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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.


Vocabulary Progression: Useful Words

Click on the sub-link below to find an alphabetical, age appropriate list of useful words which will be explored in different tenses and word classes during Year 6.

Vocabulary Progression: Idioms

An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative or non-literal meaning to the phrase.  Eg. "Piece of cake" is an expression for something that is very easy.  The idioms we will focus on in Year 6 are:



Argue the toss

You refuse to accept a decision.

At the end of your tether

You’ve run out of patience.


At a disadvantage.

Between a rock and a hard place

Between two equally bad problems.

Damp squib

Something that is expected to work well but doesn’t.

Death warmed up

Someone who looks very ill.

Economical with the truth

Leave out important information to create a false picture.

… for England

If you do something, e.g. talk, for England, you do it a lot/well.

Get into deep water

Get into trouble or a difficult situation.

Give a run for one’s money

That they’re almost as good as someone else at something.

In spades

A lot of something.

It’s as broad as it is long

No real difference between two options.

Let the dust settle

To wait for a situation to become calmer.

Living hand to mouth

When you have hardly enough money/food to live on.

Lose your touch

Stop being good at something.

Make a mountain out of a molehill

Make a situation seem worse than it is.

Make waves

Create an impression.

Nip something in the bud

Stop something quickly before it develops.

Quids in

Make a lot of money from something.

Sail close to the wind

Behave in a way that is on the verge of being dangerous/improper.

Slip through the cracks

Something that isn’t noticed.

Spanner in the works

Ruin a plan.

Stab someone in the back

Betray someone.

Take the biscuit

The absolute limit.

Wipe the floor with

Defeat someone easily.

Wood for the trees

Getting caught up by small details so you don’t understand the big picture.