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Year 6

Welcome to Year Six

No doubt it seems like only yesterday that you were dropping your child off in Reception for the very first time and they are now entering their final year of primary school. The children are beginning a new term in a new class, with new teachers and new responsibilities. All in all a lot of firsts. However as we keep reminding ourselves there are also a lot of lasts – probably when you read this your child will have already enjoyed their last first day at The Russell School!

The children have begun thinking about the importance of their final year at The Russell School. As Year Six is such an important year, the children are encouraged to undertake roles and responsibilities throughout the school. Some may be selected to be House or Vice House Captains, Sports Captains or Office Assistants. Others undertake roles within class on a regular basis. Within these roles, the children help with and organise different school events.

Much of the school's focus is in looking forward and preparing the children for the transition to secondary school which is fast approaching and we try to encourage as much independent behaviour as possible. Children are asked to be more self-reliant and self-sufficient in managing their belongings, homework and organising themselves. They need to start to take more responsibility for their own learning and progress. This self-development culminates in our residential trip to the Isle of Wight in June each year.

All children in Year Six will sit the National Key Stage Two Tests (SATs) in a set week in May. The tests were changed in 2016 and are now even more challenging than before. The way results are reported has also changed. Children no longer receive a level (in the past children were expected to achieve Level 4 at the end of Key Stage Two.) Instead, the children are now given a scaled score. A score of 100 is required to have achieved the Expected National Standard. A meeting for parents is held before the tests to provide parents with more information.

Finally, we know how stressful Year Six can be for parents. If at any time you have any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will spend much of the year building the children up so that they feel they can achieve anything. Undoubtedly, there will be days where they find things difficult, but that is an important part of learning. All we ask is that the children show 100% commitment and achieve all that they are capable of.

Our Year Six Imaginative Learning Projects:



Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… take shelter from the elements, trek bravely across treacherous terrain and be alert for magnificent mammals roaming the land. Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and eco systems.



Who do you think you are? Let’s discover what makes you…you!

From your fingerprints and footprints, genes and DNA, everything is unique to you. So why do you look just like mum or dad? Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or help to solve a crime.




A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Make do and mend – cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sank ships 



Let’s explore our circulation system. Don’t be squeamish as we investigate the heart, veins, arteries and chambers up close. Learn about William Harvey who was fascinated with anatomy and made ground breaking discoveries about valves. Why do people give blood? How can we keep our heart healthy?  



Find out about super strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. Make sure you’re on your best behaviour as punishments are unquestionably terrible. Discover a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created fantastic things.