Year 6 Teaching and School Life
You will notice a few changes as your son/daughter enters Year 6. The sixth year is the final year of the middle school before children begin to work for Common Entrance. Much of the groundwork for C.E. is laid during this year.
Children are expected to have a more conscientious approach to their work and to organise themselves to a much higher standard in preparation for the demands of the Senior School
The sixth year is when most children represent the School for the first time, when they play for the Colts and under 11 teams in the inter-school fixtures, in a number of sports. This means that they have to give a commitment to a team, possibly for the first time, and follow rules and disciplines which are so essential to their development as inpiduals.
The notes below give a brief insight into the subjects taught in Year 6.
Art and Design
As the pupils move through Key Stage Two they will begin to take on more complex tasks that will expand their skills, introduce them to new materials and encourage them to express their ideas in 2-d and 3-d forms.
Drawing is seen as an important foundation for any artwork and all pupils will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to record their observations, explore their imaginative ideas and investigate the design process. The pupils will continue to learn about Colour, Pattern, Texture, Shape, Form and Space and they will begin to use vocabulary that will help them to discuss theirs and others work.
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Collage and Model-making projects are included in the Year 6 curriculum. All artwork will be supported by group discussion and the pupils will look at the work of relevant Artist and Designers in order to inform their own artwork.
Lunch time and After-school clubs are available to all those who wish to further their interest in the subject, whilst those able and talented pupils will be invited to join an Art Scholarship class taught by a specialist member of staff.
Pupils build on the work they have covered in Year 5. They study more complex passages of prose and poetry, which require more advanced analysis.
Writing lessons explore a range of styles and genres.
A variety of novels is read, and pupils are encouraged to read books of their own choice and be prepared to discuss them.
Dictionaries and thesauruses are constantly in use as an aid to spelling and to increase vocabulary.
Over the first term, there is a consolidation and revision of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures studied in Year 5. The children learn how to talk about their families, their classroom, their house (rooms and furniture), their clothes and the shops in their town or village. They learn their numbers up to 100, and the months of the year. They revise the verbs “to be”, “to have” and the “er” verbs in the present tense. They also learn the future tense. One lesson out of the four is kept free to perform a play which allows the pupils to use their knowledge orally. They are regularly given lists of words to learn. Parents’ assistance is encouraged to help the pupils learn their new vocabulary.
The textbook “French for Today” is also used as well as weekly grammatical worksheets (Preps). “Encore Tricolore 2” is also used.
In the first term children will be looking at Leicester and its surroundings. They will also be developing their map skills and map interpretation. In the second term they will be studying settlements, including urban and rural development. The children will also complete a short field work project.
In the final term tectonic processes (earthquakes and volcanoes) will be studied. They will look at the causes and effects of these natural hazards, including a case study.
During Year 6 the children study history through the ages from ancient to modern times. We work through many of the major peoples, civilisations and events in both Britain and the World. The aim is to develop pupils’ awareness of when things happened and to gain an understanding of chronology and timescale.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Children continue to build on their knowledge of word processing, graphics, spreadsheets and databases which they will have begun in previous years.
In Year 6 children in the top sets continue to build on the knowledge they have acquired in Year 5, extending their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and Roman Life. Vocabulary is again set at weekends and parental supervision of this is much appreciated.
During this year children who study Latin have an opportunity to visit the Jewry Wall museum for a teacher-led session, when they are able to handle Roman pottery and artefacts, make mosaics and dress up in Roman clothes.
The aim of the Maths Department in the 6th Year is to give a good grounding in the basics involving Number, Shapes, Space and Measures, and Handling Data required by the C.E. Syllabus, whilst also covering topics at Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.
Class work is built around the three activities, Listening, Performing and Composing. Pupils use the voice, keyboards, tuned percussion, guitars and drums as well as music technology to create performances and compositions. They study music from many eras and countries and continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of music in an enjoyable and stimulating way.
Games and Physical Education
P.E. and Games in the Year 6 follow the requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 in the following areas of study: Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming and Athletics. All boys and girls in this year are able to take part in fixtures against other schools in all major sports. Games training concentrates on the development of inpidual skills, but also recognises the need for simple attacking and defensive strategies within a team framework. The Year 6 pupils do 2 afternoons of games and 1 P.E. lesson per week. Games groups for these are dependent on age and ability designed to improve personal and team skills. P.E. is in class groups.
