After a long few months off school, the children were excited to be back. They know they are going to have to work super hard this year, not only to catch up lost curriculum time but also to cover what is expected in Year 6. We have already begun working on building a positive growth mindset to help all to rise to the challenge that this year will bring.
Elder class and I are very lucky to have the fantastic Mrs Woods working with us, supporting the children and helping them achieve their targets. Also, Miss Milne, our school's new P.E. teacher, is set to provide the children with fun and exciting P.E. lessons this year.
Our focus for the first part of the Autumn term is to cover essential aspects of the Year 5 curriculum that were lost due to the school closure during the pandemic. To this end, we will be doing a separate science unit all about materials and changing states as well as filling in gaps in English and Maths. Once we are up to scratch, we will start delivering the Year 6 curriculum. It is going to be a very full year!
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate in calling the school office. They are very good at pointing people in the right direction or taking messages to allow us to get back to you.
PE: Elder Year 6 will have an afternoon of P.E. every Tuesday with Miss Milne. Please ensure your child comes dressed to school on this day in their full P.E. kit: navy short, yellow t-shirt, navy/black jumper and joggers and trainers. Please make sure their kit is weather appropriate. Long hair will need to be tied up and jewellery removed.
Homework: The children get a piece of homework each week on a two-week rotation. Homework will be Maths one week and next week will be English based. This is handed out to them on a Thursday morning and it is expected to be handed in completed on the Tuesday morning, at the latest. Children will receive 3 house points for handing their homework in early and 1 house point for handing it in on time. Each week we will work towards a whole class reward for everybody handing in their homework.
Spellings: The children receive their individual spelling each week. They will be tested and given their new set of spellings on Monday mornings and will be assessed the following Monday. Spellings are based on different word families, topics and the statutory spelling list. Children will be rewarded with 2 house points for full marks on their spelling test.
Reading: The children are expected to read their school reading book at home every day, ideally for at least 15 minutes. This will need to be recorded in their homework diary. When your child has completed their book, it is their responsibility to tell their class teacher, who will then allow them to change their reading book. It is also your child’s responsibility to take AR quizzes in order for them to reach their targets each term. Children will be rewarded each time their AR target is achieved.