St Nicholas Church of EnglandPrimary Academy


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Vocabulary: experimental, transplant, controversial, independence, pioneering, invasive, organs, donations. 


This term our class novel will be the controversial and thought-provoking Pig Heart Boy.


Accept a transplant of a pig's heart, or die? That's what Cameron has to decide ...  Cameron is offered the chance to have a highly experimental and controversial operation which might save his life. But replacing his heart with one from a pig brings not only medical risk, it places Cameron at the eye of a storm of controversy. Medical ethics, the role of the press and the right to privacy are all brought into vivid focus in this gripping read.

Reading Skills

During our daily reading skills lessons, we will be practicing our skills of retrieval, prediction, summarising, inference and explaining to explore fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.  


Literacy and Language (reading, writing, speaking and listening)


Vocabulary: barbaric, emerged, inhospitable, tedious, eliminated, tyrant, empathy, sympathy


Our writing unit uses the legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow to explore the themes of central character and engaging plot.

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Full Movie - Fairy Tales Animated Movie

We will analyse the vivid imagery and powerful vocabulary to create a humorous but poignant tale. The children will explore the motivations behind characters’ actions, use drama to explore parody and complete a number of pieces of writing culminating in a retelling of the narrative from Sir Guy of Gisborne’s point of view.


In Year 6 we will:

  • Choose between formal and informal language, depending on the situation.
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Listen to and evaluate a range of different contributions and viewpoints.
  • Explore complex questions.
  • Use a wide range of phrases, including determiners and other grammatical elements, to add interest and clarity for the listener.
  • Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary to change and enhance meaning.
  • Describe settings, characters and atmosphere using well-chosen vocabulary, integrating dialogue effectively.
  • Assess the effectiveness of our own and others’ writing, proposing and making changes to spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Describe settings, characters and atmosphere using well-chosen vocabulary, integrating dialogue effectively.
  • Apply the grammar rules and concepts and use suitable grammatical terminology.
  • Use taught punctuation and new punctuation (semicolon, colon, dash, bullet points and hyphens).