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Year 6

Information on the programme of study for year 6 students will appear here for September

Year 6 at George Mitchell Primary Phase 

Year 6 Panda class

The national average expectation is for children to achieve level 4b by the end of Year 6

What will my child be doing and learning in Year 6?

Year 6 is the final of four years where your child will be working at Key Stage 2. At the end of Key Stage 2 your child should have reached a particular level of skills, knowledge and understanding. At the end of Year 6, children will take their SATS (Statutory Assessment Tests) and move to our Secondary phase to start Key Stage 3.

Teachers at our school use many strategies to check your child’s progress so they can adapt their teaching to best support, challenge and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding. If you would like to know the targets your child is working towards, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Some children have special educational needs and may find it difficult to progress as quickly as other children but we will put support in place to ensure they do.  Parents and carers have a key role in the educational development of their child. It is important to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly, so that we can work together for the benefit of your child.

Numeracy in Year 6

By the end of Year 6, most children should be able to:

  • Know all tables to 10 x 10, especially for division, e.g. 63 divided by 7 = 9, and quickly work out remainders
  • Multiply and divide decimal by 10 or 100 in their heads in their heads, e.g. 2.61 x 10, 53.2 divided by 100.
  • Put numbers, including decimals, in order of size, e.g. 1.06, 0.099, 0.25, 1.67.
  • Use pencil and paper to add and subtract decimals, e.g. 3.91 + 8.04 + 24.56, or 13.3 – 1.27
  • Use pencil and paper to multiply and divide, e.g. 387 x 46, 21.5 x 7, 539 divided by 13, 307.6 divided by 4
  • Cancel fractions e.g. reduce 4/20 to 1/5, and work out which of two fractions is bigger, e.g. 7/12 or 2/3
  • Work out simple percentages of whole numbers, e.g. 25% of £90 is £22.50.
  • Estimate angles and use a protractor to measure them
  • Work out the perimeter and area of simple shapes that can be split into rectangles 
  • Solve word problems and explain their methods
  • Use co-ordinates to plot the position of points
  • Understand and use information in graphs, charts and tables

Literacy in Year 6

By the end of Year 6, most children should be able to:

Speaking and Listening

  • Use a range of oral techniques to present persuasive arguments and engaging narratives 
  • Participate in whole-class debate using the conventions and language of debate, including Standard English 
  • Use the techniques of dialogic talk to explore ideas, topics or issues 
  • Make notes when listening for a sustained period and discuss how note-taking varies depending on context and purpose 
  • Analyse and evaluate how speakers present points effectively through use of language and gesture 
  • Listen for language variation in formal and informal contexts 
  • Identify the ways spoken language varies according to differences in the context and purpose of its use 
  • Consider examples of conflict and resolution, exploring the language used 
  • Understand and use a variety of ways to criticise constructively and respond to criticism 
  • Improvise using a range of drama strategies and conventions to explore themes 
  • Devise a performance considering how to adapt the performance for a specific audience


  • Read extensively and discuss personal reading with others, including in reading groups 
  • Sustain engagement with longer texts, using different techniques to make the text come alive 
  • Compare how writers from different times and places present experiences and use language 
  • Appraise a text quickly, deciding on its value, quality or usefulness 
  • Understand underlying themes, causes and points of view 
  • Understand how writers use different structures to create coherence and impact 
  • Explore how word meanings change when used in different contexts 
  • Recognise rhetorical devices used to argue, persuade, mislead and sway the reader

 Set their own challenges to extend achievement and experience in writing
 Use different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader
 In nonfiction writing, establish balance and maintain viewpoints
 Select words and language drawing on their knowledge of literary features and formal and informal writing
 Use varied structures to shape and organise text coherently
 Use paragraphs to achieve pace and emphasis
 Express subtle distinctions of meaning by constructing sentences in varied ways
 Use punctuation to clarify meaning in complex sentences
 Spell familiar words correctly and employ a range of strategies to spell difficult and unfamiliar words
 Use a range of appropriate strategies to edit, proofread and correct spelling in their own work, on paper and on screen
 Use different styles of handwriting for different purposes with a range of media, developing a consistent and personal legible style
 Select from a wide range of ICT programs to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas