Welcome to Year 6
Information for parents of pupils in Year 6
We would like to welcome you as parents of Year 6 children at Cookley Sebright Primary School.
Attendance and Punctuality
On a Monday, Thursday and Friday a whole school assembly commences at 8.55 am, while on a Tuesday and a Wednesday Key Stage 2 assemblies are held at
10.15 am. It is therefore important that your child arrives promptly so that they are in the classroom ready for registration. If your child is ill please ring the school office early in the morning so that absences can be clearly recorded.
Holidays in term time are not allowed. In line with all other schools in the Wolverley Pyramid, holidays will be marked as unauthorised. Authorised leave for exceptional reasons may be granted dependant on attendance in the previous twelve months. It is important to state that excellent attendance is of paramount importance particularly in Upper Key Stage 2 due to the pace and challenge demanded by the curriculum in readiness for SATS which are taken by children in Year 6.
PE/Games are taken by Mr R. Wheeler (sports coach) on a Wednesday for Year 6. There will be additional sports sessions timetabled on a Tuesday afternoon throughout the year. It is important that ALL children have a tracksuit as part of their PE kits this year. Children should also have a black pair of shorts and a white t-shirt to wear. Please ensure they have pumps/trainers that fit correctly. Long hair needs to be tied back and all earrings must be removed. All kit, including footwear needs to be clearly named.
Numeracy and Literacy
We are anxious as a school to fulfil every child’s potential academically and realise that at the same time there are some children who, due to a lack of confidence, work more competently in a small group situation. Therefore for much of Maths and Literacy work, pupils may be taught either as a whole class or a group as appropriate. Within each group further differentiation takes place to extend the more able and support those requiring consolidation. The teacher responsible for each group will regularly be setting the children targets and these will be shared with the parents.
Homework and Reading Diaries
Every week the children in Year 6 will receive several pieces of homework to be completed by a certain date. The children will be expected to read at home each night and the books will be changed once completed with the reading records being
checked and signed each day. Spellings and multiplication tables will also be sent home to learn and will be tested. One activity with a Literacy and Maths theme will be given each week and a record will be kept of who has completed the tasks.
Occasionally additional homework may be given relating to the topic currently being taught, including science. Specific days will be allocated for handing out and collecting the homework to enable staff to monitor the tasks completed carefully. Homework is given out on a Friday and due in on a Tuesday.
All children in Year 6 have been given a homework/reading diary. All activities set to be completed at home will be recorded in this diary. It is also used as a reading diary where parents and staff are able to make comments about the children’s progress with their reading. Reading is taught mainly through group reading where children of similar abilities are grouped together. Groups are flexible and there is movement between groups as required. During each guided reading session there is a lot of discussion about the text and strategies are given to help them read new or unfamiliar words. Reading of individual books still plays a prominent role but it relies more on reading at home. Children are being encouraged to read at home daily and we would appreciate parents signing diaries confirming this.
The spellings sent home in Year 6 will relate to the work being studied in their Literacy lessons. To learn a spelling we ask that they look at the word, cover the word, write the word and then check it is correct. Spellings are checked weekly and words previously learned are revisited.
Water is necessary for the brain to function correctly and although it may seem a nuisance to remember to send a bottle of water in each morning, it really does help your child.
In Year 6 it is extremely important that we work together to encourage your child to strive for increased confidence and independence in order to prepare them for Secondary School. We believe they should be able to be responsible for their own belongings and engage in tasks independently. Opportunities will be made throughout the school year to encourage Year 6 to become actively involved in decision making and become key representatives of our school.
We all wish our classrooms to be active learning environments but also recognise that occasionally a child may need to be disciplined. We have a layered set of behaviour sanctions, which, if not adhered to may result in a detention during a dinnertime. These detentions are not expected to be regular occurrences as the children have been made aware of the fact that they are monitored and parents may be requested to attend a meeting if several occur.
We hope that you find the above information helpful.
Many thanks once again for your support.
Miss R Meredith