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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

Believing, Achieving, Succeeding

Year Six - Amethyst and Garnet

In Year Six we are Mrs Shelton in Garnet and Miss Wheeler in Amethyst. Mrs Dean and Mr Ahmad support across both classes.

We start the year with a wonderful team – building experience at Hindleap Warren. The children are able to build on their resilience, problem solving skills, and independence that are so crucial to this last year of primary school. They challenge themselves, get muddy, hang out with their friends and generally have a fabulous time. Many memories are made now that will stay with the children for the rest of their life.

As the year truly gets under way, we expect the children to take their new found confidence and apply this in the classroom, preparing them for the SATs tests to come, but also for the new challenges they will encounter going into secondary school. Year Six is all about the children persevering through finding their own solutions, having their own voice, and becoming responsible and mature citizens of the school and wider community. To support them in this we offer a range of trips such as our Citizenship experience where they learn about staying safe and being street-wise, and we also run a mindfulness course later in the year as part of PSHE to support their well-being as young adults.

Once SATs are out of the way, the children are able to have a celebratory end to their life at St Matthew's starting with a pizza party, which is shortly followed by getting into rehearsals, set design and back stage logistics for their very own all-singing and all-dancing production - something the children absolutely love and again many fond memories and photo opportunities are given. This isn’t all. The children wrap up their year with a spiritually important trip and Leavers’ service at Southwark Cathedral; an assembly of their life at St Matthew’s in our church and finally with a Leavers’ party with a theme chosen by them and organised by members of our parent community.

Overall, Year 6 is a year about character building and providing experiences where the children beginning to evolve into the young adults they will become. As people who are proud of all the achievements they have made from exams through to performing to their parents, so they leave St Matthew’s with a large smile on their face and many, many wonderful memories.