Colours are awarded to team players who represent the School in a number of matches, who play with the correct attitude to their own team, the opposition and officials. They are awarded to players who play to the best of their ability and who represent the School with pride and effort
In Year 6 we take a slightly different approach to R.S. and make a study of the five main faiths in the world today.
We look at the festivals, customs and practices of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.
In Year 6 pupils study such topics as The Plant Life Cycle; Human Life Cycle and Reproduction; Classification of Animals and Plants; Electricity and Magnetism; Forces and Motion.
The pupils are encouraged to develop their scientific language and practical skills. They use conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.
The children are introduced to verbal reasoning, the thinking behind it and begin working on a series of test papers to show their understanding and progress. Many schools now use a test paper on this subject as part of their entrance examination and Stoneygate has long recognised the importance of training the children in readiness for those examinations.
Arrival and Collection
Staff are present from 8.15am and pupils should arrive by 8.25am. The register is taken at 8.35am. Year 6 children finish School at 5.30pm unless they attend after School Clubs, or you have made arrangements for them to leave earlier.
If your child is to be collected by anyone other than parents a note should be given to their form teacher.
In order to prevent infecting other children, we would ask that parents keep their children at home for at least 48 hours if they have sickness or diarrhoea.
Food and Playtime Snacks
Sweets (including chocolate) and chewing gum are not allowed but fruit, vegetables and healthy snacks are acceptable. The only drinks that should be brought into School are fruit juices and water (no fizzy drinks) and should be in a non-spill, non-glass container. Break time snacks should not be too substantial as this might impair the child’s appetite for lunch!
It is imperative that children do not bring in snacks that contain nuts. Children sometimes bring treats for others, e.g. to celebrate a birthday or other occasion. Please bear in mind the above information if sending anything in with your child.
Absence from School
In the case of absence, please ring the office or email your child's Form Teacher with a reason for the absence. It would be appreciated if you could let us know if the disease is infectious. Please try to arrange dental appointments etc, during the holidays. Children cannot be excused from games lessons unless they bring a note from their parents/guardians.
Parents are always very welcome to watch their children playing matches. Fixtures are listed in the School calendar which will be sent to you separately. Home netball and rounders matches are played on site and start between 2.15pm and 2.30pm unless otherwise stated. Home cricket fixtures are played at Kibworth Cricket Ground. Market Harborough Rugby Club is the venue for home Rugby matches and soccer matches are played at Aylestone Boys’ Club, South Wigston. Year 6 boys play their matches with Year 5 to form the Colts team.
Your attention is drawn to the School uniform list (see below for link). Specific uniform items must be purchased from our uniform provider www.schoolblazer.com. It is essential that the correct uniform is always worn as it helps the child to feel part of the School. All items of clothing and belongings must be clearly named. Sewn on tapes are preferred (schoolblazer provide this service). We have particular difficulty with underwear, swimwear, towels and socks.
Please note that trainers should be white.
All games kit should be brought on the first morning of each term.
The School cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage, however caused, to property and personal belongings brought on to School premises by the children. It is therefore the responsibility of parents to make sure that adequate insurance is in force to guard against such loss or damage. It is important that children are instructed to take particular care of any articles of value whilst articles are on school premises. Watches should have a name or number engraved on them. Electronic devices should not be brought to school.
Please note that mobile phones are now banned throughout the school.
All children should have a copy of the Good News Bible. This will normally be given to new pupils and the price added to parents’ accounts. Children should look after their bible. If, however, they lose or mistreat it so that the condition becomes unacceptable, a new will be given out and will be charged to parents’ accounts.
We hope that you will find us to be friendly and approachable. All queries should initially be addressed to your child’s form teacher before you approach the Headmaster.
A full school report is sent to parents at the end of the autumn and summer terms. There will also be Parents’ Evenings to discuss your Child’s progress. You are always welcome to make an appointment to talk to your child’s teachers.
Year 6 children have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs.