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Earlsfield Primary School

Year 6

Updated January 2022

Welcome to Year 6!

Year 6AH are taught by Mr Allan and Mrs Hare and 6G by Miss Gowers. They are supported by Chanpreet and Teresa. They can be contacted via year6@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

 Welcome back everyone for our Summer term. 

We hope you had a lovely Easter and are ready for our last term in primary school. Year 6 has a lot of exciting opportunities to look forward to.  Their transition to secondary school is a big part of this term and we will have different PSHE lessons and separate interventions to support your child in navigating through this unique time. 

Below, in the dates to remember, you will see we have a range of school trips and exciting opportunities. The trips will support the learning that is happening in the classroom, especially the trip to the Globe Theatre. As always, if you would like to volunteer for any of our trips, look out for the parentmail request in the weeks before.  

In English, we will soon be immersing ourselves in Macbeth. The children will be writing play scripts, taking on the role of characters and exploring the language Shakespeare used. We will then be reading our final text, The Sleeper and the Spindle. This novel is a refreshing, modern take on fairy tales. With both books, students will be writing both fiction and non-fiction pieces inspired by the texts. 

We encourage you to be writing at home with your child, keeping a journal or free writing to promote the use of vocabulary and invigorate their imaginations. This supports the precision of their handwriting and to jot down ideas and stories they may want to develop.

Guided Reading groups will continue in the final term, refining and practising the different reading strategies that all students are familiar with. They will be exposed to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and home tasks will continue. We ask that you please check their pupil handbooks before the students submit their work on a Thursday. All students should be reading at least 15 minutes a night, either independently or with an adult. On the school website there is a link to recommended books and The Reading Treasure Chest books. If you would like any help with choosing a book please email the year 6 email address and we will be able to help you with this.  

In Maths this year, the students have work very hard on deepening their knowledge in place value, algebra, ratio, the four operations, measure and shape. The summer term is very much about revising and strengthening these skills to ensure that the students are transitioning to their secondary schools equipped with the tools and knowledge that they need to succeed. 

We will be continuing to use the White Rose Maths program and the talking homework will continue to make a link between school and home. 

The summer term is also a great time for the students to explore their mathematical capacities through open-ended investigations. We are planning on taking this concept out of the classroom and create a fun and enriching maths experience that draws reflections with problem solving in the world outside of the school. 

We will also be running many intervention programs to ensure that any gaps have been addressed.

In Topic, Year 6 have now finished World War Two. We have read excellent texts and immersed ourselves in the historical context through museum visits and our Home Front Workshop, which all students, parents and teachers thoroughly enjoyed. 

Our topic focus for the summer term is Geography- Why is America so amazing? The global learning skills they will develop over the term are: Evaluate media and other sources for bias and stereotypes and range of voices and perspectives, keep our mind open to new ideas, use active listening skills, explore multiple perspectives and alternative visions of the future and challenge viewpoints which perpetuate inequality and injustice. They will be locating the countries in North and South America, use geographical terminology, assess the climates in different countries and identify physical and human geographical features. They will finish the topic by creating a project, demonstrating their knowledge of Native Americans.

In Science, we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. Understanding the nature of adaptation, natural selection and the contributions of great scientists is what makes this topic a real highlight of the Year Six Science curriculum. 

In the second half of the Summer term, we shift our attention towards our production. This is a very exciting and significant part of the year and we are very much looking forward to starting our preparations on this. You will hear from the year six team once we have the plan in place. 


  • We will be continuing to use Doodle Maths and Doodle English. This year, we are looking to really emphasise the students’ time on Doodle English to positively influence their spelling and grammar recall. The aim is for students to keep their status in the green, or to be going online and completing their tasks at least three times per week. All students who reach streak milestones are celebrated during Good Work assemblies on a Friday. 
  • Times Table Rock Stars will also continue to be promoted, especially where students need to strengthen their knowledge. 
  • Guided reading will go home on a Friday and be expected back on the following Thursday. 
  • When we begin practising for our school production, students will be given their lines to remember and practise at home 

We value your support and encourage you to continue to work alongside your children at home. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to email our Year 6 address.

