Top 10 tips for Year 6 parents

  1. Read with your child. Discuss the meaning of the text. Talk about why the character has acted in a particular way. Do they like the book? Why or why not? Talk about what you are reading as well (if appropriate).
  2. Keep practising times tables at any available time – in the queue at the supermarket, in a traffic jam etc. Also practise division facts from the times tables e.g. 2 x 5 = 10 so 10 ÷ 2 = 5, then move onto decimal facts e.g 0.2 x 7 = 1.4.
  3. Practise using maths in real-life situations e.g. reading timetables, money (how much change will you get?), telling the time with analogue as well as digital clocks, converting from 12 hour to 24 hour time and working out the duration of events.
  4. Make sure your child goes to sleep at a reasonable time. Year 6 is a very challenging year; your child will have a much better chance of grasping difficult concepts if they arrive at school well-rested.
  5. has activities and information for revising maths and English.
  6. Encourage your child to become more independent – they will need to be next year. Help them to develop strategies for making sure they have everything they need at school rather than packing their bag for them!
  7. Monitor their homework; make sure they hand it in on time. If your child has not understood what they need to do and you are unsure how best to explain, get them to ask the teacher as soon as possible.
  8. To develop speaking and listening skills, encourage your child to explain things to you as clearly as possible. Question their explanation. If necessary give them a few minutes to mentally prepare. This could also apply to skills of persuasion or instructions. Only let your child watch that special TV program if they can successfully persuade you using good persuasive language and reasoning in the time limit set. (No more “please, please, please!”)
  9. Ask general knowledge questions such as countries and their capitals, or basic scientific facts/vocabulary. Does your child know the location of major countries? What language do they speak there?
  10. As they become more independent, many Year 6 children begin to walk to school on their own. This is a good time to revise road safety strategies.

Year 6 Homework expectations

In Years 2 to 6 Homework Passport tasks are completed as homework in addition to daily reading and times tables practise as well as learning spellings from Learning Journals and from the High Frequency spelling list for their particular year group. All children will be tested every 1/2 term on a random 20 words from their High Frequency word list. This test will be completed in Learning Journals.

Please visit the Homework section of this website for further information and to download Homework Passports and High Frequency word lists.


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