Year 6

Information for Year 6 Parents and Carers

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome to Year 6!  We hope you had a lovely summer and are looking forward to an exciting new year.  We are delighted with how the children have settled into Year 6 and are enjoying their school citizenship responsibilities, as well as their own building.

 

The Team

The Year 6 teaching team this year is Mrs Horner, Mr Burridge, Mrs Batty and Mrs Whittaker.  We are pleased to be supported by Mrs Collyer, Mrs Dyer, Mrs Rose and Mr West.  We are very much looking forward to working with and supporting the children throughout their final year at primary school.

 

 

Curriculum and learning

The children have settled into Year Six really well and are very excited about our theme called ‘Catch me if you can!’  This is a history-based theme in which the children will be discovering the history of crime and punishment in Britain from the Roman era to the new millennium.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the first few enrichment days, where they learnt about DNA profiling, fingerprinting as well as using their questioning skills when exploring a crime scene!

 

In English, children will have daily opportunities to develop their writing and reading skills, using a range of fiction and non-fiction genres throughout the term.  To link with our theme, our first reading book will be ‘Holes’ written by Louis Sachar.  We will be using this book as inspiration for our writing and reading lessons.  Later in the term, we will use picture books to further our writing skills.  We will be teaching the children spelling patterns and rules as well as teaching grammar rules.  We will be working with the children to develop their reading comprehension skills and general appreciation and understanding of literature.  With this in mind, it is vital that children read as frequently as possible and we ask parents to support us in ensuring that their child always has a ‘book on the go’ which is brought into school every day.  This book can be from home, the library or borrowed from our class bookshelves.  These books will be used in our class reading sessions, for one-to-one reading and in some of our guided reading lessons.  Children may keep their book at school or may take it home each evening to read there as well.  Teachers will monitor the books that children are reading and all children will be encouraged to read a range of different genres (both fiction and non-fiction) throughout the year.

 

In mathematics, we will follow the 2014 National Curriculum starting with number work, place value, rounding, using negative numbers in context, addition and subtraction, division and multiplication, along with ratio and proportion, measurement and money.  Children will be encouraged to use their skills to solve maths puzzles in our daily class mental maths sessions and to apply their knowledge across the curriculum and in everyday situations at school and at home.

 

In science, we will be using the ‘Science Bug’ curriculum, an exciting hands-on science programme designed to promote children’s curiosity while developing their scientific skills.  Our first science topic of the year will be ‘Light and Sight’.  In our weekly science lessons, children will be discovering about light and how it travels, as well as explaining why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.  During this unit, children will be encouraged to develop their scientific skills through research and experimentation.  In the second half of the term, we will move on to learn more about circuits, comparing and giving reasons for variations in how components function.

 

We will have regular art and design and technology (DT) lessons over the term.  We will explore how to draw portraits in art and will be teaching the children how to bake cakes in DT lessons after the half term, in preparation for the annual Christmas cake competition.  Further details of this will follow soon.

 

In RE, we will be exploring what religious codes say about right and wrong and how religious beliefs influence people’s responses to moral issues.  All children will continue to have weekly Spanish lessons taught by our specialist MFL teacher, Mrs Rodriguez, and children will have singing sessions led by Mr Perry.

 

Sports

PE and games will be taught by staff from the sports department led by Mr Giles.  Indoor PE will be on Wednesday for 6LH, Thursday for 6CB and Thursday for 6MB.  Outdoor games will be on Friday for all classes. Sports kit should be stored in school in a small drawstring bag.  We ask all parents to help us by ensuring that your child has the correct kit for games and PE and that all items are fully labelled with your child’s name and class.  A full uniform and kit list can be found on the school website. As we head into autumn, we suggest that children are also provided with a warm sports top and jogging bottoms as our sports lessons take place outside whatever the weather!  A strong plastic bag for storing muddy clothes and shoes is also a good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

We have already started to set homework but we would like to share with you the timetable.  We estimate that each piece should take no longer than 20 minutes.

 

Homework

Handed out

Due in

Maths

Monday

Thursday

SPAG

Monday

Thursday

Comprehension

Thursday

Monday

Spelling

Thursday

Monday

 

Supporting learning at home

The children all work very hard at school and we all believe that children should have a full and enriching home life with time to relax.  We love to hear that children are baking, playing football, pony riding, dancing, riding bikes, climbing trees, spending time with those they love and just relaxing.  However, there are a number of relatively small (but nonetheless very effective) tasks that can be done at home to support your child’s learning. These include:

 

  • Ensuring that your child is completing their homework.

 

  • Reading every day – we suggest that children read at least 15 minutes every day at home and that the child spends a similar amount of time describing and discussing what they have read with an adult. The Book Trust website (www.booktrust.org.uk/books/#/d/books/bookfinder/) and LoveReading4kids (http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk) are both great places to find books that appeal to different tastes, ages and reading abilities, or to discover something new.

 

  • Times tables underpin a lot of what children do in maths.  Regularly practising times tables, a little and often, will greatly help children to develop their maths skills.  The expectation is that children should be able to recall the times tables up to 12 x 12 confidently by the end of Year 5!  Children should also practice related division facts.  The TopMarks website has a great range of free online games which will help children to develop their maths skills (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ ). The Hit-The-Button games are particularly good for developing speed of recall and are available free online and as apps for tablets (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button).

 

  • Getting children involved in practical maths at home – encouraging children to be involved with activities such as cooking, planning trips out and paying for things when shopping all help to develop applied maths skills.  Working out how to share things such as sweeties involves addition and division, cutting-up and sharing a pizza uses fractions, doing baking involves weighing and measuring, planning a trip involves working out distances, scale and ratio, and playing Top Trumps involves comparing and ordering larger numbers!  All these activities help to improve children’s maths skills and demonstrate that maths is something that we all do every day.

 

Food and Nutrition

We always encourage healthy eating across the year group and stress the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and staying hydrated.  We ask that children bring in a healthy snack (not chocolate please) to eat at break each day - a piece of fruit or cereal bar is ideal.  Likewise, we ask that packed lunches consist of healthy, nutritious foods, alongside a carton of unsweetened juice (no fizzy drinks please).  As we have a number of children who are severely allergic to nuts, we ask that parents do not send nuts or anything containing nuts into school.  We know that children can be fussy and that creating a healthy and interesting lunchbox that children will actually eat can sometimes be a challenge.  The NHS Change4Life website has some great lunch box ideas and advice which can be found here: www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes#mU5CP8VjfrBCHt78.97

 

Staying hydrated is important and children are given regular opportunities to drink water at break times and lunchtime, during afternoon ‘pit stops’ and at other times as required.  Children should bring a bottle of water into school each day.  Water bottles should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and will be kept in designated areas of the classroom.  Children are asked to take their water bottles home at the end of each day for a wash and a refill.  If children forget their water bottle, they must inform their teacher who will ensure that they have access to water from a cup or from one of the water fountains around the school.

 

School Uniform

We always encourage the children to take pride in their school uniform. We ask parents to support us by making sure that their child has the full school uniform – details can be found on the school website.  We will occasionally do work outside (in all sorts of weather) and, as a result, it is essential that all children bring in a waterproof coat to school every day – even if the weather looks fine at the start of the day.  Occasionally, pieces of uniform do go astray and we ask parents to help us by making sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name to help us in getting lost items back to their rightful owners.

 

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding that school receives to support certain children.  It helps the school to provide personalised, additional support for specific children.  Funding is available for children who have been ‘looked after’, adopted, have parents in the forces or who have/have had free school meals.  The funding does not come to us automatically so if you think you/your child falls into one of these categories then please contact your child’s class teacher, Mrs Sarah Jones or other members of the school inclusion team who can advise you, confidentially, on how to apply.

 

Important dates

6CB Class Assembly - 17th November 2017

6LH Class Assembly - 2nd March 2018

6MB Class Assembly - 29th June 2018

PGL Swindon Trip - 19th-23rd March 2018

SATS w/c 14th May 2018

 

We want to have a year group full of happy, healthy children.  Your child’s wellbeing is of the greatest importance to us.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, email us via the school office or catch us at the end of the school day.

 

We are all looking forward to an exciting term and very much look forward to meeting you at the forthcoming parents evenings.

 

Best wishes

 

Mrs Horner, Mr Burridge and  Mrs Batty


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