Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to Year 6 This page is designed to give you an overview of what to expect from Year 6 over the coming year.
This year is an important year for the children. From the beginning of Year 6, we strive hard to be great role models for the rest of the children in St Mary’s and as such, we have extremely high expectations of our Year 6 pupils! Over the course of their time in Year 6, we will be encouraging the children to become independent, responsible young people who are ready for high school.
History and Geography
Year 6 will be learning about the following topics over the year:
- Autumn – Would the Vikings do anything for money? / How are we damaging our world?
- Spring – How did World War Two impact our local area? / Where should we go on holiday?
- Summer – How has communication changed over time? / How will our world look in the future?
Reading & Reading Books
Every child has an individual reading book, which they should take home each night to share with you. Year 6 children are expected to bring their book into school each day and are able to exchange it for a new one when needed. In Key Stage 2, the children keep a record of the books that they read and need to comment in their own reading log. Please feel free to add any comments as parents.
We encourage the children to read a range of material in addition to any of the books taken from school. It is vital that the children develop a true love of reading as they progress in Year 6 from learning to read to reading to learn.
All children have personal login details for a variety of online learning sites. Spelling lists are uploaded onto Spelling Shed on a weekly basis and the children should aim to spend 10 minutes on this site at least twice a week, completing the set activities.
Recall of the times tables facts is crucial for supporting many concepts in Maths. Daily practice (5-10 minutes each day) playing on TTRS helps the children to improve the speed of their recall of the times tables (and their related division) facts.
Additionally, the children can access Purple Mash at any time and complete and of the educational games available there.
Uniform & PE Kit
Please make sure your child’s name is written into all items of PE kit, uniform and coats. This makes identification of lost items so much easier. PE lessons are held every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. It is useful to include both indoor and outdoor kits in their PE bags as, weather permitting, we aim to do PE outside as much as possible.
As always, we encourage the children to come to school looking smart, with shirts tucked in, top buttons fastened and black sensible shoes. Trainers and boots are not allowed. Nails should be clean and free of nail varnish. Jewellery should be limited to simple stud earrings.
In Year 6, we understand that, for some children, part of becoming more independent includes walking to and/or from school on their own and that, because of this, some children will need to bring a mobile phone with them to school. Once the children arrive at school, their phone should be switched off then handed in as the children come into class. We will look after the phones during the day and give them out at home time where they should remain off until the children leave the school gates.
Snacks & Packed Lunches
As a healthy school we encourage the children to eat a wide range of healthy snacks and lunches. We would prefer fruit or vegetables only for playtime snacks and water for drinks during the day.
Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk
We use Class Dojo to share and celebrate examples of good work in addition to sharing class and whole school messages. Please ensure that you are linked in to our class page and check that your notifications are turned on. When needed, we will also use Class Dojo to set online learning tasks.
To further enhance the children’s learning experience, if you have any photographs or video clips of any interesting or exciting activities completed at home or anywhere outside of school that you would like to share with us, please upload them on to Class Dojo.
We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. With your help and support, each child will be able to fully access their learning in order to achieve their full potential.
Thank you for your continuing support
Mrs Boon, Mrs Bailey and Mrs Cooper