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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 6 – St Oscar Romero

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the Christmas break, I hope you all had an enjoyable time. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Once again as with last term, I will be teaching the class every day apart from Wednesdays. You will know Year 6 is a huge year for the children, so your continued support while your children work through the final year of primary education, will be very much appreciated.

Please find below a reminder of some important points for you and your child:

Spellings

The children have logins for the online resource called ‘Spelling Shed’. The children’s spellings will be set up automatically and in advance on a weekly basis, for the children to practice and learn. Together with this there are educational games set to support your child’s learning of the spelling rules at home. Your child will be expected to play at least 10 games each week, focussing on the spellings of the week. These spellings will also be taught in our spelling lessons each week.

Reading books

All pupils have two school books to read, either from the reading scheme or class library. We would like children to read at least five times each week. Children have been given a login for our reading app, ‘Go Read’ so their reading can be noted. In addition, the app will also record their feedback about the books they read.

It is vital that a record is made each time they read. Each week their reading record will be checked, and their reading books will be changed. Please make sure that your child’s book is handed in on a THURSDAY so that they can be changed ready to go home the following day. You can support your child by listening to them read; asking questions about the text; or by using a dictionary together to discover the meaning of any unknown vocabulary they encounter.

Please note reading books must be in school every day.

Homework

The children will receive 8 arithmetic questions each day - these will really help your child as they prepare for their SATs. I am happy for these to be completed in any spare time between lessons as they should take no longer than 5 minutes. Please don’t worry if there are questions your child doesn’t understand – as we may not have covered all the things that come up - as yet!

Your child will be set another creative homework project this term relating to their new topic. Full details of this project will be given at the appropriate time.

This term it would be great if the children could also complete a science quiz each week on Developing Experts website. Login details have been sent home with the children for this. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring completion of these homework activities.

P.E.

P.E. will be taught every Monday and Tuesday. Children will continue to wear full P.E. Kit to school on these days. (E.g. white shorts or black jogging bottoms; black daps or trainers, red t-shirts and red jumpers). Please note all PE lessons apart from dance and gymnastics will be conducted outside, weather permitting.

If your child wears earrings they must remove them for P.E. If for some reason they cannot remove their earrings, in the interest of safety, we ask that you please provide them with medical tape to cover them.

Forest Schools

At the moment, Forest School takes place throughout the year on school grounds. Your child will be told when they need to come into school wearing suitable clothing items for a Forest School day. This term we will have it on Wednesday 26th January.

Going home

To assist in safeguarding your children, it is very important that you please make sure that you inform the school by phone, as soon as possible, or inform myself on Dojo of the following circumstances, should they be any different from usual:

If your child is:

  • Allowed to walk home by themselves;
  • Going home with someone other than yourself
  • Being picked up by another member of your family or by a friend.
  • If arrangements change during the day
  • Doing anything different from previously arranged.
  • If you are running late - please take time to make a call to school so we are able to reassure your child that you are coming.

Request

NB. - We are still in need of painting aprons in Year 6!    I am hoping that you will be able to help me in this matter by donating: any old, adult, male sized shirts that can be used (preferably without the collar). These cover the children’s clothes incredibly well. Thank you in advance!

Events

This term the children will be visiting Holy Family Church on Thursday 10th February to attend mass. Following straight after Mass the children will be having a lesson about the Church and exploring the mass with Fr. Eugene.

If you have any questions about anything in this letter, please feel free to come and see me at the end of the school day or message me on Dojo. Class information is shared and updated regularly via our Class Dojo page, so please look out for new messages and updates.

Thanking you for your anticipated support.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Cullimore, Year 6 Class Teacher