Year 6 Curriculum
In Year 6, we believe it is important that the children develop a sense of community. Whether it’s plays, concerts or residential trips, we place a strong emphasis on the children working collaboratively as a team, towards shared goals.
We plan opportunities for children in both classes to interact and they are encouraged to form new friendships. Our aim is to ensure that all children leave St Michael’s as well-rounded individuals – equipped with important life skills – and are prepared for life in secondary school and beyond.
If you would like any further information regarding the school’s curriculum, please speak with the class teacher.
We work to ensure that by the end of Year 6 our children are fluent, independent readers and confident, dynamic writers. A majority of the units of work covered in English are linked to our History or Geography topics. For example, we study books such as “Hitler’s Canary” when exploring WW2 and “The Matchbox Diary” when studying immigration. We provide the children with a vast range of interesting opportunities to write and ensure they have a confident grasp of grammar and punctuation.
In Year 6, we emphasise revising all the techniques the children have learnt throughout the years in school so far. These include:
- reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers with up to seven digits and decimal numbers with up to three decimal places
- finding percentages of numbers, converting fractions, decimals and percentages and making comparisons using percentages
- using trial and improvement to solve equations involving one or two unknowns and finding missing lengths and angles
- using long division to divide 4-digit by 2-digit numbers, giving remainders as a fraction, simplifying where possible
- solving word problems involving multiplication of money and measures
- properties and classification of 2D shapes, drawing 2D shapes using ruler, protractor and compasses, parts of a circle and angles in polygons
- perimeter, area and volume.
At St Michael’s we believe that all children should develop a respect and understanding of different faiths. This year the children study Judaism and learn about the similarities and differences with Christianity.
Throughout the year, children develop their communication skills and friendships and we support them in their transition to Year 7. Children leave confident and prepared for secondary school.
Specialist afternoon lessons
In KS2 we have developed programs of study utilising our teachers and their specialist knowledge. This enables children to develop skills and a deeper knowledge of each of the areas below.
- Art and Design Technology
- Extension English
- Physical Education
There are cross curriculum links across these subjects, including English and Maths, which utilises children’s skills to enhance their learning.
We seek and create opportunities to stimulate, inspire and raise standards.
A huge milestone is a week-long residential trip where the children develop a whole host of skills from independence and responsibility to dragon boating and abseiling. The children are tasked with making decisions without the influence of parents and teachers and develop team-working skills in a range of activities.
Year 6 Community Party
We value contributing to our local community and in Year 6 the children organise a show and tea party for residents who live nearby. From acting and singing to comedy, an afternoon of entertainment is organised with the help of children, parents and teachers. The children serve homemade sandwiches and cakes and donate gifts for each guest to take away. Guests who visit us year after year regularly comment on how much they enjoy the afternoon.
Junior Entrepreneur Programme (“Dragon’s Den”)
The Junior Entrepreneur Project provides the children with an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Children generate their own business ideas and pitch them to local ‘Dragons’. They share the experience with a local businessperson who mentors them as they develop their two winning projects. After exploring different forms of market research, the children form teams to turn their ideas into a reality. The children source materials, plan for production, estimate costings, prepare promotional materials and market and sell their products. They record and communicate their business story through a showcase event.
Year 6 Production
Each year, all of Year 6 work together to design and put on a production for the school and parents. Every child has a key role, from acting, to singing, lighting, prop-making, dancing and promotion.