September 2019 - July 2020
Welcome to the new academic year. This is the culminating year of your child’s primary school life and we are looking forward to a very busy, exciting and productive time.
This newsletter is intended to share with you some information about the Year 6 course of study for this autumn term. The first two weeks will be spent intensely concentrating on the 11+ exams. Following that, there will be several weeks of preparation for the Independent School entry tests. Most of the first half of the first term will be spent on examination preparation.
In English, we will be working on the skills underpinning the English language. These will include particular emphasis on Vocabulary and the use of words, plus Grammar and parts of speech, Spelling, Punctuation, Sentence structure and Comprehension. We will also be giving special attention to more traditional sayings, proverbs and idioms and in drawing meaning and inference from text. Once the pressure of the examinations is over, we will be concentrating more on creative writing, looking at the elements of a narrative, and speaking clearly, concisely and with confidence, in support of Mrs. K and her LAMDA work.
In Mathematics we will be following KS2 curriculum topics. Once any basic areas for development have been identified and addressed, we will then advance the students to the early Secondary School syllabus, giving them extension activities, which will prepare them for the next phase of their education.
Humanities will cover Geography, History, Culture and Ethics.
Music, Computing and Speech and Drama are taught by specialist teachers.
Physical Education classes are taught by Sports Coaches.
Homework will be set on a daily basis and it is expected that students will spend at least one hour per night on it, plus reading. Some tasks will be on-going such as spelling, word study, times tables and reading and may include extension or topic work. It is anticipated that students will do one project per term at home. Your support in this wider area of the curriculum is greatly appreciated.
Autumn: Vikings. World War II
Spring: Compare North and South America
Summer: History of Medicine. Early Islamic Civilisation
Animals, including Humans (Circulatory System; Keeping Healthy; Drugs and Lifestyle)
Evolution and Inheritance.
Living Things and Habitats (Classification. Micro-organisms)