In Year 6, we encourage high standards in children according to their individual ability. They develop a set of moral values, putting the needs of others first, become self-motivated to foster independent learning and develop into happy, self-reliant, confident and well-mannered children.
From ages 10-11, children take more responsibility and develop a sense of accomplishment at school and in their abilities. They listen critically, detect flaws in the reasoning of others, and question the validity of arguments. Sentences become more complex and they become more aware of choosing the most effective word to share feelings. Cognitively, their comprehension skills and use of language become more mature. They can priories, organise, plan, report and summarise more effectively.
Year 6 sees the continuation and culmination of the academic and emotional development the children have naturally undergone. There is a strong focus on independent learning with differentiation and support for those children with additional needs. We encourage a problem solving approach and aim to teach children how to learn and encourage them to develop strategies for thinking for themselves.
Subjects taught are: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHCE, Thinking Skills, Computing, Music, Art, Design Technology, PE and Games. Thinking Skills in Year 6 enable pupils to practise verbal and non-verbal reasoning, which is excellent preparation for entrance examinations and pre-tests. Latin is introduced into the curriculum.
Academic work becomes more demanding as pupils prepare for entrance examinations and pre-tests to senior schools. Setting is introduced in English and Mathematics and boys and girls are taught separately due to the differing demands of syllabuses. Thorough preparation in English, Mathematics and Reasoning is provided in the autumn and spring terms. Help is given with time management, prioritising, examination technique and study skills. An external interviewer provides interview practice. With a broad range of abilities, our pupils on average achieve well above national expectations and many girls gain scholarships to senior schools.
Pupils are challenged and extended by visits and workshops. They are encouraged to develop their skills by taking part in demanding national competitions such as the SATIPS General Knowledge Challenge, inter school and UK Junior Mathematical challenges and poetry competitions. Our extra-curricular programme is designed to extend children’s experiences of the world, give them the opportunities to work and play together and give them skills and interests, some of which may last their whole lives. Activities include a Junior Citizenship Day, Debating, Senior Reading, Design Technology, Drama and Basketball clubs.
Girls usually have their growth spurt earlier than boys and at eleven are physically more mature and academically more advanced than most boys. They show greater self-awareness and are more articulate at this stage, applying themselves and working in a more sustained fashion. Consequently, they are ready to move to senior school at eleven. As part of their Leavers’ Programme they enjoy a range of activities which include: a History trip to the Somme, Cookery Day, Eating Disorders and Internet Awareness and Year 7 transition workshop and a Young Enterprise Initiative, post examinations.
By the end of the summer term boys are ready to move Year 7 and take on the increased responsibility and opportunities available for their final two years at Newland House.