Year 6

Children in year 6 are in Key Stage 2 and their last year in Primary school. They will be thinking about which Secondary school they should attend and trying to improve their Maths, English and Science. They may be representing their school in sports teams - which teaches team work and how to handle competition. 


The papers below have been chosen to illustrate the range of work covered at this level. All four rules of number are used and it is necessary to be able to read a question, decide which mathematical method can be used to answer it, and be capable of using this method correctly to arrive at the right answer. Whilst continue to develop skills learnt in Year 5, work will begin on calculation of square numbers and work with positive and negative integers, prime numbers and probability.. Geometry, algebra, equations and using a calculator are only a few aspects of maths which may be in any one paper. Your child needs to learn to work at speed and to check their work for correctness. It is useful to try the papers below and then to find similar questions on this site to reinforce learning.


Frequently asked mental maths questions Y6
Mental maths worksheets Y6 based on FAQ
Fun maths for year 6
Maths game for Year 6
Maths objectives Year 6 and 6 to 7
Measurement word problems for Year 6
Mental maths for Year 6
Mental maths for Year 6 paper 2
Mental maths paper Year 6 paper 3
Mental maths test Year 6
Ratio for Year 6
Revision maths Year 6
Lesson plan on addition for Year 6
SATS revision paper for Year 6
SATS spelling words for Year 6
Time word problems for Year 6
Word problems for Year 6
Year 6 maths revision 2
Year 6 maths revision paper 1
Year 6 maths test paper
Powers of 2 Year 6
Year 6 maths
Mental arithmetic for Year 6 no 1
Mental arithmetic for Year 6 no 2
Tick box maths test Year 6


Pupils at this stage need to be able to write stimulating, exciting essays, with good colourful explanations and to be able to convey their own thoughts and experiences in their work.Children will learn to adapt their writing to different audiences. Important too is the ability to complete comprehension exercises accurately. They will increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions


Below are a selection of papers ideal for year 6 which cover many of these points. Elsewhere on the site you will also find work on letter writing, writing a recount, comprehension, spelling, grammar and all other aspects of English.

Comprehension Y6 Way through the woods
How words are made Literacy practice Y6
Thoughts on The Owl and the Pussycat Y6
Ancient civilisations comprehension for Year 6
Little Piccola's first Xmas Y6 comprehension
Comprehension passages for Year 6
Comprehension passages for Year 6 no 2
Comprehension passages Year 6 no 3
Kidnapped Year 6 comprehension
Literacy objectives Year 6 and 6 to 7
Non fiction writing practice questions Year 6
Non fiction writing revision Year 6
Proof reading and spelling for Year 6
Punctuation exercise for Year 6
Punctuation tests for Year 6
Short comprehension passages for Year 6
Spelling patterns ance and ence Year 6
Spelling patterns ance/ence Year 6 no 2
Spelling tips for Year 6
Year 6 English practice test d
Year 6 English revision paper a
Year 6 English revision paper b
Year 6 SATS frequent spelling words
Connectives for Year 6
Tick box English test Year 6
Year 6 English revision
English skills paper Year 6
Connecting adverbs Year 6


Chemistry test for Year 6
Biology test for Year 6
Physics test for Year 6
Living things and their habitats Pupils should be taught to:
  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
Animals including humans Pupils should be taught to:
  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans
Evolution and inheritance Pupils should be taught to:
  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
Light Pupils should be taught to: 
  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
Electricity Pupils should be taught to: 
  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram