A Typical day in Year 6
8.45- Arrival and Registration
Children arrive in class and spend time working towards their Renaissance reading challenge. Children take a reading test every half term and based on their comprehension and understanding they are assigned a national Curriculum level and a range of books from which they can choose to read and quiz on. The quizzes take place on line and pupils can also take the book quizzes at home once they have completed the book. Within class we challenge the pupils to read the most words in a week or aim for an 85% scores in their reading quiz. The aim is to accelerate their reading levels over a shorter period of time. Pupils who meet their targets are then awarded certificates to track their progress. When registered, pupils are encouraged to 'check in' with their class teacher and talk about how they are feeling as they prepare to start the day.
9.00-9.15- Grammar & Punctuation Boost!
Pupils spend time working on aspects of their grammar and punctuation which then feeds in to their writing across the curriculum.
9.15-9.45- Mental Maths-
Pupils work on their application of mental maths strategies. Doubling; halving; finding fractions and percentages of a number; tables practice, etc. This session is fun and practical and aims to help children make links between their number facts as well as work on speed of recall.
Children in Year 6 are taught in four maths sets to enable pupils to work at an appropriate pace and pitch according to their ability. Children in Year 6 are very positive about maths lessons and enjoy the challenges of applying their skills and knowledge to 'real-life' situations and word problems.
Pupils can bring in a healthy snack from home or purchase something from the dining hall. During this time staff also offer time to support pupils with homework and reading.
Each term pupils will study a variety of genres and learn to write in a range of different written forms. We also study one book, usually a novel, which will become the class reader and which will be used to undertake a range of activities to encourage both understanding and response to the text. This also enables pupils to have experience of different types of novels and encourages them to look at higher level questioning that they will experience in a test situation.
These sessions run from 1.45-3.15 and cover: games, topic (history & geography); science; French; drama; art and design technology. Pupils are mostly taught by the class teacher but are also taught by other staff that are able to share their expertise and skills in specialist subjects.
In Year 6 children receive maths and spellings homework once a week. They also receive a Literacy based homework linked to their focus in English. During each term we aim to set a project style homework, which links to our cross-curricular work. In the Spring Term pupils will receive homework which is more in the style of that they will receive at Key Stage 3, which is aimed at helping them to prepare more fully for this transition.
Pupils in Year 6 have the additional responsibility of being a House or Vice- Captain. These pupils are elected by the school staff, which consider their positive attributes and skills and reflect on their whole time at EWPS in order to put forward pupils who will best, represent the school and encourage others in their team.
Supporters also play an important role in helping members of staff throughout the school including: those in the School Office; the Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher as well as representing the whole school in Harvest, Christmas and End of Year Events.
It takes 100 days to make a difference!
Remember when you visit for Parents' Evenings or other activity days to check out our Year 6 board to see how every child in Year 6 is making a difference to life in Year 6.