Welcome to Phase 4!
Phase 4 is comprised of Year 5 (Smeeth and Brabourne) and Year 6 (Charing and Pluckley).
Towards the end of Year 5 and at the beginning of Year 6 parents have to start considering which secondary to choose for their child. We post the secondary school open days in our newsletters and offer help in any way we can.
We spend a lot of time preparing the children for the transition to secondary school. We dedicate specific time to this important life event. CSK, a nationwide careers service, leads a six week programme called ‘Exploring My Future’. The children explore potential job and study opportunities that are available to them. We want them to have high expectations for their futures. In addition, we also arrange for ‘Adaction’ to do two workshops with the children focussing on all forms of substance addiction, how to keep safe and how to confidently network with peers and mentors as they begin their secondary school life.
Year 6 have a very busy time. They are given extra roles and responsibilities throughout the year but they also get rewards and benefits. The whole team works diligently towards successfully taking the end of school assessments, the SAT’s. We find the children step up to the challenge and year on year do themselves proud. The benefits include preparing an all singing and dancing acting bonaza – the Year 6 production is something the whole school eagerly await. Previous productions have included the Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan.
PHASE 4 (YEAR 5 & 6)
Year 5 Residential
Year 5 have the amazing opportunity to take part in a 5 day residential trip in the summer term. This gives them the opportunity to concentrate on team building and challenging themselves. The Year 6 adults join the children on their trip and bond together so that they can ‘hit the ground running’ come September.
Year 5 are given the option of taking on the important role of being a school ‘Buddy’. They will have to apply, be interviewed and receive training for the role.
Three times a year we have the ‘Times Tables’ challenge – the year groups are pitched against each other to see who can answer the randomly chosen questions is the quickest time. We are often surprised by the victors and it proves to be a keen motivator for the children to learn their tables.
Both Year groups also have a novel way of tackling spelling homework. The children have a choice of activities to choose from including Rainbow words, Ladder words, cartoon strips and even making games. They gain points for each activity and we are always pleasantly surprised by the creativity from the children.