Welcome to Year 6!
It is getting to that time of year so we thought we would clarify some of the information surrounding the SATs tests for the year 6 children.
Test week this year is week beginning Monday 13th May. All year 6 children have the order of the tests determined by the Government and this year it has been set as follows:
We are currently in the midst of preparing the children for these tests and welcome any support outside of the classroom. To help support your child at home, we would ask that you can make sure that they complete any homework, send them to their booster sessions (they will only continue until SATs week so not much longer), read with them, encourage them to do Maths Whizz and ensure those beautiful revision books that you invested in are well-used! Whilst this is all important, we obviously understand that they also need time to relax. With this in mind, many children may benefit from a timetable so that they know what needs doing.
We will arrange a meeting for just after Easter where you will all have a chance to join us to go through the final details for the week. We hope you have a nice break but can also encourage the children to not completely switch off for two weeks!
Thank you in advance!
We are starting our new unit, ‘Ancient Greeks’, with a brilliant visit from Portals to the Past. What a brilliant day we have had! Each and every child has been fully engaged in the whole day. We learnt about Greek mythology, the history of Greece, tried on armour, played a new game and even had time for a spot of javelin! The children were enthusiastic and our leader, Dan, for the day wowed us all with his in depth knowledge of Ancient Greece. Before leaving us, Dan commented on the success of the day pointing out that the children were not only brilliantly enthusiastic but also impeccably behaved!
We hope that you had a wonderful summer and are now raring to go!
You have made it to your last year of your primary school careers and we hope that it will be a year to remember.
The first topic for this term is Evolution and Inheritance. During this unit, we will be looking at Charles Darwin's evolutionary theories. We will be looking at animals, where they came from and how they have evolved gradually over time.
Reading is a key focus this year and it is important that reading takes place both in and out of school. We all need to be reading fluently, with an average speed of 90 words per minute. We also ask that the children read a variety of different texts as this will ensure that they are familiar with a range of books and styles.
All the children now have access to Maths Whizz and as part of their work, they will be expected to complete at least an hour a week on the program. In year 6, the children are responsible for making sure this is completed weekly. For those who don't have access to it at home, we will be running clubs after school where they can use Maths Whizz; they will also have access at lunchtimes.
Mrs Folwell's class begin swimming lessons first (date TBC) and these will continue for 8 weeks when Miss Cattini's class will take over and begin their lessons.
We have a residential trip planned for March to PGL and lots of other exciting things in the pipeline!