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Welcome to Year 6

Year 6 is the final year for pupils at Norbury where they really get the opportunity to showcase just what it means to be a Norburian. Pupils are placed in the ‘pit’ from day one where they are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities that extend and challenge their thinking.

In English, challenging and unabridged versions of high quality texts such as Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are used as a stimulus to engage, expose and promote a love of learning. Both pupils’ reading and writing skills are developed through analysing unfamiliar vocabulary and writing for a range of different purposes. From a persuasive speech promoting kindness as the ghost of Marley, to a passionate debate and discussion on who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Year 6 pupils leave Norbury with a secure understanding of what it means to be a successful reader and writer.

In Maths, pupils are taught the importance of the subject as a key life skill where we discuss how we would use different concepts in everyday life. Pupils are taught not only to refine their calculation skills, but also to apply them in increasingly difficult problem solving contexts. Over the course of the year, pupils create their own Maths Strategy Book which they use as a tool to support their learning, allowing them to be more independent learners.

Throughout the year, pupils are prepared for May where they will sit their KS2 SATs exams in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar and Maths. Importance is placed on the strategies for how to approach questions in timed conditions and pupils put this into practise during our Mock SATs week every half term. Pupils are adequately prepared and feel comfortable when faced with the KS2 SATs exams in May.

As well as the core subjects, pupils are exposed to the IPC where they have the opportunity to develop their skills within the other subjects. Year 6 are transported back in time to the Victorian period where the classrooms are transformed into a Victorian school. Pupils and teachers dress up, get in character and join in the fun of learning just what life was like for poor Victorian children.

Finally, Year 6 is also a time where pupils are at the forefront of pupil voice at Norbury. In addition to being key leaders in Team Norbury and Sports Council, pupils are also given further responsibility in their roles as Peer Mediators, Tour Leaders and other general responsibilities around the school. This helps pupils work towards earning their Citizenship Award. Pupils could receive a bronze, silver or gold award; the level of the award pupils received reflects the contribution they have made throughout the year. As well as preparing the transition to high school, in the Summer Term, pupils look forward to their Residential trip and putting together an all singing, all dancing showstopper of a production! It’s a great way to end the year and a great opportunity for pupils to leave their legacy of high achievement, high expectations and high energy at Norbury.

 

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