Year 6 is a very busy but extremely enjoyable year. The children will be encouraged to take on more responsibility around school and are expected to take a greater control of their own learning. I believe that children should be stretched this year, without being stressed, to achieve their own personal potential.
Please Click HERE for more information on what will be taught throughout the year.
The children will also have the opportunity to take on additional responsibility around school including becoming a house captain, a prefect or even Head or Deputy Head girl or boy, as well as helping in the infants during rainy playtimes and assisting in nursery and reception at lunch times.
In year 6 we have two sets of exams. The first come in January when the children sit the King David High School entrance exam along with any independent school exams that you choose. These are generally in English and Maths with some schools having an additional science and/or verbal or non verbal reasoning paper. The children will have lots of support in school for these exams and if there is any additional help you need, please just come and ask. Please go through any corrections with your child – it is not only completing papers that will help your child move forward but correcting mistakes and understanding common errors.
SATS & End of Year Assessments
There are SATS tests in English and Maths. The statutory SATS take place in Year 2 and Year 6 and these results are reported to the government. In Year 3 – 5 the children complete the optional SATS and these results, along with teacher assessments throughout the year inform the final judgement. In Year 1, the children complete a statutory phonics screening test in June and are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths through teacher assessment.
In the final half term of school, year 6 begin our wonderful transition curriculum. This curriculum includes:
- Cycling proficiency
- Visit on the metro to a recycling plant
- Out and about crossing roads on the way to the park
- Streetwise visits exploring emotions and situations associated with their move to high school
- Writing and performing ‘Speech Day’ where they recall memories of their time in school
- A Spanish lesson
- Designing and making a roller coaster
- End of year production
- Year book
- School newspaper
As you can see, we have a packed curriculum. In order to meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the preparation for the entrance exams, homework plays a vital part in our year. The children will need a quiet place to complete their work, away from distractions. As a rule, they will have between 30minutes and an hour every night. All homework will be written down in their ‘monkey’ homework diaries.
If the children need support with their homework it is important that we all support them with it. The children should ALWAYS attempt homework by themselves but should they be struggling or becoming confused please do help them with it – particularly when they are completing past papers. Once again, if there are any problems, please let me know.
Usual Weekly Homework -
- Spellings for the following Monday
- Handwriting for Tuesday
- Spellaway for Tuesday
- Tables for the following Monday
- Mental Arithmetic for Thursday
- Mental Arithmetic for Thursday
- Piece of English, Maths or Science
- Two pieces of work linked to the weeks work, usually English, Maths and Science
It is really important that children have all the required equipment in school all the time and that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. It is also important that kit is checked each term to ensure that it still fits and is still suitable for PE lessons.
Outdoor – Navy blue tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers
Indoor – Navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps
Other Equipment – Once again please label all equipment and replace it when required.
- Clear plastic water bottle
- Homework folder
- Blue or black pens with which your child can write neatly
- H.B. Pencils (at least 2)
- Pencil sharpener
- Set of coloured pencils
- Set of felt tip pens
- 2 small glue sticks
- Small roll of sellotape
- 30 cm ruler, which measures in both cm. and mm.
- Dictionary – Collins new compact dictionary or Collins compact - English dictionary or Oxford colour dictionary – with thesaurus
- Collins maths dictionary – Kay Gardner ISBN: 0 – 00 – 720783 – 2
- The first aid in English by Angus Mclver – Published by Robert Gibson - ISBN: 0 – 340 – 88287 - 5
Please remember that if there is anything you need, do come and see me – lets work together to make your child’s final year in primary school a very happy, rewarding and successful one!