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What to expect in Oak Class (Years 5&6)

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  • Mrs Routledge
  • Mrs Russen

Ownership over responsibilities and independence

Years 5&6

This 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?

Children will continue to consolidate their understanding of multiplication facts through daily "mastering number" sessions. 

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.

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 Years 5&6?

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

To access our Homework policy, please visit our Policies and Procedures page. 

Help with homework

For parents, 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!