Year 6 — 03 September 2013
Welcome to Year 6!

Dear Parents

I hope you all had a lovely summer. I’m looking forward to teaching this class again, especially as they were my first ever group at Skyswood way back in Year 2! I have attached a summary of the areas we will be covering this term in each subject, including details of some of the activities we will undertake: Autumn Overview

This year is a busy, challenging yet very exciting year. We begin with two excellent trips designed to promote health and safety and team work:

  • Wednesday 11th September: Hazard Alley (with the Y5 class)
  • Wednesday 23rd September: Cuffley Camp

You will receive separate letters with further details of these visits shortly.

The class will be taught on a Thursday by Mrs Woollard as I will be taking on a more significant role within the Senior Leadership Team this year. The curriculum will continue as normal and ICT and Science will be covered on this day.

Homework will continue in much the same way as in Year 5. Learning Logs will be given out on a Friday and be due in the following Wednesday. Children will usually be able to choose between three options, but occasionally everyone will be required to complete the same task. It is expected that the children will spend 45 minutes to an hour on their learning logs. They will also receive an additional piece of Maths homework that is compulsory for all pupils.

The children will receive the opportunity to choose a new library book each week. Their homework includes at least one hour of reading every week. I understand the majority of the children prefer to read independently at this stage, but it would be very helpful if you could find a few minutes to listen to them read aloud as well. The important thing is to ask your child questions about what they have read to check their understanding, as this is what they find most difficult even if they appear to be reading fluently.  It is the decision of you and your child what books they want to read – for me, the most important thing is that they enjoy it. Please record the time spent reading each week in their homework planner so I can keep track of this and reward those that make an extra effort.

Spellings will take place in short, sharp sessions over the course of the week, culminating in a written test on Friday morning. Children generate their own words, so please feel free to extend the initial vocabulary chosen at the start of the week. As long as the same rule is met, spellings can be as challenging as possible! Your child will also be tested on 1 or 2 different times tables every Friday morning. Questions will be multiplication and division facts and use a variety of mathematical vocabulary (e.g. times, multiply, product, etc…).

Overview of homework for the Autumn Term:

  • Learning Log (45      minutes – 1 hour)
  • Maths homework
  • Spellings
  • Times tables
  • 1 hour of reading

This half term, P.E will take place on a Friday afternoon each week, so please ensure your child brings in suitable kit on these days. However, it is advisable to retain P.E. kits in school at all times in case of non-timetabled sessions. Trainers will also be required, as we will go outside if the weather permits.  Swimming will take place in the summer term.

We invite you to attend our Parents’ Presentation Evening on 17th September at 7:30pm. We will be introducing some exciting new initiatives within the school and it will give me a chance to meet with you and answer any questions you may have about this year. Parent Consultation Evenings will be held Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st November 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you all in the near future. If you have any questions, please feel free to come in and see us either before or after school; you are always welcome. Thank you for all your support.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lisa Caro (Year 6 Class Teacher) and Mrs Judy Watson (Year 6 Teaching Assistant)

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