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, Modern Languages and Drama.

Across the curriculum the pupils are involved in learning activities through whole class, group and individual tasks. They are grouped for Mathematics across the year. 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 and respond in a way that shows appreciation of different viewpoints – creating and delivering presentations and making appropriate responses to information they have been given. They are expected to contribute appropriately in discussion by asking and answering questions and commenting thoughtfully upon the ideas of others.

French or Spanish

Pupils consolidate further the vocabulary learned in Primary 5 with the aim of developing greater fluency. They build upon their existing conversational skills and learn new language points.

Mathematics

Pupils are grouped for Mathematics across the year allowing differentiated learning. All Maths groups 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 and India. 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 Dynamic Earth, Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Zoo.

Health and Well-being

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 well-being
    • 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, resilience, 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 Lendrick Muir 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: Hinduism - beliefs, values and issues, practices and traditions
    • 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.

Music

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

Technologies

Design Technology

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

Enterprise

Pupils create items, which they then market and sell with the purpose of raising money.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Pupils learn:

    • more about email and attachments
    • to use the Internet safely
    • Programming
    • 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 Support for Learning department has a broad role, which allows it to support pupils with specific learning difficulties.

In Primary 6 an individual or small group programme of specialist support is offered to those pupils identified as having an additional support need.

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, English Language work, topic work and 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 Languages, Debating, Cooking and Science Clubs. Pupils are also given the opportunity to contribute effectively to the life of Lower School through representation on school committees.