Going into year 6, many pupils are in danger of either forgetting key skills, or of being bored by a lack of challenge. Lots of more able children are not supported in school as more focus and time are put into boosting the lower attainers. In fact, many able children find the work easy, finish early and then are simply told by the teacher to ‘go and help the others who are struggling’. This isn’t good enough. Able pupils should not be there to constantly teach others and need to be stretched, otherwise they will not achieve their potential.
In light of this, I have developed a scheme of learning for year 6 pupils (who are working above age-related expectations) to specifically focus on the key year 6 (and above) skills in maths and English grammar. Based on neuroscience research, the work is designed to allow the brain to encode memory more effectively and deeply when it handles small chunks of learning each day. Repetition is the key.
How does it work?
For just £3 each week, I post you a sheet with 7 sections – a section to complete each day of the week. Each week has a specific topic in both maths and English e.g. Ordering Values and Verb Tenses. Each day involves questions on these topics so each day the brain has to go back and remember how to do it. On the final day (Sunday), questions are mixed and go back to what was done, for example, 2, 3, 7 or 12 weeks ago. Hence Sunday acts as a constant revision aid.
Just in case your child needs it, each day also has an optional ‘challenge’ question. And yes, some of these are very tough!
Why aren’t the sheets sent all at once?
Motivation plays an important role. Imagine if you are sent a large pile of sheets; it could seem a little daunting to start going through them. However one or two sheets coming on a weekly basis appears far more manageable for a child, and of course there is the anticipation of the new work arriving!
Isn’t it better just to buy a workbook?
Of course, workbooks have their place in learning. They don’t, however, tend to use repetition as a basis to improve. Yes a child can do a page from a book, but they may not remember what they learnt over the long term. This is where repetition has a distinct advantage.
Neuroscience research suggests the most effective way to learn involves a mix of short frequent sessions spaced apart. The brain encodes memory more effectively and deeply when it handles little chunks with a rest in between.
Unfortunately this type of learning is used very little in schools because it is difficult to establish with a large class and doesn’t tend to fit in well with school timetables. However, learning in small chunks is ideal for the home. It is not about keeping children working for a long time because that doesn’t assist deep learning. It’s about the benefits obtained from short bursts every day over roughly a year (41 weeks, taking out some holiday time).
Wherever you live in the UK, not only will this work assist your child with their SATs, it will also help them to push for the higher sets once they get to secondary school.
How do I pay?
I would send you an invoice (bank details included) at the end of each month for the number of weeks you have done. For example, if I sent you 4 weeks of learning in November, you would receive an invoice of £12 at the end of November.
I am interested so what do I now need to do?
Have a look at the free trial below as well as the scheme of work. If you think learning like this would be of benefit to your child, send me your name, your child’s name, your address and your phone number. We can get started as soon as you like!
Contact me on 07999781257 or firstname.lastname@example.org