Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Mrs Curtis
TA: Miss Cato

We hope you had a great summer and you have returned to the school routine refreshed and raring to go! We are really looking forward to the academic year ahead, and are delighted to have the opportunity to be with your children. We are so pleased with the way Year 6 have conducted themselves already – demonstrating their sense of responsibility, maturity and with ‘can-do’ attitudes.

As you may know, Year 6 is a very important year for many reasons – not least because it is the final year of primary, and preparation for secondary education is a key element of our year ahead. This includes becoming more independent and responsible – you could help with this by encouraging your child to make sure that they prepare themselves for the coming school day, supporting only where necessary. We will also be preparing for our SATs (which take place in May), which will include some preparation and practice throughout the year. Don’t forget, our school journey to PGL will take place in the final week of the spring term, which will result in some work during the summer term.

Throughout the year, we will be following a set curriculum as follows:

English and Maths - ongoing development of skills. Mrs Willett will be working with some children, initially in maths.

RE – Buddhism and Christianity

PSHE – various topics, including SEAL, sex education, young people and the law, etc.

Science – physics (light and electricity) and biology (animals, human body and inheritance)

History, Geography, Art and DT – Vikings, the European and the global map, war and global issues.

MFL (Spanish)

Computing – Coding and computer skills

Music – Ukelele (this term only)

PE – swimming (Wednesday mornings), and PE with Coach Graham (Friday afternoons).

Apart from the usual expectations for reading every evening (records to be signed at least three times per week), homework will, for the most part, comprise maths and English (one piece of each per week) set on a Wednesday to be in on the following Monday. There may be the occasional science or humanities homework in addition to the above. Please support your child in developing an organised approach to their homework and self-study, as these skills will become increasingly more important as they move on through their education. Homework not handed in on time, or not completed to a satisfactory standard, will need to be completed at break or lunchtime.

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

Mrs Curtis and Miss Cato.

Autumn Term Timetable

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.