In Year 6, we nurture the children’s skills of independence, especially in view of the current entrance examinations where they will be expected to complete three papers: English, Maths and Reasoning. These papers can be up to an hour in duration - each!
However, in our quest to develop their learning skills, we also encourage collaboration between peers.
In PE, they have collaborated on a piece of creative movement: inspired by Saint Saens ‘Danse Macabre’. Each group worked together in discussion and then movement, to show their representation of the music.
In English, the class read a story: ‘The Day in the Life of a £1 coin’ and were then tasked with creating their own story in the same format: ‘A Day in the Life of a …?’, making their own choices as to what the subject would be. Once again, they showed their ability to collaborate with others as they discussed, planned and drafted their original stories.
Working with a partner or small group is an invaluable skill and one we nurture at every opportunity. As well as being a life skill, it enables children to share ideas; develop social skills; comment and evaluate on the work/ideas of others and also feel the security of having someone else to ‘bounce off’.