Welcome toYear 6!

 

 

 

YEAR 6 Information Spring Term 2017

 

 Miss Drinkwater is the class teacher and Mrs Fagan, Miss Dunne and Mrs Moran will work with the class at various times each week. Miss Dunne will be teaching the class on a Friday afternoon. Year 6 are fortunate enough to have specialist coaches for PE. They also enjoy music lessons with Sr. Martine. 

An important focus for this half term is SATs preparation. Only 9 weeks until the tests!

We will be having a parents meeting in the coming weeks, but if you have any queries please drop in or send a note with your child and I will answer as soon as possible. 

Children must be in our classroom by 08:55 and be dressed in the correct uniform. As year 6 and the eldest children in the school, I know that they will be great role models for the rest of the children and make sure they lead by example.

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles in to the classroom. Drinking water throughout the day and keeping hydrated will improve concentration.These can be left in school overnight and will be filled with fresh water each morning. Water bottles will now be kept by the sink during lesson times but children are given plenty of opportunities to use them. 

The children will have daily maths lessons covering the New Curriculum’s Year 6 objectives. These sessions will involve mental arithmetic, times tables, number calculations, geometry, data handling, measures and shape and space.

Each child will have their own login for the 'activelearn' website. Here they will be able to access maths games and tutorials, designed to enrich their understanding of topics being taught in class. Your child can log in by following the link below and entering the username/password assigned to them.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login

In English, we follow the school’s scheme Success for All (SFA), as a school we have been following this for over three years which has had a very positive impact on the progress of children’s reading and writing across the school. Some children will be taught in smaller groups/class sizes. Many may not necessarily be taught by me, although I will closely monitor your child’s learning by looking at their books and working with the other teachers. Groups change at least once a term. Spellings may be set by the SFA teacher but your child will be told exactly what they have to learn.

Daily Grammar, punctuation and spelling sessions will take place in class before the children go to their SFA groups.

A year 6 spelling list for the term has been handed out to each child. These are a few of the words which the children are required to know, as part of the new curriculum. They will be tested on a random selection of these words at least once a week. It is important that children spend time each day / week learning their spellings in preparation for their SATs tests. 

This term's cross-curricular topic is Hola! Mexico! The children began their learning with a fun-filled fiesta, complete with Mexican food, drinks, dancing and games. We have been learning about the geography of the country and have also started to study the ancient Mayan Civilisation who lived in Mexico around 2000 years ago. We will be continuing to learn more about this fascinating group of people and their culture. We will also spend some time finding out about modern day Mexican festivals and cooking.  

Our science topic this term will be 'Light' we will be learning about how we are able to see, the parts of our eye, how light travels, reflection and how shadows are formed. 

In RE lessons we will be learning about the 'Jesus, the Son of God' and reading about the miracles Jesus performed. We'll look at the different viewpoints of those who witnessed Jesus perform these miracles and write our own recounts in role. We will be looking closely at the events that happened during Holy Week, in detail, and be considering how these led up to the resurrection. 

The children will have a broad and balanced curriculum including French, hymn practice, music, PE, PSHE and art and design.

Year 6 are very fortunate to have many opportunities for learning outside the classroom, please ensure you check the weekly newsletter and other letters sent home for more details and upcoming dates. 

 

 PE

Children should have their kits in at all times as PE sessions vary each half term and can change due to the weather conditions. At the moment your child’s PE days are Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday afternoon - Tag Rugby with Nathan. 

 

Thursday afternoon - Dodgeball with Sports Trafford.

 

It is really important your child has the correct PE kit for health and safety reasons.

Blue/Black shorts

White t-shirt

Pumps or trainers

Blue/Black jogging pants or leggings as the children will be doing outdoor PE this term.

We encourage a change of socks- white but this is not compulsory.

These can be left in school for the half term.

Please encourage your child to have their full kit in at all times, as participation in PE lessons is mandatory and we are trying to prepare the children for their next step into high school. It is their responsibility to make sure they have the correct items of clothing for each lesson and return any items they may have taken home. Not having a full kit may result in loss of Golden Time or playtimes.   

Homework

Homework is set on a Friday and must be in by the Thursday. Unfortunately, some children have not regularly returned homework so far this school year and I am eager for this to improve. If access to a computer or a lack of understanding are the causes for this children are always welcome to attend homework club on a Wednesday after school with me. Year 6 can earn dojo points for completing their homework, which result in individual and class prizes. Children not bringing their homework in on time may have to miss Golden Time or miss their lunchtime to complete the work. Again we are trying to prepare the children as fully as we can for their transition to high school in September.

I have sent reading books and records home for the children. I know many of them have their own books to read at home, this is fine, as long as they are reading on a regular basis. They each have a set day when I will look at their reading record reviews and change their school books. Again they can earn dojo points for this. 

Blyton - Monday

Dahl - Tuesday

Walliams - Wednesday

Morpurgo - Thursday

Many children have not returned their reading books for quite a considerable length of time, please see me if there are any issues surrounding this. 

This will be an important and challenging year for the children and completing homework will be a great benefit to their learning. You can also access the Revisewise website to help your child consolidate theirn knowledge outside of school hours. Education City and Active Learn also provide a great opportunity to practise maths skills in a fun, engaging way.

 

Dates for the Diary:

2nd March 2017 - World Book Day

24th March 2017 - Red Nose Day

29th March 2017 - Parent's meeting about KS2 SATs test (2.45pm)

5th April 2017 - Parents evening

11th April 2017 - Break up for Easter

24th April 2017 - Back to school (Summer term begins)

8th May 2017 - 11th May 2017 KS2 test week

15th, 16th, 17th May 2017 - Robinwood (please ensure you have paid your child's deposit at the school office and contact school office if you are unsure about how to make payments)

 

 

If you or your child has any concerns, please feel free to drop me a note or arrange to meet before or after school.

 

 

 

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