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Reading at home

Children in Year 6 are expected to read daily.  They can read by themselves sometimes, but should read to an adult at least twice a week.  You should discuss the book with your child and ask questions to check their understanding.  Pupils who are ‘free readers’ can read books from home, the library or school.  They can change their book when needed but it is important that they read whole books.  Please record when you have read with them.  If your child is still on the Oxford Reading Tree then they should be reading to an adult daily.


It is also really important that children regularly hear adults read stories to them to encourage a love of storytelling.


If you are stuck for books to read with your child then here is a list of books that we recommend.

Year 6 End of Year Expectations - Literacy


I am able to take an active part in discussions and can take on different roles.

I am able to ask questions to develop ideas and take account of others’ views.

I am able to make contributions to discussions, evaluating others’ ideas and respond to them.

I am able to sustain and argue a point of view in a debate, using the formal language of persuasion.

I am able to perform poems and plays from memory, making deliberate choices about how to convey ideas about characters, contexts and atmosphere.

I am able to imagine, explore and explain ideas and opinions giving reasons and evidence.

I am able to listen to, and consider the opinions of, others in discussions.

I am able to perform my own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume and expression so that literal and implied meaning is clear.




I am able to recognise texts that contain features from more than one text type.

I am able to review my previous thinking in light of what I have read.

I am able to recommend books to others and give reasons for my recommendation.

I am able to evaluate how effectively texts are structured and presented.

I am able to identify themes in texts.

I am able to identify and discuss the conventions in different text types.

I am able to skim and scan a text and make relevant notes from it.

I am able to formulate my own opinions on a topic, using written information.




I am able to use subordinate clauses to write complex sentences.

I am able to use the passive voice.

I am able to spell the commonly mis-spelt words from the Y5/6 word list.

I am able to use developed noun phrases to add detail to sentences.

I am able to use a variety of organisational and presentational devices correct to the text type.

I am able to write in paragraphs which can clearly signal a change in subject, time, place or event.

I am able to use the colon to introduce a list and semi-colon within lists.

I am able to use a hyphen to avoid ambiguity.

I am able to choose the style of handwriting to use when given a choice.

I am able to choose the handwriting that is best suited for a specific task.

I am able to use grammatical structures and features and choose vocabulary appropriate to the audience, purpose and degree of formality to make meaning clear and create effect.

I am able to use the passive voice to present information with a different emphasis.

I am able to use the semi-colon, colon and dash.