|Class Teacher 6B
Welcome to Year 6. In our year group, Mrs Burford teaches the children and Mrs Wright is the class room Teaching assistant.
We arrive at school at 8.55am and leave at 3.15pm every day. We have 3 main lessons in the morning and one lesson in the afternoon, alongside two basic skills sessions everyday.
During the year, we organise many trips including a residential to the Isle of Wight to replace the one postponed from last year, along with preparing for and taking part in the end of year assessment tests known as SATS. This is also the time to start thinking about applying for secondary school places. The deadline to apply for a Year 7 place is October 31st and you will be notified by email or letter on or around 1st March of your child’s place. Details of this can be found at the following website. Click the button below.
We also learn many new skills in both core and foundation lessons as well as having the opportunity to become Prefects, which will involve certain duties around our school. During Summer 2, we look at transitioning to secondary school and prepare the pupils for life in Year 7. We can’t wait to experience lots of new adventures during 2021-2022.
The Year 6 school day begins at 8:55am and ends at 3:15pm, Monday – Friday.
Year 6 Staff will be out to collect the children each morning at 8:55am, however, if parents/carers wish to discuss any matters then they can email Mrs Burford directly using the email address email@example.com. There is also an opportunity here to grab yourself a bagel as part of The Magic Breakfast scheme. We have a mid morning break at 10.30 to 10.45, followed by lunch break from 12:45 – 1:30pm.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
PE takes place every Tuesday: Could you please ensure that your child comes to school in their kit on the day/s they have PE. Outdoor lessons will be subject to weather conditions during the colder months. During the Spring term we take part in football coaching lessons, provided by the coaches from Aston Villa Football Club. In Summer 2, we go swimming at Northfield swimming baths. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate swimming kit (swimming costume/shorts and a towel) so that they can take part in these vital lessons. This will depend on Covid-19 restrictions this year.
Your child will be provided with a reading diary and reading book for them to take home and share with parents/carers. Please can you listen to your child read every night and write a comment about what they have read. Currently we are using Active Learning and Google Classroom in order to keep a record of children’s reading at home. As we are preparing your child for Year 7, during the Spring term they will be provided with a home/school diary where they can write down: their weekly spellings, important dates, as well as any reading comments that they have. We ask that parents check and sign their child’s diary on a weekly basis.
During the Autumn term, homework is set every Tuesday (to be handed in on Friday) and Friday (to be handed in on the following Tuesday). Homework will consist of maths, reading, spelling, punctuation, grammar and writing. Your child will be given weekly spellings every Friday and will be tested as part of a dictation lesson the following Friday.
During the lead up to SATS, your child will be provided with two sets of revision work to be handed in the following Monday. This homework will help the children prepare for their test and re-cover any previous learning that needs revising. Homework is available to access on Google Classroom and children can hand in their work either through the online platform or by email. All children have an EDShed log in and it is recommended that your child uses this daily. The link below will take you to the Year 6 Google Classroom Page.
Your child will take part in the end of Key Stage 2 assessment tests during the week commencing 10th May over 4 days. These will be:
- Monday 9thMay – Grammar and Spellings
- Tuesday 10thMay – Reading
- Wednesday 11thMay – Arithmetic (paper 1) and Reasoning (paper 2)
- Thursday 12thMay – Reasoning (paper 3)
- Friday 13thMay – There are no tests on this day
There is also a sample of schools that take part in a Science SATS test. These will take place in June 2022 and you will be notified if MBA have been selected in April 2022.
More details about these tests will be shared during the Year 6 Parents SATS meeting which will take place during Spring 2. Details about this will be sent out 2 weeks before the date.
The results of the SATS will be recorded as follows:
- GDS (Greater depth standard) – Writing only
- EXS (Meeting expected standard)
- WTS (Working towards the expected standard)
- HNM (Has not met the expected standard)
- PKG (working below Key stage 2 standard) – Writing only
UPDATE: Due to no testing taking place this year there will be no official recording of data for the KS2 results. However, you child’s end of year report will detail the progress they have made and the teacher assessment result as detailed above.
SATS Ultimate organiser
To help prepare you for SATS in May, use this great organiser to practise all of the maths areas you have been taught in KS2. There are links to support videos to help you answer the questions and these will also help with your weekly homework. Any problems see Mrs Burford for more information.
We have elected some of our children in Year 6 to represent us in different ways within our school. They each help to provide a voice for Year 6 and represent our class extremely well. We have representatives for the following:
- School Councillors
- Unicef Ambassadors
- House Captains/Vice Captains
- Safeguarding Ambassador
- E-Safety Ambassador
This year we will also have a Head Girl and a Head Boy – they will be responsible for many duties, as well as supporting the school prefects.
Each half term in Year 6 we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop. Every workshop will focus on the learning that has happened during the current half term. There are other workshops that occur throughout the year which you will be notified about at least a week before. There will also be 3 reading breakfasts throughout the year for you to join us to celebrate books with your child. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this may be postponed to a later date.
USEFUL YEAR 6 EDUCATION WEBSITES TO SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME
What we are up to……
Currently we are on our year 6 residential at UKSA on the Isle of Wight. We have taken part in water confidence, kayaking and paddle boarding sessions which have taken us out of our comfort zone. This has helped improve our confidence both in and out of the water and become more determined whilst improving our team work and social skills. Keep checking in here and twitter for regular updates.