Year Six

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Year Six is an educational year group in schools in many countries including England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. It is usually the sixth year of compulsory education and incorporates students aged between ten and eleven

Australia[edit]

In Australia, Year Six is usually the sixth year of compulsory education. Although there are slight variations between the states, most children in Year Six are aged between eleven and twelve. Unlike in many UK schools, in Queensland a year six will carry on in 'primary' school throughout year seven and then will go to 'high' school in year 8. [1]

New Zealand[edit]

In New Zealand, Year Six is the sixth year of compulsory education. Children entering this year group are generally aged between 9.5 and 11. [2] Year Six pupils are usually educated in primary schools or in area schools. For contributing primary schools, this is the last year, with students moving onto intermediate schools or combined intermediate and secondary schools, while full primary schools continue to Year 8.[3]

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

In schools in England Year Six is the sixth year after Reception. It is the sixth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 10 by 1 September in any given academic year. It is also the fourth and final year of Key Stage 2 in which the National Curriculum is taught.[4] It is also the year in which all students in maintained schools undertake National Curriculum tests in the core subjects of English and Mathematics.[5]

Year Six is usually the final year of Primary or Junior School. In some areas of England, Year six is a year group in Middle school, which covers the year 5-8 or 4-7 year groups.

In some parts of England, where there remain separate Grammar and Secondary modern schools, students in Year Six may sit a test for entrance into a Grammar school. The test is known colloquially as the Eleven plus exam. SATS are also taken in this year.

Wales[edit]

In schools in Wales Year Six is the sixth year after Reception. It is currently the sixth full year of compulsory education, with children being admitted who are aged 10 on 1 September in any given academic year. It is the fourth and final year group in Key Stage 2.[6]

Northern Ireland and Scotland[edit]

In Northern Ireland and Scotland, the sixth year of compulsory education is called Primary Six, and pupils generally start at the age of 9.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cost/Benefit Analysis Relating to the Implementation of a Common School Starting Age and Associated Nomenclature by 1 January 2010" (PDF). Atelier Learning Solutions Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  2. ^ "School years and levels". Team-up website. Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Types of schools". Team-up website. Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  4. ^ "About the primary curriculum". National Curriculum Website. Qualifications & Curriculum Authority. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  5. ^ "National Curriculum teacher assessments and key stage tests". Directgov website. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  6. ^ "What will your child learn?". Welsh Assembly Government. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
Preceded by
Year Five
Year Six
10–11
or
11–12
Succeeded by
Year Seven