Life within Year 6 is a special time, by the time pupils reach the top of the Junior School they have grown in maturity and confidence. This is a time where we begin to prepare for the smooth transition into the Senior School. Pupils are encouraged to become more independent, self reliant upon organising their own belongings and themselves for each lesson.
Lessons begin to be taught by more specialist teachers with some lessons also being taught within the Senior School. This transition into the Senior School enables a natural progression from Year 6 to Year 7 as pupils are already familiar with the teachers, classrooms and settings.
Homework is set regularly each week for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. More presentational skills are developed within the foundation subjects whereby pupils are encouraged to be creative in their presentation skills. Models, PowerPoints, drama, video clips and posters are just some of the ways in which individuals have used their own creative and imaginative approach to researching and presenting their findings to others.
A residential trip to the Frontier Centre, in Irthlingborough, is a perfect opportunity for pupils to challenge themselves, learn new skills and to develop teamwork. Various outings occur throughout the year to enhance the curriculum such as becoming a Roving Reporter within English, learning about meanders and the features of a river within Geography as well as learning more about John Bunyan and his Life Path within RE. Opportunities are also created within school to bring learning to life including talks from local authors, a visit from Maud (a WW2 evacuee) within History and the all encompassing end of year show.
We aim for the girls to leave in the summer of Year 6 having had fond memories, exciting learning experiences and be confident to make the transition into the Senior School. Year 6 is the end of their journey within the Junior School and therefore opportunities are given to encourage pupils to take on more responsibility such as being lunchtime monitors, leading the School Council, as well as being good role models to the younger pupils. We have high expectations for our Year 6 pupils and many of our pupils rise to the challenge of being given this extra responsibility.