Welcome to the world of Year 6! You’ll find it isn’t very different to previous years, but it will include a fair bit of preparation for SATs (more on this in our SATs meeting) and also some transition to help the children with their move to secondary school. Of course – this year also includes Robinwood – the highlight of the Year 6 experience!
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with this class again and I can’t wait to get started and support them through this term. I have already been impressed by their attitude and readiness to learn in Year 6 and I am looking forward to getting to know them more along with all of the families.
This term in Year 6, in our foundation subjects, we will be working on the topic of World War Two, looking closely at the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, alongside what life was like at this time. Our artwork will focus on a piece by L.S.Lowry which represents the Blitz and later in the term we will carry out some DT linked to the war. We will be reading ‘Goodnight, Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian in English, which will support and reinforce our learning in History.
A very important aspect of Year 6 is helping the children to become more mature and independent so that they are ready to make the move to secondary school. One of the ways we do this is to give additional responsibilities, such as spending some time with our new Reception buddies, which I know the children are looking forward to, and getting used to our new monitor roles. We also ask that children begin to take responsibility for their own equipment and homework. Perhaps a timetable could be made and put somewhere for your child to follow regarding when PE kit and homework needs to be brought in? Also, it would be good for the children to become more independent at the beginning and end of the school day by meeting up with friends to come into the yard or lining up on their own. All of this will help the move to ‘big school’ seem like a much easier step!
With regard to practicalities, our P.E. days are on Monday and Friday. Weather permitting, the children will be going outside for this, so outdoor kit is required. Homework will be sent out on a Monday (Maths, Vocabulary Laboratory and Spelling) and returned on Thursday. Your child needs to bring in their reading book and reading diary EVERY DAY. Please encourage them to read some of their book at least three times a week – they can write their own comments about the book in their reading record, but please feel free to write in it too if you wish.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, please come and see myself or Mrs Walton. Year 6 can be a tricky time for some children and I would hate to think they were upset or worried about anything and didn’t tell me. You know your child so much better than we do – if you feel there is something wrong please talk to them and ask them to come to me for help, and if they feel they can’t, please come to see me yourself.
Thank you for your support, I look forward to meeting you on parents evening if not sooner.
Mrs Laura Hull