Welcome to Owls Class
Dear Owl Class Parents,
Welcome to back to the autumn term and year 6. We do hope you all had a wonderful summer and that you are all refreshed and ready for the exciting times ahead; the final year of primary school and transition to secondary!
In anticipation of all the questions you may have, we will be sending home a Parent Pack for you that contains much of what we expect over the coming year eg: grammar and punctuation terminology, spellings to be learned and some calculation methods for maths. A sample set of SATs (statutory assessment tests) have also been included to show you the type of tests your child will be taking in May 2019, and some writing samples that are considered to have met the expected standard by the end of year 6. The Lea Learning Ladders are personal to your child and show you which objectives your child is working on and the year group to which they belong; your child may well have a year 5 writing ladder and a year 6 maths ladder for example or vice versa. If you have any queries, do come and talk to us; it is a team effort and we are more than happy to show you how and where you can help.
Our first topic this year is The Stone Age (see topic web attached) and we will be posing key questions such as, what was “new” about the Stone Age?; Would you have invaded if you were Julius Caesar?; What was better – Bronze or Iron? To support this, we will be visiting Avebury in October to look at the stone circles and visit the museums; however, we will be sending out information out nearer the time and if you are interested in accompanying us to support a small group, please let us know. Should you have anything relevant at home, such as pictures or books, do send them in for our topic table.
Homework is your opportunity to see what we are learning in class. It will be given out on a Tuesday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Spare copies of the work will always be left in a folder by the door in case your child is away when it is given out or has forgotten it. This term it will include:
Each week we will set a main task. This may be an English, Topic, Art or Maths activity, and will be based on a particular area of learning. The first homework this term will be given out during the second week of the term.
We set a mental maths sheet every week that should be completed by your child independently. Please let us know if your child is struggling with this by writing a note in the homework book.
Spellings should be learned over the week: not just for a spelling test but for writing generally! Please help your child to memorise them.
Your child should be reading every night and recording it in their Reading Journals. You can support them by discussing what they have read and encouraging them to express their opinions. By year 6, they should be able to offer their own opinions and back them up with evidence from the text.
Please note that your child should be doing no more than two and half hours homework per week. Do comment in the homework book if you feel your child is struggling with the task or has required parental help to complete it.
P.E will be on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon so could you please ensure that your child’s P.E bag is in school on those days with all items labelled. A named water bottle (containing only water please) would also be useful. Could you also make sure that their PE shoes fit, as it is difficult for children to take part with ill-fitting daps or trainers.
Could children please bring indoor shoes into school so that we are not spreading mud around the classrooms! In this Autumn term, the field does get muddy and our cleaners do a fantastic job keeping on top of it - indoor shoes will make the process easier for them to manage.
As always, if you have any queries do come and talk to us; our door is always open.
Mrs Sian Alderson
Owls class work