Heatherlands Primary School

Enjoying Learning Together

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!


To contact Miss Roe please email:



This email will only be checked once a week (Thursday) and will not be looked at over weekends.

Please contact the office if you have an urgent message or enquiry.



Google classroom pages and the weekly Year 6 blog can be located at:


Mary Rose class


Mayflower class


Victory class

The Heatherlands Way

PE days: Wednesday (indoor) & Thursday (outdoor) - Children to come into school dressed in PE kits.

Yr6 PGL Trip 

Dear parents and carers,


We can now fully confirm the details for the arrangement of the residential for Year 6, for the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th July 2022.


Unlike previous years, we do not need to leave early. Therefore, the coach will be arriving at school for 9am for a 9.15am departure. We would ask that you bring your child directly to the Library Rd entrance for 9am and assemble in the school car park area. The coaches will drive into the school driveway and we will load from there.


On the Sunday the coaches will collect the children from Osmington Bay at 6pm. We anticipate they will arrive back at school at 7pm. They will unload the coaches and you are free to take your child home.


Kit list

I have attached the kit list for the trip. We do ask that items of clothing are named and that your child packs their bag with you to ensure they know what they are taking. The staff at Osmington ask that the children do not take electrical devices or mobile phones, jewellery, valuables or any aerosols. 


The children will also need to take with them a sleeping bag or duvet and a pillow (in a labelled bag). The bedding is not provided, so this is essential.


Gift shop

Children are welcome to bring some pocket money with them for their stay. We ask that this is limited to £5 only. The money must be given to the child's group leader for safekeeping and will be given out when time is available for them to visit the shop on site. 



The children will be allocated rooms over the next few weeks and will be in chalets. These each are en-suite sleeping 4-6 boys or girls.



There are freshly-prepared hot or cold options available at every mealtime and a self-service salad bar for children to help themselves to as much salad as they like at lunch and dinner. Homemade soup is available most days and there is plenty of bread and fresh fruit available, as well as hot and cold drinks. Information relating to complex dietary requirements should be provided ASAP to the school office. We have to state any individual dietary requirements on the final forms/names list. The centre will not be able to make arrangements at short notice.


Contact information

For many children, part of the learning experience is about being away from home, sometimes for the first time. We would ask parents to allow their children to settle in and enjoy the experience.

In the case that you need to contact your child, please contact the party leader (Mis Brown) in charge of the trip on the emergency number we will provide you with on the 8th July.

If you have any further questions, please contact the office at:

'The Earth from Above' Knowledge Organiser

'The Amazing Mayans' Knowledge Organiser

Year 6 Hoodie Letter

'A voyage of discovery' knowledge organiser

Years 5&6 Careers Day April 2022

Bovington Tank Museum Trip March 2022

50 Recommended Reads for Year 6

'WW2' project ideas. The open afternoon/view your child's work for Year 6 is at 2.45pm on Thursday 7th April 2022

Year 6 SATS meeting powerpoint

Year 6 SATS


The dates for the KS2 SATs normally run over a one week period.

In 2022 the KS2 SATs will take place between Monday 9th May 2022 – Thursday 12th May 2022.

Over this period pupils will sit 6 different tests, with English normally taking place at the beginning of the week and maths at the end.


This guide helps to explain what you can expect and how you can support your children in the run-up to the tests.


About the tests


The tests take place during the first full teaching week of May each year (i.e. the week after Bank Holiday Monday) and in recent years have been spread across four days. Schools have some flexibility in how they organise pupils for the tests, at Heatherlands Primary School the tests will take place in the children’s classroom. In some cases, individuals or small groups of children who are entitled to additional support, such as a reader or prompt, will take the tests in a separate room; if your child is entitled to this extra support we will inform you of this nearer the time.


The Maths Tests


Paper 1


The first is an arithmetic paper that will test your child’s number and calculation skills. The test has 36 questions and is worth 40 marks, making up just over one third of the total marks available for mathematics. Some of the questions will require children to know some number facts, such as multiplication tables (and the related division facts); others test the use of calculation methods. Towards the end of the paper there are some more challenging calculations such as those using fractions, or examples of calculations with larger numbers. For multiplication and division questions, 2 marks are available. If your child’s final answer is incorrect, they may still earn 1 mark for showing correct use of the formal long multiplication or long division methods. This ‘method mark’ is not available if they use any other calculation method other than the expected formal one. If you would like further help with these methods have a look at our calculations policy on this website.


