Year 6

Mrs R. Walton – Year 6 Teacher and Deputy Headteacher

Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to the Year Six homepage! On this page you can find out what we are learning and see photos of events, trips and activities. If you would like more in-depth details of our subject coverage, please view our Curriculum section or pop in for a chat.

Year 6 has two main aims – to prepare children for the transition to secondary school so that they are confident and eager to begin, and to support the children through their SATs tests in a way that reduces anxiety to a minimum and helps them to be ready to show off their fantastic skills.

In Year 6 the teaching and learning style becomes more like KS3 – we don’t sit on the carpet, we have high expectations of independence, and greater emphasis is on the children to contribute to their own learning. Of course, they are still given as much support as they need. The teaching assistants who work in Year 6 are Mrs Saint, Mrs Stapleton and Miss English.

Year 6 also includes our residential visit to Robinwood – one of the highlights of the year!

It is a point of pride for us that children leave Parochial absolutely ready for the KS3 curriculum and the challenges that transition has to offer. However, we do love that they like to come back and visit!

If you have any questions or would like to chat about a worry, feel free to catch me any time or ring for an appointment.

Mrs Walton


Summer term in Y6

Summer term is in full swing now – whatever the weather may say – and we are deeply into our SATs preparation. The children are doing fantastically and are becoming confident in their knowledge and skills. Hopefully they will enjoy showing off their ability and not be...

Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey!

In Year 6 this week we have been exploring and celebrating the traditions and origins of Chinese New Year. This is a special year for a lot of the children in the class, as they were born in the year of the Monkey! This traditionally suggests that they are upbeat,...

Spring Term in Y6

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring term!

I hope you have had a happy and restful Christmas break and that 2016 has got off to a good start for you! This term is a very busy one in Year 6 – preparation for our SATs tests steps up a few gears, and it also includes our visit to Robinwood. With regard to these two momentous events, a parents meeting will be organised very soon to discuss details – we’ll send a letter out to you as soon as possible with a date.

Play in a Day

Year 6 had a fun day of drama with Lisa from 'Play in a Day' on Tuesday. Lisa led us through some great games to warm us up and test our voices. Then it was down to some serious acting! Between 10:45am and 2:45pm Lisa performed the minor miracle of pulling together a...

NSPCC visit Years 5 and 6

On Thursday 1st October Year 5 and Year 6 had a visit from Patricia, Natalie and ,of course, Buddy from the NSPCC. They led a very helpful and informative assembly, reminding us that every child has the right to feel safe and happy, and that no type of bullying or...

Developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in Y6

This term we are going to be discussing ways in which we can improve our attitudes and thoughts about our learning. As we grow up we want to become more independent and have a positive and resilient approach to challenges. Today we have been learning about the way...

Welcome to Year 6 2015!

Welcome to the world of Year 6! You’ll find it isn’t very different to previous years, but it will include a fair bit of preparation for SATs (more on this in our SATs meeting) and also some transition to help the children with their move to secondary school. Of...

Celebrating Year 6

Here are some photos of our lovely Year 6 all dressed up and ready to board the party bus for their leavers' 'prom'! We hope that they had a lovely time and that any adults who had to go on the party bus with them have recovered from the experience! They are a...

Washington Wetlands Visit

Reception and Year 6 had a fantastic day together at the Washington Wetlands Center. We decided it would be nice to spend some quality time with our buddies, and it couldn't have been a better day! Our wardens, Cath and Jason, kept us busy on mini-beast hunts, pond...

Year 6 Confirmation

We had another proud moment today at our parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Whickham, as eighteen of our Year 6 pupils were Confirmed in a service led by Bishop Paul, the Bishop of Durham. Bishop Paul's service was enjoyed by all, though the highlight was, of...

Whickham Cluster Awards

Monday 29th June saw Whickham School host their annual Year5/6 awards ceremony for cluster schools. Each year since the London Olympic Games, Whickham have asked the cluster schools to nominate children for awards in the seven 'Olympic and Paralympic Values': Courage,...

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