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Year 6

Welcome to Horse Chestnut – Year 6

Year 6, taught by Mrs. Dennis, is an exciting time for your child as they feel more grown up and get ready to make the transition to secondary school. In order to prepare them 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.

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 10:30 and Lunch is from 12:10 to 13:10. Sometimes we may have an extra break in the afternoons.

At the end of the day, the children will be dismissed from the classroom and will independently make their way to the Junior field/playground. There will be a member of staff on the gate to ensure that every child leaves with their adult. If you are happy for your child/children to walk home by themselves then please complete a permission form from the office.

PE Day

Outdoor Games will be on Thursday afternoons and indoor PE will be on Monday afternoons – please note that the children will need shin pads for their outdoor Games lessons. We will be doing regular 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.

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 – you cannot order online at home on the day, this will have to be done 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.


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.


Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is due in by the following Wednesday please. This will consist of a mixture of regular MyMaths, reading comprehension or SPAG. 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.

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I happily welcome parent helpers in year 6 and am always looking at how to enrich our curriculum with new 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.

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

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

0118 974 4304