There are two classes in Year 6. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more
While we are teaching English, other languages are always encouraged and home languages are celebrated.
Students are encouraged to be ambitious mathematicians, who develop increasing confidence in their mental skills, in order to compute complex operations. Mathematical vocabulary and practical activities are as important as written work.
UNIT OF INQUIRY
The PYP is a philosophy and not a written curriculum. In keeping within the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately s6 weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.
The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Year 6 are:
The Year 6 programme is designed to expose the students to a variety of artistic mediums and ideas and to further develop the skills students have learned previously in Primary. We encourage students to study the elements of design in the works of various artists, as well as through the works they produce in class. The skills will include observation, cutting, sticking, coloring and painting. We will also be looking at styles of art. We have a double art lesson per week.
At this level, the students will establish confidence as performers by participating in ensemble and solo performances. Fluency in reading basic music notation involving note and rest values; semibreve, minim, crochet and quaver will be expected. Students will participate actively in playing tuned and untuned musical instruments, composing, singing and listening to music from diverse cultures.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
We will consolidate our knowledge of desktop publishing, presentations, spreadsheets, flat file databases and word processing. We will learn about hardware and software, email and Internet researching. Touch typing with age appropriate exercises will also be practised. We will need exercise books for our lessons.
Year 6 students will begin learning specific skills in selecting appropriate resources for finding out information and strategies to help them locate information for research tasks. Academic honesty will be emphasized. Finding specific information using traditional and digital resources such as the Destiny Web Path Express will be developed. The reference section of the library is analysed and lessons on how to use each part of it is taught. Students are allowed to borrow 2 books for a period of one week. Parents are welcome to borrow up to 5 books for 2 weeks.
FRENCH and SPANISH
Year 6 will start the year with the theme “How we express ourselves”. This theme allows students to look at Globalisation, which in Modern Languages translates in be introducing to a number of countries and cultures. We look at nationalities, languages, travel and exchange. There is special focus on French and Spanish cultures which allows for comparing and contrasting habits, food, practices and dress with those of their home countries. We also look at themes such as “Who we are”, “Where we are in time and place” and “How we share the planet”. These themes allow for focus on self-development, exploration and the impact plants and humans have on each other . This year, Modern Foreign Languages have added focus on two specific themes: How languages have oral and written aspects through “How the world works” and How languages are built on patterns through “How we organize ourselves”.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
In addition to the school curriculum, teachers will be addressing issues of PSPE as and when appropriate. Students will identify and demonstrate a wide range of skills both on the floor and apparatus and use them in sequences with greater precision, fluency and consistency. Students will choose, combine and perform ball handling skills more fluently and effectively. In game making, they will use attacking and defending strategies. In swimming, students will progress from level 3 onwards.
The PE Department would like to remind and encourage the Year 5 students to come dressed in the recommended PE kit for PE lessons. As the season is getting hotter, students are also reminded to bring in an extra water supply to school on PE days. Furthermore, it is mandatory for everyone to acquire the accepted ISL swimming costume unless otherwise stated.
Zambian Studies has been introduced this academic year to celebrate the culture and heritage of the host country Zambia. Students will be encouraged to develop communication skills in Chinyanja using different strategies. These will be integrated within the organising theme.
Students should be reading every evening for about 30 minutes and should spend no more than 40 minutes on their homework each evening. Homework for the week will be given on Fridays and it has to be handed in on Thursdays. Homework may not always be about putting pen on paper. It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up. It could be dramatic, musical or creative.
We look forward to working together with you this year and wish everybody a most enjoyable and fruitful year.