Welcome to the
final year of Primary School - Year 6!
The Year 6 experience is hugely important both
academically and emotionally. Our aim is to provide the children with an
exciting curriculum and a positive final year, as well as celebrate their time
in primary school, before they embark on a new chapter of their lives
in secondary school. Our challenge in Year 6 is to ensure that the children are
ready to face and meet the demands of the end of year statutory national
assessments and also the transition into secondary education.
stages of schooling there are national tests which must be taken by all
children. Often informally known as ‘SATs’, the National Curriculum Tests are
compulsory for children at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Children in these year
groups will undertake tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Spelling, Punctuation
and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects in
primary education. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art,
Computing, Design & Technology, French, Geography, History, Music, and
Physical Education. Cross-curricular links are often made between core and
foundation subjects to help your child develop a broad and balanced view of the
By the end of
Year 6, children are expected to be conﬁdent with the use of all four standard
methods for written calculations, and to have secured their knowledge of the
key number facts for the four operations. Their work will focus more on
fractions, ratio, proportion and the introduction of algebra. In May of Year 6,
children will take an arithmetic test of thirty minutes, and two broader
mathematics tests of forty minutes each.
Again in Year
6, many of the scientiﬁc concepts that children meet are more abstract, such as
the study of classification, or the behaviour of light. There are still plenty
of opportunities for investigation, and also to ﬁnd out about the work of some
great scientists of today and the past. There are no statutory tests for students
in Science at Key Stage 2.
In upper Key
Stage 2 your child will increasingly meet a wider range of texts and types of
writing, and will be encouraged to use their skills in a broader range of
contexts. Their knowledge of grammar will also increase as they prepare for the
National Curriculum Tests to be taken in the summer term of Year 6. Year 6
children will take a reading test of about one hour, a grammar and punctuation
test of about forty-ﬁve minutes, and a spelling test of twenty words.
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