Welbeck Primary School
Year 6 English Objectives

Year 6 English Objectives

Year 6


Children learn to:


Speak and listen for a wide range of purposes in different contexts


1.    Speaking

  • use a range of oral techniques to present persuasive arguments and engaging narratives
  • participate in whole-class debate using the conventions and language of debate, including Standard English
  • use the techniques of dialogic talk to explore ideas, topics or issues


2.   Listening and Responding

  • make notes when listening for a sustained period and discuss how note taking varies depending on context and purpose
  • analyse and evaluate how speakers present points effectively through use of language and gesture
  • listen for language variation in formal and informal contexts
  • identify the ways spoken language varies according to differences in context and purpose of use


3.     Group discussion and interaction

  • consider examples of conflict and resolution, exploring language used
  • understand and use a variety of ways to criticise constructively and respond to criticism


4.      Drama

  • improvise using a range of drama strategies and conventions to explore themes such as hopes, fears, desires
  • consider the overall impact of a live or recorded performance, identifying dramatic ways of conveying characters’ ideas and building tension [creative entitlement
  • devise a performance considering how to adapt the performance for a specific audience


Read a wide range of texts on screen and on paper


5.       Word reading skills and strategies

  • use knowledge of word derivations and word structure, eg affixes, acronyms and letter omission, to construct the meaning of words in context


6.     Understanding and interpreting texts

  • appraise a text quickly, deciding on its value/quality/usefulness
  • understand underlying themes, causes and points of view
  • understand how writers use different structures to create coherence and impact
  • recognise rhetorical devices used to argue, persuade, mislead and sway the reader


7.    Engaging with and responding to texts

  • read extensively and discuss personal reading with others, including in reading groups
  • sustain engagement with longer texts, using different techniques to make the text come alive
  • compare how writers from different times and places present experiences and use language



Write a wide range of texts on paper and on screen


8.    Creating and shaping texts

  • set own challenges to extend achievement and experience in writing
  • use different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader
  • in non-narrative, establish, balance and maintain viewpoints
  • select words and language drawing on their knowledge of literary features and formal and informal writing
  • integrate words, images and sounds imaginatively for different purposes


9.     Text structure and organisation

  • use varied structures to shape and organise texts coherently
  • use paragraphs to achieve pace and emphasis


10.     Sentence structure and punctuation

  • express subtle distinctions of meaning, including hypothesis, speculation and supposition, by constructing sentences in varied ways
  • use punctuation to clarify meaning in complex sentences



11.   Word structure and spelling

  • spell familiar words correctly and employ a range of strategies to spell difficult and unfamiliar words
  • use a range of appropriate strategies to edit, proofread and correct spelling in own work, on paper and on screen



12.      Presentation

  • use different styles of handwriting fir different purposes with a range of media, developing a consistent and personal legible style
  • select from a variety of ICT programmes to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas