Welcome to Year 6!
Dear Parents and Carers
We are writing to share some information about our summer term topics and remind you about some important information about your child’s year group.
Curriculum and key dates
Our project for the summer term is ‘What does it take to make it?’ We will begin by learning what it takes to make it as a mountain climber before learning about mountain ranges across the world. The second half term sees us learn all about how to ‘make it’ by pursuing our dreams, before putting on our eagerly anticipated end-of-year production! We use the books ‘Everest’, ‘King of the Cloud Forests’ and ‘The Brockenspectre’ as a basis for our writing in the first half term. As part of our RE curriculum, we ask ‘What kind of King is Jesus?’ and in science, we study light.
An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/the_curriculum/363101
KS2 Superstar worship takes place on Friday mornings, where one member of each class is chosen to receive a certificate for their work that week. The work of these children is shared and the rest of the key stage has a chance to hear about their achievements.
Homework and reading at home
Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the class library. Every time your child reads at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. In KS2, children will be awarded house points for every occasion that they read at home. When children have finished a chapter book, they need to record the title of the book at the back of the reading diary so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.
Maths and spelling homework is set every week on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Maths homework will be an activity on the website MyMaths. Children have been given their log-in details for MyMaths, but if these have been misplaced, please inform the class teacher.
The English homework is usually a written task, based on a prompt, such as a story opening or illustration. In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Friday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them.
All children are expected to complete and hand their homework in on time. If children are finding it difficult to complete their homework at home, they can choose to attend ‘Learning Links’ (homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.
Children can earn ‘Reading Rewards’ time, for reading at home and recording it in their reading records. To receive this reward time, children need to read at home on at least six occasions during the week and records these. Diaries must also be signed by a parent or carer (once per week) in order for children to receive this time.
This half term, Hawks will have PE on Mondays and Fridays and Kestrels will have PE on a Thursday. After half term, this will swap over. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the Home/School contact book. As an alternative, or in addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the Juniors. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions, therefore a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are also useful. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape. Long hair should be tied back.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. Children are expected to wear sensible, black shoes as part of the school uniform.
We are looking forward to a great summer term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please use the Year 6 email address to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mr A Belton and Miss C Hammond