The teachers in Year 6 are:
Chestnut - Mr Lewis Willow - Mrs Byrne Sycamore - Miss Dilley
Welcome to Year 6!
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.
First let’s meet the team!
- Willow’s class teacher is Mrs Byrne and she is the current Leader of Learning for Upper Key Stage Two.
- Chestnut’s class teacher is Mr Lewis and he leads PE across the school.
- Sycamore’s class teacher is Miss Dilley and she is the Science and Assessment lead.
- Supporting the children and teachers are Mrs Miners, Mrs Hutchings, Mrs Mattey, Mr Murray, Ms Davey and Mr Marin
Year 6 is a very important year for our children as they have almost reached the end of their primary school journey and are preparing for the transition to secondary education. Our learning is based around mastering the National Curriculum and further developing the skills the children have acquired during their time at Alexander McLeod. 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 we will be there for 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 A Christmas Carol and Romeo and Juliet, as well as modern works including Boy at the Back of the Class (a story of friendship, hope and the importance of kindness) and Ghost - a page-turning book with plenty of challenges and moral dilemmas along the way. Our texts are chosen to challenge, excite and enthuse pupils.
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 explore a range of exciting topics with the children throughout the year. Our topics 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 topic is Threats to the Throne. This over-arching topic covers the Tudors and Victorians and explores the monarchy and social developments in these periods of our history.
In the Spring term, we will focus on the impact of global warming on the earth. This is an issue that where the children can investigate the effect human actions have on our climate, weather systems and the Earth’s future.
For our final topic, we will look at the history of the Summer Olympics, discovering why they have been cancelled in the past and looking closely at the countries which have hosted this global event. We will make comparisons between the UK, Japan and Brazil (human and physical features) including mountains, whilst exploring Japanese cuisine and art.
Throughout the year, trips in Year 6 are used to support learning, engage children in new topics 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 teaching them valuable life skills. 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 within National Curriculum requirements are legally obliged 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 difficult to adapt to.
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, deciding lightening and designing sets. Be sure to join us when the curtain goes up!
Celebration of achievements
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.