Reading in Year 6 – Your child needs to know:

  • 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

Writing in Year 6 – Your child needs to know:

  • 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
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