Welcome to Year 6 – 2020-21
Hello and welcome
To those of you who were unable to attend the Zoom meetings (and for those who did but need some reminders), please find below the list of discussed topics:
The children have settled well into school and are keen to start learning again.
As you know we have put several things in place with respect to the latest coronavirus guidelines including one-way systems, hand sanitising and hand washing, and staggered drop-off and pick-up times. These seem to be working really well and the children are very good at adhering to the new routines.
Every morning we have added an extra session where we focus on mental well-being, especially in light of the last few months. We have introduced a worry box into the classroom for the children to express any concerns so that we can deal with them. There is also a compliment box where children can share compliments about each other’s behaviour in order to create a positive atmosphere in the classroom.
Every day, weather permitting, we take the children outside to walk or run a mile. This is not just an opportunity to be outside and get some exercise, but a chance for us to chat to the children and get to know them better outside the confines of a normal lesson.
In terms of class organisation, Miss Sowden works full time and Mrs Butcher works 2.5 days. On the days where they are in school together it means that they can “team teach” and give extra support where needed. Mrs Hall, the classroom assistant, also gives support to the children daily.
The children regularly use iPads in the classroom to support their learning. Their work is carried out both in books and on the iPads.
Homework is set on a Friday and due in on a Thursday.
Spellings are set on a Friday and tested on a Thursday.
Times tables will be tested regularly.
PE lessons are on a Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that PE kits are in school on a Monday morning. Children will leave school on a Friday in PE kit.
This term we are studying the Titanic and the children will be writing a time travel novel based on the book, Time Tunnel, with reference to the sinking of the Titanic.
In the classroom we have a strong focus on collaborative learning where the children support, encourage each other and look to each other for help when they get stuck.
Over the next few weeks we will be testing the children using previous SATs papers. We do not want you or your child to worry about this. This is purely for our benefit – to identify gaps in learning so we can address them.
We are really looking forward to working with your children this year – they have made a good start so far.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or would like further information,
The Year 6 team
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