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What to expect in Cedar Class (Year 5&6)

At Badgemore, Our Cedar Class is a mixed year 5 and 6 class

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  • Miss McCarthy (Mon-Wed)
  • Mrs Routledge (Wed-Fri)

Ownership over responsibilities and independence

Year 5

Year 5 is a calm and studious year; a year to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2; a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school.

This is often a year when our pupils grow in maturity – sometimes even more so than in their final year in primary. They gain a greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in their learning.

Cedar Class pupils are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their PE kits. And they develop and grow as a result. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.

Year 6

Year 6 is a key moment in your child’s life; they will develop more independence, a huge amount of resilience and, most importantly, they should become very aware of who they are as both learners and as young adults.

What will my child do in Year 5?

As with every other year, the government have set out statutory schemes of learning that must be taught in Year 5. There is an expected standard to reach by the end of the year, and most teachers will make assessments throughout the year to judge if your child is on track to achieve their expectations for maths and English.


In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals, and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


For English, new punctuation is introduced (such as hyphens, semi-colons, and colons). There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too (for example, modal verbs like would, could, might, and must)

New Topics

This is the year when your child will probably have their first sex and relationship lesson in school as it combines neatly with the science unit on reproduction, puberty, and changes in the human body. Often a school will organise parent letters and meetings to let you know just what you will need to discuss over the dinner table.

How can I help my child in Year 5?

Obviously, keep doing all of the usual things that schools say. Continue to hear them read, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day, and encourage them to read by visiting the local library or bookshops. 

What will my child do in Year 6?
All pupils are assessed at the end of the year 6 as to whether they have met the ‘expected’ national standard. All teachers will do their best to follow these schemes whilst also making their teaching personalised, exciting, creative, and thematic.

Key Stage 2 SATs

Year 6 pupils sit SATs in May of each year. The results of these will determine whether our pupils have met the ‘expected’ level in English and maths. In both maths and English, there are a wide range of expectations for the pupils. Some of the content previously covered in Year 7 in secondary school has now been moved to Year 6. 

For maths, this includes things like simple algebra, missing angles in a range of shapes, and pie charts using percentages.

In English, our pupils are now expected to understand how to use a full range of punctuation, to write with a wide variety of sentence structures, use powerful vocabulary, and have generally accurate spelling.

There are many more ‘expected’ aspects to both English and maths, but these are some of the newer ones.

Our teachers will help our children prepare for the SAts without them even realising it. They will aim to keep the stress levels down with plenty of fun and valuable learning.

The wider curriculum

There are many other valuable subjects that are not assessed in the tests which many pupils excel in – and these are equally as important. The science topics in Year 6 have recently changed. In evolution and inheritance, our pupils will get to look at dinosaurs, fossils, genetics, Darwin, and so much more. Other topics include the circulatory system, microorganisms, and light and electricity. Our pupils carry out a variety of scientific investigations during all of these topics, building on the skills they have already acquired. Most children love practical lessons and the opportunity to use scientific equipment.

Moving on up

Of course, a big part of our pupils' summer term in Year 6 will be preparing for the move to secondary school (usually Gillotts) – a huge milestone in their lives. This will involve Pioneer week where the pupils spend a few days exploring their new school. Your child is likely to have lots of fun in their last year at Badgemore Primary School.

How can I help my Child in Year 6?

As a parent or guardian there are many ways to help your child through their last Year at Badgemore. Please see below our guidance over a range of topics.

Help with homework

For parents in Year 6, the most important thing is to continue to help where possible with reading, homework, times tables, and projects whilst stepping back just a little more than in previous years.

Your child will learn during this year possibly more than any other that it is their own hard work and effort that matters, not someone else’s. Their teacher will be aiming to help them develop their independence, organisation, and self-motivation in time for the increased demands of secondary school. This stepping back can be tricky for both parents and teachers!

 Keep on reading

As ever, it is still important that your child continues to read, both alone and to you, as much as possible. It is never too late to develop a love of reading. Spend time finding the best books for your child – speak to their teacher too, or a librarian, if this is proving a challenge.

Prepare for SATs

You will probably want to support your child in the lead up to the SATs. Working with your child, when needed, will help you see where they need the most support. It is often a surprise to some parents just how much the children are expected to know and just how clever they have become – they may now know more than you!