Welcome to our class – Year 6!
Here you can see what Year 6 have in store as the year goes by, keep up-to-date with key dates for your diary and also access important documents such as letters, homework and other announcements. Additionally, here is link to our class blog which we will keep you up to date on what is happening in Year 6.
Year 6’s Autumn Term Newsletter can be accessed here.
Year 6 Staff
Mrs Hartwell – Class Teacher
“I am so excited to be back in Year 6 and feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach such a kind, caring and talented class for their final year of primary school. I am also very grateful to be able to work alongside Mrs Elkins again as she is a wonderful and supportive addition to the classroom. We are all very lucky to have Mrs O’Shea joining us this year too as she will be teaching Year 6 every Thursday to allow myself to continue to work towards achieving my National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership. We are all thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead: we have a lot of hard work to do but also lots of fun to be had and many memories to be made. Please feel free to get in touch with me at any point throughout the year; I am always happy to help in whatever way I can.”
Mrs Elkins – Teaching Assistant
“I cannot believe I am back in Year 6 but feel so fortunate to be working with a wonderful class of children and supporting them with their learning and any other situations that they may face. It is also good to be back working with Mrs Hartwell again as we make a great team and strive hard to support the children in any way that we can. I am looking forward to working with Mrs O’Shea too as I am sure both teachers will have some exciting lessons and events planned for the future. Bring on Year 6!”
Mrs O’Shea – Class Teacher (Thursday)
“I am really looking forward to teaching Year 6 on Thursdays this year after having previously taught them for snippets last year and getting to know what a keen and invested class they are. I can’t wait to teach them the exciting things we have planned in History, Geography and Science and support them in their final year of primary school.”
Year 6 Expectations
As you know, Year 6 is an important year and the class have a lot ahead of them. They have already made a strong start by getting stuck into the packed curriculum and completing some tricky, but necessary, baseline tests. I am confident that the class is capable of rising to the challenges presented by Year 6 and they have already shown this by establishing themselves as positive role models as the oldest children in the school.
In order to continue to set an example to others at All Souls’, it is important that Year 6 are punctual and arrive at school wearing full uniform and organised for the day ahead of them. This is something that the children should be taking responsibility for themselves this year. Encouraging them to do these things now will greatly benefit them in the long run. The children are in the process of being awarded jobs and responsibilities that they will carry out in the classroom and throughout the school. This gives the children more opportunities to develop their organisational skills and practise being reliable and supportive members of the school. Children are expected to complete these jobs autonomously and to the best of their abilities.
The Year 6 curriculum is a very tightly packed one and it is vital that we use our time in the classroom efficiently this year. The children will be expected to work harder and more quickly than in previous years in order to cover the necessary amount of work. There will not be time available for children to finish off work that is not completed within the lesson, so there may be times when they will be expected to work through parts of their lunch times or take unfinished work home to complete. We ask that all children complete each piece of work to the best of their ability and organise it clearly, in accordance with the expectations of the school’s policy for presentation. Where work falls below this standard, children will be asked to repeat the work in their own time.
Year 6 Curriculum
Autumn Term’s Curriculum Theme: Heroes and Villains
Launch Date: Monday 10th September 2018
Celebration Date: Friday 14th December
Homework Project Due: Friday 30th November
Our class text for the first term is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This is a fascinating fictional story based around the Holocaust linking in with our History unit on WWII and also provides fantastic discussion points surrounding the British Values.
Here’s the blurb:
The story of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.
Maths lessons will take place every day and always include mental maths and/or times tables practice. The following topics will be our focus for the Autumn term:
Number Sense: Place value, rounding and x/÷ by 10/100/1000, identifying and using common factors, x/÷ proper fractions.
Multiplicative Reasoning: Solve problems involving mental and written calculations for (x/÷/+/-).
Geometric Reasoning: Illustrating and naming parts of circles. Describing positions of full coordinates.
For the first half-term, our topic will be ‘Evolution and Inheritance’.
This will be followed by the topic of ‘Light’ for the second half-term.
Our first unit is WWII
The Autumn, Spring and Summer Newsletters will provide more information about the Year 6 curriculum, along with the Year 6 blog.
This year, children will be receiving fewer homework tasks with an increased focus being put on their reading and regular practise of times tables and spellings. These basic skills are vital to their education. Keeping their knowledge sharp and learning to apply them in different ways will greatly benefit them this year. Homework will be set on a Monday and be due in the following Monday. If a child does not complete their homework or hand it in on time, they will be expected to attend Homework Club.
Reading – It is vital that children continue to develop their reading this year. Improving their reading fluency as well as their understanding of what they read will help them to access the Year 6 curriculum as well as benefit them in their preparation for SATs. This is why all pupils are expected to read for around 10-15 minutes every day outside of school. To monitor your child’s progress in reading, their Reading Record should be signed and kept up to date. Reading Records will be collected in and checked every Monday. There should be a minimum of 5 entries and 3 of them should involve your child being heard read aloud.
Encouraging a love of reading will make these 15 minutes, and more, fly by. Some children will have books from our reading scheme that are chosen specially to take your child’s reading to the next level. However, some children may be ‘free readers’ and can therefore read anything appropriate that interests them. So if they prefer to read the Sunday Telegraph or Financial Times instead of Roald Dahl or Michael Morpurgo, then by all means encourage this!
Spelling – Every Monday, Year 6 will be tested on their spelling. Children will be given a list that they will be tested on and will get 2-3 opportunities each week to practise them and learn how to remember them. Children who practise their spelling at home as well will always have more success in their spellings tests.
Times tables – Children will be tested on their times tables at least once a week. We will practise and rehearse these in lessons and discuss ways to remember and apply their times tables knowledge. Again, it is vital that children practise their times tables at home in order to continually improve. Dedicated times tables practise at home as well as at school will have a great impact on the speed and accuracy of their maths as well as boost their confidence.
Curriculum Theme Homework Task – Each term, after the curriculum theme launch day, children will receive an additional home learning task linked to their topic for which they will have several weeks to complete it in and the freedom to choose how to respond to it. We hope that this will enable the children to showcase their interests and individuality and look forward to seeing their hard work and talents.
Other – Children may also be given short weekly tasks to complete in preparation for their SATs. We strive to ensure that all homework handed to children is purposeful and therefore we ask for your support with this.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation is due to take place on Sunday 26th April 2018. Your child will soon be considering who they are going to ask to be their sponsor and also researching the Saint whose name they will be adopting. We have highlighted the importance of taking the time to make such decisions. Sponsors do need to be above the age of 16 and a practising Catholic. The children are very keen to be Confirmed and take on the responsibility of becoming full adult members of the church and I am looking forward to guiding them on this journey of faith with the help of Mr Cooke, Mrs Quinn and Father Michael. Father Michael is encouraging children receiving this Sacrament to attend Mass regularly and be seen to support the Parish. He has arranged this year for regular meetings with the Confirmandi and their parents and/or sponsor. Futher details can be found in the following letter that you should have already received: Confirmationprogamme
Please continue to check the diary and the wesbite for any updates or changes to the Confirmation programme.
All Year 6 children working within National Curriculum requirements are legally obliged to participate in end of Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) which identify the attainment of children in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for national comparison. These tests will take place on the week beginning 13th May 2018. It is crucial that your child attends school during this week.
Over the coming months, further information and guidance regarding SATs will be issued to you. SATs are not something which either you or your child should be worried about. They should be approached as an opportunity to showcase everything they have learned throughout their time in Key Stage 2.