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Year 6

Welcome to Horse Chestnut – Year 6

Hi all!

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. Our 3 key words that underpin our Year 6 way of working are 'Independence, initiative and integrity.'

In order to prepare them we will be supporting and encouraging your child to build their independence as well as enjoying all of the fun learning and activities in our curriculum. Throughout the year you will no doubt hear many a strange tale, song or spelling strategy and I can assure you that as mad as they may sound.....they are probably and most likely true! Silliness and songs feature quite heavily in my mad but memorable methods! 

The Year 6 Team

Mrs Hannah Dennis – Class Teacher

Mrs Sawtell – TA

Miss Bishop – TA

Mrs Phillipa Peters – Teacher

Mrs Babb – HLTA

Class Routines

When the children come into class at 8:50, 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 10:15 and Lunch is currently from 11:50 to 12:40. Often we may have an extra break in the afternoons too.

At the end of the day at 3:05, I will bring the children out onto the Infant 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.

Covid Precautions

Thank you for your support and understanding as we cope with our current ‘new normal’ under the Covid regulations. Do be assured that we are washing hands regularly throughout the day and that equipment and resources are also being cleaned. We are washing hands with good old soap and hot water as well as using hand sanitiser throughout the day at set times and as and when we need it. As you are aware we have staggered starts, break times, lunchtimes and end of day routines to limit our access with other ‘bubbles.’ Year 6 are in a ‘bubble’ with FS2 so we can still meet our Oak Class buddies.

PE Day

PE will be on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. We will be doing some running sessions too 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.

Due to the current Covid pandemic, it is really important that we limit items coming into school so please keep the PE kit in school at all times.

Water Bottles and Lunch

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

School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note – if you order form home, it cannot be changed 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 or Sesame' 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!

Equipment

We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school so your child does not need to bring a pencil case in, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework. Due to the current Covid pandemic it is really important that children don’t bring anything into school from home.

Homework

Homework will mostly be accessed and completed online. There is a tab at the top on the right hand side of this page with a link to the homework blog. It will be set on Fridays and due to be completed by the following Friday.  This will consist of a mixture of regular 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.

MyMaths = https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Spelling shed = https://www.spellingshed.com

SPAG = https://www.spag.com

Reading

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. This year the children have all chosen 2 reading books: one to stay in school and be read in class and one to be enjoyed at home and returned when finished. On its return we will put it into our 'book jail' for at least 72 hours before putting it back in the library. As mentioned before, due to Covid, we are limiting items coming into school from home so, for the time being, please DO NOT send in any reading records. Do continue to write in them as usual but I will not be checking them so do direct any comments or concerns that you might usually write in there via the school office please. Instead, I will be asking the children to talk to me about the books that they are reading and will check during the daily registration that they have read. Throughout the year the children will also be doing presentations to the rest class about books read and enjoyed at home. 

Usually, I would happily welcome parent helpers into Year 6 and am always looking at how to enrich our curriculum with new ideas but unfortunately this can’t happen in the current climate – YET! 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 and hopefully we can welcome you in later in the academic year. Or if you fancy doing a video tutorial, demonstration or anything else then that’d be awesome! Do give me a shout!

Please find below some useful links, the KS2 Maths Organiser is password protected, please see Mrs. Dennis for the password.  

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

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

Best wishes

Hannah Dennis

 

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

0118 974 4304