Welcome to Year Six
We would like to welcome you and your child to year 6 with Mrs Roberts, Mrs Farr & Mrs Taylor.
This is a very important year, as your child will take the end of Key Stage 2 tests in May, and prepare for their transition to secondary school.
Y6 children lead by example and are given special responsibilities around school such as prefects and assembly monitors.
Our expectations of pupils are extremely high and we foster an attitude of maturity and independence. This involves the children taking responsibility for their own equipment and ensuring that they always carry their school planner with them, something which will be important in secondary school.
The pace of work in year 6 is very different to the other year groups in the school; it is much faster and more intense. We often practise working under timed conditions in preparation for the KS2 tests.
Attendance & Punctuality
It is vital that your child attends school regularly and is ready to line up promptly at 8.45am. Attending school regularly and punctually are important habits that will help your child in their future working life.
Teaching & Learning
In English and Maths, children will be taught within whole class and ability groups, where appropriate, and their work will be a mixture of independent, partner and group tasks. Groups will be supported by the different adults in the year group and booster work will be given to children who require additional support in these areas later in the year. During the afternoon, all other curriculum subjects will be taught in class groups. Groups are assessed on a regular basis and children are often moved groups according to their individual need.
Mental maths skills are a significant part of the new curriculum and tests, and children will be required to learn all multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 at home. It is vital that they are confident with instant recall of multiplication tables and their related division facts, as this is the basis for all year 6 maths work. Telling the time is another essential skill that you can help them to learn. Many will already be able to tell the time but their understanding can be extended by looking at timetables for transport, cinemas, sporting events etc.
Speaking & Listening
As part of our new assessment criteria, children will be given opportunities once termly to be assessed on their speaking and listening skills. This may include children researching and presenting information to the class and drama work.
Over the year we expect children to read a variety of genre and to be heard to read aloud regularly at home. A note of this should be recorded in the children’s planner. Children have the opportunity to change their readings books on Tuesdays and this is monitored closely by staff. Children will also be able to borrow additional library books each month. We would encourage parents to discuss texts that the children have read in order to develop their inference skills.
World War 2
Rivers & Coasts
We are undertaking the Learning Challenge curriculum where the humanities & arts will be predominantly taught through a topic approach and cross curricular links will be made to other subjects areas such as Science & Computing where appropriate.
Children will be invited to participate in educational visits that will enrich their learning in these areas.
All children are expected to participate in P.E, as part of the curriculum, unless the class teacher has been informed in writing by the parent/carer that due to medical reasons, the child cannot take part in the lesson. In preparation for their transition to high school, any child found not to have the correct PE kit for their lesson will be asked to go to reflection time the following day.
Children should bring P.E. kits into school on Monday and take them home on Friday. The kit consists of: plain white/yellow/blue t-shirt, dark blue/black shorts, dark blue/black jogging pants, long sleeved sweatshirt for outdoor lessons and pumps or trainers. Please note that these items will be accepted as PE kit only.
All children with long hair must have it tied back with a band for P.E. and no jewellery must be worn.
English: A grammar/punctuation or comprehension exercise will be given out every Friday. Some weeks the children will be required to complete this activity online. Log-in details are in the children’s planners. Children have the opportunity to complete online homework in school if access is not available at home. The children need to make the Y6 teachers aware of this early in the week. Homework is to be returned the following Friday where children will self- mark their worksheet. Spellings taken from the year 6 national curriculum word list will be sent home regularly throughout the year. Children will also bring home their Read, Write, Inc log books at weekend to revise any spelling patterns that have been taught that week.
Maths: Children will be given a set of 4 maths questions related to the learning that week. These will be given on a Monday and expected to be returned the following Monday. Children may wish to complete 1 question per night or in a block as appropriate but the questions follow the teaching and learning that has taken place that week. Therefore some children may find the tasks easier to complete towards the end of the week. It is important that children return this work as it will be used as a starter for the maths lesson.
Recommended websites for maths revision:
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage (excellent for maths investigations & puzzles)
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/ (maths zone excellent for revision of basic facts)
Where homework is set, we do expect these tasks to be returned to school punctually; otherwise it may inhibit your child from taking part in further class work. In preparation for high school, children who do not hand in homework on time will be asked to complete it during their own break time.
Each child is given a planner at the start of the academic year. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for their planner and bring it into school every day. Notes in the planners are an effective means of communication between teachers and parents, therefore if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to write a note and remind your child to show it to their teacher. This will also be used as your child’s reading record. Please note that planners will not be checked by teachers so any communication from home needs to be shown by the child.
Classroom & Equipment
School provides all the basic equipment needed for your child’s class work. These will be replaced when they are worn out, not lost. Please make sure your child’s personal property/ clothing is labelled clearly.
Children are able to bring a labelled screw topped water bottle which can be kept in your child’s class throughout the day and taken home every night. The bottle should contain plain water unless there are special dietary requirements which need to be discussed with the class teacher.
These will take place from the 14th – 18th May. The children will sit tests in Reading, Spelling, punctuation and grammar and Maths. The tests only take place during the morning of test week. Further information will be provided nearer the time in the form of a parent workshop. Writing and Science skills are continually assessed throughout the year and a teacher assessment for these subjects will be awarded in the summer term.
The Government expectations will be based on a scaled score and you will be notified whether your child has met the national standard. All we ask is that they go into the test with a positive attitude and try their best. The result your child achieves will not affect their entry into secondary school.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to working in partnership with you this year.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Farr & Mrs Taylor