Welcome to Year 6
A very warm welcome to the Year 6 pages of our school website. Here you will find all of the exciting learning opportunities going on in our two Year 6 classes. We will also share key information and give guidance about our routines and expectations so that you can help your child to be ready for all of the learning and opportunities in Year 6. We are very much looking forward to getting to know your child and to working in partnership with you.
Welcome Meeting Slides
At the bottom of the page, you can find the slides from our welcome meetings in September.
Meet the team
Our Year 6 classes are named after two native British trees, Spruce and Oak.
Mr Needs is the class teacher in Spruce class and Miss Kerlogue is the class teacher in Oak Class.
Miss Bridson and Mrs Shattock will be providing PPA cover on Wednesday afternoons in both classes.
Mrs Riley will be working in both classes this year and Miss Watts will be working in Oak class.
We are always keen to share the children's learning journey with you. You can find regular updates both via our class pages below and on our Class Dojo pages. If you wish to speak to your child's class teacher, please do not hesitate to make an appointment via the school office or by messaging on Dojo.
Our Routines and Expectations
Our PE lessons take place on Tuesdays (Outdoor PE) and Thursdays (Indoor PE). In the second half of the Autumn Term, we will be having Year 6 swimming lessons on Tuesdays instead of PE.
Homework will be set and collected in on Fridays and reading records will be collected on Mondays. We will also be sending our class poetry journal home with one child each Monday.
- Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing school uniform each day. This helps to foster a sense of pride and belonging to our school family and reflects the high standards we are striving to achieve for every child. You can find a link to our school uniform policy below.
- Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on PE days.
- Children can bring their reading book, water bottle and lunch box to school in a small backpack. Please help us by reminding pupils that toys should not be brought into school.
- Children in Year 6 can bring a small pencil case to school that will fit easily in their drawer. This can contain a pencil, rubber, ruler, sharpener, coloured pencils and a glue stick. Felt tips, gel pens and calculators are not required.
Our Year 6 Learning
The long-term plan below outlines all of the year 6 learning in different subjects. The Autumn Term overview will show you the children's learning in the Autumn term in more detail. Both of these documents can be found at the bottom of the page.
Knowledge Organisers and Science Glossaries
For each new History and Geography unit, children will bring home their one-page 'Knowledge Organiser' which will contain some of the key knowledge and vocabulary that children will be learning as part of their work in class. The main ideas is that they help children gain a strong knowledge and understanding of their topic in order to help them know and remember more and start to make links between subjects and topic areas. Please help your child to learn the information contained within the knowledge organiser through discussion, exploration and low-stakes quizzing for fun!
For each new Science topic, children will have a Science glossary. This again helps them to make links with previous learning - reminding them of vocabulary and content already studied. It also introduces and explains the new vocabulary that will be key to their understanding of the concepts and processes under study.
Homework in Year 6
Our school homework policy can be found in 'Curriculum Policies'
In Year 6, pupils are encouraged to spend up to 2 hours and 30 minutes per week on their homework.
This should consist of:
- Home reading, ideally a short burst daily but a minimum of four reads per week. This should be recorded by an adult in the home reading record.
- Weekly Maths retrieval work, which will be sent home each Friday.
- Times table practice (see useful websites for games and activities) and Times Table Rockstars.
- Retrieval practice - various activities will be set by the teacher to help the children to consolidate the History, Geography and Science learning they are doing in class. This will include the use of the Knowledge Organisers and Science glossaries for retrieval practice.
Please do keep in touch, of course with your successes, but especially if your child is experiencing any difficulties with the homework set. We are here to help and are very keen that this does not become a deterrent to learning. You may also find the useful websites listed below helpful for supporting homework.