Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Mrs Curtis
TA: Miss Cato

Hello Summer!

What a lovely, sunny start to the term! Long may it last!

It is so lovely to see all the children back safe and sound, and all of them eager to learn.

The government has informed us that there will be no SATs for Y6 this year, but I will still be assessing the children as I am required to monitor their individual progress, so will at some point be testing the children in a similar way to previous terms.

We are looking forward to a busy term ahead, albeit rather different to that which has happened in previous summer terms. We are hoping that we may be able to have a Y6 production towards the very end of term. This has previously involved Y5 and Y6, but due to the likely short notice of going ahead (which will impact on rehearsal time) and the cautious approach to safe distancing (for our audience), this year we will limit it to just Y6.

We are not necessarily following our usual curriculum map as there a number of gaps in learning from previous lockdowns. We have spent some time filling gaps from the Y5 curriculum for last summer – particularly in English maths and science – but have also been working on the Y6 curriculum. With all their efforts during the latest lockdown, I am finding that the majority of the children are able to cope well with the Y6 curriculum. However, for this term, we will continue to study a mix of Y5 and Y6 objectives – particularly in English and maths. There may be occasions where I am sending home revision work as part of the regular homework, as I may have identified an insecure understanding that is in need of practice.


Our curriculum foci for this term are as follows:

English, Maths and RE will involve a continuation of the curriculum.

Science – This term we will have a short focus on micro-organisms before looking at Evolution and Inheritance. Also as part of our science/PSHE, we will be doing some work on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).

PSHE – Positive Mindsets workshops; SRE; keeping ourselves safe; preparation for secondary school.

History, Geography, DT and Art – Completion of The Mayans (started last term); Wonders of the World; Art Illusions; Monet and the Impressionists

Music - composing

Computing – coding and spreadsheets (continuing).

PE – we are hoping that we may soon be able to go swimming and this is likely to be on a Friday. Until this is definite, children will need PE kits for Friday. We will also be doing PE on a Monday or Tuesday each week. This may vary. During our PE lessons we will be doing athletics and striking and fielding games.


Apart from the usual expectations for spelling and reading every evening, homework will consist of practice, catch-up or revision activities for the first half term and thereafter will be determined by the needs of the various projects we are undertaking, possibly 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 me if you have any questions or concerns.

Fingers crossed for a lovely summer!

Please stay safe,

Mrs Curtis.

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.