What we do in Year 6
We should like to welcome you to Year 6! This is where your child starts the next part of their exciting learning journey at Combe Down CEVC Primary School. It is an important year in many respects and we hope, with your support, to make it a successful and memorable one.
In the labs at Bath University
Year 6 is a very busy time for your child. We have lots of work to do, SATs to look forward to, as well as the school play in the summer, the residential trip, other visits, concerts, services and plenty more besides. Your child will be expected to be responsible and mature in carrying out monitor duties, and will be required to set the best possible example to the younger children.
The Year 6 classes are based in the Log Cabin.
Partnership with Parents
Yummy ice creams after SATs week!
Although as your child gets older and more independent, we still value greatly and encourage healthy dialogue between home and school. Please do feel free to come in to talk about any aspect of your child's education with their class teacher at the beginning or end of the day or arrange an appointment to see one of us.
At Combe Down Primary School we aim to make links between the subjects and try to have one overriding theme for a term or a series of weeks. The topics and schemes of work are shown to you each term as part of our integrated Topic Webs. Typically the week is split between the core subjects Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT. The other curriculum areas covered include History, Geography, RE, PE, Design and Technology, Music, French and SEAL (Social and emotional aspects of learning). Topics in Year 6 include the Ancient Greeks and Evolution and Inheritance.
During the year there are a number of mini-assessments taking place - in fact there is continual teacher assessment going on. These help inform planning the next steps in each child’s learning, boosting confidence and ensuring that we are tracking the progress that each child is making. Year 6 children sit their end of Key Stage 2 SATS, usually in the second week of May. We don’t just aim to provide evidence of tests though; we want to show how your child has progressed through the year acquiring a range of skills and learning, celebrating their achievement.
Trips and Visits
Climbing high at Kilve Court!
Trips and visits are linked to the topics that are covered in class and aim to deepen and build upon those learning experiences. We visit Stourhead as part of our Ancient Greek topic, and stay at Kilve Court residential outdoor activity centre for 3 or 4 nights during the final weeks of Year 6.
Transition to Secondary School
Moving up to Secondary School can be a very exciting but also daunting time for all children. As a School we are aiming to continuously improve our approach to transition between the key stages. Throughout Years 5 and 6 there are increased links with local secondary schools including visits to use various sporting and science facilities. The final term of Year 6 has focused time given to making steps towards KS3 as well as visits to the Secondary Schools and discussions with Secondary Staff.