Welcome to class 6’s web page!
Hello and welcome back for the start of the Autumn term! I hope that all children, parents and carers alike had a fantastic Summer break.
I am very excited to be back in school and working with the year sixes once more- having had the pleasure of teaching them previously. We have a fantastic group and I am looking forward to a successful year.
Year 6 is an extremely important one for the children as we complete their primary education and prepare them for their step up to secondary school. With it will come challenges and the requirement of each child to work hard and do their best. I’m sure you will join me in wishing them all the best of luck for the year ahead.
The Autumn term is an extremely busy one as we recap and review learning from Year 5 whilst forging ahead through the Year 6 curriculum. Lessons are fast-paced and require commitment and engagement from our children. I am pleased to say that I have been very impressed so far with the way the children have approached their learning and the maturity they have displayed in tackling areas of their learning which are stretching.
In this term our topic ‘Planet Conservation ' will see us learn all about the threats posed to our planet from issues such as pollution, climate change, deforestation and the over-use of plastics. The children have shown themselves to be hugely engaged with this topic and are committed to ‘change the world to save our world’ – which has become something of a class mantra.
Our Y6 novel this term is: ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan: An exhilarating and humbling adventure story of 3 friends who live and work on a ‘trash pile’ in South America. I am confident this novel will engage the children and provide an excellent platform from which to produce writing of a range of genres. It will also provide an excellent stimulus for class discussions and debates.
Spellings and Times Tables.
In Class 6 we have our spelling and times tables test on a Friday. This will be based on spellings given out each Monday and times tables (including divides) up to 12 X 12. Children should practise their times tables at multiple opportunities each day outside of school and also their spelling daily. A solid grasp of times tables will support and accelerate their learning in many areas of maths and will build their confidence in working with numbers. To help with this, each child has been set up with a profile on Times Tables Rockstars. Using this should help to make the process of learning and practising their times tables more fun. If children need a copy of their login details they can request these from the office.
Our P.E. days are every Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure children bring appropriate indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Kit consists of a white T-shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. It would be useful if PE kit was left in school all week in case we have to change our PE lessons for any reason or add extra lessons in. We are very lucky to currently have Active Fusion leading one of our PE sessions each week and sharing their expertise. We aim to get outside for PE whenever possible, so please make sure children have appropriate kit and footwear. If your child is unable to partake in PE for any reason, please ensure a written note is provided or you have spoken to myself or the office directly- otherwise all children will be required to take part in the lesson, as is the national requirement.
Each child has been given an appropriate banded book for them to read at home as well as in school. A reading record has been provided to each child so that they can track their progress. I have asked that children take this home each night and bring it in to school each morning so it can be updated by parents/carers and also teachers and teaching assistants.
Reading (and discussion about what they have read), is one of the most powerful ways of expanding children’s vocabulary and knowledge. Reading regularly at an early age will increase a child’s life chances dramatically; so is something we place a keen focus on at school. We would be grateful if you can support this focus by reading with your child as often as possible at home.
Homework, usually a maths and SPaG task, is issued on a Monday to be returned on Friday. This gives Children plenty of time to come and ask for support if there is anything they need help with- before the Friday due date. I have made myself available every Wednesday lunchtime to support children with homework, so if children require help, or they will not have the opportunity to complete the work of an evening, this time is set aside to ensure that they do not fall behind.
To support their ongoing learning, I would advise that children in Class 6 should:
- Read every night for at least 15 minutes.
- Practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- Practise their spellings each day for 5 minutes.
In addition to this, Class 6 children may be given additional work to complete at home through the week.
Finally, please be reminded that due to inclement weather, we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.
Thank you for reading. I look forward to an amazing term.