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Year 6

Welcome to Horse Chestnut – Year 6 2022-2023

Hi all,

Welcome to Year 6! On this page you will find key information for the year ahead. Year 6 is an exciting time for your child as they feel more grown up and get ready to make the transition to secondary school. 

The Year 6 Team

Miss Bisley – Class Teacher

Mrs Colbourn - Teacher on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon

Miss Bishop

Mrs Hurst

Class Routines

Children should arrive at school and come in at 8:45 when the doors are opened. 

When the children come into class, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to our learning, so it is really important that they arrive promptly please.  We stop for break at 10:30 and Lunch is from 12:10 to 13:10. 

At the end of the day we share a class prayer and then at 3:10, I will bring the children out onto the Junior playground where you can meet them. If you are happy for your child/children to walk home by themselves then please complete a permission form from the office. Please also remember to let the office know the names of anyone else that you permit to collect your child. 

PE Day

PE will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

We will also be doing some running sessions throughout the week as part of our school day to keep us all fit and healthy, so please make sure your child’s PE kit and trainers are in school EVERYDAY. The children will need blue/black PE shorts, a white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and a tracksuit for when the weather turns colder as PE will still take place outside, whatever the weather! It’s also useful to have a spare plastic bag to keep the trainers separate from the clothing. Earrings will need to be removed for the PE lessons and long hair tied back.

Water Bottles and Lunch

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. These will be kept on the desks and can be re-filled when needed.

School lunches can be ordered on the day in school. Your child is welcome to bring a snack for break time, but please remember these should be a healthy choice, so no crisps or chocolate, and also please remember to help us uphold our ‘No Nuts' policy. Do check the ingredients carefully as some products have ground nuts in them that you may not have realised – such as Pick Up bars!


Key Stage Two pupils are to bring into school their own stocked pencil case. Pencil cases will be kept in your child’s tray so will need to be small and flat.

Please ensure your child’s pencil case includes the following:

  • HB Pencils
  • White pencil eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Small selection of coloured pencils
  • Whiteboard pens
  • Glue stick
  • Green biro
  • Pair of scissors
  • Blue handwriting pen (Year 5/6)


Homework will mostly be accessed and completed online.  It will be set on Fridays on Microsoft Teams and due to be completed by the following Friday.  This will consist of a mixture of regular reading comprehension, MyMaths, SPAG, TTRockstars and spellings on Spelling Shed. The Maths and English work will be based on what the children have been learning in class that week so they should be able to do it independently. Sometimes I will set some pre-learning research to support our class learning, so it is really important that this is completed.

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It is SO important that your child continues to read on a very regular basis. Reading is proven to help develop vocabulary, imagination, sentence structure and confidence, and will support your child in their own writing.  Therefore, I ask that you please endeavour to read with your children as often as possible for around 10 minutes at a time and record this in the yellow diary. I also will be reading with your children as much as possible in school during 1:1 sessions, Vipers activities and during times such as our Good Morning Challenges. Please ensure that your child brings back their books regularly so they are on hand to read in school and that they are changing them once they have completed the book too.

Visitors and helpers

I happily welcome parent helpers into Year 6 and am always looking at how to enrich our curriculum with new skills and ideas. So, if you have a particular skill such as sewing, woodwork, art, drama, languages or anything else that you would like to share with us then do please get in touch. Or if you fancy doing a video tutorial, demonstration or anything else then that’d be awesome! Do give me a shout!  

We'll have a great year and it'll fly past in a flash!

Please do contact me with any comments, questions or concerns via the school office email or with me directly. 

I am so looking forward to this exciting year and spending time with your fabulous children.

Best wishes,

Lexie Bisley


Cock Lane, Bradfield Southend, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6HR

0118 974 4304