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:
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).
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
Year 6 children are usually confident writers, able to express their ideas imaginatively and clearly, whether they are working on fiction, non-fiction or poetry.
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
Help your child practise what they're learning in school with our year 6 English worksheets, or browse through our selection of KS2 SATs papers to help them prepare for the SATs exams at the end of year 6. You can also follow our KS2 SATs Learning Journey.
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.
Year 6 English Booster pack
Even avid readers can be reluctant to write anything more than a postcard when they're at home, so we've come up with a few engaging projects to keep them interested and offer some great writing/spelling/punctuation practice to complement homework. Arm yourself with a thesaurus and enjoy expanding the whole family's vocabulary!
The Year 6 English Booster pack includes:
- Formal and informal language
- Complex sentences
- Argument text
- Suffixes and prefixes
- Organising paragraphs
- Using a thesaurus
Year 6 English Learning Journey
The Year 6 English Learning Journey programme covers all the key topics in the curriculum for Year 6. By following the programme, which closely mirrors what your child is being taught in school, you’ll quickly be able to spot any topics that your child hasn't fully grasped and reinforce learning that is happening in the classroom at home. Your child will feel more confident in their own abilities and you’ll know you are giving your child the very best chance of succeeding in school.
Year 6 English Progress checks
From persuasive arguments to punctuation, text analysis to narrative techniques and spelling to sentence structure, Year 6 brings all your child's primary school literacy learning together. Check their progress and identify any areas they might need to revise in the run-up to KS2 SATs with our Year 6 English Progress checks.
You can use our Y6 English Progress checks, prepared by a KS2 teacher, to help you understand where your child might need extra support and practice with their English work in the last year of primary school.
The tests cover spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and text-level work.
Support Year 6 English learning at home with fantastic workbooks
You'll discover lots of great packs and workbooks on TheSchoolRun which can help you support your child's learning in core areas of the Year 6 English curriculum. Here are a few to get started:
Grammar Made Easy (eBook)
Grammar Made Easy is for every parent who wants their primary child to do well at school, to see them gain top marks for grammar and punctuation and use language as a door to future opportunities.
Each chapter of the eBook focuses on a specific area – such as tenses or apostrophes – and provides clear, simple explanations of rules to remember, plus examples of what’s right, what’s wrong and why. Then, there are quiz questions to recap and check that your child has understood everything.
This instant-download eBook covers all the key points that you and your child need to remember (plus the mistakes you need to avoid!), in a way that everyone can understand.