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Year 6

Teacher: Mrs Curtis
TA: Mrs Cato

News from Year 6


What a fantastic end to the Spring term! PGL was an amazing experience during which Miss Cato and I were witness to the generosity, support and care our Year 6 have for each other. They were inspirational and encouraging to all. They challenged themselves and overcame fears and difficulties – I saw an incredible growth of confidence in many! Staff at PGL commented on their politeness and good manners, and at no time did I need to discuss negative issues with any child. They are a credit to you as their parents, and I am sure you are as proud of them as we are. I extend my grateful thanks to Miss Cato and John Curtis for giving up their own time to accompany the children.

Sadly, after the first week of term, Mrs Berger will no longer be with us at Monksmead. She has been an enormous asset to the class this year, and has ably prepared the children for their grammar and punctuation test in May as well as providing focused support for a number of children in maths and reading. She has been inspirational in science, RE, PSHE and art lessons throughout her time with this class (including during Y4). The children and I will miss her greatly.

Mrs Strugnell will be teaching the class for a number of lessons this term, predominantly on Mondays.

It is set to be a busy term ahead. For the first few weeks of term we will be looking at SATs papers and practising for the test week, beginning 8th May. This is obviously a very important time and we hope you will make every effort to ensure your child attends school. After this, we will be completing our school journey diaries and preparing for our Y5/Y6 end of year production. (Please be aware that I will not be able to allocate a major part in our production to any child who is taking a holiday during school time, as those with important roles will be crucial to rehearsals.)

Our curriculum foci for this term are as follows:

English and Maths will involve a continuation of the curriculum, and some project work.

Science – Health and Lifestyles (taught by Mrs Strugnell).

PSHE - SRE (Sex and Relationship Education); young people and the law; preparation for secondary school.

Geography – UK and the World.

DT and Art – K’Nex challenge; props-making for production.

Computing – coding and spreadsheets (continuing).

Music – singing for our production.

PE – swimming (Wednesday mornings); Game On (Thursday afternoons).

Apart from the usual expectations for reading every evening, homework will consist of revision activities during the first few weeks and thereafter will be determined by the needs of the various projects we are undertaking, including learning lines and practising parts. As always, homework not handed in on time, or not completed to a satisfactory standard, will need to be completed at break or lunchtimes.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Mrs Curtis and Miss Cato.



In Year 6 we learn to:





  • Refer to text to support opinions and predictions.
  • Give a view about choice of vocabulary, structure, etc.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Appreciate how a set of sentences has been arranged to create maximum effect.
  • Recognise:
  • o   complex sentences with more than one subordinate clause

    o   phrases which add detail to sentences

  • Explain how a writer has used sentences to create particular effects.
  • Skim and scan to aide note-taking.
  • Our reading scheme is Bug club from Pearson






  • Use subordinate clauses to write complex sentences.
  • Use passive voice where appropriate.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely (e.g. The fact that it was raining meant the end of sports day).
  • Use a sentence structure and layout matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use semi-colon, colon or dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses.
  • Use colon to introduce a list and semi colon within a list.
  • Use correct punctuation of bullet points.
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
  • Use full range of punctuation matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Use paragraphs to signal change in time, scene, action, mood or person.
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.




  • Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 10,000,000.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Identify the value of each digit to 3 decimal places.
  • Use knowledge of order of operations to carry out calculations involving four operations.
  • Multiply  4-digit by 2-digit
  • Divide 4-digit by 2-digit
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in the simplest form.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Calculate % of whole number.