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.