Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome to your final year of Primary education with us in Year 6! Our aims this year are to make your final year enjoyable, exciting and educational in readiness for moving on to Secondary School.
As ever, the children’s spiritual journey continues this year through our RE lessons, class masses and of course, the children’s next step in their sacramental life by choosing to make their Confirmation. This happens towards the end of the year at a wonderful Mass overseen by the Bishop. There will be preparation masses and meetings in the lead up to this, which we will keep you informed about.
Through the course of the year, we will be revisiting previous areas of learning from Key Stage 2 in English and Maths, as well as extending the children to their fullest potential. It is important the children practise their skills at home, including reading regularly and ensuring understanding of what they have read; learning by heart times tables and division facts; alongside working hard to rehearse handwriting and written grammatical skills. These may be practised through Learning Log homework, but will need to be practised independently also.
The Key Stage 2 SATs will be undertaken in May (Monday 14 May to Thursday 17 May 2018), where the children will be tested on Maths, Reading, Spelling and Grammar. Writing is assessed throughout the year, as is Science. There will be more information passed on to you about the tests themselves in an information session during the Spring Term. We endeavour to make these tests as stress-free and calm as possible and appreciate your support with this.
Year 6 is not all about SATs test though! We will be enjoying plenty of learning opportunities across our other subject areas. This year’s Learning Journey topics are the Second World War, Ancient China and Ancient Greece. During these topics we will explore historical and geographical skills as well as enhancing our Design Technology and artistic abilities. We will tackle a wide range of activities, enriched by educational visits and special events in school.
The children will continue to develop their computing skills and scientific expertise through lessons, activities and assemblies too.
As well as all this, sporting excellence remains at the forefront of our St Patrick’s school life. We will continue to develop and nurture the children’s talents in a range of sports during school and after school.
We are aware that Year 6 can be a very stressful and worrying time for both parents and children. We are always available for you to support with both educational and pastoral matters. Please do not hesitate to come and see us or phone the school to speak to us if we can be of any help.
We look forward to working together to provide the best and greatest opportunities possible for the children at our school.