Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

In Year 6, we aim to prepare girls for the next stage of their learning journey, and we aim to stretch every girl to make the most of her abilities, whatever the activity.

Alongside this ambition, we want girls to feel valued for who they are, and to develop a respect and concern for others. Bowdon Prep champions traditional teaching methods of the basic skills, together with the values of discipline, good manners, respect and self-confidence.

We believe that the single-sex environment provides tremendous benefit. The breadth of opportunities, the encouragement, and the intensity of activity and ambition stimulates girls to get involved, whether in the classroom, on the sports pitches, in music, in creative arts or in their ability to get along with others. Independent thought and leadership qualities are also proactively developed in Year 6.

The focus of the Year 6 curriculum is to continue to build firm academic foundations and encourage intellectual curiosity. The girls are taught by subject specialists and class sizes continue to be small. Our learning support team assists those who have additional learning needs across the ability range. The girls continually have opportunities to excel in music, drama, languages, sport, design and technology, and information and communication technology (ICT), as well making the most of the superb wider facilities that our school has on offer.

Year 6 Teachers

Mrs Walsh and Mrs Howard are the Year 6 form tutors, and they take a lead responsibility for the pastoral care of the girls. Mathematics and English are taught by our subject specialists Mrs Howard, Mrs Walsh, Mrs Webb and Miss Corrigan. Science, PE, art, design and technology, French and ICT are also taught by subject specialist teachers. The learning support team also works in partnership with the form teachers to ensure that the girls make maximum progress and have access to additional support when needed.

Responsibility and Leadership

In the autumn term, a number of girls are selected to take on areas of responsibility, including House Captain, House Vice-Captain, School Council Secretary, Environmental Officer, Choir Leader or Sports Captain. These posts are not prizes, and we expect that all girls will respect the honour, privilege and responsibility of the position. Teachers nominate girls on individual merit, and selections are made with due consideration to those who we feel are most suitable to fulfil the demands of the role. These are leadership areas, and we expect that girls will strive to meet the expectations of being outstanding role models.

In Year 6, there are a variety of other leadership opportunities to help girls develop into caring and confident young adults who are prepared to make an active contribution to their community. We encourage girls to participate in these initiatives, as they contribute strongly to personal and social development in many different ways.

The Year 6 welcome booklet contains details of the Year 6 curriculum and the activities that are covered. We have included details about developing children’s reading, writing and numeracy, and specific information about homework and class routines. Click here to view....