Mr Stephens

Class teacher

Miss J Haddon

Teaching Assistant
Currently on maternity leave

Welcome to year Sycamore class. We are a class of year 6’s in our final year at primary school and will be working hard to meet the high expectations, expected of us.

As a class, we are developing all of our existing skills, as well as learning new ones and will have fun on this wonderful journey. If you have any worries or concerns then don’t hesitate to speak to any of our teaching staff, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see us with Mrs Nicholls at the front office. We understand that, due to Covid-19, there may be concerns with gaps in learning, but we will do our best to make sure these are plugged throughout the year.

Your teachers in year 6 this year are Mr Stephens and Mrs Sedgewick. Miss Haddon will be with us after her maternity leave. PE is taught by Mr Allen. These are taught weekly, on a Friday afternoon (4 out of 5 weeks) and Tuesday (1 out of 5 weeks). Due to the current situation, we are asking the children to come to school in their PE kit (no football tops) so that the transition periods are smoother.

UKS2 Termly Overviews

Reading at home

Children are encouraged to read widely and regularly.

We have put a system in place for reading that all children will be able to access from September. We appreciate that some children / parents prefer to have a hard copy of a book and others prefer the online platforms. Therefore, we are asking children to do both in order to facilitate the amount of reading that needs to take place during a weekly period, this continues to be at least three times a week.

Your child will be sent home with a book (aimed at their reading level), starting Monday 6th September. They can enjoy this book at home until they bring it back to the school at any point throughout the week to be changed. Once your child has read, their home reading journal needs to be signed and returned to school, so that we can make sure that 

We would also like children to access reading books online using Reading Eggs. This fantastic online resource helps children complete animated online lessons, where they learn essential reading and phonics skills. The variety of fun activities within each lesson provides the repetition needed for these skills to become part of the child’s long term memory.

English

We are following the FOCUS scheme for English, which is based on the in depth study of a book. Over 5-6 weeks, the children will do lots of discussion, role play and writing based on this book.

This term, we will be reading Leon and the place between and Journey to Jo'burg.

We will also have weekly grammar sessions, learning and applying the rules of language. These skills will be tested termly and will be applied within all writing sessions; home practice of these skills is encouraged.

We will also have weekly spelling sessions, that will focus on a particular spelling rule, and we will practice them throughout the week. We link our spellings to our handwriting sessions so that we can develop our spelling, handwriting and sentence structure (linking our work from our grammar sessions too).

Maths

We follow the year 6 Maths curriculum, with each child accessing the appropriate support, strategies and challenge according to their prior learning, attainment and year group. We focus on different areas of maths throughout the year, and move on from each unit accordingly. During the Autumn term, we will be focusing on Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Fractions. These lessons will be taught through practise and consolidation activities, including using pictures and resources, such as place value counters and visual aids on our working wall.

We will also complete daily 'Early Bird Maths' activities upon arrival into class. This is an invaluable time for pupils to receive extra support and enhance their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills so please ensure your child arrives punctually and ready to learn!

Each week the children will complete a times tables test. It is expected that by the time the children are in year 5, that they all have rapid recall of ALL tables facts up to 12×12. Please encourage and support your child with accessing TT Rockstars to help them to practise their tables facts.

https://ttrockstars.com/login (if your child needs their log in, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Stephens, via the class email)

 

PPA and PE cover

As mentioned above, PE will take place each week. These PE sessions will take place when Mr Stephens is on PPA.

A timetable for these sessions is outlined below, as these sessions vary over a 5 week period.

Friday 10th September 2021

Friday 17th September 2021

Friday 24th September 2021

Friday 1st October 2021

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Friday 15th October 2021

Friday 22th October 2021

- - - Half Term - - - 

Friday 5th November 2021

Friday 12th November 2021

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Friday 26th November 2021

Friday 3rd December 2021

Friday 10th December 2021

Friday 17th December 2021

Thank you for all your hard work and support over the last few months during lockdown and remote learning

Mr Stephens and Mrs Sedgewick

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