Primary 6 Curriculum

The Primary 6 curriculum provides continuity with the primary years in the Junior School. English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Religious and Moral Education are taught by the class teacher. Specialist teaching staff are involved in Music, Art and Design, Physical Education, Information Technology, French and Chinese.

Across the curriculum the pupils are involved in learning activities through whole class, group and individual tasks. They are set for Mathematics across the year group. Within these structures, differentiated learning can take place throughout class work, allowing each pupil to achieve her individual potential while constantly being challenged and supported.

Languages

English

Reading In Primary 6 pupils are encouraged to read independently and regularly and comment on the style, personal views and attitudes expressed in texts. They learn to find and use information from a number of different sources for the purpose of a personal project.

Writing Pupils write in a variety of forms to communicate facts and ideas, to reflect on personal experiences and to create narratives. They should use suitable organisation and vocabulary, punctuate sentences correctly, use paragraphs and spell accurately most of the words they need. Pupils are expected to use a fluent legible style of handwriting and to set out completed work clearly and attractively.

Listening and Talking Pupils have the opportunity to listen to a variety of media, to respond in a way that shows appreciation of different viewpoints and to make appropriate responses to information they have been given. They are expected to contribute appropriately in discussion by asking and answering questions and by commenting thoughtfully upon the ideas of others.

Chinese

Pupils study: Tones and Pinyin (phonetic system for pronunciation guidance); knowledge of Chinese characters (radicals, strokes etc); Chinese greetings, family members and nationalities; numbers 1-100 and dates; animals, pets and colours; food, drink and personal opinions.

Pupils learn about Chinese classroom culture and Festivals: Mid-Autumn festival and Chinese New Year; Chinese caligraphy and Chinese idiom.

1 x 40 minute lessons per week with Specialist Chinese Teacher

French

Pupils consolidate further the vocabulary learned from Early Years to Primary 5 with the aim of developing greater fluency. They build upon their existing conversational skills and learn new language points, such as the agreement of adjectives, prepositions and appropriate use of the 'tu' and 'vous' forms.

Mathematics

Pupils are set for Mathematics across the year group allowing differentiated learning. All Maths sets follow a common programme consolidating and extending skills and competence in the following areas:

Number, Money and Measurement Pupils work with numbers up to 1,000,000 and extend their mental and written calculations skills to include more advanced work with fractions, decimals and percentages. They learn how to measure accurately using standard units. They work with 12 and 24 hour clocks to solve problems using simple timetables.

Information Handling Pupils select sources of information and work with data, including decimals. They carry out further work with spreadsheets, create their own database and use it to create graphs.

Shape, Position and Measurement Pupils use a protractor to draw and measure angles, and learn to use bearings and the eight points of the compass to describe direction. They explore the properties of circles and triangles in more detail, and extend their understanding of 3D shapes.
Problem Solving and Enquiry Pupils continue to develop their problem-solving and investigative skills and give reports on their findings.

Social Studies

Topics covered include Ancient Greece, Europe and China. Studies are developed through discussion, class assignments, independent research, trips and visiting speakers.

Sciences

Topics covered include The Structure of the Earth, Space and The Solar System and The Human Body. Visits include The Royal Observatory, Dynamic Earth, Glasgow Science Centre and Edinburgh Zoo.

Health and Wellbeing

Health

The programme in Primary 6 covers the following areas:
Physical Health: Physical factors relating to our health and looking after ourselves
Emotional Health: Emotions, feelings and relationships and how they affect our mental wellbeing
Social Health: The interaction of the individual, the community and the environment in relation to health and safety

Personal and Social Education

Themes such as interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, cooperation, citizenship, independence and interdependence are explored with the pupils through discussion, assignments and drama.

Physical Education

In Primary 6 the Physical Education curriculum aims to consolidate previously learned skills and transfer them, where appropriate, to new activities.
Throughout the course the pupils are encouraged to:

  • Perform skills with greater agility, speed, control and precision
  • Assume a variety of roles and share responsibilities for organisational tasks
  • Enjoy the increasing demands and challenges of regular competitive opportunities
  • Monitor the effects of a fitness training programme and understand its contribution to a healthy lifestyle
  • Plan a performance and show it to others

Activities: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Tennis, Volleyball

Pupils participate in team games and sport-related fitness sessions. At this time other schools may join us for sports festivals.

