The KJS Curriculum in Year 6

A warm welcome to Year 6. The aim of this text is to give parents some important information about the coming school year and to offer advice as to how best you may be able to help your child in this, their final year at Kowloon Junior School.

Our general aims for the children in Y6 are for them to successfully complete their primary education and prepare them for the transfer to the secondary phase. In doing so, we encourage within them greater independence by developing a strong sense of responsibility, reinforcing their organisational skills and providing more opportunities for children to use their own initiative.

Across the year group, we provide work of a similar nature to ensure all our children's experiences are consistent and relevant, and care is taken over the choice of projects to make them as meaningful to the children as possible. Emphasis is placed on aspects of work involving problem solving and investigations, as well as promoting the skills required to research information.

 

Homework

Students in Y6 are required to complete set homework each week. The content may vary from week to week, depending on the topics being studied. A major homework focus this year will be individual study projects. These will be supplemented by additional English, Maths and Science work. If a child has any problem with the homework, then a note from the parent should be written in the child's homework diary. Assistance may be given by the parent, but the final work should reflect the efforts of the child. Homework is an important part of the preparation for transfer to secondary school.

 

Reading

Between 15 and 30 minutes a night should be devoted to reading. Some of this reading time should be spent in a shared reading experience with an adult. This can be in the form of discussing the text as opposed to reading directly together. At home, the children should be encouraged to read a variety of material to include newspapers, magazines, comics, etc., as well as their school library books.

 

Diary

Teachers will give a personal diary to each child in which they will record both their homework and their home reading. It will also include some important key words for each of our new topics which we would like you to explain or discuss with your child. Please would you check your child's diary and sign it, as appropriate. The diary is an important method of communication and we actively encourage parents to use it.

 

School Outings

On occasions throughout the year, the children will be taken out of school to visit places of interest connected to their work. Full details of all such visits will be sent to parents well in advance. Parental assistance on the day is often requested.

 

School Camp

We arrange for a Y6 camp to take place in the cooler months of the year. It is an integral part of the curriculum. Camp is a very important part of student development and all students are encouraged to attend. Camp will be for 5 days – 4 nights. It involves a wide range of academic and non academic activities. Full details of this will follow nearer the time.

 

Contact

If you would like to see a class teacher at any time, please telephone for an appointment. Your child's class teacher will be pleased to assist you with any queries you might have about your child's education.

 

OUR CURRICULUM

LANGUAGE

English

English is taught as a specialist subject and is also used in all areas of the curriculum.

Reading skills in Y6 are developed through exposure to a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction texts for the purpose of enjoyment and gathering or developing knowledge. The children will take part in shared, guided and individual reading sessions. They will also have a variety of texts read aloud to them. It is important that students read both silently and aloud and that reading is a regular part of their routine at home.

In Y6, children learn to write in a range of genres, organising and developing their ideas logically, using appropriate vocabulary, spelling, and a variety of sentence structures. Grammatical accuracy is aimed for. The children follow a class spelling programme as well as an individual spelling programme that allows them to work at an appropriate level. The students acquire grammar in context at a class and individual level. Handwriting is expected to be joined and legible. They will be given the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas on increasingly complex issues and will be expected to listen appreciatively to the viewpoints of others.

Mandarin

The children will learn and revise the communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, numbers, festivals, food and drinks, family, sports and other previous topics. Emphasis is placed on all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively as a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, art work and other related activities.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics, children are asked to apply their mathematical knowledge to the solving of everyday problems. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and consolidation of place value and the relationships between numbers. The children practise computation skills using large numbers. They study fractions, decimals, percentages and number patterns and investigate and classify the geometric properties of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. They calculate length, weight, area, volume and time, measure and identify angles, plot co-ordinates and investigate symmetry and tesselations. They will have the opportunity to collect, represent and interpret data in a variety of forms.

 

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE)

P.E.

The P.E. programme encourages children to be active through challenging and enjoyable activities in all areas of P.E. - athletics, dance, gymnastics and outdoor and adventure activities. Each area has a special focus. Children are expected to work co-operatively, showing an awareness for safety at all times. Competition is actively encouraged, with an emphasis on pupils developing positive attitudes to the conventions of teamwork and fair and honest sporting behaviour. The children learn to cope with success and failure.

THE ARTS

Music

The music programme encourages children to evaluate their own contribution and performance relative to the musical activities of the school. Class work encourages children's listening as a prime source of theoretical learning and as a stimulus for composition of various styles of music, eg. Baroque, Impressionism, Jazz and Rock and Roll, as well as music from other cultures. Children are encouraged to develop their own individual musical interests and talents, both in the class and in taking an active and leading role in extra curricular musical activities. They are encouraged to act as role models to the younger aspiring musicians within the school.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

ICT

The children continue to develop their skills in word processing and desk top publishing (D.T.P.) and are encouraged to use them in all aspects of their work. They manipulate text and graphics, use a scanner and practise exchanging data between various programs. They combine the skills of data collection, learn how to use spreadsheets to solve mathematical problems, and interrogate databases to search for specific information. They write small programs using the Logo programming language and experiment with art and graphics software. They have access to the Internet and learn how to search for relevant information through web pages and how to send and receive e-mail. All classes have access to the use of laptop computers to ensure that ICT skills are used as an integral part of the learning process.

 

 

All parents are sent a termly update of this curriculum information which will provide more specific details of the learning objectives to be covered and allows for further support at home if required.

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