Welcome to Year 6's Class Page
Year Six is an important year in school and the children now need to consolidate their learning to prepare themselves for their transition into high school. The children cover a range of subjects to ensure they have a firm foundation of learning.
The children attend two full transition days at the High School and have school-based visits from Chesterton Community Sports College staff to ensure a smooth pathway into their next stage of education.
Year Six also have visitors in to support their learning. Tween Safe deliver important information about e-safety, on-line risks and ensuring children understand how to keep themselves safe. The Road Safety team deliver clear advice about transition to high school and road awareness.
Key Information for Year Six
Reading – every day will make the difference in supporting your child’s fluency and comprehension
Spelling - a weekly test to support your child in learning key words from the national curriculum
Maths Whizz – at least 45 minutes per week with a focus on gaining progressions will support your child in ‘filling the gaps’ and building confidence in all areas of maths.
Other Homework will be set to support your child.
A Taste of Our Learning across the Year
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C.S.Lewis
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo: a story telling the tale of a young man’s life since fighting in the trenches during WW1.
Anglo Saxons with a learning visit to Tatton Park
Text Study: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
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.
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.
Text Study: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
This is a wonderful adventure story about a young girl who travels to the Amazon to stay with her relatives. Upon arriving in Manaus, she quickly realises her life there will not be as she expected. The children will be using the text to inspire their writing along with their study of the rainforests and South America within Geography.
Science, Art and D&T
Text Study: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
The pupils will be learning about properties and changes of materials in Science.
To further the children's understanding of materials and the Mayans we will be exploring different weaving techniques in Art and DT by using different materials, such as: recycled objects and natural resources.
SATS Year Six
At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
- 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