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 journeys throughout the year. Year 6 is a challenging, fun year and I can guarantee that the time will fly by. We see ourselves very much as a Year 6 unit, rather than two separate classes.
I am working alongside Mrs Ashley Howes (Teaching Assistant) in class this year. 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 Nikki Youngman as their Teaching Assistant. Mrs Mel Montgomery works with us as our third Year 6 teacher, working alongside Mrs Di MaCleod (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 will 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 'Time Travel' topic, which is our main linked learning topic this term, looks at the history of the local shoe industry and has some lovely art and DT links. In science, our first topic is 'Light'.
P.E. is on Mondays (outdoor P.E.) and Wednesdays (gymnastics with Emma from Pacesetters).
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 on a Thursday to be handed in on the next Tuesday. The children are given 3 separate tasks – English, Maths and then another subject linked activity. Learning logs are not given out in the holidays. The expectations are that the children spend approximately half an hour on each task and 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 Mrs McMahon on a Friday 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