Year 5 is seen as a year of transition. A year when children remain under the watchful eye of their Form Tutor yet are given greater opportunity for developing key skills such as organisation and for taking greater responsibility for their learning. A number of new experiences are introduced to help develop maturity and independence.
Children have experienced more independence and freedom in the Junior School (Years 3 & 4) in comparison with the Pre-Prep and we further increase this from the beginning of Year 5. Children move around the school for all lessons; they have specialist teachers for all subjects and must learn a greater degree of responsibility, arriving at the right lesson with the right books at the right time, for example!
From the start of Year 6, children are required to stay at school for ‘Prep’. ‘Prep’ is done in school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 5pm – 6pm and is optional on Fridays, yet the vast majority of children remain to complete their prep, freeing up the weekend. This encourages independent study, aids the acquisition of good strategies for learning and reinforced what has been taught in lessons.
Children in Year 6 are also assigned a Tutor to provide additional advice, encouragement and reassurance.
Various trips and learning experiences are arranged throughout the course of Years 5 & 6.