Mr James Knapper
Year 6 teacher, Upper KS2 and Maths lead
He plays a mean guitar!
Miss Clare Catahan
Year 6 teacher and PHSCE lead
Mr Marcus Derose
Year 6 TA
Welcome to Year 6
Take a look at our blog and find out all about life in Year 6.
In Year 6, the children have a busy year as we prepare them for their transition to secondary school. This is the year when everything that they have learnt and experienced during their time at primary school comes together and ensures that they are ready for the next stage of their education.
They will need to work hard in becoming more independent in their learning; they will need to be less reliant on the adults in the classroom and ensure they are listening carefully to the instructions they have been given. This independence is also extended into how they help to improve their own work through discussion with others, based on the criteria given to them. They will therefore need to respect each other’s opinions and be willing to accept criticism as something to learn from.
The children are expected to be punctual, well-presented and eager to learn when they enter the classroom- all of which are key in providing the foundations for a classroom that is conducive to quality learning. High-expectations are set for the children, both in their academic studies and their behaviour and it is therefore important that children strive to be the best they can both inside and outside the classroom. They are expected to set a great example to others and are given many opportunities for taking on responsibilities throughout the school.
The children are assessed in May based on the key areas of the curriculum (Reading, Writing and Maths) in the KS2 SATs tests, however this is not the focus of the year. We are Scientists, Historians, Geographers, Artists, Sports people and designers and have a range of exciting topics that we learn through – ID, Fallen Fields, Hola Mexico, Gallery Rebels and Frozen Kingdom.
Following our school policy Home Learning is based on the concepts studied in class and is therefore designed to enhance and reinforce their learning. Please encourage your child and ask them about the tasks but remember that the work is to be independent. Children will be given tasks that are targeted at their areas of development, which they are helped to identify in class. In Maths, this could be a particular operation or a concept worked on that week; in English this could be a particular piece of punctuation or practising a certain type of writing.
In addition to this pupils should be reading every day and regularly changing their reading book. We cannot emphasise strongly enough how vital it is that your child reads widely, both at school and at home. It is noticeable that the children who achieve more highly and who can engage more fully with the Year 6 curriculum are those who have developed a broad and rich vocabulary through their wider reading. The spellings to focus on are the same as year 5 and children should be confident with these by the end of the year.
Year 5 and 6 spelling
Further highlights include the Year 6 residential to Pettypool and performing in the leavers' play.
PE lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday
Year 6 Termly Curriculum Overviews