The year begins with a three day residential trip to France where the children visit some World War 1 cemeteries as well as Orchard Dump in Arleux. They also visit the grave of Marcel Simon, an ex-pupil of Merton Court. They have the opportunity to visit the local school in Arleux, where the school has very close links. This gives the children an insight into WW1 and WW2 and thus prepares them to lead the School’s annual Remembrance Service in November. Secondary transfer examinations continue to be a major focus for this year and children complete homework in English and Maths every night and parents are invited to attend Parents’ Evenings in the Spring and Summer Terms where they are given a full set of test results along with individual targets for their child. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities in school and to show an increasing sense of responsibility as they approach Year 6.