Papers 2 & 3 

Mathematical Reasoning

The questions on these papers, as with the arithmetic one, are set out in approximate order of difficulty, so children who are less confident with more challenging mathematics may not finish the whole paper. That’s fine; nobody expects a perfect score! The reasoning questions often include some background information, such as solving problems to do with purchasing things in a shop, or dealing with measurements such as weight or area. These test papers cover the wider areas of mathematics such as geometry and statistics, as well as using arithmetic and number knowledge to solve problems. Several questions are likely to involve more than one step and so will be worth 2 marks. Overall, each reasoning paper is worth 35 marks.


The English tests

There are two tests for English: Reading; and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS). The reading test has one paper and the grammar, punctuation and spelling test has two papers.


The Reading test

Reading test The reading test lasts for 1 hour. During this time your child will be given around three different texts to read – often a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry – and a separate booklet of questions to answer about the texts. Your child’s teacher will teach them strategies for tackling this paper, such as reading the questions before reading the text so you know what you are looking for in the text. Several of the questions in this test will involve ticking the correct box, or picking out a single word from the text. These often require finding straightforward information directly from the text. However, in more complex questions – such as those asking for an explanation of the author’s choices – there will be several lines for free text, and up to 3 marks may be available for more detailed answers which use evidence given in the texts.


The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test


Paper 1 - Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary

Paper 1 assesses grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. This is an area that has changed significantly in the new curriculum and questions will refer to both children’s knowledge of grammatical terms (such as pronoun and conjunction) and use of language in the right context. Some questions will also require children to put in the appropriate punctuation marks or to use a particular sentence structure.


Paper 2 -Spelling test Paper 2 assesses spelling and requires children to spell 20 words. Each word is read out as part of a sentence that is printed in the answer booklet. Your child will be asked to write the missing word into the gap. The words in the test will be based on the spelling rules taught across Key Stage 2, in increasing difficulty. There are 70 marks altogether, made up of the scores from both papers to achieve an overall score for grammar, punctuation and spelling.


Does my child have to take the tests?

In England, the tests are compulsory for all 11 year olds. It is essential your child attends school on the days of the tests.


What level should my child achieve in their SATs?

Children are expected to reach the national standard in both Year 2 and Year 6. This is a particular score that reflects where the Department for Education thinks children should be by that stage of their education. The national standard score for KS1 SATs and KS2 SATs is 100 and the government expects 85 per cent of children to reach it.


When will I know the results?

At then end of the summer term you will be given a report telling you your child's raw score (the actual number of marks they got in their SATs), their scaled score (a conversion score that allows results to be compared year on year) and whether or not they have achieved the national standard. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements and these will also be reported to you.


How you can help your child prepare for the tests?

During Year 6, your child’s class teacher may well flag up areas of learning in which your child would benefit from some extra practice. The Year 6 team will run a SATs Booster Club after school on Tuesdays.


Here are some useful resources you could use at home to help your child prepare for the tests in May:


Collins Books: Reading, Grammar, punctuation and spellings and Maths

These can be found at


To assist with Y6 Maths go to the following sites:

'Dig for victory' knowledge organiser

To find out what we have been learning about each week, check out our blog on our Google classroom class pages at:

A huge well done to the Year 6 Cross Country team who represented Heatherlands on Thursday 13th January at the Dorset County Cross Country Championships. They ran a very long and tricky course in King's Park, racing with Year 7s and they all did Heatherlands proud!

Year 6 residential powerpoint

'Doing time' knowledge organiser

'Please sir' projects. Well done Year 6

'Please Sir' home learning project ideas

Autumn term 2 - 'Please sir'

The children in Y6 have enjoyed taking part in virtual workshops with Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre this week. They have explored 'behind the scenes' and have seen some amazing fossils found on Charmouth beach. They were able to look at the Charmouth Dinosaur and decipher facts about its diet through fossilised clues that have been left behind. As well as this, we were lucky enough to receive, from Charmouth, a box filled with different types of fossils and activities. We even got to make our own fossils from plaster and use our artistic skills to sketch these from different angles and with different scales.

The new Year 6 blazers have arrived!

Curriculum Information Meeting Slides.

Autumn 2021 - Fantastic Jurassic