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

 

Pearls of Africa

On Monday afternoon we were visited by the Ugandan Children’s Choir, ‘Pearls of Africa’. The choir, aged between eleven and eighteen, are a charitable organisation who travel the world raising funds and awareness for less fortunate children in...

Welcome to Year 6

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...

All dressed up for the ‘prom’!

Our Year 6 children did themselves proud as usual with a fantastic end of year show full of laughter and tears. The children (and parents!) in the audience were brilliant, sitting for the full hour and a half epic, which was in no small part due to the spellbinding...

A very special Eucharist to end the term

Our school was pleased to welcome back Father Barry for our termly Eucharist last Friday. Eucharist is always a really lovely event, but Friday was even more special than usual. It gave our three confirmed members of Year 6 a chance to take their first communion,...

Year 6 go to Beamish

Whickham Parochial had an extra special birthday celebration on Friday as we all dressed up in our Victorian outfits and took the school (the whole school!) to Beamish for the day! Two hundred and fifty children and adults in costume is sure to make an impression, but...

Year 6 Confirmation

On Saturday 21st June we joined three of our Y6 pupils and their families at Holy Trinity Church in Washington to see them confirmed by Bishop Mark Bryant, the Bishop of Jarrow. It is a very special commitment to make and we were honoured to join them. Molly, Kai and...

Year 6 Commemorate Historic Moment

Last week Year 6 and the choir celebrated an historic moment in the school’s history by becoming the choir at the Durham Diocese leavers’ services at Durham Cathedral. In honour of our school’s 300th birthday we were asked to take this lead role in...

A Fabulous Day of Science in Year 6

On Wednesday 4th June Year 6 were lucky enough to have TWO science lessons taught by specialist science teachers! In the first lesson, science teachers from Emmanuel College worked with us as part of the Primary Electronics Programme. They helped us to explore the way...

Blue Reef Aquarium

Year 6 had a fantastic day out at Blue Reef Aquarium. We were there to explore adaptation and feeding relationships as part of our Blue Planet topic but we actually learned far more than this. We were lucky enough to take part in three talks and also have a touch pool...

Robinwood a Success!

The Year 6 trip to Robinwood this year was a fantastic experience and all the children should feel very proud of themselves! They were very brave at challenging themselves and trying things which were a bit scary. They were also brilliant at supporting each other...

October is Black History Month

  .In Year 6 we have been studying a little bit about the history of Black people in the USA. We have looked at the segregation laws, known as Jim Crow laws, and thought about the way that this must have made black people feel. We have used our map skills to find out...

Year 6 explore Shakespeare’s World

 In Year 6 this half term we have been exploring the life of William Shakespeare. We have learned about Tudor England and created time travellers guides warning readers about the dangers they might face. Lots of our independent brain builder work has centred around...

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