Welcome to Year 6!
In year 6 we aim to provide the children with increasing opportunities to develop their independent learning skills for the future through experiencing a variety of enrichment activities, both in the classroom and alongside their class learning.
Before the children start in year 6, they hold a “World Cup of Books” in which each class vote for the text that they will read for the first term. This text is then purchased for the class and the class teacher will spend the summer planning a really exciting and personalised curriculum around it. Also in the autumn term, year 6 study life in Victorian Britain. Each year 6 child will take on the persona of a poor Victorian child and will document their life in their own journal throughout the term. To deepen children’s understanding of what life was like for poor Victorian children, there will be a visit to Preston Manor where the children will apply for a job. We will also have a visit from Rainbow Theatre where we will learn about the various jobs that children were made to do during these times.
In the spring term we move onto a World War 1 topic. The children are taken on a journey through the causes of WW1, life in the trenches and life back at home. During the term the children will experience a variety of ways in which to learn about WW1 such as through drama, singing, collaboration, visitors and research. Towards the end of the term the children will exhibit their learning, including an independent historical research project for parents/carers and others to enjoy.
The summer term is currently being developed to reflect the fact that we will be preparing the children to transfer to high school at the end of year 6. The topic of “Passport to the World” includes studies of Ancient Greece and the origins of democracy.
Year 6 holds a strong commitment to helping the children to develop lifelong learning skills such as collaboration, independent thinking skills and perseverance. Many opportunities are planned for children to develop and practise these skills throughout each term and time is given for the children to reflect on how they are progressing as learners and what they need to do next to improve. Our increasing opportunities for children to learn in a more self-directed and self-evaluative way, helps to prepare them for high school.
Of course, during year 6 the children will sit National Curriculum Tests that take place in May. However, our aim is to make the test situation as stress-free as possible whilst at the same time ensuring the children feel prepared and are able to show the best of their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Year 6 is an exciting year, there are many opportunities for the children to have greater involvement in the running of the school and planning of the curriculum. There are many opportunities for children to be involved in extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and many other experiences that will help to prepare them for high school…and beyond.
Mr. James Garner
Assistant Headteacher - Upper School (Years 5/6) Phase Leader