The top 6 MUST read books before you start teaching Year 6 in September

Embarking on a new journey into teaching Year 6? Or simply want to enhance your professional development for the start of the term? You’re in the right place!

It’s always a good idea to engage with CPD and there is a wealth of information available, all designed to equip you with the toolkit to tackle this pivotal year. However, with hundreds of books out there, it can be tough to figure out which ones to dive into first. Don’t worry- we’ve got you covered!

The team here at SATs Companion has compiled a list of essential books to motivate, inspire and provide valuable strategies for teaching your Year 6 pupils.


  1. “Sticky Teaching and Learning: How to Make Your Students Remember What You Teach Them” by Caroline Bentley Davies

As the title suggests, this book is a guide that offers strategies to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and to help improve pupils’ long-term retention of knowledge. The book also explores the role of emotions in learning and provides techniques for fostering positive emotional connections with the subject matter. This book will be well suited to helping your Year 6 pupils develop key techniques to support them in the Year 6 SATs tests.

  1. “Visible Learning: Feedback” by Professor John Hattie and Shirley Clarke

“Visible Learning: Feedback” by Professor John Hattie and Shirley Clarke is an exploration of the power of effective feedback in promoting student learning. Drawing on extensive research, Hattie and Clarke emphasise the significance of timely, specific, and actionable feedback that is aligned with learning goals. The book delves into various feedback strategies, such as peer and self-assessment, teacher-led feedback, and the use of technology, highlighting their impact on pupil achievement.

  1. Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom” by Adrian Bethune

“Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom” by Adrian Bethune draws on research and practical experience to offer a range of strategies and activities that can support emotional resilience, mindfulness, and positive relationships in the classroom. With a focus on promoting happiness, mental health, and overall well-being, this book equips primary school teachers with valuable tools to enhance the well-being of their students and create a thriving learning environment. Here at SATs Companion, we believe well-being is key in any classroom. If you’d like to delve into this more, why not check out our blog on the Top Wellbeing Podcasts.

  1. “100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Questioning (100 Ideas for Teachers)” by Peter Worley:

This book is a practical guide that provides primary teachers with a plethora of effective questioning techniques to enhance classroom engagement and promote critical thinking. With its wealth of creative and stimulating ideas, this book equips primary teachers with the tools they need to develop students’ questioning skills and ignite their passion for learning.

  1. “Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers” by Derek Haylock:

“Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers” by Derek Haylock aims to support primary school teachers in developing a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and effective pedagogical approaches. With its accessible and engaging approach, this book equips primary teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to confidently teach mathematics and develop a positive and enriching learning experience for pupils.

  1. “Primary Science: Knowledge and Understanding” by Graham Peacock:

Science education in Year 6 is an opportunity to develop curiosity and expand critical thinking skills. Graham Peacock’s book offers guidance on teaching scientific concepts, conducting practical experiments, and integrating cross-curricular connections. It equips you with the knowledge and resources to create engaging and inquiry-based science lessons that inspire a love for learning and exploration.

Entering the world of Year 6 teaching can be both exciting and challenging. The books recommended in this blog post will provide you with valuable support, practical strategies, and insights specific to the needs of Year 6 students. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback about books that have had an impact on your teaching. Tag us on social media and let us know.

Happy Reading!