|Class Teacher 6B
|Class Teacher 6M
Welcome to Year 6. In our year group we have split classes during the morning sessions which helps us to have more intensive teaching and learning from the teacher. Mrs Burford teaches during the morning session, whilst Mr McDermott is based in Year 6 all day.
During this year, we organise many trips and a residential, 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 https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-secondary-school-place
We also learn many new skills in both core and foundation lessons as well as having the opportunity of becoming Prefects, which involve certain duties around our school. During Summer 2, we look at transitioning to secondary schools and prepare the pupils for life in Year 7. We can’t wait to experience lots of new adventures during 2018-2019
The Year 6 school day begins at 8:55am and ends at 3:15pm, Monday – Friday.
Year 6 Staff will be out in the playground each morning at 8:50am if parents/carers wish to discuss any matters before the school day begins. There is a mid-morning break from 10:30 -10:45am, and a lunch break from 12:30 – 1:30pm.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
PE takes place every Thursday and Friday: Could you please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school during the above days. It is advised that your child has their kit with them every day so that they can take part in any sporting activities that occur throughout the week. PE outdoors will be subject to weather conditions during the colder months. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays we take part in 15 minute exercises or ‘Run A Mile’ which will require pumps or trainers to be worn. During the Autumn term we take part in swimming lessons at Northfield Leisure Centre. 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
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 hear your child read every night and write a comment about what they have read. Reading diaries should be in school every day. As we are preparing your child for Year 7, during the Spring term they will be provided with a home/School diary. In here they can write down their weekly spellings, important dates along with any reading comments that they have. We ask that parents check and sign these on a weekly basis.
During the Autumn term, homework is set every Tuesday to be handed in on Friday and on 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 2 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.
Your child will take part in the end of Key Stage 2 assessment tests during the week commencing 13th May over 4 days. These will be:
- Monday 13th May – Grammar and Spellings
- Tuesday 14th May – Reading
- Wednesday 15th May – Arithmetic (paper 1) and Reasoning (paper 2)
- Thursday 16th May – Reasoning (paper 3)
- Friday 17th May – There are no tests on this day
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
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 5 to represent us in different ways within our school. They each help to provide a voice for Year 5 and represent our class extremely well. They are:
- School Councillors – Libby and Owen
- Unicef Ambassadors – Josh and Phoebe
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.
USEFUL YEAR 6 EDUCATION WEBSITES TO SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME
https://merrittsbrookacademy.e-act.org.uk/our-classes/year-6/ to support weekly homework