Welcome to Year Six!
In Year Six at Priory Rise School, we are extremely proud of our vibrant and engaging curriculum. Wherever possible, we ensure learning is promoted through a thematic approach. For example, when we study the Ancient Maya civilisation we make links to:
• English by reading Maya myths and the creation story;
• Geography by learning about Central America;
• Art by creating our own Maya masks;
• With an additional opportunity to visit Cadbury World.
To see what your child will be learning this half term, click here to see our most recent overviews:
Our students experience the best in quality first teaching from their class teacher, specialised Music teacher and P.E. coaches.
English is taught daily with specific emphasis on reading and writing a wide range of genres across the course of the year. Reading is celebrated with a wide range of quality texts accessed each week in small groups as well as a weekly comprehension lessons to support understanding of accessing shorter pieces of text from different genres. VIPERS are used to support children in understanding the aspects of reading.
See the link below for details on how to support your child in reading by asking quality VIPER questions.
Writing is taught by sharing quality texts as a model, shared and guided writing to model the thought processes of a writer and then time to put these skills into practice. Children experience a range of stimuli that inspire them to write including stories, drama, music, film, TV programmes, poetry and news items. Handwriting and spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught in weekly sessions.
Mathematics is taught every day. Mathematics themes in Year 6 include: place value, four operations, measures, coordinates, algebra and ratio, fractions, decimals and percentages, statistics. Year 6 often revisit areas of learning from previous year groups to consolidate understanding. Each day, additional time is spent in Year 6 ensuring children have fluency of mathematics by keeping key skills buoyant and fluent. Below we have included the current written methods and how we approach the four operations.
Throughout the year lots of enrichment opportunities are offered within the curriculum.
We aim to provide our students with an opportunity to work in partnership with Santander staff to develop an understanding of money and how to look after it. In previous years, we have been visited by senior members of the Santander team where children present their understanding of the sessions formally – a great opportunity to rehearse formal language and presentation skills.
In addition to this, we hold theme days for the children to fully immerse themselves in the topics that we have been studying, such as our World War Two day held in the Spring Term and our Robin Hood Day in the Summer term in which the children are able to learn the skill of archery.
The Year Six children spend a week on residential in Derbyshire in the summer term where they explore caverns, reach the great Heights of Abraham, take in the sights at Chatsworth House as well as spending valuable time together.
Wherever possible, visitors are invited to talk to the children about their life experiences. This may be to share cultural or religious beliefs, to provide children with an insight into different careers or to shed more light on a particular area of the curriculum. Please do let us know if you feel that you would be able to contribute to any area of our curriculum by coming in to school.
Other useful information
This is when our P.E. lessons are, please make sure you have your kit and are dressed appropriately for the weather, if you are having an outdoor P.E. lesson!
Paver – Wednesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor)
Elphinstone – Thursday (both)
Rundell – Tuesday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor)
Homework is usually set on a Monday and is due the following Monday. This will be set via Google Classroom, MyMaths or Purple Mash. If the homework is set in a different format, this will be shared with the children in class.
Children are also expected to read daily and record this in their red Home/School Link books each week. These will be collected in each Wednesday. An example of how the children should be presenting their Home/School Link books can be found below.
The children should also be practising their spellings and times tables on a regular basis.
Year 6 SATs will be taking place from Tuesday 9th May to Friday 12th May 2023 inclusive.
If you have any queries or questions, please contact the Year Six teaching team at:
The Year 6 team will respond to emails during non-teaching hours until 6:00pm during term time.