Year 6

Teachers: MRS GEMMA WATTS and MRS RACHEL BUTLER                     Autumn 2018

Learning Support Assistants: Miss Vicky East

The School Day:

 Morning:         9.00 - 12.30

 Assembly        9.10 - 9.30

              Break time      10.50 -11.05

 Lunchtime:     12.30 - 1.35

 Afternoon:      1.35 - 3.25

  Daily Routine

 Registration:  9.00 -  9.10

 English:   9.30 - 10.50

 Maths: 11.05 - 12.30

 Topic Work: 1.35 - 3.25                                   

Welcome to Class 5. We are really looking forward to an action packed year ahead. This year, we will study some excellent novels, beginning with ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll. This year sees a brand new curriculum map for KS2 and we’re excited to get stuck into our topics.

As you will have seen in the media, the expected standards that pupils in Year 6 are expected to reach are extremely high. Don’t forget to look at the new National Curriculum leaflets on the school’s website. These make clear the expectations in reading, writing and maths for all pupils in Year 6. These are well worth a look as they will raise your awareness of what your child will be expected to do by the end of the year. Handwriting is a crucial part of the curriculum for this year. If a child’s handwriting is not joined and legible, they will not be deemed to be at the expected standard. Please would you encourage joined, cursive handwriting at home wherever possible. If you encounter any difficulties accessing any of these documents, then please pop in and ask for a copy.

This term…

Core subjects

English                                                                                    

  • Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
  • Diary entries and short stories
  • Information texts
  • Letters
  • Our class book this term will be ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll– as part of this work we will write diary entries, information texts, letters and instructions whilst also developing our understanding of character, setting, plot and vocabulary.

Maths

This term is about getting the basics right so we will focus heavily on our multiplication facts, place value, number bonds to 100, multiplying & dividing by 10, 100 & 1000 and mental and written calculation methods for +, -, x and ÷.

When we are feeling more confident with all of this we will start to look at;

  • Data handling, graphs, charts etc
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Measures including time, length and weight
  • As well as applying maths to real life context

Science                                   

  • Circulatory system
  • Forces

Topic:

All other subjects this year will be taught through our topic for this term- World War Two. There will be many opportunities for the children to investigate themselves and we’re excited to get stuck in!

P.E

  • Rugby
  • Football (Shinpads WILL be required)
  • Hockey (Shinpads WILL be required)

General information

Mathematics

A good understanding of the multiplication facts is crucial to the more difficult mathematical concepts.  It would be a great help to us if you could support your child in learning these at home.  Although we teach this as part of our maths lessons it is impossible for us to teach it every day.  It is this daily practice that we are certain, many of the children benefit from. Furthermore, please encourage your child to write numbers up to 10 million in both figures and words as some are finding this particularly tricky.

Clothing

Clothing should be clearly labelled and easily identified.

All personal items brought into school must be clearly labelled and contained in a small bag as cloakroom space is very limited. Jewellery should not be worn in school except for an inexpensive watch and stud earrings for those with pierced ears.

Additional notes for Class 5

Class rules and behaviour.

The three basic rules of our classroom are:

  1. Respect your self and always try your best in all that you do
  2. Respect others at all times during the day
  3. Respect properties of the school and others

These are expected to be followed by all pupils throughout the day.  All other classroom expectations and procedures stem from these three important ideas.

We believe each child should take responsibility for his or her own behaviour.  By Year 6 they should not be offering excuses and blaming others.  Therefore, the children will be made aware of the class rules and expectations from day one.  Any child that chooses to break these rules will receive sanctions as set out in the school behaviour policy.

Homework

Homework will be set on Thursdays and will be due in the following Tuesday. This allows us to be able to mark homework promptly. Typically, this will include some Maths and English. Most weeks it will include a weekly spelling rules sheet.

In addition to this, there will be spelling words taken from specific spelling rules for your child to learn. It is imperative that regular practise of these words happens, so that children can revisit previous learning.

Smaller “finishing off” activities may be set every now and then in between this and the deadline for this will be negotiated at the time.  The amount of homework will vary depending upon the work being undertaken by the class.  No homework will be set during the holidays as we believe children need time to relax and enjoy a break from school.  We expect children to be reading at home for their own pleasure, but we also ask as part of their homework that they read to an adult once a week.

All homework set will be revisiting learning from the previous week. Should your child find any aspect of this difficult, Mrs Watts will run homework club on Friday lunchtimes.

Please encourage your child to complete homework and to hand it in on time. It is a crucial part of preparing your child for Secondary school whilst supporting their learning and giving you an insight into what we have been covering in class.

PE

The children in our class will need to have PE kit in school every day.  When scheduled to do outdoor PE, the sessions will go ahead outdoors unless it is not safe to do so.  Therefore, your child will need extra layers of outdoor clothing including football boots or trainers that can get muddy. As we have football this term all children will require shinpads. Kits will be sent home for washing at regular intervals.

Cloakroom

Class 5 has very little cloakroom space, so please could you ensure that your child only brings items that they require. Some children are bringing large bags in addition to bookbags and PE bags and we are struggling to accommodate these.

Our availability

Due to the busy nature of teaching Year 6, we would appreciate that if you have any problems requiring our attention that you make an appointment convenient to us both, enabling us to give the matter our full attention.  Obviously if a matter requires our immediate attention that day, we can easily be contacted