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Star Room

Life in the Star Room begins with a flurry of activity as our boys and girls make the final preparations for senior school  exams. The autumn term in particular sees the children engaged in highly focussed work, refining their exam technique and confidence by sitting weekly practice papers.

But the Star Room is about much more than exams. It is also about reaching the top of the school and taking on the responsibilities and privileges that come with that. Some of our Star children, for example, become prefects or library monitors; some are asked to act as ambassadors for the school by giving tours to prospective parents; and all of them take great delight in acting as ‘buddy partners’ to children in the Green Room.

During the spring term of course, there comes the much anticipated four-day residential trip and then there is the final Valedictory Service at the Charterhouse Chapel, where we bid a fond farewell to our school leavers.

It all makes for a memorable year, filled with challenges and successes, opportunities and excitement. It is a year that we make sure all of our Star children enjoy.

Please use the links below to download the timetable and curriculum for the Star Room, as well as this term’s letter from the classroom teacher. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Star Room Curriculum

By the end of the Star Room children should be achieving the targets set out in the left hand column. The right hand column is an overview of what the children are working towards at the next stage.

Speaking

 

Use a range of oral techniques to present persuasive arguments and engaging narratives

Participate in whole-class debate using the conventions and language of debate, including standard English

Use the techniques of dialogic talk to explore ideas, topics or issues.

 

Listening & responding

 

Make notes when listening for a sustained period and discuss how note-taking varies depending on context and purpose

Analyse and evaluate how speakers present points effectively through use of language and gesture

Listen for language variation in formal and informal contexts

Identify the ways spoken language varies according to differences in the context and purpose of its use.

 

Word structure & spelling

 

Spell familiar words correctly and employ a range of strategies to spell difficult and unfamiliar words

Use a range of appropriate strategies to edit, proofread and correct spelling in their own work, on paper and on screen

 

Understanding & interpreting texts

 

Appraise a text quickly, deciding on its value, quality or usefulness

Understand underlying themes, causes and points of view

Understand how writers use different structures to create coherence and impact

Explore how word meanings change when used in different contexts

Recognise rhetorical devices used to argue, persuade, mislead and sway the reader.

 

Engaging & responding to texts

 

Read extensively and discuss personal reading with others, including in reading groups

Sustain engagement with longer texts, using different techniques to make the text come alive

Compare how writers from different periods and places present experiences and use language.

 

Creating & shaping texts

 

Set their own challenges to extend achievement and experience in writing

Use different narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader

In non-narrative, establish, balance and maintain viewpoints

Select words and language drawing on their knowledge of literary features and formal and informal writing

Integrate words, images and sounds imaginatively for different purposes

 

Sentence structure & punctuation

 

Use varied structures to shape and organise text coherently

Use paragraphs to achieve pace and emphasis

Express subtle distinctions of meaning, including hypothesis, speculation and supposition, by constructing sentences in varied ways

Use punctuation to clarify meaning in complex sentences

 

Presentation

 

Use different styles of handwriting for different purposes with a range of media, developing a consistent and personal legible style

Select from a wide range of ICT programs to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas

Progressive Year 6/7

 

Use exploratory, hypothetical and speculative talk as a tool for clarifying ideas

Tailor the structure, vocabulary and delivery of a talk or presentation so that it is helpfully sequenced and supported by gesture or other visual aid as appropriate

Use standard English consistently in formal situations and promote, justify or defend a point of view using supporting evidence, example and illustration which are linked back to the main argument

Listen for and recall the main points of a talk or reading, reflecting on what has been heard to ask searching questions, make comments or challenge the views expressed

Identify the main methods used by presenters to explain, persuade, amuse or argue a case, e.g. emotive language

Investigate differences between spoken and written language structures

 

Revise, consolidate and secure knowledge of correct vowel choices, pluralisation, prefixes, word endings and high frequency words

Record and learn from personal errors, corrections, investigations, conventions, exceptions and new vocabulary

Draw on analogies to known words, roots, derivations, word families, morphology and familiar spelling patterns

Locate resources for a specific task, appraising the value and relevance of information and acknowledging sources

 

Progressive Year 6/7

Read between the lines and find evidence for their interpretation

Identify how print, images and sounds combine to create meaning

Infer the meanings of unknown words using syntax, context, word structures and origins

Identify the ways writers of non-fiction match language and organisation to their intentions

Read a range of recent fiction texts independently as the basis for developing critical reflection and personal response

Explore the notion of literary heritages and understand why some texts have been particularly influential or significant

Write reflectively about a text, distinguishing between the attitudes and assumptions of characters and those of the author and taking account of the needs of others who might read it

Independently write and present a text with the reader and purpose in mind

Use a range of narrative devices to involve the reader

Identify criteria for evaluating a situation, object or event, presenting findings fairly and adding persuasive emphasis to key points

Experiment with the visual and sound effects of language, including the use of imagery, alliteration, rhythm and rhyme

 

Organise ideas into a coherent sequence of paragraphs

In non-chronological writing, introduce, develop and conclude paragraphs appropriately

Extend their use and control of complex sentences by deploying subordinate clauses effectively

Use punctuation to convey and clarify meaning and to integrate speech into longer sentences

Use standard English confidently and consistently in formal writing, with awareness of the differences between spoken and written language structures

Review the legibility and neatness of their handwriting

Set personal targets to improve presentation, using a range of presentational devices, on paper and on screen

Using & applying mathematics

 

Solve multi-step problems, and problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages; choose and use appropriate calculation strategies at each stage, including calculator use

Tabulate systematically the information in a problem or puzzle; identify and record the steps or calculations needed to solve it, using symbols where appropriate; interpret solutions in the original context and check their accuracy

Represent and interpret sequences, patterns and relationships involving numbers and shapes; suggest and test hypotheses; construct and use simple expressions and formulae in words then symbols (e.g. the cost of c pens at 15 pence each is 15c pence)

Explain reasoning and conclusions, using words, symbols or diagrams as appropriate

 

Counting & understanding numbers

 

Find the difference between a positive and a negative integer, or two negative integers, in context

Use decimal notation for tenths, hundredths and thousandths; partition, round and order decimals with up to three places, and position them on the number line

Express a larger whole number as a fraction of a smaller one (e.g. recognise that 8 slices of a 5-slice pizza represents  or 1  pizzas); simplify fractions by cancelling common factors; order a set of fractions by converting them to fractions with a common denominator

Express one quantity as a percentage of another (e.g. express £400 as a percentage of £1000); find equivalent percentages, decimals and fractions

Solve simple problems involving direct proportion by scaling quantities up or down

 

Knowing & using number facts

 

Use knowledge of place value and multiplication facts to 10 × 10 to derive related multiplication and division facts involving decimals (e.g. 0.8 × 7, 4.8 ÷ 6)

Use knowledge of multiplication facts to derive quickly squares of numbers to 12 × 12 and the corresponding squares of multiples of 10

Recognise that prime numbers have only two factors and identify prime numbers less than 100; find the prime factors of two-digit numbers

Use approximations, inverse operations and tests of divisibility to estimate and check results

 

Calculating

 

Calculate mentally with integers and decimals.

Use efficient written methods to add and subtract integers and decimals, to multiply and divide integers and decimals by a one-digit integer, and to multiply two-digit and three-digit integers by a two-digit integer.

Relate fractions to multiplication and division (e.g. 6 ÷ 2 =  of 6 = 6 ×  ); express a quotient as a fraction or decimal (e.g. 67 ÷ 5 = 13.4 or 13  ); find fractions and percentages of whole-number quantities (e.g.  of 96, 65% of £260)

Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations

 

Understanding shapes

 

Describe, identify and visualise parallel and perpendicular edges or faces; use these properties to classify 2-D shapes and 3-D solids

Make and draw shapes with increasing accuracy and apply knowledge of their properties

Visualise and draw on grids of different types where a shape will be after reflection, after translations, or after rotation through 90° or 180° about its centre or one of its vertices

Use coordinates in the first quadrant to draw, locate and complete shapes that meet given properties

Estimate angles, and use a protractor to measure and draw them on their own.

