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Ospreys - Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!


Osprey's are taught by Mrs Brierley with Ms Morgan as the class Teaching Assistant. Mr Penn also supports with interventions for Literacy and Numeracy. Scroll down and look at our blog for some exciting things we have been doing!


A typical day in Year 6 


5 a day


We begin every morning with 5 a day. This is a way of engaging pupils as soon as they arrive in school and an opportunity to revisit learning in Maths by answering questions and completing calculations to consolidate learning. This is a great start to the day and ensures children are settled and focused for the start of the day.



In Year 6 we follow the Babcock scheme and our focus is on the Year 5/6 National Curriculum spelling, grammar and punctuation. We engage in activities to support our spellings and assist us in our learning. This is completed on a daily basis. We also practice spellings from the non-statutory KS2 spelling list. 


Guided Reading


In Guided Reading the class completes different activities based on our class text from Literacy. We have guided vocabulary tasks where we learn new vocabulary and answer questions to help us understand and interpret our texts. This is also an opportunity to practise SATs style questions for both the Reading and GPS papers. 




As a school we follow the White Rose progression which can be found here. Our daily lessons incorporate problem solving and reasoning, fluency and greater depth tasks for all abilities. Students are expected to mark and evaluate their own learning at the end of each session with a pink (something they have achieved in the lesson) and a green (a target or next step for the following lesson). To support their continued practise of timesables everyone has a login for




We use a range of texts in in Literacy to teach the required curriculum in Year 6. We use a range of fiction texts, including London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones? by Joanna Nadin and Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We also use non-fiction texts such as Shackleton's Journey by William Grill, which re-tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. This is an opportunity to put into practice the grammar, punctuation and spelling we learn in GPS and the skills from Guided Reading. We write a range of narratives, explanation texts, play scripts, letters, biographies, diaries & newspaper reports. 


On Fridays we do RE instead of Literacy:




In RE we study Christianity in Autumn and Spring Terms and Islam in Summer Term. In Christianity we study Creation, considering whether Science and Creation and conflicting or complementary, and Salvation as part of our Topics and in Islam we look at the beliefs, practices and morals. 



In the afternoons we complete foundations subjects, including: 




Throughout the year there are different Topics to engage the students in their Geography and History learning, as well as providing cross-curricular links into Literacy and Science. Throughout the Year we look at Countries in Africa, Climate Change, World War Two and Crime and Punishment. 



 In Year 6 we look at different topics that build on what has been taught in prior years at St Marks: 


  • Living Things And Their Habitats
  • Animals Including Humans
  • Evolution And Inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity.