Our Class – Year 6

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 Staff

Mr Marsh – Class Teacher

“I am thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead and I feel privileged to be teaching in Year 6 at All Souls’. After teaching this group of charismatic and talented children in Year 4, I am delighted to be reunited with them for their final year of primary school. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us and we also have loads to look forward to. 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.”

Miss Quinn – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Senyk – Teaching Assistant

 

Year 6 Expectations

As you know, Year 6 is an important year and the class have a lot ahead of them. The whole class has 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

English

Our class text for the first half-term is ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. This is a fascinating picture book which tells a tale of a man who emigrates to an unknown land in search of better prospects for his family. Here’s the blurb:

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

Maths

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.

Science

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.

 

 

The Spring and Summer Newsletters will provide more information about the Year 6 curriculum, along with the Year 6 blog.

 

Key information

Homework

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.

ReadingIt 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 Friday 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 tablesChildren 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.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is due to take place on Sunday 29th April 2018. Your child should currently 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 and Mrs Quinn. 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. These will take place for half an hour before the usual family masses.

SATs

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 14th 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.