Year 6

Year 6 is a very important and action packed year that we hope will give our pupils some excellent lasting memories of their last year at Kerr Mackie. Whilst in year 6 the children have the opportunity to develop their team building skills during our residential to Herd Farm. The residential is always eagerly anticipated by the children.

Main aims when planning learning

  • Memorable experiences
  • Hands on
  • Based on children's interests
  • Cross curricular links
  • Immersive learning environment
  • Using a range of technology

The projects for 2016/17 are

  • Autumn term – How have inventions changed our world?
  • Spring term – How did WW2 change our world?


  • Daily assessment in lessons
  • Written feedback
  • Positive mentoring for reading, writing, maths
  • Spellings

SATS week


  • Arithmetic: 30 minute text (40 marks)
  • Mathematical reasoning: 2 papers 40 minutes (35 marks per paper)


  • 1 hour (50 marks)

Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary

  • 45 minutes (50 marks)


  • 20 words (20 marks)

End of phase expectations

Reading - by the end of Y6 most children are expected to:

  • Read and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference or text books
  • Ask questions to improve their understanding
  • Predict what might happen
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning

Writing - by the end of Y6 most children are expected to:

  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed
  • Use punctuation to clarify meaning in sentences
  • Correct and consistent use of tense
  • Use paragraphs to show changes in time, scene, action, mood or person
  • Link ideas across paragraphs
  • Use a full range of punctuation correctly
  • Use, entirely consistently, the language associated with first, second and third person

Maths - by the end of Y6 most children are expected to:

  • Multiply and divide decimals mentally by 10 or 100, and numbers to 1000
  • Use tables to work with decimals (to 1 decimal place)
  • Use multiplication facts to calculate squares of numbers to 12 x 12
  • Order mixed set of numbers (up to 3 decimal places)
  • Work out simple % of whole numbers
  • Work out which fraction is larger/smaller
  • Use pencil & paper methods to multiply & divide
  • Use pencil & paper methods to add & subtract decimals
  • Multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by 2- digit numbers
  • Multiply and divide decimals by 100 or 100 in the head
  • Add and subtract using decimals


  • 1-1 meetings
  • My learning profile

Additional support

  • Role of additional adults
  • Interventions

How you can help

  • Good attendance (95% at least)
  • Punctual
  • Practise times tables daily for 5 minutes
  • Share books
  • Handwriting practice
  • Home learning (learning logs and tasks on DB Platform)
  • Mathletics

To find out more information about the curriculum your child is following, please contact your class teacher. Our Assistant Headteacher, Mr Stout, is available to discuss the curriculum if you require further information. Additionally, of course, Mrs Millington and Mrs Crowther are happy to talk through aspects of the curriculum with families.