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Years 5 and 6
Year 5 is an action packed year from start to finish. Our ethos is “work hard, play hard” with our primary aim of preparing the children for their final year in the Preparatory School. We have a busy curriculum full of new enriching learning experiences.
Children are encouraged to show greater independence, self motivation and initiative with their work without fear of failure and with the support they still need to reach their potential.
During the Autumn term children study the topic of The Aztecs in history. As part of their learning children embark on their first fully independent learning project where they are given the opportunity to present their work in a variety of styles. Recent examples include everything from Aztec t-shirts to a rap about Aztec farming!
Children experience specialist teaching in science, design technology, food technology, ICT and sport. Every child is treated as an individual and it is our aim to help them reach their goals. We believe in the potential of every child and offer a diverse, busy and enriching curriculum.
The rainforest experience is always a favourite and includes the ‘Animazing’ experience where rainforest creatures of various shapes and sizes are brought into Claremont to meet the children. During the year we take the children on a weekly residential to The Isle of Wight where they enjoy the many exciting activities and truly bond as a year group and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Year 6 marks the final year of education before transition to the Senior School. We work hard to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Our aim is to ensure that children leaving Year 6 are independent learners, ready for the challenge of both life in the Senior School and their own journey into young adulthood.
Our schemes of work across the curriculum encompass the need for pupils to be able to work both independently and collaboratively, negotiating relationships with peers and adults alike. We encourage engagement with local and world issues through a range of topics and activities, including school trips, residential visits as well as curricular subject areas.
Topics studied include Victorians, which is brought to life by a residential visit to Ironbridge as well as Claremont’s own connections with Queen Victoria herself; Rivers, including famous rivers around the world; Britain Since 1948, a collaborative research project; Japan, including a focus on natural disasters; and France, which includes a week long residential trip, run completely in French, in the Normandy countryside.
As a school, we endeavour to produce children who are strong academically and strong in character by the time they move on to their next life stage.