Pupils in Year Six are split into two main classes with an additional support class running alongside every morning. This enables highly focused teaching to take place that closely supports the needs of individual groups of learners. Pupils are taught in these three groups to accelerate progress in their core curriculum subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths. In addition to this, there is a fourth ‘teacher around the team’ who supports differing groups of pupils across the two main classes to rapidly ensure that learners make progress and achieve their potential.
Our afternoon sessions enable pupils to apply their core curriculum learning as well as develop their skills and knowledge in other curriculum areas. Throughout the week, pupils also are taught by specialist teachers for Art, P.E., Science and French. Pupils also take part in small group reading sessions three times a week to support their acquisition of the skills needed to become competent readers.
We believe that pupils learn best when their parents/carers and teachers work closely together. Because of this, we are always happy to discuss your child’s progress whenever necessary.
Letters to parents
Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.
Times of a school day
These are the times that apply to a year 6 pupil’s school day.
|08:55||Pupils line up in playground|
|08:55||–||11:00||first morning session|
|11:15||–||12:30||second morning session|
In the morning, class teachers will collect their pupils from the playground and take them to their classrooms ready to start the day promptly.
It is really important that pupils arrive on time to start the school day. This ensures that they maximise their learning time and are ready to begin learning alongside their peers. Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.
- Charlotte Knowles – 6A Class Teacher
- Laura King – 6 Alpha Class Teacher
Throughout the year, pupils have the opportunity to go on a variety of visits including a residential trip to France.
Homework, which helps pupils practise their learning, is set on a Friday and is due in on the following Thursday. It will usually involve an English and Maths activity along with weekly spellings. Pupils are also expected to read daily and independently record this in class on a daily basis. We also require pupils to practise their times tables ready for their weekly tests.
The English Curriculum is closely linked to the topic work covered in Year 6. This generates interesting, multi-layered units of work that allow pupils to make links and immerse themselves in a deeper understanding of a range of themes and ideas.
- Autumn: During this term and throughout the year, pupils focus on learning the skills required to become a talented writer. The main focus in the Autumn Term is on mastering basic skills; pupils use key texts linked to Robin Hood and Ancient Greeks. Pupils will also explore a range of different writing genres across this term.
- Spring: In the Spring Term, pupils encounter texts which further develop their understanding of the role of the writer. A range of text types are explored and are framed within the context of key topics – such as natural disasters (tsunamis) and important historical figures and events, such as Shackleton’s voyages to the Antarctic. During this term, pupils will also have carefully structured and additional lessons to help support them with the end of Key Stage Two Assessments.
- Summer: After SATS, pupils engage in a transition unit to prepare them for Secondary School.
- Throughout the year, pupils will be exposed to a range of rich, enjoyable and relevant texts to develop their skills as readers, as well as promote a life-long love of reading. They will develop key skills in reading for meaning; understanding a range of vocabulary and discussing an author’s intent. These skills will be developed in both reading lessons and group reading sessions as well as across all curriculum areas.
Grammar and Spelling:
- Grammar is taught alongside all areas of the curriculum to support a ‘connected’ understanding of terminology and meaning. Grammar lessons underpin this knowledge and allow pupils to develop the skills that they can then apply to other curriculum areas. Both Grammar and Spelling are also taught as integral parts of the writing process to ensure pupils see the relevance and appropriate application of what they have learned. Pupils are provided with a new spelling rule on a Friday, and are tested on this on a Tuesday.
The following strands will be covered across the three terms:
- Calculation, fractions, number and place value, measurement, statistics, ratio and proportion, algebra and geometry
Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.
For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.
Humanities (Geography and History)
This year, pupils study key elements of History and Geography such as:
- The Greeks. They will study Greek life and their achievements as well as their influence on the western world.
- The Blitz and how it affected Coventry.
- A case study of Europe. They will use atlases to locate countries in Europe, investigate key human and physical features and major cities. Use the news to locate places. Begin to find similarities and differences between Coventry and Normandy.
- Natural disasters
- Famous explorers
- How to use technology safely, responsibly and respectfully as part of our On-Line Safety Lessons
- How to programme using ‘2Code’ and ‘Scratch’. Pupils will be able to tell the computer what to do by giving it commands to which it will respond
Transition to Secondary School
Part of the learning in Year 6 involves preparing pupils for their move to Secondary School. This means that it is expected that they will begin to be more independent and responsible for themselves so they are ready for Year 7.