Year 6 can also look forward to continuing with their specialist subjects and are very lucky to have a number of fantastic specialist teachers as usual:  AM Sports Coaches (PE), Gym, Madam Clarke (French) and Mr Hopcraft (Music). 


SATS WEEK (Monday Bank Holiday) 

Tuesday 9 May 2023- English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Wednesday 10 May 2023- English reading

Thursday 11 May 2023- Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Friday 12 May 2023- Mathematics paper 3


Monday May 15th- Wandsworth Common 

Tuesday May 16th- Residential Parent meeting 5:45pm 

Friday May 19th- Globe Theatre 

Wednesday May 24th- RE Day 

Friday May 26th- Half Term 

Wednesday 7th June- Friday 9th June Residential 

Friday 23rd June- Sports Day 

Tuesday 11th July - Production 

Friday 21st July- End of school year


The Year 6 team. 


Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.


Children can maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding by:

  • I can read age appropriate books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes
  • I can increase my  familiarity with a wide range of books including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
  • I can identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing
  • I can learn a wide range of poetry by heart

Children can understand what they read by: 

  • I can identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • I can participate in discussions about books building on my own and others' ideas and challenge views courteously and with clear reasoning
  • I can summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph
  • I can provide reasoned justifications for my views



  • I can write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader (eg. The use of the first person in a diary; direct address in instructions and persuasive writing)
  • I can describe settings, characters and atmosphere in narratives
  • I can integrate dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action
  • I can select  vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires eg. using contracted forms in dialogues in narratives, eg. using passive verbs to affect how information is presented, eg. using modal verbs to suggest degrees of possibility
  • I can use a range of devices to build cohesion (eg. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs
  • I can use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout my writing
  • I can use the range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 mostly correctly
  • I can use semi-colons, colons and dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses [for example, It’s raining; I’m fed up] 
  • I can use a colon to introduce a list, semi-colons within lists and bullet points to list information 
  • I can use hyphens to avoid ambiguity [for example, man eating shark versus man-eating shark, or recover versus re-cover]
  • I can use inverted commas to indicate speech


  • I can spell most words correctly from the year 5 and 6 list and use a dictionary to check the spelling of uncommon or more ambitious vocabulary


  • I can maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed

Greater depth (working above the expected national standard)

  • I can write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting the appropriate form and drawing independently on what I have read as models for my own writing (e.g. literary language, characterisation, structure)
  • I can distinguish between the language of speech and writing and choose the appropriate register (I can recognise that certain features of spoken language - e.g. contracted verb forms, other grammatical informality, colloquial expressions, long coordinated sentences - are less likely in writing and be able to select alternative vocabulary and grammar)
  • I can exercise an assured and conscious control over levels of formality, particularly through manipulating grammar and vocabulary to achieve this.
  • I can use the range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 correctly and, when necessary, use such punctuation precisely to enhance meaning and avoid ambiguity:e.g. semi-colons, dashes, colons, hyphens

Statutory spellings


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 In Maths we follow the White Rose Hub. You can find out more about White Rose through our dedicated maths page

Year 6 Maths Objectives




Living things and their habitats


 What impact do humans have on our rivers and oceans?

What was the impact of World War 2 on London?



We set homework in Key Stage 2 in the following ways:

  • Spellings - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Guided Reading - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Literacy and Topic - Google Classroom
  • Talking Homework - Google Classroom
  • Maths - TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) and Mathletics

Students without digital access will get paper copies (need to return book)

You can access our guide to google classrooms or if you have any technical or password issues please email techsupport@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk  

Days to remember

Day Activity

Wear PE kit to school

Spelling Test (set the week before)


 Talking homework turned in on Google Classroom



Talking Homework to be sent out

Guided reading homework to be returned

 Friday  Guided reading homework to be sent out 
As frequently as possible but at least x times per week Reading, Time Tables Rockstars and Doodle Maths and English


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