Welcome to the Year 6 class page. It is going to be a very challenging and busy year but also a time in your child's education where we will celebrate hard work and achievement. Please find some hopefully useful information below.
During the Autumn term, we will be studying 'Holes' by Louis Sachar - lots of our writing will be based around this very exciting text. Our Foundation subjects, such as History and Geography, will be focused on Ancient Rome and its impact on Britain. For our science lessons, we will be working scientifically to explore light and electricity.
'Marvellous Me' is our new positive communication tool - parents and carers get an app on their phone and it pings you messages whenever your child has been marvellous as well as letting you know what they've been up to and what's going on.
PE is currently on Tuesday (Rugby) and Thursday but this can often change because of the weather or the hall being unavailable. Therefore, can you please make sure that PE kits come into school on a Monday and remain in school until the end of the week. May I remind all parents that children are not able to take part in PE if they are wearing earrings.
For many children, the thought of being in Year 6 can be quite daunting. This year, you may find that the amount of homework given has decreased - we value your child's well-being and want to ensure that they still enjoy learning during their final year of primary school. We encourage children to take accountability of their own learning in class and complete any home tasks they might occasionally be given. We hand out spellings on Monday and have a spelling test each Friday. We now practise times tables within school using a website called 'Times Tables Rockstars' which is an excellent resource you can use at home too.
Please encourage your child to read at home; once children can decode most words the real challenge comes in showing deeper levels of understanding, so encourage them to talk about what they have read and ask them questions – this practice will prove invaluable for them. Children are expected to read at least 3 times per week. Please sign their reading diaries each week and feel free to add any comments. We will read these each Friday. Last year's SATs reading paper contained over 2100 words as well as 39 questions to answer in the space of an hour - it is imperative your reading at home is consistent.
As you may be aware, SATs are in May 2020. The preparation in class gradually increases and you will probably want to help out at home too. You may want to have a look at previous SATs papers to view the content, however, I would not advise completing them with your child as we will be doing them in class at some point during the year. All papers can be found online for free.
Here is a list of the useful websites yourselves or your children could use in preparation:
BBC Bitesize, The School Run, Primary Resources, Khan academy, Maths Made Easy (KS2).
'Arithmequiz' (which is free) by Candomaths, is a really useful website which generates your own arithmetic questions and will cover content found on an arithmetic paper. Myminimaths - arithmetic is also an excellent and free resource. A few questions each day will only take 5 minutes to complete and could make a big difference. The questions and answers are done for you!
Year 6 is a really important year in your child's education and a great home-school relationship will help in their learning journey. Please get in touch with us if you feel you have any ideas, questions or concerns.
Mr Toon & Ms May