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In Year 6, we will be building on previous learning throughout KS2. Below is a list of all the topics we will cover this year. Please note, references to appendix can be found in the official national curriculum document. Statutory guidance overview: National curriculum in England: English programmes of study - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

 

  • Reading - Word Reading
    • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet
  • Reading - Comprehension for Years 5 and 6
    • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
    • Read books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes
    • Increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
    • Recommend books that they have read to their peers, giving reasons for their choices
    • Identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing
    • Make comparisons within and across books
    • Learn a wider range of poetry by heart
    • Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, show understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience
    • Check that the book makes sense to them, discuss their understanding and explain the meaning of words in context
    • Ask questions to improve their understanding
    • Draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence
    • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied
    • Summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identify key details that support the main ideas
    • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
    • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
    • Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
    • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
    • Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, build on their own and others' ideas and challenge views courteously
    • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
    • Provide reasoned justifications for their views
  • Writing - Transcription
    • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them
    • Spell some words with 'silent' letters
    • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
    • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically, as listed in English Appendix 1
    • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
    • Use the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary
    • Use a thesaurus
  • Writing - Handwriting
    • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters
    • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task
  • Writing - Composition
    • Plan their writing
    • Draft and write
    • Evaluate and edit by:
    • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
    • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear
  • Writing - Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
    • Recognise vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
    • Use passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence
    • Use the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause
    • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
    • Use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
    • Use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied relative pronoun
    • Learn the grammar for years 5 and 6 in English Appendix 2
    • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing
    • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity
    • Use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
    • Use semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses
    • Use a colon to introduce a list
    • Punctuate bullet points consistently
    • Use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately in discussing their writing and reading
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