Year 6 – Cookley Sebright Primary School
Hello and welcome to Year 6!
During this academic year, your children will be taught, guided and supported by a number of adults in school. We work closely as a team to ensure that we meet the needs of your child.
Teacher: Miss Spooner Other staff: Mrs Bakewell, Miss Davies, Mrs Turner and Mr Wheeler
Whole-class teaching will take place to ensure that all children are aware of the age-related expectations. Different strategies will be used to allow for all pupils to make progress and ensure that the children are taught in a way that is best suited to them as an individual.
English is taught through a sequence linked closely with a text or short animation. Our Autumn term includes some fantastic sequences, including Flossie Albright’s My Secret War Diary, The Lighthouse, Journey and There’s a Rangtan in my Bedroom – which shall be linked to Are Humans Damaging the Atmosphere? One of the reasons for teaching using key texts is to continue to promote the fact that reading should be enjoyable and engaging, and to allow for children to access a wider range of texts to help develop their vocabulary and imagination.
There will be Year 5/6 statutory spellings coming home for you and your child to regularly refer to. These are spellings that the government expect your children to know by the time that SATs come around in May. As a school, we will be following the No Nonsense Spelling programme.
We follow Busy Ant for Mathematics using a mastery approach. The standards are high and we will have high expectations of the children. It is important that those times tables are secure and recall is speedy, as this will help the children greatly with their arithmetic and they really do fall into most areas of Mathematics. Any support you can give your child in practising these at home will be greatly beneficial and much appreciated.
Children are expected to read each evening, even if it is for only a few minutes. Please remember to sign your children’s diary when you have listened to them read. Please also use this diary to convey any messages to us if you are unable to catch us in the morning or after school.
English and Maths homework shall be set on a Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. If there should be any issues with the understanding of homework tasks, please encourage your child to come and speak to one of us before the homework is due in. Spelling lists and activities will also be sent home.
It is important that the children have the correct kit in school at all times. The correct kit includes a white polo/t- shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit/jogging bottoms, trainers, sweatshirt and shin pads. Jogging bottoms need to be part of the kit as some of our sessions will be outside throughout the year. The children will be taught by Mr Wheeler for one weekly session. The second session of the week will either be taught by Miss Spooner or a sports coach from A Sporting Chance. Earrings must be removed for PE.
Our attendance is closely monitored by our EWO (Education Welfare Officer). It is necessary that all the pupils attend school every day. Holidays in term time are not allowed and, in line with other schools in the Wolverley Pyramid, holidays are marked as an unauthorised absence.
The children will be participating in a Daily Mile to increase fitness. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear for this and a waterproof jacket with them.
“The Daily Mile involves each class heading outside to walk, jog or run around the school grounds every day, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers, and refreshed for further learning.” See www.thedailymile.co.uk for more information.
Children may bring a healthy snack for morning break such as a piece of fruit and a drink (no fizzy drinks though, please). Snacks for morning break must be placed in lockers or trays at the beginning of the day. Children will not be able to access their lunchboxes until lunch time. Juice and squash is perfectly fine for the lunchbox, but in the classroom, only water should be in water bottles for access to throughout the day. Reminder – we are a nut free school.
As I am sure that you are aware, Year 6 is an extremely important year as this is the year for KS2 SATs (Wk beginning 11.5.20). We ask you to support your child with their reading and homework, and their attendance in lessons is extremely important. More details about the SATs and how they will be administered will be given throughout the year.
We are extremely excited about what this new academic year will bring and we would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Year 6 Team