Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and the children have enjoyed the start to the year. It has been 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, Mrs Hall and Mrs Vaughan.
Curriculum and key dates
Our topic this term is based around World War II and the plight of refugees from then until the modern day. Using this as a stimulus, we will investigate the question ‘What does it mean to belong?’ We use the texts ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ and ‘Close to the Wind’ as the main 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 its safe use. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/curriculum/363101
Here are a couple of key events for Autumn term:
KS2 Superstar worship takes place on Friday afternoons, where one member of each class is chosen to receive a certificate for their learning 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 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.
Maths and English homework is set every week on a Friday and needs to be handed in by the following Thursday. 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 Thursday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. Spellings will be set on ‘Spelling Shed’. Children have been given their log-in details for this, but if these have been misplaced, please inform the class teacher. 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.
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 (either independently or to an adult) 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.
PE in Year 6 is usually on a Wednesday and a Friday, though this can sometimes change owing to curriculum events and hall availability. Therefore, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school each day so that they can fully participate in the sessions. 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 brought from home.
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 snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children will only stay indoors at playtimes if it is raining heavily. 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