Welcome to Year Six
Hello and welcome to Year 6!
Year 6 is a very important year, but can also be the best year of Primary school, with a residential trip away as well as taking a greater responsibility within school.
We hope that you have a fantastic time this year, and if you want to talk to us about anything you know where we are.
Mr Ogle and Mr Purrington
Children will be given Bingo style homework whereby throughout the half-term, pupils have to work through every task to see if they can complete them all by the end of the half-term. Some of these might be research based, mathematical, written work and even mathematical puzzles. We insist this homework should be presented excellently and it might even go on display.
Maths homework this half-term will be completed on Doodle Maths. Each week a different ‘added extra’ will be set for the children to complete in order to consolidate learning in class. Any children that have trouble to access Doodle Maths will have the opportunity to also complete this in school time if they are to come and speak to us about it.
In addition, children will be given weekly spellings which are spelling rules taken from the past SATs papers. Please feel free to learn these spellings at home with the children so they are ready to use in their writing on a weekly basis. Children will be assessed on these spellings on Fridays and receive the next list on Monday.
Now that we are well into the flow of Year 6 and back into things, attached is a copy of our Year 6 Newsletter to update you with key information relevant to your children.
Spring Term One
In English and maths we’re now full-steam ahead with preparing ourselves for the SATs in May. However we still hope it’s going to be a half-term to remember for our children as we read Malorie Blackman’s The Pig Heart Boy and ‘get stuck in’ to our topic of DRILLS (DARE equivalent).
Please be aware, because we have begun our topic about the use and misuse of drugs and other substances – as well as looking at peer pressure and dealing with difficult situations – you may find that your child/ children does have some questions they would like to ask at home. Our topic will still end with a performance for children to demonstrate what they have learned over the half-term and we will have these dates text and emailed as soon as we confirm when they will be.
Alongside our DRILLS topic our children will also be learning about the functions of the main organs in science and also how the circulatory works.
Attached is a copy of this half term’s bingo homework. The six pieces should be completed across the half-term and handed in by the Wednesday of the last week.
With the big S word on the horizon, parents and carers will be invited in the near future to a parent’s SATs meeting. During this meeting, the week of SATs itself will be discussed, as well as ways that you could possibly support your child during this time.
At the end of the meeting, parents will be invited to sign their child/ children up for booster sessions that will commence the following week, after the school day. Prior the booster club, Mr Ogle, Mrs Shead and Mr P will still be supporting homework club, in which children can bring any homework, revision guides or even a book to read.
Pupils will be receiving a new school diary. This will be complete with important school information and can be used as a point of contact between parents and teachers. These diaries will be checked on a weekly basis. It is therefore the children’s responsibility to have them in school every day. Please feel free to comment on the reading children are doing at home. We encourage all parents to make a note of children’s reading as prizes will be awarded at the end of each half-term.
Reading is Fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.
Reading develops the brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects. We recommend that children are heard for at least fifteen minutes each night and notes to be made in their planners.
PE is every Monday and Friday afternoon. We ask the children to bring fleeces and jogging trousers as well as outdoor footwear (if required during the colder months of the year), as the children will have an indoor and an outdoor session each week. This should include:
- White T-shirt
- Navy shorts (indoor PE)
- Navy or black tracksuit top and bottoms (for colder weather)
Autumn 1 Activities include:
Indoor P.E. – Gymnastics
Outdoor P.E. – Tag-Rugby