Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Miss Randles
TA: Mrs Phillips



What a lovely, sunny start to the autumn term! It is so lovely to see the children back, and all of them eager to learn.

We are looking forward to a busy year ahead and are following our usual Y6 curriculum map as much as possible. However, as there are a number of gaps in learning from previous lockdowns, we will also spend some time filling gaps from the Y5 curriculum. With this in mind, 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 for the autumn term is as follows:

English – Developing a range of skills that will be themed around a focused book each time, starting with ‘There’s a boy in the girl’s bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. After half term, we will be looking at play scripts including Macbeth and other Shakespeare stories.

For our non-fiction unit we will explore the Big Question: What is blood for? Focusing on using grammatical, presentational and organisational features to affect the presentation of information. There will be weekly SP&G lessons, where we will focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Maths – We will continue to follow the Herts essentials maths planning. Some of the units include; place value, the four operations, fractions, formal multiplication, percentages and shape.

Science – Our two units are; Evolution and Inheritance and Classifying Organisms

PSHE – Belonging to a community, respecting ourselves and others and safe relationships

History and Geography – Completion of The Mayans and South America – What is life like in the Amazon.

Art and DT – Art of Freda and Marbulous structures

Music – Being happy! (Pop/Neo Soul) and improvisation and composition (Jazz)

RE – Christianity and Buddhism

PE – We will be having PE lessons on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week and children will need their PE kits on these days. During our PE lessons, we will be focusing on netball and football.


Apart from the usual expectations for spelling and reading every evening, homework will consist of practice, catch-up or revision activities. This will usually be an English task and a Maths task. 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 do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Miss Randles and Mrs Phillips

Autumn Term 2021

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.