Welcome back to the new term! I hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday and are ready to see and support your child’s development during their time in Year 6. Your child’s happiness and progress is extremely important to me so if you have any queries do not hesitate to make a note in your child’s planner or speak to me at the end of the school day.
I will take the register at 9am every day and anyone that arrives after this will be marked in late.
The children will be doing their P.E. lesson on Tuesday. Children should wear a white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps (not trainers). Please make sure all their clothes and belongings have their names inside and come in a bag so it is easy for them to keep all of their belongings together.
As they no longer have a locker due to space issues, please can children bring their P.E kit on the day of use ONLY and take home to be washed each night. This is also important as children sweat more so clothes do need washing more frequently.
Each child will continue to read at the colour level they were on at the end of Year 5, however I will ensure children are given ample opportunities to progress to free reader as soon as possible (if not already) as it is important children enjoy what they read.
Please ensure that reading books and planners are in school every day. As your child is now in Upper Key Stage 2, they can read their books alone each night, but it is preferred that an adult reads with them at least once a week (this earns a point on the homework grid!). They can then write their own comment about what the found difficult/enjoyed etc. Guided reading will be done every day in school and there are lots of other opportunities throughout the day for children to develop their reading skills and a love of reading/books.
This half term’s Homework Grid is linked to our theme of ‘Rose Blanche’, as well as other skills I believe would be beneficial. Children should chose two tasks to complete each week and spend at least 30 minutes each evening on homework – for example, 20 minutes of reading + 10 minutes of spelling practice/completing activity from grid etc. Each activity should be completed once throughout the half term and parents should sign the grid to say that this has be completed. Please make sure your child has completed their homework, which should be handed in on a Friday or before if that suits you.
The spellings should be practised each night – no more than 10 minutes – as frequent practise embeds spellings. They should copy, cover and write each word as many times as they can in the 10 minutes.
If this isn’t completed they will have to complete homework in Golden Time.
In Year 6 children will continue practising problem solving and reasoning activities. This term’s focus is place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Children will have been given a login to Times Table Rockstars – this is an interactive, engaging game that can be played at home to improve speed of recall. It has had a fantastic impact on previous year 6 arithmetic speed and recall so please encourage children to play this at home as much as possible.
Please see the theme planning on the website to get an overview of which subjects will be taught this half term.
Unfortunately, year 6 is very short on space for bag and coat storage so please ensure children ONLY bring the essentials in to school. P.E kits should be brought in to school and returned home on Tuesdays only. Children do not require to bring in their own stationary as school provides everything they need. Bags seems to getting bigger and we have nowhere to put belongings. A book bag is preferred as it can easily fit what is necessary and can stack into space easily.
If for any reason you wish to discuss the upcoming year, please do not hesitate to make an arrangement to speak to be either before or after school hours.
Thank you for all your support,
Mrs. Willett & Liam Booth