Welcome to 6VdB
A very warm welcome to Year 6 and 6VdB. The children in Year 6 are encouraged to develop into independent, responsible and mature young adults and we are looking forward to watching their continuing journeys throughout the year. Year 6 is a challenging, fun year and I can guarantee that the time will fly by, as it already has so far this year. We see ourselves very much as a Year 6 unit, rather than two separate classes.
We had a very successful start to Year 6 and the children have worked really hard during the first part of the year. They are very much enjoying the responsibilities that are given to them during Year 6 and are being good role models to the rest of the school.
I am continuing to work alongside Mrs Ashley Howes (Teaching Assistant) in class this term. Mrs Jenny May (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Jen McMahon (Thursday and Friday), are job sharing in the other Year 6 class, with Mrs Louise Ellul as their Teaching Assistant. Mrs Mel Montgomery works with us as our third Year 6 teacher, working alongside Miss Camus and Mrs Gibbons (Teaching assistants) 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 and classrooms 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 exciting topics, detailed more fully in the Year 6 newsletter. The 'Great Changes' topic, which is our main linked learning topic this term, looks at the Victorian era and has some lovely art, history and geography activities. We are very much looking forward to our exciting new trip to the Black Country Museum in March as part of this topic. In science, our topics are 'Living Things' and 'Evolution and Inheritance'.
Later on in the term, booster groups will be set up, supporting some of the children in their preparation for SATs in May. Although SATs is important, we firmly believe that it is equally important for the children to still experience and enjoy a varied curriculum within other subject areas.
P.E. is on Mondays (outdoor P.E.) and Fridays (indoor P.E.).
Please ensure the children look smart in a white top and dark shorts. It is important for inside P.E. that they have shorts. Long tops and long trousers can be worn for outdoor P.E. in colder weather. Trainers are important as outdoor P.E. can become unsafe in inappropriate footwear.
We would really appreciate your support in ensuring the children have the correct clothing on the correct days. Any children with missing P.E. kit will be given warnings.
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.
Children will lose time at break / lunchtimes to complete any work and will be given a warning for incomplete homework.
There is a homework club that is run by Mrs Montgomery and Miss Camus on a Wednesday lunchtime for Year 6 children. This is a flexible club in which children can come along to if they feel they need extra space or time for homework or if they need to use any school resources. For some children, we will request that they attend the homework club on a weekly, regular basis. Equally, parents / carers can make this request. Please speak to a member of the Year 6 team if you feel this might benefit your child and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
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, or catch me on the playground at the end of the school day.
Mrs de Boer