From Year 5, children are taught by specialist teachers in all subjects to give them a greater breadth of understanding and inspire a passion for learning. Through the personalised tutor system, children are supported in developing the essential skills they will need to be life-long learners. There is a greater emphasis on children taking responsibility for their own learning by developing personal organisation, self-discipline and resilience. This is an important time for children academically as many will be sitting entrance exams to senior schools in the Autumn and Spring Terms of Year 6. Children, in most cases, are then offered a place at their senior school of choice.
To help ensure that each child is prepared for these important Year 6 entry tests, children receive study skills lessons as part of their curriculum. These lessons focus on developing skills in literacy, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, as well as developing critical thinking, a growth mindset and the ability to articulate their ideas and views. These important middle years are a huge time of growth for children both academically and pastorally. To reflect this, the reporting and assessment of pupils will now include reference to their progress across the whole breadth of the school curriculum, including academic progress and core learning and behavioural skills.