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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


End of Year 6 Reading Expectations

Word Reading:

Sufficient evidence shows the ability to…

  • Fluently and effortlessly read the full range of age-appropriate texts: modern fiction and those from our literary heritage; books from other cultures; myths, legends and traditional stories; poetry; plays; non-fiction and reference or text books.
  • Determine the meaning of new words by applying morphological knowledge of root words and affixes e.g. ambitious, infectious, observation, innocence.
  • Use appropriate intonation, tone and volume when reciting or reading aloud to an audience, to make the meaning clear.



Sufficient evidence shows the ability to…

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude by frequently reading a wide range of texts for pleasure, both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Show familiarity with different text types specified in the YR 5-6 programme of study, which include modern fiction and fiction from our literary heritage; books from other cultures; myths, legends and traditional stories; poetry, plays and a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Recommend books to others, giving reasons for their choices; state preferences.
  • Accurately identify and comment on the features, themes and conventions across a range of writing, and understand their use.
  • Demonstrate that they have learned a wide range of poetry by heart.
  • Identify language, structural and presentational features in texts e.g. columns, bullet points, tables and explain how they contribute to meaning.
  • Use contextual evidence to make sense of the text; explore finer meanings of words; show, discuss and explore their understanding of the meaning of vocabulary in context.
  • Identify the effect of language, including figurative; explain and evaluate its effect e.g. impact of a word or phrase on the reader; the suitability of a chosen simile; personification.
  • During discussion, ask pertinent questions to enhance understanding.
  • Make accurate and appropriate comparisons within and across different texts.
  • Make developed inferences e.g. characters’ thoughts and motives, or identify an inferred atmosphere; explain and justify with textual evidence to support reasoning; make predictions which are securely rooted in the text.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction texts.
  • Identify key details which support main ideas; summarise content drawn from more than one paragraph.
  • Participate in discussion about books, expressing and justifying opinions, building on ideas, and challenging others’ views courteously.
  • Explain their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentation and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic.