Year 6

 
Welcome to Year 6
 
It is brilliant to have you all back! 
 
For even the most confident of 10 year olds (and their parents!), the move into Year 6 can be a daunting time but it really doesn’t have to be. Year 6 is a key moment in your child’s life; they will develop more independence, a huge amount of resilience and, most importantly, they should become very aware of who they are as both learners and as young adults.
 
We have had a great start to Year 6 and have been so very impressed with the attitude that our classes are showing at this stage in the year. The children have adapted brilliantly to being back and they have already produced some fantastic work that they are proud of. 
 
 
Year 6 staff:
 
Nicola Barrett - Compassion Class Teacher
Sam Malyn - Wisdom Class Teacher
Corinne Williams, Sue Humphrey and Oliver Nicholls - Teaching Assistants
 
We are really looking forward to working with our Year 6 children this year. If we can help and support you in any way please let us know. 
 
 
PE Days:
 
Please ensure that your child wears appropriate PE Kit to school every Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
White T Shirt
Black or Navy tracksuit bottoms/shorts/leggings
School jumper
Trainers 
 

What will my child do in Year 6?

As in all other year groups, Year 6 follow statutory schemes of learning set down by the government. Children are assessed at the end of the year as to whether they have met the ‘expected’ national standard. Our teachers will follow these schemes whilst also making their teaching personalised, exciting, creative and thematic.

Key Stage 2 SATs

Firstly, we can't talk about Year 6 without some mention of the SATs — the assessment tasks that all Year 6 pupils sit in May of each year. The results of these will determine whether your child has met the ‘expected’ level in English and Maths.

In both Maths and English, there are a wide range of expectations for the children. Some of the content previously covered in Year 7 in secondary school has now been moved to Year 6.

For maths this includes things like simple algebra, missing angles in a range of shapes, and pie charts using percentages. In English the children are now expected to understand how to use a full range of punctuation, to write with a wide variety of sentence structures, use powerful vocabulary and have generally accurate spelling of all words.

The wider curriculum

There are many other valuable subjects and skills that are not assessed in the tests which many children excel in – and these are equally as important. In Year 6 the children love our history topics of World War 2 and the Ancient Maya and South American cultures.  The children get the opportunity to show off their drama and singing skills in our Year 6 performances.

The science topics in Year 6 have recently changed. In evolution and inheritance, your child will get to look at dinosaurs, fossils, genetics, Darwin and so much more. Other topics include the circulatory system, microorganisms, and light and electricity. Your child will carry out a variety of scientific investigations during all of these topics, building on the skills they have already acquired. Most children love practical lessons and the opportunity to use scientific equipment.

Moving on up

Of course, a big part of your child’s summer term in Year 6 will be preparing for the move to secondary school — a huge milestone in their lives. This may involve going to their new schools, maybe a visit from some of their new teachers, and shared classroom activities which should help with any concerns they have.

Your child will have lots of fun in in their last year of primary school.

Our unit for this half term: New Beginnings
 
We are really excited to be exploring our topic of New Beginnings together. We have already covered lots of areas of the curriculum through many different contexts. The exciting thing about our planning this year is the child led element of our planning. We are allowing for lots of flexibility within our planning to follow the interests and ideas of our children - this is already having some really interesting results!
 
We began the term by looking at our new beginning and how we were feeling being back in the classroom. We have explored the continued use of propaganda as a way of spreading messages throughout the pandemic and have compared that with the propaganda used in World War 2. We have also explored the New Beginning that Britain experienced following World War 2 and have used our learning to help us create our own propaganda to help our society in the new beginning that we are currently all experiencing. 
 
We have explored the use of number in propaganda and have interrogated numbers to decide whether we think that the rounding of numbers in data is accurate or indeed ethical. Throughout our discussions this term, we have been very impressed with the maturity that our children are showing. We are currently learning about evacuation in World War 2 and the children are already drawing comparisons between this and refugees. We are really enjoying the learning journey that we are experiencing together and can't wait to see where this year takes us!