Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We are sure Year 6 will bring challenges as we begin our SATs year but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed! We hope that you had a fantastic holiday and the children have been able to recharge their batteries!
Supporting us in Year 6 this year will be our Higher Level Teaching Assistant Mrs Dawson.
Purple creative homework books will continue this year and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information about this.
Look at some of our fantastic homework!
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue. Like last year, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again. Written responses will become ever more important this year with our minds on the reading SATs paper. To raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class. Certificates will be awarded: BRONZE: 5; SILVER: 10; GOLD: 15; COMMENDED: 20; SUPER: 25; AMAZING: 30; OUTSTANDING: 35.
Phonics will be ability set across KS2 and will take place twice per week. Your child may be with a different teacher for this. Children will be told their group for phonics later this week. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings from their class teacher which are related to their age, these will be given out on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday.
PE will take place on a Monday and Friday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. In Autumn Year 6 will receive one lesson from Soccer 2000 and one session of dance with Miss Jones. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost! Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
We have some fantastic topics planned for Year 6 this year and this term we will initially be studying North America in Geography and researching the wide variety of biomes that can be found in this region. In Art, we will be linking again to North America through research in to mood boards and linking this to the variety of colourful landscapes that can be found on this continent.
For more details about our learning this year, click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.
We have some exciting trips already booked in for year 6 this year, including a trip to a farm to prepare our own lunch, a trip to the theatre and finally, our fantastic residential at the end of the year, further letters will follow.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a valuable year. Year 6 is a very important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 6 Teacher
Year 6 making shadow puppets as part of their light topic in science.
Y6 visited Morrells Wood Farm where they were given a guided tour of the farm which involved a close encounter with the cows (which Taylor was able to name one of them Valentine due to a heart shape on her head!) as well as learning where the different parts of beef come from. We identified different berries in the hedge-row, as well as learning about the straw/hay and silage, and the everyday running of the farm.
We were also lucky enough to work with a professional chef, where we learnt different skills to use in the kitchen as well as knife techniques. We prepared and cooked our own lunch which consisted of vegetable soup and apple & rhubarb crumble. It all was delicious!
Finally, we were able to get up close which 5 day old chicks and quails! A special experience.
Behaviour was impeccable throughout the day - very proud teachers!
Photos from 2017/2018
Thank you to Year 6 who helped to sell daffodil pins to raise money for the Marie Curie charity.
Y6 children were invited to Coppice Performing Arts School to watch their production of ‘School of Rock’. The performance was fantastic and the children loved it! Some of them even managed to get a quick photo with the main character!