I only have experience of working with Year 5, but not too dissimilar. The "pastoral" side depends on the year group really. This year there is very little, but my class last year were very needy. TA jobs vary, but I split my time between supporting children in class (running guided groups with the lower abilities for Maths and English) and doing intervention groups. My intervention groups include maths, writing and reading comprehension. I do some of these with the lowest ability, and some with the higher ability children who aren't quite reaching their full potential. The level they are working at varies HUGELY between different children. Last year our Maths abilities varied from 2A to 5A ! I have found that adaptability is one of the key skills - different children are motivated in different ways, and you need to find that, and adapt your style accordingly. Also a huge amount of patience - it can be very frustrating when a child can't grasp a concept that you have explained many times in many different ways. You also need to be aware that you are a role model at all times - whether you are officially "on duty" or not. Set clear and consistent standards for behaviour at all times. Hope this helps - feel free to ask any questions. Good luck.