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Year 6

Year 6 key information

Curriculum

Many more exciting traditions are enjoyed throughout the year, including our marvellous end-of-year Production, where our Year 6 pupils take centre stage in a performance which would not look out of place in the West End. Other highlights include our annual week-long residential visit to France and our fun-filled “Shop-til-you-drop” challenge where the children work in teams to arrange exciting activities across the school to raise money to buy a leaving gift for our new Reception class. These experiences develop life skills and prepare our pupils for the wide range of state and independent secondary schools that they move on to. Most importantly, the children leave us with wonderful memories of their time here at St Mary Magdalen’s.

Whilst all our pupils’ time at St Mary Magdalen’s must come to an end, the close bonds that are made at our school mean that they remain part of our community forever. Many of our pupils return to our school year after year to visit, support us with community projects, carry out work experience as they begin their future careers, and even go on to bring their own children to school as parents.

A St Mary Magdalen’s pupil is truly a member of our school family for life.

Assessments

In May each year, Year 6 pupils complete the Key Stage 2 SATs tests. These tests are statutory, and the children will be familiar with them as they will have completed the Key Stage 1 SATs assessments at the end of Year 2. The assessments include five tests completed over four days which are set by the government and are the same for every state-maintained school. The tests are:

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (one paper for Grammar and Punctuation x 45 minutes, one paper for spelling x 15 minutes)
Reading (1 hour)
Maths Arithmetic (30 minutes)
Maths Reasoning (two papers x 40 minutes each)

Our children will practise past papers in order to prepare them for the SATs and they will be familiar with the structure of the assessments, as each year group completes their own non-statutory assessments every year.

We have high standards at our school and our children achieve excellent results. We also ensure that our curriculum is not narrowed by the SATs, and we offer a broad curriculum that supports children in their end of year assessments, but is engaging and exciting too.

Your child’s results will be communicated to you in a written report at the end of the summer term, and you will also be able to talk to your child’s teacher about their progress and targets at our October and February Parents’ evenings.

Follow this link to learn more about the KS2 SATs tests:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H2D1Ul4pjE

Key dates and events

  • Friday 15th October – Harvest Mass
  • Tuesday 19th October – Parents Evening 4-6pm
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents Evening 5-7pm
  • Thursday 21st October – Flu Immunisation
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 25th – Friday 29th October – Half Term
  • Monday 1st November – INSET Day (School closed)
  • Thursday 11th November – Remembrance Assembly
  • Thursday 2nd December – Advent Liturgy
  • Thursday 16th December – Key Stage 2 Carol Service (Led by Year 4 – 7pm)
  • 31st March 2022 – Way of the Cross Thursday
  • 27th June – 1st July 2022 – French trip
  • Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July 2022 – Year 6 Production
  • 18th-20th July 2022 – Cycle training
  • Friday 23rd July 2022 – Leavers’ Mass

Useful links

Links to support your child’s learning online can be found in their google classroom:
https://classroom.google.com/c/MzIwMzY5MjI1MDc3?cjc=jsplja2

Link to Parent information about 2019 SATs:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents

Secondary School Admissions Link:
https://www.richmond.gov.uk/secondary_school_admissions

Link to Chateau du Broutel  to find out about our residential trip:
https://www.manoradventure.com/chateau-du-broutel.php

Meet the teachers

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Mrs Deborah O’Gorman

Year 6 Teacher

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Mrs Amanda Black

Year 3 & 6 Teacher

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Miss Anna O’Gorman

Y6 – Teaching Assistant/S.M.S.A.

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Mrs Sinead Thomas

Y6 – Teaching Assistant

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Mrs Linda Brennan

Y6 – Librarian/Teaching Assistant

”For me, St Mary Magdalen’s has been an amazing school community to be part of. I’ve had a fantastic journey, I’ve found great friends, had brilliant lessons and amazing teachers.”

– Daragh, Head Boy Year 6D

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