Thurgoland Primary

Class 6

This year’s teaching team is led by Mr. Jordan and Mrs Davies, with the support of Mrs Stacey, Mrs Morgan and Miss Furniss.

Welcome to Year 6, the top of the school! Read on to find out more about the Year 6 approach to learning and details of what we will be doing this year.

The final year of primary school is a period of great opportunity for the children. As role-models for the younger children, they take on increasing responsibility, for example as Playground Buddies, developing an enterprise project and Sports Leaders. They are expected to show growing independence and maturity as they prepare for transition to secondary school both in their learning and when participating in exciting events such as the Year 6 Kingswood residential and the Leavers’ Show. The range of activities allows each child the chance to excel, and children are always encouraged and challenged to focus on their own progress rather than to compare themselves with others.

Our curriculum has a strong focus on the core areas of maths, reading and writing, to ensure that pupils are suitably prepared for SATS, which take place in May, and secondary school. We also enjoy studying science, art, DT, RE, PSHE, history and geography. Topics studied in year 6 include World War Two, which involves children designing, creating and evaluating their own shelters and gives the children the opportunity to experience what life was like as an evacuee. Another favourite topic is ‘Anglo-Saxons and Vikings’.

Our RE curriculum follows the Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity scheme and is taught through discovery of key questions.  In year 6 we answers questions including: Creation and science: conflict or complementary? Was Jesus the Messiah? What is the best way for Muslims to show their commitment to God? Our pupils are encouraged to appreciate and respect the world around them, understand the needs and beliefs of others and develop an awareness of and concern for others, through visits to places of worship (Sheffield Cathedral and Mosque), stories and discussion.

A programme of trips and regular visitors helps provide an education that is both balanced and enjoyable. One of the enrichment opportunities for our pupils is the visit to Crucial Crew – we believe that this visit will, delivered as part of a wider PSHE curriculum, equip our pupils with the right attitudes and attributes to not only become lifelong learners but also responsible citizens within the local and wider community. Somehow we manage to fit in lots of PE with our sports enthusiasts, enjoying hockey, tag athletics, tennis and dodge ball. We also make use of the wonderful outdoor spaces around school whenever we can.

An important part of our school year is the residential trip to Kingswood in the Summer Term, where the children experience exciting and challenging physical activities such as Jacobs ladder, canoeing and archery. It provides an opportunity for the students to get to know their teaching team in an informal environment whilst developing greater independence. For many children – and teachers – it is the highlight of the year!

The summer term is dominated by preparations for the Leavers’ Show: making props, painting scenery. raising funds and designing costumes, selling tickets, and learning lines. Past productions have included shows based on ‘Aladdin’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’. As for this year’s show…… we’re not going to tell you yet!

Our Curriculum