In Year 6, the children continue to follow the National Curriculum and have a range of projects throughout the year. We recognise the importance of making learning meaningful and memorable for children and endeavour to make creative links between the different areas of learning where we can.
As a church school, the day begins with a whole school, key stage or class act of worship. In the morning, the children are taught in ability hubs for English and Mathematics with differing levels of adult support. Afternoon sessions comprise of a range of foundation subjects: Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, P.E, computing, PSHE (including Trick Box) and French. Where possible, meaningful links are made between the different subject areas.
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Curriculum Statement Autumn 2021
English comprises of writing, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Throughout the year, the children work towards completing a high-quality portfolio of writing across a range of genres. The children are encouraged to draft their writing and use a purple editing pen to make improvements. During the year, the children are exposed to a range of whole class novels and develop their comprehension skills: factual retrieval, inference, prediction, identifying word meanings, as well as the ability to summarise what they have read. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught weekly with a discrete session and application into written learning.
In Year 6, the expectation is that children work with numbers to ten million. During the autumn term, the children consolidate their understanding of place value and their fluency of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including long division). An emphasis is also placed on developing the children’s mathematical reasoning and problem skills. Later in the year, the children develop their knowledge and understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as different areas of geometry and statistics. Weekly, the children have an arithmetic session and a times table test.
As a school, we have developed a system which enables children to recognise their achievements both in and out of school. As we recognise and value the importance of all children achieve, we devote curriculum time to this learning but also expect children to collate a portfolio of their achievements at home. Children are given the opportunity to share their achievements with a senior member of staff at the end of the year.
At the beginning of the year, the children are encouraged to apply for a range of different monitor jobs which promote important skills: independence, organisation and self-confidence. Moreover, the children have the opportunity to deliver a speech to be considered to be a team captain for their colour team. As the children near the end of their education at Moordown St John’s, one of the ways we celebrate this achievement is through a five day, four night residential. For many years, this has been to Swanage using Land and Wave. We strongly encourage all children to participate in the residential as we believe the skills they will develop are unique to this experience.
Home Learning Expectations
Every half-term, the children receive a home learning expectations overview. This incorporates four main elements: reading, spellings, times tables practice and enrichment activities linked to our current topic. Daily, the children are expected to read for a minimum of ten minutes and record this in their reading log. A recommended reading list is provided to support with this as we encouraged reading of a range of genres and authors. In addition to this, we also expect the children to practise their spelling patterns and common exception words, as well as their times table and corresponding division facts up to 12×12. The children are tested on their weekly spellings on a Thursday and have a times table test on a Friday. We encourage the children to practise applying their spelling words to sentences to ensure an understanding of the words practised. The children have access to two online packages to support with this: Timestable RockStars and Spelling Shed.