In Year 6, we have an interesting and informative year, packed with fun activities, in which we aim to prepare children for their transition to secondary school. Our bright and cheerful air-conditioned classroom has a view of the Mediterranean Sea, and is a very pleasant learning environment.
Our Key Stage 2 studies are based on the English National Curriculum. In Literacy, our learning includes discovering Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens in a fun and entertaining way. We enjoy studying a range of performance poetry and learn how to write imaginatively in a variety of styles, including narratives, persuasive arguments, instructions, reports, autobiographies, biographies and recounts. Special emphasis is placed on the learning of grammar and spelling and high standards of reading and writing are encouraged.
Mathematics is exciting, as well as hard work, with a wide range of activities and games to aid our learning. We place special importance on the value of knowing times tables as an aid to correct calculating
In History we cover two topics: ‘The Victorians’ in Term 1 and ‘Life during World War 2’ in Term 2. These topics are brought to life using books and the internet, handling artefacts, watching relevant videos, or taking part in role play activities. Each year we have a special visitor who talks about his Second World War experiences!
Science teaches us how to view the world around us with a new perspective, and includes fair test investigations and hands-on activities, whilst in Geography we explore natural disasters and learn why they happen.
We learn foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and Catalan, and we become proficient on the computers in I.C.T.
In Art and Design & Technology, we do a range of fun painting or modelling activities which bring our studies to life. This could include making an air raid shelter, a mini-adventure playground out of household junk, or making a model of a typical Second World War figure wearing a gas mask! Many of our Art lessons have cross-curricular links with our other subject studies.
Sports plays an important part in our studies in Year 6. Autumn Term P.E. lessons take place down the road at the sailing club where children learn how to sail in the beautiful bay while in the Summer Term, we use the facilities at the athletics stadium in Magaluf. Other sports activities are undertaken here on school premises and include basketball, hockey, football and rounders. Once a year, we enjoy our own Olympics where we compete in events such as running, hurdles, shot put, javelin, long jump and high jump.
Our studies are enhanced by trips to Palma Cathedral, Palma Aquarium, La Reserva and the Planetarium. We also go on an exhilarating 5 day residential to trip to Campus Cerdanya in the Pyrenees where we have the opportunity to take part in activities such as: zip-wiring, kayaking, mountain trekking and horseriding.
Children have many opportunities throughout the year to participate in a series of fun events. These include taking part in a theatre production or sponsored walk, making an egg model for the Easter “Eggshibition”, organising the Easter Egg Hunt or creating an experiment for the Science Fair!
In preparation for moving up to Year 7, the children spend a day in Secondary School, enjoying a variety of taster lessons and activities. This is one of the steps we take to ensure that the transition to Secondary School is as seamless as possible and that the students feel confident and supported as they get ready to move up! By the end of Year 6, children are more than ready to cope with the challenges that lie ahead in Secondary School.