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, there are links to other parts of the website relevant to Year 6, such as our blog which we aim to update weekly and our photo gallery where you can see what we have been up to!

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Who works in Year 6?

Mrs Hartwell – Class Teacher

“I am extremely excited for the year ahead and feel very privileged to be working in Year 6 again this year. We have had such a positive transition day and start to the year which has made me even more enthusiastic for what the year has in store, especially since I have begun to get to know them each as individuals and had the opportunity to bond and work together with them as a team. I am eager to help them thrive and enjoy their last year of primary school.”

Mrs Elkins – Teaching Assistant

“I am looking forward to getting to being back with the class that I started my time at All Souls with back in nursery. I am keen to continue to get to know the children individually and support them in reaching their potential in their last year here at All Souls.”

Year 6 Expectations (Taken from the Autumn Term newsletter)

For many reasons, Year 6 will be the most important year of your child’s educational life so far. Year 6 is very much a transitional year as the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, end their time in Primary Education and take their first steps towards adulthood. As the oldest children, there is an expectation that they will set the example to the rest of school, in terms of their appearance, behaviour and attitude towards school life. Each morning we expect the children to arrive at school on time, in full school uniform and organised for the day ahead. It now needs to become very much their responsibility (not yours!) to ensure that this is the case, so if you need to, take a step back and allow them to learn to organise themselves, even if it goes wrong to begin with!

Within the classroom and school the children are in the process of being awarded jobs and responsibilities, which they will be expected to complete autonomously and to the best of their abilities.

The Year 6 curriculum is a very tightly packed one, which can only be stuck to by very careful time management. The children are going to have to work harder and faster than ever if they are going to keep up with the pace – as some of them have already discovered. There will not be time available for children to finish off work that wasn’t 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 abilities and organise it clearly, including homework, 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.

Curriculum

For a breakdown of the curriculum covered each term, please read the termly newsletters available below:

Autumn Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Homework

Homework is a crucial aspect of school, particularly as time in lessons is at such of a premium, and I believe that when set appropriately and purposefully, it can facilitate progress in attainment. In Year 6, homework will come in a range of forms – some which are regular, weekly expectations and others which will be given as and when necessary. Your child has a specific homework book, in which they should complete all homework (unless otherwise directed).  There is the expectation that the work completed in this book will be to the same standard as that which is completed in school.

Reading – Reading is the most valuable homework that your child could ever do and in Year 6 it is expected that they read for about 15 minutes each day outside of school.  Whether loved or loathed, everybody has to read to get about their daily lives and so if your child has no interest in developing their reading as a passion, then they must develop it as a skill!  They have been provided with a home reading record which should be completed daily, detailing what they are reading and with whom.  I ask for your support in encouraging and monitoring your child’s reading, and that you sign their reading record each week to confirm that what is detailed is a true record (even if it says that they haven’t read anything!). This should be brought into school by your child each Monday so that either I or Mrs Elkins can sign it.  Your child may still be on our school reading scheme, in which case they will bring a specific book home to read and return it to school to be changed.  If this is not the case, then they are classed as a ‘free reader’ and may choose material of an appropriate ability to read.  Please remember that reading is reading, and that reading the sport section of the newspaper with a certain level of interest is far more beneficial than pretending to read a Harry Potter book!  Please also remember that, whatever your child’s reading ability, there is much to be gained from spending time reading with your child and discussing books. Don’t battle with your child over reading! If you are really struggling to get them to do it, talk to me and I’ll battle with them instead.  Those children who are not reading regularly at home, or do not complete their reading records, will be asked to attend a lunchtime or breaktime homework club to read.

Mathematics and English – each week, on a Friday, the children will be a set a piece of Maths and English homework, which should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday.  The work will, most of the time, link directly with the units of work which have been covered in school. Closer to SATs, it may be more revision based depending upon the needs of your child. In addition, you child should be practising their times tables daily, as we do in lessons. Children will also receive a spelling list on a Friday which they should take home and learn by practising frequently ready for a spelling test the following Friday.

Please find details of homework on the ‘Homework‘ section of the website which I will endeavour to update on a weekly basis.

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss something further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Mrs Hartwell