Year 6 English: what your child learns
Find out what your child will be taught in Year 6 English and support their learning at home so they feel confident in their skills, ready for the move to secondary school.
Literacy will still focus on the three areas of:
- Speaking and listening
This year, the children will be working on stories, poetry and non-fiction and concentrating on one or more of the following areas:
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- Weekly maths & English worksheets
- Follows the National Curriculum
- Keeps your child's learning on track
Reading in Year 6 – your child will be:
- Continuing to read an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts
- Reading fiction texts both modern and old and from other cultures and traditions
- Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform showing understanding through intonation and volume
- Inferring characters' feelings from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence
- Discussing how authors use figurative language
- Distinguishing between fact and opinion
Children should be allowed to choose a book at school to take home with them to read and will still be reading with their teacher in groups once a week (this is called guided reading).
Year 6 reading: try this at home
- Choose a classic novel to read together (or listen to an audiobook) – even fluent readers can struggle with longer books so reading together can help bring it to life
- If you have younger children, suggest your older one reads to them. It will help with their reading aloud and expression
- Use technology – downloads and apps could inspire reluctant readers to try new authors
Writing in Year 6 – your child will be:
- Using further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them
- Spelling some words with silent letters
- Learning the spelling of more difficult homophones (words which sound the same but are spelt differently)
- Using a dictionary and a thesaurus
- Understanding synonyms and antonyms
- Writing with neat, legible handwriting and with increasing speed
- Using the passive to affect the presentation of information in a sentence
- Using semi-colons, colons, dashes and hyphens
- Learning to select appropriate grammar and vocabulary
- Describing settings, characters and atmosphere in narratives
- Writing dialogue
- Structuring texts with a range of organisational devices, including time connectives, paragraphs, headings, bullet points, underlining
- Assessing and improve the effectiveness of their writing
Y6 writing: try this at home
- If your school has a newspaper or magazine, encourage your child to take part – they could write about a hobby or school club.
- Encourage your child to put together a yearbook for the end of primary school – include stories, pictures and interviews with pupils and teachers
- Suggest your child keeps a diary and writes in it regularly
Check your Y6 child's progress in English with our free Y6 English Progress checks, three mini-tests for the autumn, spring and summer terms.
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