Year 6

A Typical day in Year 6

8:45am – 9:00am – Arrival and Registration

Children arrive in class. Whilst being registered, children complete a morning task.  This aims to recap prior learning in Maths, SPaG or reading.  There is also the chance to check in with a member of the Year 6 team to prepare them for the day ahead. 

9:00am – 10:15am – Maths

Arithmetic

Pupils work on their arithmetic skills with SATs style questions.  These build on prior learning and help children to retain key methods taught.  This is also a perfect opportunity for other important skills to be practised, such as: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, finding fractions and percentages of a number; tables practice and using related facts. 

Maths

Children in Year 6 are taught in three maths groups which allows for smaller adult: children ratios and enables a more personalised, bespoke curriculum.  Children will tackle challenges which develop mathematical reasoning, allow them to justify and prove hypotheses and establish a resilient attitude. 

10:15am – 10:30am – Break

Pupils can purchase something from the dining hall. This is a useful time for the children to socialise and take a break from the classroom environment. During this time staff, also offer time to support pupils with homework and reading.

10:30am – 10:45am – Morning Starter Discussions

During this time we discuss the morning challenge they completed during registration and children are provided with the time to self-mark and given feedback on their understanding.  This allows children instant feedback on their progress and allows for discussions around individual approaches and strategies for success. 

10:45am – 11:45am – Literacy/Spag

Spelling – Children are taught a KS2 spelling rule each week.  During this time the rule is practiced with a range of examples ensuring children can confidently apply this to new words. 

Grammar – Children cover a range of grammatical content including; word classes, tenses; vocabulary, punctuation and sentence construction.  The grammar content feeds into the writing for the week but also allows for more confident answering of SATs style questions. 

Handwriting – Using the Penpals system, children practice their handwriting at least 3 times a week.  They are explicitly taught letter formation, specific joins and whole word writing.  This is designed to support children in their return from remote learning and build stamina and fluency with writing.  Maintaining legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed is one of the end of KS2 writing expected criteria and therefore it is necessary and children become extremely proud of the progress in their book. 

Writing – Each term pupils will write in a variety of genres and are expected to apply the skills acquired in the daily grammar sessions.  Usually these extended writing pieces are based on the novel we are studying, allowing for a deeper comprehension of the text.  Children are supported with a range of bespoke resources throughout these sessions and given opportunities to practice necessary skills.  Children are also taught skills of editing work to improve spelling, punctuation and to improve word choices or sentence structure. 

11:45am – 12:10pm – Reading

Following the VIPERS reading domains (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summarising), children are given access to a range of texts both fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Due to the smaller group sizes, children are able to access texts at an appropriate speed and with necessary support.  We use a range of strategies to approach texts, discuss our response to the text and answer a range of questions developing retrieval, our understanding of vocabulary and inference. 

12:10pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Foundation Subjects

P.E, history; geography; science; French; PSHE; R.E; music; art and design technology.  To find a copy of the specific curriculum focus for each subject, please see the curriculum overview.  During these subjects, children are taught key knowledge, skills and vocabulary and have access to a range of resources to develop their understanding.  When pupils are not taught by the class teacher, they are taught by specialist staff who are able to share their expertise and skills in these subjects.

Responsibilities

Pupils in Year 6 have the additional responsibility of being part of the prefect or senior prefect team.  These positions are applied for and elected by the academy staff.  This team is led by the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies.  These elected pupils have the responsibility of representing the school throughout the year and assisting with events that occur. 

Year 6 are also able to apply for positions in the Academy Office supporting with administrative duties as well as Librarians who support and encourage reading throughout the academy.

Throughout the academy we have Sports Captains who support with lunch time sports clubs, lead their house team through sports day and support with P.E sessions.   

We encourage our Year 6 pupils to take these responsibilities to help develop vital skills needed as they progress to the next step in their education.  We support children with completing application forms for these positions and encourage them to embrace being a role model for younger children in the academy.