What happens in Year 6?
Year 6 is a very important year and children have the opportunity to take on some responsibilities throughout the year, as well as being positive role models for younger children. Some children are chosen to be House Prefects or Sports Leaders.
All the children in Year 6 have a buddy in Year 3 to help them settle into the routines of Knaphill School. This also helps the Year 6 children to develop mentoring skills.
As secondary school is approaching, we encourage the children to become more self-reliant and make their own decisions. They need to start to take more ownership and responsibility for their own learning and progress.
Many fun and exciting things happen in Year 6:
- The children make political party campaigns where they have to persuade parents to vote on their idea to improve the classroom environment.
- In the summer term, the children take part in an Apprentice project and sell items they have made to children and parents.
- The children take part in a Junior Citizen day at Woking Football Club.
- Near the end of the Year, children will perform in a Summer Production and take part in a leaver’s assembly to the whole school and their families.
- The children have a Victorian themed day in the Spring Term and an Ancient Egyptian themed day in the Summer Term.
Day to day guide
Children need their homework diaries, a reading book and pencil cases in school every day.
Please encourage your child to read for at least 10 minutes a day, and where possible, read and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis. Children should record their reading in their homework diaries and they need to be signed by an adult at the end of each week.
In addition to regular reading, children are given weekly spellings which should be practised at home regularly. If your child does not understand the meaning of a word, please encourage them to look it up in a dictionary and to practise using the word in a sentence. Children are given new spellings to learn every Tuesday and these are tested on the following Monday. A copy is stuck into their Homework Diary and a copy can be found on Google Classroom.
This is set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Thursday. Children will also be given a mental maths skill to practise (i.e. 7 times table) and this will be tested during the week. We would greatly appreciate your help in assisting your children with these skills – there are many ways to make learning these fun, for example: using Times Tables Rock Stars, songs, computer games, and flashcards.
In order to promote more responsibility for their own learning, children are set termly Topic Homework to find out more about an area of interest of that term’s Topic. Children are given a copy of their termly Knowledge Organiser in school and a copy is uploaded onto Google Classroom, along with the term’s hand in date. In the Autumn Term children learn about London; in the Spring Term about the Victorians and in the Summer Term about the Ancient Egyptians.
There are a number of publishers who produce revision books, for example, CGP, Letts, Rising Stars, Schofield and Sims, which you will find useful in covering all the key areas tested. These books can be purchased in leading bookstores such as Waterstones and WH Smith as well as on Amazon.
In March, the children have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Stone Farm in Devon.
In the Summer Term, the children go on a trip to the Haslemere Museum. Within their Ancient Egyptian collection, the museum holds around 130 items. These include a mummy and several mummified animals, accompanied by other ritualistic objects including shabti figures, offerings, hieroglyphics and jewellery.
During a workshop which is specifically designed for KS2 children, our children will be able to:
• Find out what the Ancient Egyptians believed about the afterlife. Learn about mummification by disembowelling a mummy-doll.
• Visit the real mummy, Par-Er-Abu, and mummify their own toy!
This promises to be an excellent opportunity for promoting factual writing, writing instructions and for inspiring imaginative fiction.
We discuss issues that may arise in Secondary School during PSHE lessons. Staff and teachers from Woking High and Winston Churchill come in and visit Knaphill School and meet the children and all the children have an opportunity to go on a transition day at the new secondary school in July.