Year 6 draws together all of the many threads of learning woven through the children’s path from Reception to this, their final year in primary school. We pull on all of that prior learning to solve problems, discuss issues and begin to evaluate the world around us. Exciting Geography topics about Brazil and environmental sustainability bring the wider world to our doorstep, demanding that we think deeply about our responsibility for its future. History lessons help us to see the role of our country in the past – both positive and negative – through a local history study of the Victorians and a broader look at the slave trade as part of our study of the kingdom of Benin in Africa. English and Science topics are interwoven, allowing us to dive headfirst through our arteries as we journey with our blood cells through the circulatory system, or to create our own weird and wonderful creatures adapted to their environment.
Great literature and a joy in the use of language underpin our English work, particularly through the choice of guided and whole class reading – from the old (Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’) to the new (John Boyne’s ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’). Our maths work is grounded in problem-solving (developing our ability to reason) and supported by regular fluency work.
In short, we work really hard in year 6, but we have fun too! Trips and a residential to Whitehall in October lighten the load and reinforce teamwork and unity. A Christmas Fair project enables us to develop our enterprise skills and the end of year production to show off our dramatic and musical flair. Throughout the year, we have the opportunity to compete in a broad range of sports tournaments and demonstrate our sporting talents and good sportsmanship.
Year 6 may be SATS year, but we aim to continue with the same rounded, broad curriculum offered throughout the children’s time at Hayfield Primary School. It’s a year packed with excitement, achievement and great learning, in which the children grow in maturity and readiness for secondary school. Welcome to our year 6 journey.