Here you can see what Year 6 have in store as the year goes by, keep up-to-date with key dates for your diary and also access important documents such as our Medium Term Plans, letters, homework and other announcements.
Please click on an image for a brief introduction to the teachers
Mrs ByrneYear 6 Teacher & Leader of Learning
I am Mrs Byrne and I teach Willow class. I have been a teacher for 10 years and have taught at our school since January 2015. I have a degree in Primary Education and specialised in SEND. I have taught in all year groups across Key Stage 2 and have previously lead science for 3 years before becoming a Leader of Learning in 2018. I have three years’ experience leading years 3 and 4 and have lead Years 5 and 6 for two years.
During my time training to become a teacher, I was fortunate enough to have some excellent mentors. My experience of this support developed my own passion for mentoring trainee teachers; some of whom are now teachers within our school. I am also an avid reader and fully encourage all children to read. I always recommend books to children and there’s nothing I like more than having discussions about books I have enjoyed!
Outside of school, I love spending quality time with my family and seeing my 3 children grow. We love playing board games (Monopoly is banned!), watching movies and going for walks together.
Mr AikulolaYear 6 Teacher and PSHE Lead
My name is Mr Aikulola. I have previously taught in Year 4 and currently lead PSHE in the school. Prior to teaching, I had a career in music production and song writing. My aim is to bring the creativity out of the children I teach while ensuring I have very high expectations of all learners in my class.
I believe in having fun while learning and that every child should enjoy coming to school.
Our learning is focused on mastering the National Curriculum and further developing the skills the children have acquired during their time at Alexander McLeod.
Year 6 is a very important year for our children as they reach the final year of their primary school journey and prepare for the transition to secondary education.
As the oldest pupils in the school, we expect Year 6 to act as role models to the rest of the children in the school and demonstrate the school values at all times. Our expectations are high, but we are confident that every child is capable of rising to the challenges presented by Year 6 and all adults will be there to support them every step of the way.
To promote and develop a love of reading, children will be exposed to high quality core texts throughout the year. We will study classic texts such as Othello and Twelfth Night, as well as modern works including Little Badman written by Hamza Arshad and Henry White and Ghost written by Jason Reynolds. Our texts are chosen to inspire a love of reading and to act as a stimulus for the children’s written outcomes.
We aim to ensure that all children develop a deep understanding and love of mathematics, whilst learning the importance and relevance of maths in the ‘real’ world. By the end of Year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
We will also be exploring a range of exciting enquiries with the children throughout the year. Our enquiries provide the children with a balanced view of the past, present and future. This will allow them to make clear links between action and impact, give them an opportunity to reflect on the mistakes of the past and make informed choices about the future.
Our first Year 6 enquiry is based on overarching question: What does it mean to be British? During Autumn 1, we will explore the historical theme of migration through history honing in our learning to 1948 and investigating the question, ‘It’s 1948. Why come to Britain?’ We will be using a range of primary and secondary sources to explore the events this period and develop and understanding of what life was like for those migrating to England from the Caribbean. In Autumn 2, we will explore the question ‘Who is British?’ where children will create a docuseries exploring the contributing factors to what it means to be British today.
In the Spring term, we will focus on Art in our ‘Let’s get some Perspective…’ enquiry. Children will investigate perspective artists and create their own piece of artwork to sell at their very own art open evening. In Spring 2, we are going to prepare to ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ In preparation for school journey, children will research, plan, prepare and cook a meal based on the principles of a balanced diet.
For our final enquiry, we will develop our skills and understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD) to design new homes for Greenwich.
Throughout the year, trips in Year 6 are used to support learning, engage children in new enquiries and spark their natural curiosity. Pupils naturally learn (and remember) a great deal from first-hand experiences, with trips also contributing to their personal and social development, such as their understanding of risk management and interacting with members of the public. Being the oldest children in the school, pupils often have the responsibility of walking to and from school by themselves. By supporting children in identifying risks on trips, they are then able to manage their own safety.
End of year assessments
All Year 6 children working according to National Curriculum requirements are expected to participate in end of Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) which identify the attainment of children in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for national comparison. These tests will take place in May. During the coming months, further information and guidance regarding SATs will be issued to you. SATs are not something which either you or your child should be worried about. Instead, they should be viewed as an opportunity to showcase everything the children have learned throughout their time in Key Stage 2.
This year we will visit the Marchants Hill PGL Adventure Centre for a week to remember! The children will take part in a thrilling range of activities, including climbing, archery, high ropes, quad biking and zip wires. These activities encourage team building skills and independence, create a sense of achievement and will provide them with memories that last a lifetime.
Secondary school ready!
In preparation for secondary school, the children will experience different lessons with other members of the Year 6 teaching team. We have found that this helps with the transition process as it allows the children to become familiar with different teaching styles and teacher personalities, something that some of our children can find challenging at times.
One of the key milestones in Year 6 is the end of year performance. This is something the children and staff look forward to all year! Our children show a commitment to putting on a fantastic show, dedicating time to learning lines and song lyrics, making props and costumes and making decisions about lighting and set design. Be sure to join us when the curtain goes up!
Celebration of achievement
We regularly celebrate achievements at Alexander McLeod. However, at the end of Year 6 there will be a special ceremony to mark the end of each pupil’s primary school education. A range of successes are celebrated, awards presented, experiences remembered and it has been known for the odd tear or two to be shed.
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