Outdoor Education

A highlight of Primary 6 is a Residential Camp at Loaningdale Centre in Biggar where the pupils take part in outdoor activities with the emphasis on personal and social education.

Religious and Moral Education

The programme in Primary 6 covers the following areas: -

  • Christianity: Creation Myths, Advent, Easter, Biblical Stories
  • Other World Religions: Buddhism: Buddha, Temples, Customs, Symbols and Festivals
  • Personal Search: Moral Values, Tolerance

Expressive Arts

Art and Design

Primary specialist Art and Design lessons give pupils the opportunity to develop their visual awareness and creativity using a wide range of media and techniques:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Graphics
  • Textiles
  • 3 Dimensional

Course outcomes include:

  • Using Materials, Techniques, Skills and Media
  • Expressing Feelings, Ideas, Thoughts and Solutions
  • Evaluating and Appreciating their own work and the work of a range of artists

Drama

In Primary 6, pupils improvise and experiment with movement, speech, space, physical objects and sound, showing imagination and inventiveness. Pupils are given the opportunity to present work to different audiences taking account of their needs. Self and group evaluation is now an integral part of the overall drama process.

Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in Lower School Productions and, in the Summer term, a "Play in a Day" with the Scottish Opera.

Music

The course includes increased use of ICT alongside the more traditional listening, composing and music making. Individual music lessons are also available.

Technologies

Technology

Pupils are given a context in which to design and then create their own board game.

Enterprise

Pupils plan and organise stalls at the Annual Festive Fundraiser. They create items, which they then sell with the purpose of raising money for charity.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Pupils learn:

  • more about email and attachments
  • to use the Internet safely
  • to touch-type using "Typing Pal"
  • to create and edit films
  • to create databases and spreadsheets
  • further skills in searching the internet for information.

Support for Learning

The Additional Support Needs department has a broad role, which allows it to support pupils with specific learning difficulties, general academic difficulties and general academic guidance. This allows the department to be committed to encouraging and promoting the creation of successful learners, responsible citizens, confident individuals and effective contributors.

In order to maximise the individual’s potential it is considered important to develop support strategies that complement their learning requirements.

If a pupil has received input from Additional Support Needs in Junior School, parents may be eager for this to continue when she moves to Lower School.

Towards the end of Primary 5, the pupil’s Learning Support teacher will assess her need in consultation with her class teacher and her parents. Following this assessment information is passed to the Lower School Learning Support staff to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of support. A pupil identified as requiring continued input meets her new Learning Support teacher before the end of Primary 5 so they already know each other at the start of Primary 6.

In Primary 6 an individual or small group programme of specialist support is offered to those pupils identified as having an additional support need. This support can be on a weekly basis throughout the year, or on a short block basis to support the pupil in a particular curriculum area.

International Education

Links are made with Tai Po School, Plover Cove, Hong Kong including exchange visits between the two schools.

Homework

Homework is very much a part of our school programme and it helps to foster a link with parents in their support of the girls' learning throughout the Junior School Years. As pupils progress, they are acquiring individual study skills beyond the classroom which in turn contribute to the development of independent learning as they mature. We always appreciate interest and support in this essential aspect of the learning process.

In Primary 6, there is approximately 40 minutes per night. Generally 2-3 items are selected from: Mathematics, Spelling and supportive language work, Reading, English Language written work, Topic work, Independent research.

Extra-curricular Activities

Lower School pupils can experience many sporting opportunities including fencing, table tennis, judo, running and squash. A warm welcome is extended to musicians who wish to join the many Lower School Music Groups. Also on offer are a variety of other clubs including French, Spanish and Latin, Debating, Scottish Country Dancing, Cooking and Science Clubs. Pupils are also given the opportunity to contribute effectively to the life of Lower School through representation on school committees discussing charity work and social events.