Welcome to 6JM!
Year 6 is a very special year where the children grow into responsible individuals ready to move on to their next stage in their secondary schools. We enjoy our own 'wing' of the school and the two classes very much work as one unit. 6JM have settled wonderfully into the routines of the year group and their progress has been clear to see.
Our topic this term is 'Around the World in 60 days@ which looks at the different geographical features around the word and the history of the Mayan tribe. Science is continuing with the topic on 'Evolution and Inheritance' which has proved to be a very enjoyable topic full of opportunities for quality science discussions.
Computing has gone to a whole new level with year 6 starting a unit on Python programming and moving onto a unit where they use 'Movie Maker' to create an advert.
The staffing is as follows:
6JM - Monday - Wednesday - Mrs Jenny May
Thursday/Friday - Mrs Jen McMahon
Teaching assistant - Mrs Nikki Youngman
6VdB - Mrs Vanessa DeBoer
Teaching assistant - Mrs Ashley Howes
Group teacher - Mrs Mel Montgomery
Teaching assistant - Mrs Di McLeod
In the mornings the year groups will continue to be divided into 3 groups for maths and English. This allows for all the children to work in smaller groups and have focused teaching allowing them to reach their full potential. Their teacher will depend on the group they are in. This arrangement also allows the children to get used to being taught by different teachers in different classrooms which is great preparation for secondary school.
Indoor PE will be on a Monday and out door Games on a Friday. It is important the children remember their PE kits including clothes to keep them warm on the Friday outdoor sessions. Sturdy footwear (trainers) are also important to keep the children safe.
Homework is given out on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Tuesday. There is a year 6 Friday lunchtime homework club for those who are struggling to get it done at home but the expectations are that homework is returned completed to a high standard on time.
The SATs will be upon us soon and for this reason booster groups will start to run to support children to reach their goal of an expected or greater depth level. The children will be prepared well without an disproportionate time being spent on 'exam preparation'. We fully believe in preparing the children, but also giving them a rich and enjoyable curriculum in year 6 which keeps them fresh and well motivated. More details on the SATs will follow.
We are thoroughly enjoying our time with the year 6 children. If there are any queries please don't hesitate to contact Mrs May or Mrs McMahon either through the office or outside in the playground after school.
J May, J McMahon and the 6JM team