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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 – HLTA

Mrs Babb – HLTA

Class Routines

Children should arrive at school at 8:45 ready to come in at 8:50. 

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. 

At the end of the day 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 Thursdays and Fridays. 

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, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note – if you order from 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!


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 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. 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.  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!

Home Learning for isolating pupils: 

As we are still navigating our way through times of Covid isolation - there may be days when your child is still isolating at home but is well enough to continue with their learning. There is a new 'Isolation Work' channel in the Year 6 Team on Microsoft Teams. In there you will find the home learning for each day. The link to a live drop-in will be on the Teams calendar. Please note, your child should only access this if they are feeling well. 

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