are given scaled scores (read our parents' guide to primary school grading and SATs codes for more details).

You will be given your child’s scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved). 

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.

The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard (the figure was initially 85 per cent but has been revised).

Follow this link if you require any further information regarding SATs

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/standards-and-testing-agency

Term: Autumn 1
Topic: Year 6 - Anglo Saxons