 

Measuring

 

Select and use standard metric units of measure and convert between units using decimals to two places (e.g. change 2.75 litres to 2750 ml, or vice versa)

Read and interpret scales on a range of measuring instruments, recognising that the measurement made is approximate and recording results to a required degree of accuracy; compare readings on different scales, for example when using different instruments

Calculate the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes; estimate the area of an irregular shape by counting squares

 

Handling data

 

Describe and predict outcomes from data using the language of chance or likelihood

Solve problems by collecting, selecting, processing, presenting and interpreting data, draw conclusions and identify further questions to ask

Construct and interpret frequency tables, bar charts with grouped data, and line graphs; interpret pie charts

Describe and interpret results and solutions to problems using the mode, range, median and mean

Progressive Year 6/7

 

Solve problems by breaking down complex calculations into simpler steps; choose and use operations and calculation strategies appropriate to the numbers and context; try alternative approaches to overcome difficulties; present, interpret and compare solutions

Represent information or unknown numbers in a problem, for example in a table, formula or equation; explain solutions in the context of the problem

Generate sequences and describe the general term; use letters and symbols to represent unknown numbers or variables; represent simple relationships as graphs

Explain and justify reasoning and conclusions, using notation, symbols and diagrams; find a counter-example to disprove a conjecture; use step-by-step deductions to solve problems involving shapes

Compare and order integers and decimals in different contexts

Order a set of fractions by converting them to decimals

Use ratio notation, reduce a ratio to its simplest form and divide a quantity into two parts in a given ratio; solve simple problems involving ratio and direct proportion (e.g. identify the quantities needed to make a fruit drink by mixing water and juice in a given ratio)

Recognise approximate proportions of a whole and use fractions and percentages to describe and compare them, for example when interpreting pie charts

 

Consolidate rapid recall of number facts, including multiplication facts to 10 × 10 and the associated division facts

Recognise the square roots of perfect squares to 12 × 12

Recognise and use multiples, factors, divisors, common factors, highest common factors and lowest common multiples in simple cases

Make and justify estimates and approximations to calculations

Understand how the commutative, associative and distributive laws, and the relationships between operations, including inverse operations, can be used to calculate more efficiently; use the order of operations, including brackets

Consolidate and extend mental methods of calculation to include decimals, fractions and percentages

Use standard column procedures to add and subtract integers and decimals, and to multiply two-digit and three-digit integers by a one-digit or two-digit integer; extend division to dividing three-digit integers by a two-digit integer

Calculate percentage increases or decreases and fractions of quantities and measurements (integer answers)

Use bracket keys and the memory of a calculator to carry out calculations with more than one step; use the square root key

 

Use correctly the vocabulary, notation and labelling conventions for lines, angles and shapes

Extend knowledge of properties of triangles and quadrilaterals and use these to visualise and solve problems, explaining reasoning with diagrams

Know the sum of angles on a straight line, in a triangle and at a point, and recognise vertically opposite angles

Use all four quadrants to find coordinates of points determined by geometric information

Identify all the symmetries of 2-D shapes; transform images using ICT

 

Convert between related metric units using decimals to three places (e.g. convert 1375 mm to 1.375 m, or vice versa)

Solve problems by measuring, estimating and calculating; measure and calculate using imperial units still in everyday use; know their approximate metric values

Calculate the area of right-angled triangles given the lengths of the two perpendicular sides, and the volume and surface area of cubes and cuboids

 

Understand and use the probability scale from 0 to 1; find and justify probabilities based on equally likely outcomes in simple contexts

Explore hypotheses by planning surveys or experiments to collect small sets of discrete or continuous data; select, process, present and interpret the data,  identify ways to extend the survey or experiment

Construct, interpret and compare graphs and diagrams that represent data, for example compare proportions in two pie charts that represent different totals

Write a short report of a statistical enquiry and illustrate with appropriate diagrams, graphs and charts, using ICT as appropriate; justify the choice of what is presented

 

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