Years 5 and 6
I have the good fortune to oversee two year groups at the Prep School, both of which are equally significant and in the same way equally formative.
Year 5 is the final year of the so-called "Junior Years" at the Prep School. The children still spend the majority of their lesson time in mixed ability form groups and are looked after by a Form Teacher who is a Key Stage 2 specialist.
Classes are streamed by ability for English, Maths, Science, ICT, French and Latin in Year 5 however, and although the children are predominately taught by their Form Teacher these lessons are delivered by Subject Specialist teachers.
The focus for Year 5 is on building independence in the children, particularly in terms of self-motivation, self-discipline and personal organisation; they move around the school far more than they have done in previous years, meeting new teachers as they go, and the onus is on them to remember where they are meant to be and with what equipment!
Highlights for Year 5 include the Maths Challenge, held at local school St Andrew's, and the Science Challenge, held at Hurstmonceaux, plus a range of theatre visits, plays, concerts and trips, including History trips to Newhaven Fort, Dieppe and Paris.
As for Year 6, the first of the "Senior Years" at the Prep School, it is a determinative time for pupils. It represents both the end of Key Stage 2 and the point at which the children move away from being taught largely by their Form Teacher.
Following on from Year 5, Year 6 requires pupils to become ever more mature and independent, building relationships with more individual subject teachers and taking much more responsibility for their own organisation.
Elsewhere in Year 6, there are significant opportunities for the pupils to distinguish themselves and lay the groundwork both for their Scholarship Entries and Common Entrance exams in Year 8.
Highpoints of the year, without fail, include the annual History trips to Lewes Castle and Canterbury, the Year 6 Play, the Year 6 Art Project and associated visit to the Towner Gallery, and the Macbeth theatre workshop hosted at local Senior School Eastbourne College.
“ I have a number of responsibilities at the Prep School, but in all I do I work to make everything as accessible and fun as possible, as I am convinced that increased confidence results in improved attainment. ”
Fraser Allan, Head of Years 5 and 6, Head of Football and Teacher of Mathematics
Year 5 and 6 News
10 September 2019
This summer, Bede's Prep pupils took to the South Downs for a whole-school charity walk in aid of the Raystede Centre.
20 May 2019
200 pupils from Years 3 - 8 volunteered to help litter pick as part of Eastbourne's Great Park Clean.
10 May 2019
We were delighted to welcome Paula Talman from iSpace Wellbeing to Bede's Prep to discuss the promotion of positive mental health.
Years 5 and 6 staff
“I have a number of responsibilities at the Prep School, but in all I do I work to make everything as accessible and fun as possible, as I am convinced that increased confidence results in improved attainment.”
Fraser Allan, Head of Years 5 and 6 and Teacher of Maths
“I am passionate about teaching children not only how to understanding the magic of computing but also in empowering them to make the most of a future in which technology will be ubiquitous.”
Peter Barclay, Head of Computing, Assistant Head of Year 4 and Year 6 Form Teacher
“I believe in developing every aspect of a young person and in helping each individual to develop passions which are personal to them.”
Sam Brown, Head of History and Religious Studies and Year 6 Form Teacher
“I am driven by a desire to see every young person not only fluent in the language of Maths but convinced of its fun, inspirational power too.”
Scott Fasciolo-Barnes, Head of Mathematics and Year 8 Personal Tutor
“My passion for learning dates from my own primary school teacher! Since that point I have never stopped wanting to learn and to teach, having done so everywhere from Kent to Japan.”
Simon Gisby, Teacher of Science and Physical Education and Year 5 Form Teacher