When you reach the top of the school here at Chandlers Field, you will enter one of the Royal Palaces, either Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace. This is where the adventure of Year 6 begins.
Gates open at 8.45am and the children enter the classrooms through the Year 6, gated area. When they come in to class during a soft start, our Year 6 pupils are expected to be responsible and organised for their day ahead. A challenging question or activity will be waiting for them to get those near-teenage brains in gear!
Following registration and a delicious array of lunch choices, Maths or English begins. In Talk for Writing, the children respond to a story-mapped text (composed by the teachers) where they imitate, innovate and invent their own fantastic pieces of writing. The genre changes every 2 to 3 weeks and the children learn the original text nearly off by heart to enable them to use and even improve the structure to influence their writing. In Year 6, with the SATs approaching, the children have to be able to show off everything they can do in a range of genres. To that end, we also have a keen focus on punctuation, grammar and spelling which are all embedded within our English lessons as well as complimented with standalone EGPS (English, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling) and Reading Comprehension skills lessons.
After the first lesson of either Maths No Problem or Talk for Writing, the children benefit from a ‘Brain Break’ by taking part in the school’s ‘Daily Mile’. This is a personal best competition where the children’s aim is to run 10 laps of our track on the playground to complete a mile a day – they love it! Once the children have let off some steam, the second lesson of the day begins, whether that be Maths or English.
We use Maths No Problem, as our learning vehicle to prepare the children for their journey through to Secondary School. This begins with a challenge question to instigate the children’s learning which involves partner or group discussion and a lot of higher order thinking skills. Maths journals are used to record and reflect on their learning journey. Due to the SATs in May, we also ensure that our learners have frequent opportunities to answer past exam questions to help with their exam technique.
During other sessions we explore the wider curriculum focussing on different artists, the impact of religion on our lives from the six main religions, useful skills through spreadsheets and app development, conversational and written skills in French and we follow the Jigsaw scheme for PSHE. In PSHE we cover: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. This is to ensure that the children are well centred individuals and responsible citizens.
Afternoons consist of Geography, History, Music or PE. These subjects give the children a chance to explore a sustainable future, how we can learn from the past, the history of music and the following sports in PE: Tag Rugby, Dance, Hockey, Handball, gymnastics, Rounders and Athletics. Science is also taught for two lessons each week, often in the afternoon and is made up of exciting investigations and experiments in our scientific topics of: Evolution and Inheritance, Electricity and Light, Animals including Humans and Living and Growing.
We have a homework grid that changes every half term and includes a range of English and Maths skills to consolidate our learning and prepare the children further for their assessments and Secondary School expectations. Homework is set on a Thursday and collected in on the following Tuesday to give the children a chance to have a restful weekend.
Alongside the extensive and thorough days, Year 6 also have amazing opportunities to experience these enrichment activities:
· Hampton Court
· PGL – 5 day residential
· Bikeability – a week long course for road safety
· Rugby and Football tournaments
· Cross Country
So, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace await. Is the future bright? Yes. Can we grab it with both hands?