Welcome to Year 6!
No doubt it seems like only yesterday that you were dropping your child off in Reception for the very first time and now they are entering their final year of primary school. I wanted to take the opportunity to inform you about their life in year six and how we can work together to prepare your child for secondary school.
We are fortunate to have Miss Cawthorne working alongside us in Year 6 to teach and support groups and individuals. After the children have settled into year 6 and we have established their learning needs we will begin to split the class between us to offer more targeted teaching. As the year progresses there will be booster classes on offer for children who would benefit from them.
In Year 6 children undertake roles and responsibilities throughout the school. Some children are chosen to be monitors or house or vice-captains. Within this role, they help with and organise different events. All the Year 6 children are expected to act as positive role models for the rest of the school, leading by example in their attitude to learning and through their behaviour.
It is very important this year that children take responsibility for themselves and their belongings by; handing their homework in on time and having their PE kit in school on the correct day. In Year 6 PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I would advise leaving PE kit in school all week just in case there is a last minute change.
As you are all aware, Year 6 is the final year of primary school and all children will sit the Key Stage 2 Tests on the week commencing 14th May 2018. The tests have been changed this year and are now even more challenging than before. The way the results are reported has also changed. Children will no longer receive a Level (in the past children were expected to achieve Level 4 at the end of primary school.) Instead they will be given a scaled score. A score of 100 will be required to have achieved the national standard. A meeting will be held on 31st January at 6pm to give parents more information about the new tests.
The children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes every night, at least once during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and sometimes during holiday periods. Reading is a vital skill which feeds into all subjects. In particular this year, the children will need to develop their reading stamina and speed. By the end of the year they will be expected to read a large amount of material in a short space of time and then answer detailed questions about their reading. I will also be challenging the children to try books which they might not choose themselves, this is to widen their reading experience and develop their vocabulary.
Children have been given a reading record and parents are asked to complete it and sign it to confirm that their child has read. Children will have the opportunity to collect house points for their reading.
The children will be given English and Maths homework every week. English and Maths homework is set on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. If homework is not completed, children will be expected to do it in their own time at school. A spelling journal has been given to all children which gives the opportunity to learn the words and use them in sentences. A spelling test will be carried out on Friday each week. Periodically, the children will be given project homework tasks, which are linked to our topics.
Don’t forget Bug Club and Sumdog!
Alongside the homework regularly set, each child has their own Bug Club (reading) and Sumdog (maths) account. These websites can be used at any time to practice skills which we have learned in school. House points will be regularly awarded to children who make use of them.It is essential that the children realise the importance of doing their homework. It is good training for Year 7 in Secondary School.
Finally, I know (from very recent experience) how stressful Year 6 can be for parents. If at any time you have any concerns or worries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will spend much of the year building the children up so that they feel they can achieve anything. Undoubtedly, there will be days where they find things difficult, but that is an important part of learning. All we ask is that they show 100% commitment as we can’t do it without them!