Yew Teacher: Mrs K Wills
In Year 6 we like to work hard and play hard! We obviously cover all the curriculum areas but we try and do this in as creative a way as possible. Many children leave Year 6 saying Maths is their favourite subject because we teach it creatively. Our topics include WW1 during which we focus on the lives and feelings of real soldiers, writing and researching diaries and poetry. We also engage children in the heritage that surrounds them by focusing on the history of Saltaire drawing on their debating skills about the pros and cons of the original move to Saltaire. One of the most popular aspects of our learning is work done discovering fascinating facts about the Early Islamic Empire. Every subject is explored during this topic and children particularly enjoy exploring mathematical and scientific discoveries made at this time. One of the big thrills of Year 6 is getting to go on the Kingswood residential and the children get to research and find out about where they will be going and come up with some zany stories about what could happen on a school trip.
Of course a big focus for Year 6 is preparation for SATs tests in May but the children are given plenty of practice runs so they always feel well prepared. We offer a Thursday after-school club to help and during the run up weeks we encourage children to come to a breakfast revision club.
We like to create DT projects as well such as fairground rides and moving vehicles.
PE includes dodgeball, basketball, movement and dance, rounders, tennis and football. We also get to learn how to ride a bike with Bikeability.
Every Friday we get class rewards for the person who has most impressed the teacher, but the best fun of all is the reward generated by our random class name fruit machine!
The greatest perk of being in Year 6 is having our own set of IPADs which we use a lot to support our learning but also to have fun with making STOP GO animations.
There are lots of positions of responsibility on offer in Year 6 and sometimes we even get to sit on chairs in assembly!
Trips include: Cartwright Hall, Salts Mill, Kingswood, BRI, Safemark transport workshop and not forgetting a fun day out in Roberts Park at the end of SATs.
P.E Days – Thursday (double session)