One of our main roles in year 6 is to prepare the children for their transition to secondary school. It is important that they achieve the national expectation of level of 4 or above by the time they leave primary school, so we use our assessment data and system of assertive mentoring to inform our teaching of groups and individuals. When we notice that a child isn’t making as much progress as they should be, we liaise with our SEN co-ordinator and 1:1 tuition or a TA-run time limited intervention is put in place. Our termly 1:1 mentoring meetings allow us to discuss with the child how they are doing and what their next steps are in making further progress.
In the summer term, we also run booster classes to help the children prepare for their end of key stage tests (SATs).
Maths and English homework is given out on Wednesdays and is collected in the following Tuesday. The homework is differentiated and is always related to the work that the children have been doing in class. If the children need support to complete their homework, they can come along to the key stage 2 homework club.
Throughout the year, the children get the chance to consolidate their learning out of school, through collaborations with Sinfonia ViVA , Cycle Derby and Bemrose Secondary School.
This year the children of year 6 also take part in a 3 day residential visit to the Ullswater Outwards Bounds Centre in the Autumn term.
In the summer term we liaise with the year 7 transition co-ordinators of a range of secondary schools to pass on information about attainment levels, attendance data, behaviour, special needs, friendship groups and interests. At the end of the year all of the pupils’ records are collated and sent on to their secondary schools which usually include: St.Benedicts, MurrayPark, Bemrose, Landau Forte, Allestree Woodlands, Littleover and Derby Moor.