Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! It has been so fantastic to see all the children settling back in class and getting back to learning!
The purpose of this letter is to let you know about what we will be doing over the Summer Term upstairs in the New Block.
The Summer term at Lionel is all about preparing your child for the next stage in their educational journey: secondary school! We have already completed a Safety and Citizenship session with Transport for London, teaching the children how to stay safe as they travel to their new schools and we will be doing a lot more work getting them ready for this exciting transition. In addition, we are looking forward to celebrating their seven years at Lionel in lots of different ways!
As you may be aware, the Department for Education has cancelled this year's KS2 SATs exams; however, we will still be assessing the children internally so that we can pass on accurate information to your children's new schools about where they are in their learning journey.
While our emphasis will be on ensuring a full recovery in English and Maths following the extended periods away from school over the past year, the children will be learning a broad range of subjects in line with the National Curriculum. A detailed breakdown of what they will be covering in the Summer Term can be found on the Curriculum Grid for Year 6 below. Please note that we have made some changes to this grid to take into account areas of learning in English and Maths and other subject areas that were not covered in school due to the latest lockdown.
Homework in Year 6 is set on Google Classroom. On Thursdays, homework is set to be handed in the following Tuesday. Children will receive either a Grammar or Reading activity for English, as well as a Spelling activity to practise the week’s spelling pattern. For Maths, there will be a 15-minute arithmetic practice paper alongside an activity to practise the week’s lesson focus. In addition, on Monday, children will receive 10-12 Statutory Spelling Words to practise, to be tested on Thursday. Please help your child to remember to complete all homework before the due date.
At Lionel, we know that children who read for pleasure will do well at school and beyond. We foster a love of reading through our enthusiastic reading culture. In each of the Year 6 classes, we have well-stocked libraries with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction; we will encourage your child to select and change their books regularly. In addition, your child's class teacher will read aloud daily to the class from a well-chosen and well-loved book. Even though your child is in Year 6, they still love being read to! Why not share a book with them at home? If you'd like some suggestions of what to read, please look under the Reading for Pleasure tab on this website.
Developing an independent daily reading habit is equally vital to becoming a lifelong lover of books; we expect children to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day and bring in their signed Reading Records. Please help your child to develop and maintain this habit.
Children have PE on the following days:
Maple Class Tuesday and Wednesday
Oak Class Wednesday and Friday
Sycamore Class Thursday and Friday
Please note, children should come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. They will remain in their kit for the entire day.
As the oldest children in the school, we expect Year 6 children to set the standard for the rest of the school and always look smart in the correct school uniform. Please see the School website for information on the uniform requirements.
Please note that for PE, children are also required to wear School PE kit, which again is listed on the School website. If they wish to wear tracksuit bottoms, these must be plain navy blue; likewise, if they wear a jumper for PE, it should be their school sweatshirt or cardigan. Please ensure your child wears the correct PE kit on his/her PE days.
Parents and Carers
Due to the current situation, we are not able to invite you into class to discuss anything as we used to; however, we can be contacted via the Year 6 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . We will endeavour to reply to all e-mails within 24 hours. If there is anything urgent, please contact the School office in the same way.
Please note, we can only dismiss your child on their own at the end of the School day if we have received a permission slip from you (in the Forms section of ParentMail). If you would like your child to collect a sibling from another class, we will not dismiss them until 3.25pm when the rest of the School is dismissed. Please could you inform the sibling’s class teacher that your Year 6 child will be collecting him/her.
Finally, please do not hesitate to contact us (via e-mail) should you require any further information. With your continued support, we know this will be a fantastic final term at Lionel for your children!
The Year 6 Team
Miss McGovern and Mrs Guemri (Maple Class)
Miss Jamshaid (Mulberry Class)
Mrs Gómez and Ms Barry (Oak Class)
Mr Heaton and Mrs McMillan (Sycamore Class)
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON- Virtual workshop Year 6- Keeping safe- March 2021
On Tuesday, Year 6 children attended a virtual session with Transport for London learning how to stay safe when out and about. As they will soon be travelling to their new secondary schools on their own, it is important that they understand the hazards of travelling around on foot, bicycle and public transport.
Here’s what our Year 6s had to say about the session:
"I never knew before the workshop that you had to
stand the length of your body plus one step away
from the curb when waiting for a bus or tube."
"I can’t wait to get my Zip card to travel to school with!"
"It was good to be reminded that I shouldn’t stare at my
phone when walking to school."
"We were told where it’s safe to sit on a bus and
that we shouldn’t stand near the driver."