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. The topics are further enriched through class trips.

Key Information for Year Six

Weekly Homework

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.

Term Topics

For the first two weeks of the school year the children explore their community, how it has changed over recent years and the impact coal mining has had upon Chesterton and the surrounding area. This important topic allows the children to further understand and value their local area.

Beowulf is the first book we study, while reading the classic tale we explore Anglo Saxons in art, history and European physical and human geography. In the following half term we read the children’s classic The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Within the Autumn term we learn about light and evolution and inheritance in Science.

During the spring term the pupils explore the rainforests, in particular the Amazon Rainforest. Throughout this topic we explore living things and their habitats and animals including humans in Science. We contrast our modern lifestyles to living in the rainforest during the Ancient Mayan civilization. As we learn about life in The Americas we read the wonderful adventure story Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.

The summer term is a busy term, which includes the end of Key Stage Two SATs and the final preparation for high school. Within the term we read the wonderful text The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and create fantastic writing inspired by the book. In History we explore the revolutionary Georgian period, seeing how power has changed over time and its impact upon law and society. In science we explore electricity.

Throughout the year we teach a broad and balanced curriculum to enable every child to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. The pupils have two physical education lessons with a specialist PE teacher. In year 6 we have weekly lessons of: modern foreign language, religious education, computing, humanities and science.

SATS Year Six

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

  1. Reading
  2. Maths
  3. 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