Year 6 is an important year for the children as they prepare for their entrance examinations and SATS. But year 6 is about more than that. It is a time to consolidate and build on the good work gained from the years below. It is also a time to help them develop from young children, to children ready for year 7 in their next school. Our pupils learn how to interact in a variety of situations including interview technique and how to present themselves in different situations.
“I try to make year 6 the year where they become independent learners and show them all the techniques they need to discover what they need to know both at school and in real life situations.” – – Year 6 Teacher
Although year 6 is a serious year for development and education there are many fun activities and visits such as our annual PGL expedition where the children do team building and adventure activities. For many this is their first experience of being away from parents or other relatives for more than a day and an important part of their development as young people.
Other activities involve the children designing and setting up an educational adventure game in the school grounds for younger children. This is an extremely good way of developing the confidence of less academic pupils. Also in year 6 is a trip to the Dorchester Hotel in London to work on etiquette and social skills.
“Our teacher is kind and supportive, but strict if we push the boundaries” – Year 6 Student
Year 6 students demonstrate through their work that they can approach problems and see viewpoints from many different angles. As a school, we try to teach children a holistic world view and try to develop their awareness of different viewpoints and different arguments.
We work on their ability to have successful debate and present arguments constructively. This builds awareness of different cultural values and beliefs and aims to make them understanding and kind young people. It is the job of year 6 to also demonstrate to the younger students the importance of respect.
Year 6 has shown great success over many years, with a very good percentage of students gaining scholarships. Comments from students have included things like, ‘our teacher is enthusiastic, interesting, fun and we learn a lot of interesting stuff beyond what is just written in books.’ They have also said that ‘our teacher is kind and supportive, but strict if we push the boundaries.’ Not all comments were positive, such as ‘too much homework’. Another important life lesson – hard work will pay off.
Every year we see our year 6 pupils graduate. It is a special time for both pupils and teachers, with everyone feeling very proud of their achievements. To make it a special goodbye, children are given the option of a day out in London with afternoon tea at The Grosvenor House Hotel. This is a great opportunity for them to feel like they have grown up with us and a memory that we hope lasts a lifetime.