The school day begins with registration at 8:55am and we really appreciate prompt time-keeping to get the children off to a good start. Each day we begin with reinforcing basic skills in Maths and English so it is vital that your child is in on time and ready to learn.

Reading diaries should be signed each night and will be checked on a Friday. Please spend time discussing the book that your child brings home with them. We also encourage the children to read a range of other texts in addition to their home-school reading book. We would be grateful if you could comment on other books that your child reads at home.


SpellingsFriday (to be tested the following Thursday) We will follow a two week cycle.

Please see below for weekly Year 6 spellings plus Year 5 spellings as revision         

English / Maths/ Topic/ Science - Friday (due in Wednesday)

Reading - Daily

Developing Higher Order Reading Skills

Below is some information that has been put together to help your child develop their comprehension and higher order reading skills.

What are higher order reading skills?

Once children have a good knowledge of phonics and word building we move on to develop higher order reading skills. These are developed during Guided Reading or during whole class/group reading activities; in literacy lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.

Higher order reading skills are:

  • Inference - Something that is not explicit in the text but is inferred.
  • Deduction - Work out something from clues in the text.
  • Authorial technique and intent - What the author does to get their intended message across.
  • Skimming and scanning - To read quickly to get an overview of the story.

How can How can I help my child develop higher order reading skills?

Discuss with them what they have read – about the characters, about the plot, about the important parts of the story, about what they have learnt from the information, about their feelings as they read the story, why the author wrote the book or chose some of the language, ask questions which encourage them to:

  • Express opinions about plots, characters, settings and language in books.
  • Recognise and discuss issues and themes.
  • Refer back to the text for evidence in order to justify opinions and conclusions.
  • Understand the elements of story structure: opening event, cause and effect, climax and resolution.
  • Predict what might happen next in a story and say why.
  • Make inferences and deductions where things are not explicitly stated.
  • Give personal responses to a text, E.g. I like this because.... I don’t like this because
  • Understand and make use of the structural devices for organising information, e.g. contents, headings, captions and index.
  • Tell the difference between fact and opinion.

What should my child be reading?

It is important for your child to read a variety of texts. Encourage your child to read the things that interest them. This could include comics, magazines, joke books, poetry and books about pets or sports.

Recommended Reading List:
This list is intended to be a guide to books suitable for children in Year 6. The list, covering a range of genres, is drawn from a number of sources including teachers own recommendations; the National Literacy Strategy’s recommended texts; reading lists suggested by other schools and the National Literacy Trust’s website. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing those which your child might enjoy. Please discuss the books your child reads with him/her and remember that even in Year 6, although a book might be difficult for your child to read, he/ she will probably still enjoy having it read by an adult.





David Almond



Fantasy, angels


Malorie Blackman


Pig-Heart Boy

Social issues, illness


Anne Fine


The Tulip Touch

Social issues


Philip Pullman


His Dark Materials I: Northern Lights

Fantasy, trilogy adventure


Kevin Crossley-Holland


The Seeing Stone



Alan Gibbons


Shadow of the Minotaur

Myths, fantasy


William Nicholson


The Wind Singer


Tim Bowler


Storm Catchers

Thriller, family


Nina Bawden


Carrie's War

World War Two modern classic


Michelle Magorian


Goodnight Mister Tom

Social issues WWII, family moving home




Anne Fine


Flour Babies

Social issues, single parent


Richard Adams


Watership Down

Environmental, animal

Hilary McKay

Saffy’s Angel


Quirky tale of adoption


Sally Nicholls

Ways to Live Forever


Terminal illness


Brian Jacques



Modern classic fantasy



Robin Jarvis



The Deptford Mice



Rodent adventure



Derek Landy


Skulduggery Pleasant

Magical detective novel


Eoin Colfer



Historical/ science fiction


Michelle Paver


Wolf Brother

Boy and wolf in stone age times.


Sandi Toksvig


Hitler’s Canary


Wartime- Danish resistance


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