Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to the autumn term, we hope that you had a fun and enjoyable holiday.  

Year 6 is obviously a very important year and we hope to work closely with you over the year to ensure your child progresses confidently through the challenges such as SATs and transition to secondary school. With this in mind, if a holiday has to be taken during term time, it would be advantageous to take it after SATs. SATs week begins on Monday 13th May.

We have a number of visits and events planned during the year, including the class residential towards the end of the year.   Details of these will follow.  We will also be taking part in a performance at Brannel in early November. As soon as a date is confirmed, we will let you know.  This will be the end result of a project based on Macbeth, that we will be taking part in over the next few weeks.

 

 Homework for Year 6 principally revolves around English and maths.

 

Times tables

The children will have times table homework every 2 weeks, which will be handed out on a Monday and expected back by Friday – they will then have a week off! If children do not hand it in on time, they will complete it during break time.

 

Revision

Year 6 will also have a maths revision book.  The group your child is in (Miss Palk’s and Mrs Powell’s or Mr Moore’s) will depend on the revision book they will receive. SATs is an end of key stage assessment with questions covering Y3-Y6 content and it is important that your child is confident in their ability. This will be handed out on a Friday and expected in the following Thursday. This means the children have three days (as well as the weekend) to complete it or ask for help if they need it. They then have an extension until Friday, but will complete it in break time if it is not handed in. The extension must not be relied upon by children and is there only for special circumstances.

 

Spellings

Spellings will be tailored to your child’s ability and are sent out each Monday. As with last year, an overview of the spellings will be handed out for the coming weeks. These will be tested on a Friday. Spelling makes up part of the SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) SAT so it is really important that children learn as many as they can and look for the same patterns in other words. Each week they will be tested on the ‘weekly’ pattern, but also on a few words from previous weeks to aid retention.

Spelling Bees will continue to take place half termly with the aim being that children revisit patterns taught so as to further root them in their memory and understanding.

 

Reading

Each child will complete a new STAR reader test to generate a ZPD score. This score gives a range of book levels that your child should be comfortable in.  We insist that children read as regularly as possible at home and if they have not handed in their signed reading record by Friday, they will need to read for 10 minutes at break time.  It is essential that your child reads every day if possible as this will help them significantly in the Reading SATS test.

 

Year 6 will take a sequence of summative tests throughout the year. These tests allow us to gauge progress throughout the year, identify strengths and areas of improvement to guide teacher’s planning and get pupils used to the formal nature of testing in preparation for SATs. The assessment timetable is below.

 

Autumn term 1

10th – 12th September

Mock week – Baseline

1 arithmetic and 2 maths reasoning past papers

1 spelling, 1 punctuation and grammar and 1 reading paper.

Autumn term 1

15- 19th October

Arithmetic paper

1 spelling, 1 punctuation and grammar and 1 reading paper.

Autumn term 2

10th – 14th December

1 arithmetic and 1 reasoning past paper

1 punctuation and grammar and 1 reading paper.

Autumn term 2

18th December

1 reasoning past paper

1 spelling paper

Spring term 1

10th -13th February

Arithmetic paper

1 spelling paper

Spring term 2

27th March

1 arithmetic and 1 reasoning past paper

1 punctuation and grammar and 1 reading paper.

 

Spring term 2

3rd April

1 reasoning past paper

1 spelling paper

SATs

 

 

 

Monday 13 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

 

Tuesday 14 May

English reading

 

Wednesday 15 May

Mathematics papers 1 and 2

 

Thursday 16 May

Mathematics paper 3

 

PE

Children need to have their PE kits in all week – black shorts / jogging bottoms and a red t-shirt. A spare pair of socks would also be useful. If a child does not have a PE kit they will use the school spares to ensure they are not missing out on the curriculum. If your child is unable to take part due to illness of injury, please send a note into school with your child or send a message through the office.

 

 

Parent briefing

We look forward to seeing you at the briefings on Wednesday 19th September. This will be an opportunity for you to grasp the expectations for the year and also ask questions.

 

As you can see already, Year 6 will be a very exciting and important year and we hope to work really closely with you to ensure your child reaches his/ her full potential. If you ever have any concerns or queries, please talk to us after school or arrange a meeting through the office.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss Palk    Mrs Powell   Mr Moore   Mrs Smith   Mrs Lewis

Year 6 Files
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 Y6 Class Letter Autumn Term 2018.pdfDownload
 Y6 Parent Briefing slides.pdfDownload
 Year 6 Curriculum overview Autumn 1 - Macbeth.pdfDownload
 Year 6 Curriculum overview Autumn 2 - Evolution.pdfDownload
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