Year 6 is a pivotal time in every pupils’ educational journey.
It will be a unique time for your child and the beginning of their transition into becoming a young adult.
Our responsibility is to facilitate their progress and to make sure they leave St Thomas Garnet’s with the knowledge, tools, confidence and tenacity to excel in their chosen secondary setting.
This is the year pupils develop resilience and more independence.
They will gain an insight in to who they are as learners which will become the springboard to their advancement through education.
AS A SCHOOL WITH SMALLER CLASS SIZES WE HAVE THE SCOPE TO DELIVER MORE IN-DEPTH AND COMPREHENSIVE LESSONS.
We delve into their imaginations for example, by asking them to interpret their own scenes in Drama, write their own chapter of a book in English or use cooking and baking to familiarise themselves with a specific culture.
While remaining aligned with the National Curriculum, we are inspiring creativity and developing our pupils’ key skills.
We immerse the children in our focussed topic, very much bringing it to life.
Subjects such as science are enriched by exploring alternative methods to deliver the core elements. We recreate experiences for the class, for example evacuations during WW2 so the children can understand concepts in a truly demonstrable way.
This creative approach to teaching allows for child centred learning, led by the pupils’ individual qualities and shaped by their own personalities.
By constructing lessons in a more direct and tangible way the children can feel and understand the subject matter to a greater degree. This keeps classes fresh and exciting.
WE WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE AWARE OF THE WORLD AROUND THEM.
To compare their lives with other children, to appreciate other cultures and understand their traditions and customs. This gives the children an informed viewpoint, making them more rounded and compassionate individuals, open to new experiences and able to bring a positive attitude to society.
THE THEMES OR TOPICS RUN THROUGH EACH SUBJECT FOR THE CHILDREN TO HAVE A COHESIVE APPRECIATION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER.
Our Creative Thematic Approach raises standards and challenges the children to consider the links between subjects.
It encourages transferable learning skills like, team work for example.
Exciting and engaging subjects encourages inquisitive and imaginative minds, it also builds confidence and makes learning enjoyable.
Fewer children in the class allows for personalised learning and gives us, as a school the capacity to focus on the individual learning styles of our students.
WE FOCUS ON CORE SKILLS, OUR APPROACH IS LESS STRUCTURED & MECHANICAL.
We are helping shape the children for a successful and happy future, not just getting them exam ready.
As soon as the year begins we are mindful how important it is for the children to be prepared for their transition into secondary education the following September.
In addition to the fields of study covered by the National Curriculum we teach the children practical life skills.
This encompasses formal letter writing, for example a complaint or application for their dream job.
We hold debates to teach the children how to structure effective arguments focussing on debating techniques, with staff acting as officers and chairperson. The students find issues for debate by surveying their peers.
DURING THE YEAR THE CHILDREN ARE PREPARING FOR CHANGE, WE FACILITATE THIS BY INSIPRING INDEPENDENCE, LEADERSHIP & RESPONSIBILITY.
We set long-term projects for the children to work on alone to help them learn how to prioritise, organise and become self-motivated.
This carefully constructed final year of primary education truly allows the children to get to know themselves and value their own contribution to the school and society.
During their final year at St Thomas Garnet’s the pupils are given the responsibility of becoming Red Caps.
This identifies the children as ambassadors and leaders within the school.
One of the principal elements of the role is to be a positive influence to others, and remain mindful of the importance of duty and honour.
At the end of their final term, they will pass this mantle onto the Year 5 pupils in a ceremony to mark the end of their tenure at St Thomas Garnet’s.
They are asked to share knowledge and demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers and the school. We expect their behaviour to reflect the school’s values.
OUR COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS.
Our communication with parents is key in your child’s final year. Your individual expectations will vary but the unwavering constant is that your child will start their secondary education with the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
Through an online app we share information, updates, performance, behaviour and important details regarding trips or activities. This is a reciprocal application which allows parents to add photographs, comments and information they would like to share with the class teacher.
The class teacher can also be contacted by email and is available to for face to face meetings in addition to the twice yearly parents evening.
NEW PUPILS TO YEAR 6.
Changing schools in any year, but especially your final year, for whatever reason, can be challenging for both the pupil and their parents.
We understand the difficulties students may face integrating with an established class. As a school with a high teacher to pupil ratio we are uniquely placed to ensure the transition is not destabilising in the slightest.
We build on the new pupil’s interests and strengths by introducing them to relevant clubs and activities to not only facilitate a level of familiarity but to also help the development of new friendships.
This is just one example, but every child is different so we work closely and thoughtfully with the new pupil and parents as well as the class children, teacher and teaching assistant.
FROM A PUPIL'S PERSPECTIVE.
As a pupil coming in from a much larger school Tim joined St Thomas Garnet’s in Year 6, he immediately preferred the more close-knit community feel to the school.
He no longer worried about bullying and appreciated the respect given by his peers.
With access to Chromebooks and laptops during ‘choosing time’ he could focus on his love of computer programming.
Working with our IT Support Team we have been able to encourage Tim’s interest further by introducing him to more advanced software, which is rapidly increasing his programming skills.
AND FROM ANOTHER NEW PUPIL.
Charlie also joined St Thomas Garnet’s in Year 6, again from a larger school.
Being part of a smaller school he feels more listened to, his opinions and views are heard.
He likes the attention he receives particularly when learning new skills.
His interests predominantly lie in the art world so was thrilled to learn how to use watercolours.
Not just painting but understanding how watercolours work. He now finds lessons interesting and enjoys practical learning.
As a budding future paramedic – and Red Cap – Charlie is most children's first port of call in the playground for help with first aid.
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