Welcome to Year 6!
A big hello an d welcome to all children, parents and carers – it is lovely to see you all looking so enthusiastic and well. All th e c hildren have settled into their new classes and are starting to get used to being back at school with their friends.
Maths is taught daily. We will start with a strong focus on the four number operations and this will help the children develo p speed in arithmetic. It is really important that they have quick recall of their times tables and the correspo nding division facts, so please help them practise these daily. We are teaching the Maths Mastery cu rriculum and there is a big focus on children talking and explaining their ideas as well as using their
knowledge in a range of contexts to ensure that they have a depth of understanding. In addition to this we will be problem solving and reasoning.
We have English lessons and separate reading lessons daily. The children are now familiar with the ‘Talk for Writing’ scheme of work and we will continue to use this. Grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taught within English lessons and also, in a separate session to prepare pupils for the SpaG SATs assessment. Reading will also be a strong focus this year to ensure that the children can confidently access a variety of text types and comprehension questions. We will use our scheme ‘Destination Reader’ and the children are already enjoying out first text ‘The Silver Sword’ which links very well with our first topic of World War II.
PE takes place every Thursday and Friday so children need to have their full PE kits including suitable footwear (plimsolls) in school, at all times. Please ensure that all items are labelled.
The school have invested in Cornerstones, a creative curriculum resource that gives us access to a wide range of exciting ma terials and ideas. Our history topic this term is World War II and we are focusing on the child’s perspective. The children already have some knowledge of WWII so we will cover new areas and go into greater depth in some areas. We have some excellent texts to support our topic, including the lovely story of Goodnight Mr Tom. We will start by thinking about what it would feel like to become an evacuee and what the impact of war was on children.
In RE we are learning what the 7 ‘I am’ statements are and their meaning to Christians. We will also think about how the ‘I am’ statements relate to us. Further to that, we will be looking at some Old Testament stories. “Big 6” and working closely with the clergy team is also something that we are all looking forward to! The children will be preparing their first Eucharist service for the end of term.
Homework is given out on Fridays and is to be completed by Tuesday. Frequently, homework will consist of: a piece of literacy or research and maths work to consolidate children’s understanding. Spelling and times tables practise is normally done weekly. Reading each evening is probably the most valuable thing that your child can do. Please encourage this, ask them to read to you and discuss what they have read, ask them questions about the text and identify any new language.
If you wish you child to walk to and from school by themselves, please ensure that you have given written consent to the office and that the class teacher has been informed.
Mobile phones and valuables
If children bring a mobile phone to school, then it must be turned off before entering the premises and only used outside the gates at the end of the school day. Phones must be handed in to the teacher at the beginning of the day along with any other valuables – money/house keys etc. Please ensure money is in a named purse or small envelope so that the teachers can lock it away for the duration of the day. If your child brings a phone to school, please keep reminding them to keep it out of sight on their journey to/and from school – their safety is our utmost concern.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is very important that children attend school and arrive promptly (we start at 8:30 am!) Y6 is a very busy year and all learning time is crucial for children to achieve their full potential. Records of punctuality and attendance are kept and sent on to the secondary schools that children will be attending.
- PLEASE NAME all sweaters, hats, plimsolls etc.
- Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times. The children will be doing PE on Thursdays and Fridays
- Parents and children are encouraged to check book bags for letters each day.
- Please ensure your child reads every day and ask them about what they have read. The most important thing is that this is an enjoyable and valued experience so that children really develop a passion for reading!
- It would be really helpful if you could send in tissues for the class.
Jewellery and Nail Polish
- We would like to remind parents that the only jewellery allowed at school are small stud earrings. Nail polish is not allowed.
If there is anything that you would like to talk to us about, please feel free to talk to us before or after school, or make an appointment via the school office.
We look forward to a busy and happy Autumn term!
Mrs Frohock, Mrs Molloy, Mrs Brewer, Ms Clarke and all of the year 6 team.