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Year 5 and 6

Welcome to Year 5 and 6 


At Ainslie Wood we believe that children can meet and exceed their expectations through a range of exciting learning, fantastic teaching and engaging lessons. Each child is inspired to try their best and achieve exceptional results. 


We aim to provide a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning journey so that all children become confident, competent and accomplished learners. 


At Ainslie Wood Primary School we have developed a child centred enquiry based curriculum that is always interesting, broad and varied. It enables children to use their imaginations and develop their creativity as this is embedded into all learning opportunities. We develop children's individual abilities, interests and potential. We do this by a variety of teaching methods and by taking account of different learning styles. We also take note of what interests and motivates the children, and adapt our lessons and curriculum to accommodate this. Our unique, school-designed WE ARE Curriculum is taught through Project Based Learning (PBL) which incorporates Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, PSHE and Computing. The areas of PE, RE, French and Music are taught separately. 


Our curriculum threads SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) across all subject areas and aspects of school life, ensuring pupils are aware of the history and the values of Britain and prepares pupils' for life in modern Britain. 


We teach children how to keep safe in a variety of ways including assemblies, and sessions on specific areas such as internet safety and sex and relationship education (SRE). 


Our systems include:

-     Formative and summative assessment to improve teaching and learning and raise   achievement.

-     Accurate and moderated assessment drawing on a range of evidence from real learning experiences (we do not test our children until they learn test technique in Year 6)

-     Regular evaluations of how well pupils' are doing against age related expectations.

-     Identifying pupils who are at risk of falling behind and ensuring there is aspirational challenge for all learners. 


We are currently delivering our curriculum through: 


·     A wide range of after school clubs and breakfast clubs, including art, cooking, variety of sports, dance and drama.

·     Supporting all staff to deliver the WE ARE Curriculum.

·     Educational visits linked to Project Based Learning

·     Inviting experts in to work with our children in the school.




Key Stage 2 (Year 6) SATs tests cover:- 


·     English reading

·     English grammar, punctuation and spelling

·     Maths


These tests are taken in mid-May and last just under 5.5 hours in total. You’ll get the results in July.


It is important not to make these tests daunting for the child as they can become very stressed. However, we need to find a balance of support and challenge in order for the children to achieve their best.


There is no longer a writing test during the Key Stage 2 SATs. Instead, children produce a ‘Big Write’ every couple of weeks. The teachers formally assess these from across the year to inform their final teacher assessment. We keep the children updated with their progress throughout the year so they are aware of their targets and how to improve their writing.  


See the link below for suitable revision guides available:  



Our relentless drive to ensure all children fulfil their potential builds resilience and perseverance and creates a hardworking ethos amongst all children. This helps to prepare them for a smooth transition into secondary school and beyond. We provide children with opportunities and experiences to ensure they develop key life skills and we introduce them to a range of careers and interests to inform and develop their aspirations.


Year 6 Residential

Every year, our year six children are given the opportunity to attend a week-long activity course at a residential centre. The challenge of being away from home for a week, alongside the physical and mental challenges of the activities themselves, sees children’s independence and confidence grow exponentially. It also gives them a chance to develop their team work and leadership skills as they work alongside children who they may not normally socialise or work with. There is plenty of fun to be had along the way and many of the children wish they could go again (however, the adults are always happy to get home at the end!).

Download the attachment for further information.