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 Anthony. 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.
See below for a timetable of when Sycamore class have PE and when to send your child in their PE kit for the Autumn term.
- Friday 4th
- Friday 11th
- Friday 18th
- Friday 25th
- Tuesday 29th
- Friday 9th
- Friday 16th
- Friday 23rd
- Half term week
- Friday 6th
- Tuesday 10th
- Friday 20th
- Friday 27th
- Friday 4th
- Friday 11th
- Tuesday 15th
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) on a Monday, starting Monday 7th September. They can enjoy this book at home until they bring it back to the school on the Thursday. All books need to be returned by the Thursday so that they can be stored for 72 hours ahead of going to a different household the following Monday. If your child has a thick novel, they are fine to keep their book for a second week but this will need to communicated to the class teacher via Seesaw.
We would also like children to access reading books online using Rising Stars. This website was shared before we finished for the summer so hopefully most children / parents will be familiar with how to navigate the website to access the online resources.
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 half term, we will be reading The Nowhere Emporium and Kensuke's Kingdom
We will also have weekly grammar sessions, learning and applying the rules of language. These skills will be tested termly and will be applied withing all writing sessions; home practice of these skills is encouraged.
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 will focus on one area of Maths each week and the aim is that all children have mastered this by the end of the week. This will be 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.
Spellings rules are taught throughout the week. These are based on the Common exception word list and the rules, which are associated with them, for year 5 and 6. New word lists are sent out on Monday and tested on Friday. We will also be covering spelling rules based on the year 5 and 6 spelling curriculum. Children will be rewarded for accurate use of these spellings within their school work.
High School Applications
Please be aware that high school applications are now open for all year 6 pupils for the schools they are wishing to attend in September 2021. If you need any support in applying, please let our outreach team or class teachers know, so that we can help facilitate this.
We will provide further information about SATs later on in the year.
We are looking forward to wonderful year.
Thank you for all your hard work and support over the last few months.
Mr Stephens and Mrs Anthony