Welcome to Year Six
We would like to welcome you and your child to year 6 with Mrs Roberts, Mrs Farr, Mrs Taylor and Miss Brown. We appreciate that circumstances are very unusual this year. Children missed a whole term last academic year and may feel a bit apprehensive about going into year six. Please be assured that we will do all we can to help them settle and get up to speed with their work. There are lots of new procedures and routines in order to keep us all safe, and the children have already responded well to the changes.
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. 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 8.45 am. Attending school regularly and punctually are important habits that will help your child in their future working life.
Teaching & Learning
In all curriculum areas, children will be taught mainly within whole class groups, supported where appropriate by the different adults in the year group. Groups are assessed on a regular basis in order to target the work planned more appropriately.
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.
At the moment children don't have access to the library due to COVID restrictions; however, we will keep you updated if that changes. We would still strongly encourage children to read books from home, or use the 'borrow box' app to borrow library books. Over the year, we expect children to read a variety of genres and to be heard to read aloud regularly at home. We would encourage parents to discuss texts that the children have read in order to develop their comprehension skills. A note of this should be recorded in children’s planners.
World War 2
Trade and Economics
We are undertaking the Learning Challenge curriculum where the humanities and arts will be predominantly taught through a topic approach and cross curricular links will be made to other subjects areas such as Science and Computing where appropriate. Unfortunately, educational visits are not permitted at the moment.
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. The kit consists of a 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 only these items will be accepted as PE kit. Children should ensure they have them in school on P.E. days; they can remain in school from Monday to Friday if that is easier.
All children with long hair must have it tied back with a band for P.E. and no jewellery must be worn.
Most homework will be set on our Google Classrooms on Fridays and getting into the habit of completing homework punctually is good preparation for high school. Children will be expected to complete it by the following Friday, when the answers will be uploaded onto Google Classroom and children can self-mark their work.
English: A grammar/punctuation or comprehension exercise will be set every Friday. Some weeks the children will be required to complete this activity online using spag.com: log-in details for this will be stuck in the children’s planners. Spellings are usually sent home on a Wednesday, to be learnt at home for the following week.
Maths: On a Friday, a set of maths questions will be uploaded onto Google classroom which will consolidate learning for the week.
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)
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. We politely request that children do not bring large pencil cases into class as they do not fit into their trays.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to working in partnership with you this year.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Farr, Mrs Taylor and Miss Brown