Welcome to Year 6!
A warm welcome to Year 6’s page from Mr Adamson (Class Teacher) and Mrs Harrison-Graham (Teaching Assistant).
Firstly, I would like to welcome you all to Year 6! As I am sure that you will recall I had the pleasure of teaching this class while they were in Year 4, so I am hoping to hit the ground running with them. There is a lot of pressure this year associated with the SATs; I want to take the time now to assure you that it is my responsibility to shoulder the stress that comes with these tests and all I will ask of the children this year is that they try their best. If they do that then I will have no complaints. However, if I have concerns that someone is not working as hard as they should be I will be in touch.
Developing independence is an integral part of being in Year Six. We are very aware that part of our role in school is to prepare our children for their move to secondary school and with this in mind much of the year six curriculum fosters responsibility and independence. From the moment the children enter year six they are responsible for their own learning, expectations are high and they are encouraged to work independently. We ask that parents support this by helping to develop children’s independence and encouraging them to be responsible. Children should pack their own bag for school, be responsible for their homework tasks and bring their homework in on time. (Although an occasional nudge may help!)
PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon; if they do not have their correct school kit then unfortunately they will not be able to take part. Please ensure that they have the correct uniform available to them.
Students will receive homework weekly. This will include (at least!) an English task and a Maths task. Students are encouraged to read on a daily basis either independently or to an adult, if they do not they may be asked to catch up with their peers in school. This is essential as it has been found that those children who read 20 minutes at home a night will expose themselves to 1,800,000 words in a year, compared to those that only read for one minute a year who only experience 8,000. As you can see this makes a huge amount of difference!
In addition to their weekly homework, students may be given a choice of various activities they can complete over a longer period of time, linked to their topic work. Students will receive information about the different tasks and will be encouraged to talk with their parents about what they would like to complete. In Year 6 Homework will be set on a Monday and will be due back on Friday, unless otherwise stated. I feel that due to the mounting pressure of the SATs, it is vital that the children experience some relaxation and some quality time with those that are important to them.
This half term we will be delving into the past and gaining understanding into the beginnings of democracy by learning about the Ancient Greeks!
Thanks to all of the parents for their continued support!
Mr Adamson and Mrs Harrison-Graham
Year 6 Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant