Year 6

Autumn 2017

Teacher: MRS GEMMA WATTS

Learning Support Assistants: Miss Vicky East

The School Day:

Morning:          9.00 – 12.30

            (Break time 10.50–11.05 Assembly 11.05–11.20)

Lunchtime:     12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:       1.35 – 3.25

Daily Routine

 Registration (busy work):   9.00 –   9.10am

Grammar/Spelling: 9.10 – 9.30am

English:             9.30-10.30am

Guided Reading10.30 – 10.50am

Maths:         11.20 – 12.30pm

Topic Work:   1.35 –   3.25pm              

Welcome to Class 5. I am really looking forward to an action packed year ahead. This year, we will study some excellent novels, beginning with ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. 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. If you encounter any difficulties accessing these, then please pop in and ask for a copy.

Core subjects

English                                                

Our class book this term will be ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palacio – as part of this work we will write diary entries, balanced arguments, letters and descriptive pieces 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                                   

  • Changing circuits
  • Seeing light

History                         

  • The Vikings and Anglo Saxons

Geography                             

  • Investigating coasts

P.E

  • Football & Hockey (Shinpads WILL be required)

Mathematics

A good understanding of the multiplication facts is crucial to the more difficult mathematical concepts.  It would be a great help to me if you could support your child in learning these at home.  Although I teach this as part of our maths lessons it is impossible for me to teach it every day.  It is this daily practice that I am 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 four basic rules of my 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
  4. Maintain an ‘I can’ attitude.

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

I 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 Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday. Typically this will include some Maths, English and some Topic work. Most weeks it will include a weekly spelling rules sheet. Each Monday I will test the children on ten words taken from this sheet so please support your child in learning these words. This will support the spelling work your child is doing in class and will replace previous approaches to spelling. Further to this, each week your child will bring home a second spelling sheet which focusses on the 100 key words at Year 5/6. Your child should use Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check (LSCWC) to practise these words. The ability to spell these 100 words is an essential requirement of the end of Year 6 Teacher assessment criteria in writing.

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 I believe children need time to relax and enjoy a break from school.  I expect children to be reading at home for their own pleasure, but I also ask as part of their homework that they read to an adult once a week and that this adult signs their Reading Diary as a formal record of this.  I will collect in all Reading Diaries on a regular basis to look at what the children are reading. In addition to this, your child has a Reading Journal in which they should regularly complete work based on their reading. Your child has a brand new list of possible activities that they could complete. For each different activity that they complete, they will be rewarded in class.

This year I will again try to collate homework in a book which your child will bring home. This will allow you to see how well a piece of homework has been completed and any feedback that we have provided, unfortunately any work that is put on display will not be sent home for you to see. Please encourage your child to look after this book and to ensure that it is in school every Monday to stick marked homework into.

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 my 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 & hockey this term all children will require shinpads. Please can you ensure that kit comes home to be washed regularly as last year we had some rather smelly bags!

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.

My availability

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