Welcome to Year 6!
Our class names are 6 Cherry and 6 Rowan. Miss Preston is the teacher of 6 Rowan and Miss Copping is the teacher of 6 Cherry. Mrs Stanton and Mrs Smith are our teaching assistants.
We understand that the final year in primary education can be stressful and difficult for a number of reasons but in particularly because of the SATs. There will be lots of hard work and perseverance required but there will also be many exciting topics, trips and visitors to ensure we provide an engaging and exciting curriculum.
"Nobody says it will be easy, but it will be worth it." (Our motto in Year 6!)
Miss Preston and Miss Copping
Summer Term 2018
This term, our focus is on SATs revision.
Please find below some useful revision tips to help your child.
Read outside the book
Children need to get used to reading non-fiction texts as well as stories. Try to encourage your child to read texts associated with events or interests that are meaningful to them; for example, if they like football, read through a match programme or a newspaper report with them. If you’re planning a holiday this summer, get your child to read up on your destination of choice.
Give them goals
A time limit and a reward can be really motivational, so why not set your child a challenge to read one book a week? At the end of each week, encourage them to tell you about the story and then give them a (small) reward of their choice. Having said that, make sure you never force them to read something they are not interested in; this is counter-productive, and could put them off reading for good!
Bring back the 'bedtime story' for your eleven year old! Take turns to read out loud with your child, guaranteed to improve their reading and their listening skills, as well as a brilliant way to spend time together. When you are listening to your child encourage them to read with expression and to do different voices for different characters. You can also ask them comprehension questions (they can test you when it's your turn to read out loud!); look at KS2 SATs Reading tests for ideas on kinds of questions to ask.
Read between the lines
When asking your child questions about what they have been reading, think about inference (reading between the lines) and deduction (reading beyond the lines). An example of an inference question is: 'Pick out two phrases that tell us the bear is angry with Goldilocks.' An example of a deduction question is: 'How do you think Goldilocks might have felt as she ran away?' Encourage your child to consider conflicting emotions that characters might be experiencing, for example: 'Maybe she feels happy to have got away from the bears, but a bit guilty about all the trouble she has caused. She might be worried that people will find out and she will get told off.'
Download the sample test
Practising a sample SATs paper will help your child enormously. You may want to go through it with them, getting them to read the text aloud to you and then talking through the questions, or you may want to let them do it unaided so that you can see what they are capable of. If you do let them get on with it alone, make sure you go through their answers with them. Maybe just deal with one text at a time, and do it over two days, to avoid pressurising your child.
Grammar and Punctuation-
In the grammar and punctuation test, children are likely to be tested on the following:
- Use of full stops, capitals, commas, brackets, question marks, exclamation marks, speech marks, apostrophes.
- Understanding what nouns, pronouns, prepositions, contractions, connectives, adjectives, verbs and adverbs are and how to use them.
- Knowing how to add suffixes and prefixes to words.
- In sentences, being able to make subjects and verbs agree, putting verbs in the correct tense, inserting words with the correct plural and recognising a subordinate clause.
- Knowing the difference between direct and indirect speech
Please click here for the list of statutory spellings.
You can download past papers from the following website www.satspapers.org.
Going through an arithmetic paper with your child is an excellent way to find out if they are secure with their methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Some of the questions in the arithmetic paper are very difficult, so don't force them on your child until you think they have all the basics. For example, they need to know how to find 10 per cent of an amount before they can possibly find 45 per cent.
When looking at your child's incorrect answers in reasoning papers, see if you can work out what skills they are lacking. For example, if they have misunderstood a two-step problem that requires multiplication and subtraction, where did they go wrong? If they got the multiplication wrong, they may need to brush up on their times tables. If they weren't sure which operations to use, they may need to practise a range of one-step problems before moving onto two-step problems.
The following websites will also be useful for revision,