A year 6 speaker
- I talk confidently and fluently in a range of situations, using formal and Standard English, if necessary.
- I ask questions to develop ideas and take account of others’ views.
- I explain ideas and opinions giving reasons and evidence.
- I take an active part in discussions and can take on different roles.
- I listen to, and consider the opinions of, others in discussions.
- I make contributions to discussions, evaluating others’ ideas and respond to them.
- I can sustain and argue a point of view in a debate, using the formal language of persuasion.
- I can express possibilities using hypothetical and speculative language.
- I engage listeners through choosing appropriate vocabulary and register that is matched to the context.
- I can perform my own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume and expression so that literal and implied meaning is clear.
- I can perform poems and plays from memory, making deliberate choices about how to convey ideas about characters, contexts and atmosphere.
A year 6 reader
- I can apply knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.
- I use my combined knowledge of phonemes and word deriviations to pronounce words correctly, e.g. arachnophobia.
- I attempt the pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on my prior knowledge of similar looking words.
- I can read fluently, using punctuation to inform meaning.
- I am familiar with and can talk about a wide range of books and text types, including myths, legends and traditional stories and books from other cultures and traditions. I can discuss the features of each.
- I can read books that are structured in different ways.
- I can recognise texts that contain features from more than one text type.
- I can evaluate how effectively texts are structured and presented.
- I can read non-fiction texts to help with my learning.
- I read accurately and check that I understand.
- I can recommend books to others and give reasons for my recommendation.
- I can identify themes in texts.
- I can identify and discuss the conventions in different text types.
- I can identify the key points in a text.
- I can recite a range of poems by heart, e.g. narrative verse, sonnet.
- I can prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action.
A year 6 writer
- I can convert verbs into nouns by adding a suffix.
- I can distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
- I can spell the commonly mis-spelt words from the Y5/6 word list.
- I understand that the spelling of some words need to be learnt specifically.
- I can use any dictionary or thesaurus.
- I use a range of spelling strategies.
- I can choose the style of handwriting to use when given a choice.
- I can choose the handwriting that is best suited for a specific task.
- I can identify the audience for and purpose of the writing.
- I can choose the appropriate form and register for the audience and purpose of the writing.
- I use grammatical structures and features and choose vocabulary appropriate to the audience, purpose and degree of formality to make meaning clear and create effect.
- I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.
- I can use developed noun phrases to add detail to sentences.
- I use the passive voice to present information with a different emphasis.
- I use commas to mark phrases and clauses.
- I can sustain and develop ideas logically in narrative and non-narrative writing.
- I can use character, dialogue and action to advance events in narrative writing.
- I can summarise a text, conveying key information in writing.
Grammar and punctuation
- I can use the passive voice.
- I vary sentence structure depending whether formal or informal.
- I can use a variety of organisational and presentational devices correct to the text type.
- I write in paragraphs which can clearly signal a change in subject, time, place or event.
- I can use the semi-colon, colon and dash.
- I can use the colon to introduce a list and semi-colon within lists.
- I can use a hyphen to avoid ambiguity.