Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to a new school year and welcome to Year 6! It has been so fantastic to see all the children back in class and ready for learning.
The purpose of this letter is to let you know about what we will be doing for the next few weeks upstairs in the New Block!
This term, we are really looking forward to getting to know each other and finding out all the things we are good at. In the Autumn term, the children in Year 6 will be busy establishing themselves as role models for the rest of the school to look up to and follow: we will be electing House Captains and demonstrating high standards of conduct around the School and in the community.
The Year 6 Curriculum Grid, which gives a detailed breakdown of what we will be learning in each subject, will be available on the School Website under the Year 6 Class pages next week. However, you may like to know that we are beginning our English curriculum by looking at Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This text is being studied across the whole school to help us regain our sense of belonging and community after such a long absence. Look out for all the fantastic work the children will be doing over the next few weeks on our web pages!
In Maths, our first few topics are: number and place value; 3-D shapes; the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); fractions; and translation and reflection. Our Science topic for the first half term is called Nature Library and is all about how living things are classified. In History, we study World War II this term and in Geography, we look at Britain and its European neighbours. For PSHE, we will be doing a lot of work on health and wellbeing, looking at maintaining good mental health in particular. Computing looks at coding and internet safety. Children will also have Art, RE, Music, French and Design Technology lessons, as well as two lessons a week of PE.
Homework in Year 6 is set on Thursday 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 individualised Statutory Spelling Words to practise, to be tested on Thursday.
Developing a daily reading habit is absolutely vital to being successful in Year 6; 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: email@example.com . 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, we are really looking forward to working with you to ensure that your Year 6 child has their best year yet at Lionel. The Year 6 Team believe that Year 6 is the most rewarding year in primary school for children (and teachers!). We work extremely hard, but we have lots of fun too!
Please do not hesitate to contact us (via e-mail) should you require any further information.
Wishing you a wonderful September!
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)