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Year 6AM

Year 6 Curriculum Map 2019 - 2020

Welcome To Year 6

We hope you enjoy seeing our fantastic learning in year 6!

Class Teacher: Mr A Moore

Teaching Assistant: Mrs T Walker

Today has been a very special day in Year 6 as we have been learning about the tragic story of Anne Frank. Thanks to Mrs Emsley and Mrs Walker, the children have been able to learn about the conditions in which Anne Frank had to hide from the Germans, the food which they had to eat during the time (cabbage stew was actually cooked in class!), how the diary entries were written (with examples written by the Year 6 children) and many other pratical elements that really gave the children a good understanding of how it must have been for Anne Frank. A great example of really valuable learning opportunities that make a positve difference to our children's understanding of historical factors. A great day and well done to all invloved!


For more detail about Anne Frank, please read on:


About Anne


Born Annelies Marie Frank on 12 June 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, Anne Frank was one of over a million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust.


Before the Secret Annex


Anne grew up in Frankfurt with her sister Margot and parents Otto and Edith. When Hitler seized power in Germany in 1933, the family emigrated to Amsterdam to escape the growing persecution of Jews. Then Germany invaded Holland in May 1940.


During the Secret Annex


Anne was given a diary on her 13th birthday which became her best friend and confidante. When Margot received a notice to go to a forced-labour camp on 5 July 1942, it was decided the family would go in to hiding in the specially prepared Secret Annex - a week earlier than planned.

Anne recorded all her thoughts and feelings in her diary - from arguments with her mother, to falling in love with Peter van Daan and the turmoil this caused. However much Anne hated being hidden away from the outside world, she always had the hope that they would one day be free.


For topic we’ve been learning about WW2. We had some special visitors who shared their WW2 experiences. It was really interesting and we learnt a lot. 

Picture 1
A very importat part of the Year 6 curriculum is the healthy and active lifestyle that we try to ensure the children learn about and put into practise. Part of this process is delivered through our games sessions which also introduce a number of general and fine mototr skills. Here, you can see the class learning about netball and the skill set required to be successful in this invasion game.
Year 6 have had a positive start to the year across a range of subject areas. Here the class are working with manipulatives in maths to help with their understanding of place value. As we discussed in class, it is extremely important that all of our children have a very good understanding of number to support them in the learning of new concepts in year 6.

Maths Manipulatives



As the summer term rolls on, cricket has become a focus for Four Swannes. A great time for us to become involved as it links directly with the Cricket World Cup which the UK are currently hosting. Year 6 joined Year 5 in their first session where they practised lots of cricket related skills. We may even have the next Joe Root taking their first steps towards stardom!!!

Visual Literacy


In one of our lastest units of work in English, Year 6 have been learning how to develop their understanding of visual literacy. Their task is to look from the perspective of the artist or a character from within the artwork. Here, you can see the class taking advantage of our 'Take One Book Week' focus and roleplaying how Hermin would feel in a ceratin situation from 'Hermin - The Detective Mouse'.

Visual Literacy - Roleplay

Year 6 have been investigating various forces during their Science lessons. Here you can see the children designing and making parachute style resources to see and measure the effect of air resistance when considering the central pull of gravity.

Science and Forces

Four Swannes were lucky enough to have a visit from a professional dance instructor and as you can see, Year 6 ensured that they all made the most of the occasion! There were some vey suspect moves and there was definitely some evidence of 'dad dancing' taking place. All of the class took part in the session and had a very good time learning some rather detailed and difficult moves. Well done to you all and a big thank you to Miss Parcell for arranging the visit.
Year 6 were given the opportunity to share with parents and the rest of the school all of the hard work that they have been doing over the last term. We were treated to a selection of books that were being read and which were used for World Book day with reasons why the children selected their charatcers; examples of work that they have been doing in topic lessons with Mrs Emsley; and some of the content that they have been covering in their maths lessons (Ratio and Proportion). All of the narration and roles that were played were put together by the children themselves so a big well done to them all. Thank you to all of the parents that came to see the class perform and we hope that you enjoyed the show.

KS2 SATs Details for Parents


In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced national curriculum levels.

At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

In 2018 the Department for Education announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum in future to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.


Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Key Stage 2 maths

Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

Key Stage 2 science

Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. In selected years (including 2018) a number of schools (approximately 1900) are required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. Science sampling testing will not take place in 2019.

For those who are selected, there will be three papers:

  • Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
  • Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks

Each paper will take a maximum of 25 minutes to complete.

It sounds very intimidating, but these are ‘questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context’, for example:

Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’

Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’

Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing’


When will KS2 SATs take place in 2019?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 13 May 2019. The timetable is likely to follow previous years' timetables:

Monday 13 May 2019
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 14 May 2019
English reading

Wednesday 15 May 2019
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 16 May 2019
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning


How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children are given scaled scores (read our parents' guide to primary school grading and SATs codes for more details).

You will be given your child’s scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved)

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.

The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard (the figure was initially 85 per cent but has been revised).

Are there any practice papers for the new curriculum KS2 SATs?

Yes, the 2016, 2017 and 2018 KS2 SATs papers are now available and can be downloaded for free from TheSchoolRun: