Welcome to 6VdB
A very happy new year to you from Year 6 and 6VdB. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone and making a really positive start to 2021. Last term, the children settled in brilliantly to Year 6 and their groups. This will continue for the term ahead. As always, we see ourselves very much as a Year 6 unit, rather than two separate classes and we will continue to work in this way within our Year 6 'bubble'.
I am working alongside Ashley Howes (Teaching Assistant) in class. Jenny May (Monday and Tuesday) and Jen McMahon (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) are job sharing in the other Year 6 class, with Maria Cooper as their Teaching Assistant. Mel Montgomery works with us as our third Year 6 teacher, working alongside Di Camus as her Teaching Assistant in the group room during morning sessions. This enables us to divide our two classes into three English and Maths groups, resulting in smaller working groups. We are extremely lucky to be able to work this way in Year 6 and the staff have many years of experience between them. It really benefits the children and is a good preparation for secondary school when the children will swap classrooms and experience different teachers.
The children continue to swap teachers during some lessons in the afternoons also. This enables the staff to work to their best expertise and interests. This, in turn, benefits the children and, as with the English and Maths groups, is excellent preparation for secondary school.
The term has some more exciting topics, detailed more fully in the Year 6 newsletter. In Linked Learning we will be studying the Victorian era through a topic called 'Great Changes'. For science, our first topic is 'The Secret Garden' followed by 'To Infinity and Beyond.'
P.E. is on Wednesdays and Thursdays this term. We will be doing a Tag Rugby unit which will also be taught by coaches from Northampton Saints on a Thursday. This is a really exciting opportunity for us.
The children will need to come to school in their full P.E. kit on these days.
Please ensure the children look smart in a white top and dark shorts. Long tops and joggers can be worn as our sessions will be outdoors. Trainers are important as outdoor P.E. can become unsafe in inappropriate footwear.
We would really appreciate your support in ensuring the children wear the correct clothing on the correct days.
Homework is given out at the start of each term. The children are given tasks to choose from within English, Maths, topic and science. Each task has a set number of points and there is a target number of points to achieve each term. Learning logs are not given out in the holidays. The expectations are that the children give in work that is complete, tidy, shows good effort and is completed to a high standard. All children are expected to complete their homework independently, although support will be given if needed. We check homework at least once before the hand in date to ensure that the children are on track to achieve their points total before the final hand in date.
If at any point your child needs to self-isolate, the 10-day learning project will be on the Year 6 home learning page on the website. In the case of school closures, year 6 staff will be using Microsoft Teams to work alongside the children.
Keep checking the class page for updated information, news and photographs. There is also a Year 6 page containing photographs from morning groups and any resources the Year 6 children may need in their lessons, so please keep checking that page too.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries or concerns.
Mrs de Boer