We would like to welcome you to Year 6. Hopefully your child has enjoyed the start of the new term and is gradually becoming familiar with their new environment.
One of our key aims is to develop the children’s independence in preparation for their transition to secondary school next year. We encourage the children to take responsibility for their own property, remember the correct equipment, books and homework and also to ensure that their behaviour is exemplary; providing good role models for the younger children in the school – we have very high expectations and we are proud to say that members of Y6 nearly always rise to the occasion.
The following information has already been discussed with the children but we hope you will also find this useful in supporting your child during this important final year at primary school.
Term 1 Topics
India – including Ancient India
Forces – types of force. Forces around us
Reading and comprehension is a vital tool for all learning and will be tested during the SATs in May. Y6 children are taught reading skills and will have opportunities to read in school but still need to read regularly at home in order to practise and consolidate these skills.
Reading books will need to be changed regularly and will be monitored by class teachers. New books will be recorded in homework diaries and can be signed daily by either the child or an adult. As part of their independent reading activities in school children will be expected to participate in a variety of tasks, so discussing and asking questions about the reading will be a great support in these activities.
During the year children will use these to record any special dates or information, including homework and reading books. Please feel free to use the comment box if there is anything you wish to communicate.
School uniform / PE Kit
Please note that all children should wear appropriate school shoes; trainers are not acceptable and may only be worn for lunch time play and PE. Jewellery, apart from stud earrings, should not be worn. PE kit is a white T-shirt and navy/black shorts – football shirts are not acceptable. All items should be named and remain in school during the school week. Plimsolls must be worn for indoor activities while trainers may be used for outdoor games. Girls should bring in spare socks if they wear tights. Earrings must be removed or taped over prior to any PE lesson.
Please be aware, children will only be excused from PE if there is an authorised medical reason and a supporting note is sent in to the class teacher. PE is a statutory requirement by law for all children.
Homework will be given every week by the Maths/English group teacher. Maths and English homework will be given on Monday, and should be handed in on Thursday. Spellings will also be given weekly. Homework complements classroom learning through the consolidation of important skills – it will always help the children to practise and revise these skills. If children experience any difficulties with homework we encourage them to let the teacher know as this will help directly with any problems. Additionally, Ms. Marten will supervise an after school Homework Club on Mondays (3.20-4.30p.m.)
We hope that this information is helpful to you and that between us we can ensure that the children settle quickly and enjoy their time in Y6. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact one of the Y6 staff and we will do our best to help you.
Mr. Judge, Ms. Marten, Mr Cole, Mrs. Easto, Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Noakes