Year 6 Merino
Welcome to Year 6 Merino
Always a very exciting year for the children as they become ‘top’ of the school and get to reminisce and look back over their early Nursery and Reception days when they were so little! Lots of new learning experiences have been planned to take place this year, alongside many exciting opportunities which the children will no doubt be expecting and looking forward to experiencing. Some Year 6 specific things are as follows:
The opportunity to apply to be Head Boy or Head Girl
A chance to be voted in by their peers as House Captain
Becoming a Year 6 Ambassador
End of KS2 SATs!
End of Year 6 production
Residential trip away for five days and four nights
I have been at Shepherd Primary School since September 2012, and during this time I have been lucky enough to teach in many year groups across the school – from Year 3 through to Year 6. I am currently the Upper Key Stage 2 Leader, who believes that all pupils should be made to feel safe and secure at school. I am an advocate of fun and interactive learning activities; children retain learnt information better when they are engaged in a task. I love getting involved in school life, particularly leading our school football team each year. Outside of school, I enjoy playing and watching many sports.
I have been the Deputy Headteacher at Shepherd Primary School since September 2010, and during this time I have been lucky enough to teach in many year groups across the school – from Nursery through to Year 6. I believe that all pupils should be made to feel safe and secure at school but am also an advocate of fun and interactive learning activities. Some of the lessons I remember the most from when I was a primary school pupil myself are still imprinted on my memory, so I believe that high levels of engagement in learning are crucial! Awe and wonder are essential!
During the Autumn term, Year 6 have taken part in weekly swimming lessons in order to catch up with those missed during the Spring term in Year 5 when school was in lockdown.
Pupils in Year 6 will sit the national end of KS2 SATs in May 2022 (for the first time in two years). Pupils will prepare for and sit tests in Mathematics, Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
A huge part of pupils’ experiences in Year 6 are linked to them being well supported with their wellbeing. As pupils go through their final year at primary school, it is crucial that they have the emotional and physical support to help them with the challenges which lie ahead. These challenges may be: experiencing a residential trip for the first time, preparing for SATs, getting ready for the transition to secondary school or preparing to ‘tread the boards’ as they take to the stage in the end of Year 6 production.
Our PSHE lessons each week are planned and taught using Jigsaw programme. These sessions include providing pupils with the opportunity to use mindfulness techniques to equip them with the tools they need to manage their own feelings and emotions. All pupils are aware that they have adult support available for them at all times, regardless of the issue they may have or support they feel they will need.
We encourage a Growth Mindset during all our lessons so that the children know that there is no ceiling to their learning and that they can achieve anything they wish to.