Year 6

10th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers of Class 10 children,

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome your children back to school last week. They have all returned with enthusiasm, and there is a strong air of positivity and excitement, especially when we start talking about Simonsbath.

This academic year, we are incredibly lucky to have Mrs Hughes working with us every day, and we look forward to Mrs Thomason working with us on Wednesdays. A few parents have offered to come in and support our children with their learning; if this is something you would like to do, we would be most grateful.

Last week, we started the term by creating a class library, which is almost finished now. The children have become experts on the different genres of reading, and there are definitely a few budding librarians among them. We would like to add a few cushions and beanbags to make our special reading area comfortable, so if anyone has any spare cushions or beanbags that are not being used, we’d be so pleased to find a new home for them.

Well done to all those who managed to complete the summer homework tasks. I can already see the difference this made for some children, and I have been impressed by maths and English work produced this week. I believe that a ‘little and often’ approach to homework proves to be the most successful. The amount of work to complete in Year 6 can be quite overwhelming, but with regularly completed homework, I am sure that we will see a growth in confidence both at home and school. This year, homework will be signed in and we will go through the work together on the day of its return. If homework is not returned, the feedback sessions will not be as useful for your children, and they will then have to complete the homework at break or during their lunch time. The homework will be set to directly support your child’s classroom learning and so it will be hugely beneficial.

The homework timetable is as follows:

Homework

Out

In

Maths

Monday

Wednesday

English

Wednesday

Friday

Topic and spellings

Friday

Friday ( the following week)

Class 10 will be having some fun reading challenges this year. They will be working in teams and so, to ensure their team has the best possible chance of winning, every child will need to put in as much effort as possible. Reading records that the children bring home will be collected in every Friday morning and entries will be counted; the weekly count will be instrumental in these fast-paced challenges/competitions. The basic expectation is that every child reads between 3 and 5 times a week, for at least 10 minutes at a time. If your child has a gold star on the front of their reading book, this means that as well as reading to a parent (or older brother/sister) they may read independently and sign the record book themselves.

Times tables will be tested every Friday. It goes without saying that if a child does not know their times tables by Year 6, the maths curriculum becomes extremely difficult to access (for example, division, fractions and problem solving). My hopes are that when your child leaves St Mary’s, they will feel confident and ready for secondary school, so I will be doing all I can to help them, but school and parental partnership is crucial.

Our topic this term is ‘Mischief Makers’. Our class text is ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ by Maz Evans. This book is filled with mischievous characters that allow us to enter the magical world of The Greek Gods. The children will be basing lots of their written work around this text. We will be concentrating on writing recounts, myths, legends, stories and poetry. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be taught weekly. Through our history topic, Ancient Greece, we will continue to learn about Mischief Makers

In RE, we will be learning more about Creation, Judaism and Prayers, Saints and Feasts. Quite a few children are planning to play their instruments during our class collective worship time on Tuesdays and Thursdays; this is something we will all look forward to.

In Science, whilst studying Evolution and Inheritance, we will be learning about how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace developed their ideas about evolution.

Our art this term will include making Greek vases, using scratch art; in DT, we will make Greek pots with clay, and delicious Greek salads.

Our PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for which full PE kit is essential. We cannot allow the children to do PE in school shoes and we cannot take them outside in cold weather, if they don’t have their outdoor PE kit (tracksuits). Obviously, if we are blessed with fine weather, tracksuits won’t be worn, but it is best to have them packed, regardless. Occasionally, we may do PE on a day that is different to our regular day, so it is advisable to have kits in school from Monday to Friday.

Thank you for ensuring your children arrive promptly in the mornings. It makes such a big difference not having to stop our learning for latecomers. Punctuality has been excellent so far and our new electronic register also ensures a smooth start to our day.

Please do let me know if you have any questions or concerns. If you need to book an appointment with me, please send in a note or you can catch me on the playground, when I am signing the children out, at the end of the day.

Thank you for your support. I’m really looking forward to a successful and happy year with your children.

Kind regards, 

Mrs Theresa McDonagh