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Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to Year Six! The Year Six team includes Miss Hooper, Mrs Farrimond, Mrs Vayro, Mrs Bolton, Mrs Rylance, Mrs Davies, Mrs Edmunds, Mrs Mills and Mrs Cunningham. As a team we have been looking forward to working with you and your child to enable them to have as smooth a transition into their secondary education as possible. The children appear to be settling into Year Six very well and as a staff we have been very impressed with their good manners, enthusiasm and positive approach so far. So keep it up Year Six!

We have got an extremely busy, but super and exciting term ahead of us. Listed below is an outline of the topics that will be covered, which I hope you will find useful. Our main topic for the Autumn Term is called ‘Victorian Britain’. The children will be learning about the Victorian Era with a particular emphasis on what life was like for Victorian children. The Victorian project is very exciting and I am sure all of the children will be looking forward to our Victorian Day trip to Quarry Bank Mill. The details and cost of this trip will follow shortly.  The dates of this are 6GC and 6JF on the 9th October, with 6LH and 6JV going on the 10th October. The children spend the day learning about work in a Victorian cotton mill and we encourage them to dress as Victorian children to make the day as authentic as possible so keep your eyes open for any waistcoats, flat caps or mop caps you could borrow.

Dates for your diary

Year 6 Open Evening: Wednesday 10th September 4:30 – 5:30pm. Please note: the Y6 Open Evening will start with a presentation at 4:30pm

We hope that as many Parents as possible will be able to attend this informative evening. You will have an opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher in an informal setting, whilst learning more about what goes on in Year Six. If you feel the need to discuss any concerns at any other times, please feel free to make an appointment, as staff we always have the best interests of your child at heart.

Trip to Quarry Bank Mill: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October

Parents’ Evenings: Tuesday 25th November and Thursday 27th November.

Please note: you will receive a letter nearer the time to enable you to make an appointment.

P.E.
The children are expected to have their full P.E. kit in school ready for P.E. lessons timetabled throughout the week. They need to bring their kit to school on Monday, keeping it in school for the whole week and take it home on Friday. This helps to avoid any confusion about what days your child has got P.E. Indoor P.E. kit is required for Dance and Gymnastics and suitable track-suits and trainers are needed for outdoor Games lessons; long hair should be tied back and jewellery is not to be worn. It goes without saying that the weather will become colder, but we do like to take the children out if possible so please ensure your child has suitable warm clothing for outdoor lessons. There is no spare P.E. kit in school and the children will not be allowed to borrow someone else’s P.E. kit.

Homework
The children will be set homework by class and set teachers during the course of the week, which will be organised in the following way:

What and When?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Given Out

Mental Maths from Set

Spellings from set

Times tables from Set

 

Numeracy from Set

 

 

Literacy /Science (Starting after half term)

 

No Homework given

Handed In

Spellings for Set

Mental Maths for Set

Times tables for Set

 

 

Literacy/Science (Starting after half term)

Numeracy for Set

On occasions there may be topic or literacy based homework set, we will send a letter of explanation with these.  This is the homework schedule of the Autumn Term, as we draw closer to the SAT’s week the amount of homework will increase, comprehension and revision material will be given to the children to complete.  More information about this will follow in the Spring Term.

N.B. Reading tasks will need to be completed each week; your child will be informed which day they will need to hand it in to their class teacher. This will be written down in your child’s Reading Record.

It is important that the children read regularly to maintain pace and interest. Your child will need to be reading to someone at home at least three times a week and, along with listening to your child read, it would really help their vocabulary and comprehension if you would spend some time discussing the text and asking your child questions. As staff, we would be grateful if you would then sign their reading record accordingly. Once a week your child will be asked to complete a reading record task. Your will find a list of these tasks glued in your child’s reading record. This reading book should travel home and back to school every day. This book does not, of course, have to be the only book your child reads. Any books your child is interested in should be actively encouraged whether it’s audio, non-fiction, or a shared read. They should not limit themselves purely to the school reader. The home/school reader is provided for your child to develop their fluency, accuracy, vocabulary and comprehension.

In Year 6 we try to encourage the children to become as independent as possible, in readiness for their move to High School next year. The children will become responsible for writing their own homework down on the appropriate page in their Reading Record and organising everything they need to enable them to carry out their homework effectively. When homework is set, the children will be informed when it is to be returned. However, we do understand what full and active lives they lead and there may be occasions when they will need a little longer to complete a task; in such instances could you please write a note to the relevant teacher so that extra time can be given. If you need to write a quick message linked to homework or any other matter, the Year 6 Reading Records are a handy way to communicate.

We appreciated that as parents you are extremely busy, but if there is anybody out there who may have some time to come in and help in year 6 with photocopying, listening to children read, display work etc then we would be extremely grateful. However, we do have to insist that you hold a current Warrington DBS document and that you come in to sign our volunteer agreement policy. If you would like to find out more about this documentation, please contact Mrs Jones in the school office.

We are very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the Year 6 Open Evening. If you have any queries or concerns and you would like a quick chat with your child’s class teacher, please do not hesitate to pop into the Year 6 building to see us! We are all looking forward to a brilliant year.

Our Y6 Staff Team