Year 6 Curriculum Statement
Throughout Year 6 we deliver high quality English lessons to enable pupils to transition effectively towards secondary education. We continue to allow children to speak, write and communicate fluently as well as developing a love of reading which allows all pupils to both acquire knowledge and to build upon what they already know. We engage children with book stimuli to inspire writing and performance.
Reading is a subject that is explicitly taught every day in Year 6 through Guided Reading and English lessons. The school has a variety of resources, including an online resource called Accelerated Reader which provides an extension of reading at home. High quality literature is a top priority, and the books that we read, feed into many other areas of the curriculum. Throughout English sessions we aim to intertwine subject specific books and class novels are read in directed whole class reading sessions. Comprehension strategies are taught throughout the year, we use higher level questioning strategies based around the acronym VIPERS – vocabulary, inference, predict, explain, retrieve and sequence or summarise. Pupils record their daily reading record in school diaries and collect examples of new vocabulary in Year 6 ‘Magpie Books’. All pupils have the opportunity to read independently at school and are encouraged to practise at home, recording entries in their personal reading diary. These diaries are monitored and celebrated weekly. In year 6 we offer extended opportunities to read to the younger pupils and share their own stories with the rest of the school.
In Year 6 we focus on composition and transcription to ensure our pupils are achieving year group expectations. As a whole school approach, we use ‘Writing for Purpose’ to inspire and influence our delivery of this subject. This encourages all children to perform, recall and write their own transcript based upon prior learning. Children are encouraged to write using a range of genres and target audiences. A range of resources are used to ensure consistency and quality first teaching. The Literacy shed, The Write Stuff and Alan Peat Sentence structures also allow our children exposure to the highest quality stimulus’. By the end of Year 6 pupils are expected to achieve the expected standard of writing based upon Y6 writing objectives. Children will have been exposed to and composed their own versions of texts including; a range of reports, narratives, diary entries, descriptive writing, biographies and letters. Spelling and Grammar (SpaG) is taught throughout all Reading and Writing sessions, we have a 20 minute spelling session daily which reinforces learning and allows an opportunity for pupils to implement spellings into their writing. Below are the expectations for Year 6 writing and Year 6 spelling list.
In Year 6 we continue to implement a mastery approach using the White Rose Maths Scheme of work which allows pupils to develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. We teach and reconsolidate children’s arithmetic, reasoning and problem-solving abilities in preparation for secondary school and end of year assessments. We use quality first teaching practices which expose children to various resources, including NRich, Maths hub and Maths no problem. Across the school we use Times table (TT) Rockstars and MyMaths additional online learning platforms. The table below shows the areas of learning across the year: