Year six provides a suitably challenging and stimulating culmination of the primary cycle.
We ask our children to adopt a mature attitude as they assume their roles as positive role models for the younger
members of the school.
Each child has the opportunity to become a monitor and take on special jobs around the school. We find that the children respond positively to the responsibilities given them and build firm relationships with pupils of younger ages.
We also provide the exciting opportunity of an election campaign where the children bid to become voted in as house captain for one of our four houses. The children design posters outlining their manifesto, giving reasons why they should be voted in, and place them around the school. Speeches are given on polling day and the winning candidates are announced in a special assembly. We believe that the process gives the children a great chance to shine as responsible leaders around our school.
All children are rewarded for good behaviour and hard work through our house point system. Stickers and certificates are given out on a weekly basis for the most improved workers, for particular effort and for outstanding pieces of work. We also reward positive team work which encourages the pupils to work together to meet aims and objectives and to build positive relationships.
As well as working hard in the classroom we consider regular excursions to be essential in providing a balanced and broad curriculum for the children. We organise trips to the theatre and cinema and to see a musical performance.. As part of the geography curriculum we take the children for a walk in the mountains and on a field trip to a residential centre in the Sierra de Gredos. This trip to Gaia provides both a wonderful outdoor learning opportunity and a chance for the children to strengthen friendship bonds and to demonstrate their growing independence. We are also including a brand new trip to Cordoba and Granada to complement our History studies in our topic on Islamic civilization.
We relish the chance to grow in confidence and show our creative side in year six.
Performance is encouraged from class assemblies to shows! Watch out for news on this year’s production……
We also have a very special event at the end of the year where we ask each child to learn a poem by heart in English and recite it at a special poetry recital in the final term.
We invite our parents to share this memorable day with us and join us for afternoon tea while we put on our exceptional performance!
The Collins Primary Literacy scheme provides an excellent base for English teaching in year six. The children are encouraged to explore a wide range of challenging and engaging fiction, poetry and non fiction texts which combine the use of books and interactive whiteboard materials. This forms the core foundation for teaching reading, writing and performance skills which we supplement with additional grammar and spelling work. CD roms and films are also used to stimulate interest through visual and interactive mediums.
We use the Abacus Evolve programme to provide the basis for our maths teaching in year six. The children are taught a wide range of skills through number, shape, space and data work. We also place special focus on problem solving and games which encourage the students to work together to complete tasks while practicing their oral English. Again we use whiteboard games and activities to promote interactive participation and to see how maths can be used in real life situations.
We cover a wide range of interesting science topics throughout the year ranging from investigating living things and how we see things, to examining materials and exploring how forces operate. We use a variety of text books, film clips and interactive whiteboard resources to promote a deeper understanding of how science is at the very foundation of the world we live in. Regular experiments provide opportunity for the children make predictions, record results and draw conclusions related to their observations. We even visit the secondary laboratory where we have the chance to familiarize ourselves with a stimulating range of equipment!
Twice weekly visits to the ICT suite give us ample time to refine our computer skills. The pupils are trained in word processing and presenting work in a range of formats such as brochures, posters and letters. They have the chance to learn how to make a PowerPoint presentation, to record data in a variety of interesting ways and to carry out research using the internet.
Our history topics rate among the children’s favourite lessons in year six. Term one focuses on the origins of Islamic civilization where children will study significant figures and events of the period and examine its colourful and enduring legacy. The second term is spent investigating life in Victorian Britain and comparing life in those fascinating and innovative days to modern time. The final term allows the pupils to research significant changes in leisure and culture in the 20th century.
Our geography curriculum is equally stimulating with the opportunity to study mountains, rivers and coasts over the three terms. We combine a new range of text books with stunning film footage to broaden the children’s understanding of the physical nature of the world around us. We also encourage the children to be aware of local geographical issues and global concerns through discussion and debate.
Art, Design and Music
It is essential that we give the children chance to express themselves through the arts; we therefore provide them with enjoyable opportunities to experiment with textiles, paint, and pastels. We show them how to produce prints, design and decorate carnival masks and to create images of urban and rural landscapes. We additionally carry out a project related to movement where we capture a range of postures through sketching and collage work. The children also have a weekly music class in which they learn to discuss music using specific vocabulary, build their appreciation and participate practically.
Literacy Objectives Year 6
1. Speaking: Use the techniques of dialogic talk to explore ideas, topics or issues. Use a range of oral techniques to present persuasive arguments and engaging narratives and participate in whole-class debates using the conventions and language of debate, including Standard English. Use the power of communication to engage people, devise performances for each other, the school and the wider community.
2. Listening and responding: Make notes when listening for a sustained period and discuss how note-taking varies depending on context and purpose. Analyse and evaluate how speakers present points effectively through the use of language and gesture.
3. Group discussion: Understand and use a variety of ways to criticise constructively and respond to criticism. Adopt a range of roles in discussion and contribute in different ways such as promoting, opposing, exploring and questioning.
4. Drama: Consider the overall impact of a live or recorded performance, identifying dramatic ways of conveying characters’ ideas and building tension. Improvise using a range of drama strategies and conventions to explore themes such as hopes, fears and desires. Devise a performance considering how to adapt the performance for a particular audience.
5. Word structure and spelling: Use a range of appropriate strategies to edit, proofread and correct spelling of their own work, on paper and on screen.
6. Understanding and interpreting texts: Understand underlying themes, causes and points of view. Understand how writers use different structures to create coherence and impact. Appraise a text quickly, deciding on its value, quality or usefulness. Recognise rhetorical devices used to argue, persuade, mislead and sway the reader.
7. Engaging with and responding to texts: Read extensively and discuss personal reading with others, including in reading groups. Sustain engagement with longer texts, using different techniques to make the text come alive. Compare how writers from different times and places present experiences and use language.
8. Creating and shaping texts: Set their own challenges to extend achievement and experience in writing. Use different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader. In non-narrative, establish, balance and maintain viewpoints. Select words and language drawing on their knowledge of literary features and formal and informal writing. Integrate words, images and sounds imaginatively for different purposes.
9. Text structure and organization: Use varied structures to shape and organise text coherently. Use paragraphs to achieve pace and emphasis. Express subtle distinctions of meaning by constructing sentences in varied ways. Respond to the written word with a sense of rhythm and an awareness of punctuation.
10. Sentence structure and punctuation: Express subtle distinctions of meaning, including hypothesis, speculation and supposition, by constructing sentences in varied ways. Use punctuation to clarify meaning in complex sentences. Understand how words and expressions have changed over time. Compare a piece of literacy with a film adaptation.
11. Presentation: Select from a wide range of ICT programs to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas.
Key Stage 2 PE
Here at St. Anne’s School, the pupils follow a Physical Education Curriculum coherent with the National Curriculum Guidelines for England and Wales.
We believe Physical Education should involve pupils in the continuous process of performing, planning and evaluating. This applies to all areas of activity. Furthermore, the greatest emphasis is always placed on the actual performance aspect of the subject.
In each year group throughout the school, pupils will be taught six areas of activity: Invasion Games, Net Games, Athletic Activities, Gymnastic Activities, Striking and Fielding Games and Swimming on a six to eight week block basis.
Assessment: Pupils are assessed in diagnostic, continual and summative stages against National Standards. Also pupil self assessment is common practice in many of the activities.
International Schools Events
In addition to the Inter-House Tournaments, pupils can also represent St. Anne’s School and compete against other International Schools of Madrid.
Regular competitions are organised for every activity at varying venues in and around the city.
St. Anne’s School Events
The Inter-House Athletics competition takes place at the athletics stadium at San Sebastian de los Reyes.
It is an all day event in which parents are invited to attend. Each pupil from nursery to bachillerato has to participate in at least one activity. Every point gained goes towards an overall House winner.
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