Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday. It is wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm. We are writing to share some information about life in year 6.
Our two classes are Hawks class with Mr Way and Kestrels class with Miss Oliver. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Searle and Mrs Hall with support from Mrs Bulla and Mrs Vaughan.
Curriculum and key dates
Our topic is ‘Spies, Secrets and Survival’, where we learn about World War II with a focus on wartime spies, secret communications and refugees. We use the books ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, ‘Rose Blanche’ and ‘Erika’s Story’ as a basis for our writing. As part of our RE curriculum, we learn about Creation. In science, we study our circulatory system and the function of the heart. In the second half term, we focus on electricity including finding out about how electricity is produced. We use this knowledge to build our own spy gadgets.
Here are a couple of key events for Autumn term:
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 school library – each class will visit once a week – and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home. 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.
In Year 6, 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.
Maths and English homework is set every week on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Maths homework will either be an activity on the website MyMaths, or a handwritten task based on what has been covered in class that week. 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 an element of grammar or punctuation. In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Tuesday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. A copy of the ‘word lists’ will be sent home with your child during the next week. These words will be tested in the English homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.
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.
PE in Kestrels class is usually on a Monday and a Friday; PE in Hawks class is usually on a Thursday and Friday. Please can your child have their PE kit in school every day. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term. 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. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. 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. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape.
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 your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. Lost property is located in the first aid area by the Y5/6 doors to the KS2 playground.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary, as they are checked at the start of each day.
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mr J Way and Miss L Oliver