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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 6 – St Oscar Romero

Dear Parents/Carers,
First of all I would like to say how great it is to have the opportunity to teach this class for a second time!(the first being in Year 4 in 2019) I will be teaching the class every day apart from Wednesdays, when they will be taught by Mrs. Cross. Obviously, Year 6 is a huge year for the children, so your anticipated support is much appreciated, as your children enter the final year of primary education.

By way of an introduction please find below some important points to help you and your child settle into Year 6.

Spellings

The children have been signed up to an online resource called ‘Spelling Shed’ and will be given logins so that the programme can be accessed from home. 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.

Reading books

All pupils will be given 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 new reading app, ‘GoRead’ so their reading can be recorded. 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 them 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

English and maths homework will be set every week. It will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on the following Friday. Your children will be given grammar and mathematics homework books, in which specific activities will be set. It is your child’s responsibility to look after these books. Due to the high cost of the books, you will be required to replace the homework book if your child loses it.

I will also give out 8 arithmetic questions each day - these are optional but 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 yet – as we will not have covered all of the things that come up!

Your child will also be set a creative homework project and a piece of writing every term, based on our topic, which will be World War Two for terms 1-3. Full details of these projects will be given at the appropriate time. Thank you for your anticipated support in ensuring completion of homework activities.

P.E. and Forest Schools

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 and red t-shirts). 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.

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.

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

It has come to my attention that in Year 6 we have no painting aprons! 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!

Last but not least, we will be having a Year 6 meeting to talk through the expectations of Year 6 SATs and the plans for the year. This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. The date for this meeting will be Wednesday 14th September at 3.30pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 messages and updates on this page.

Thanking you for your anticipated support.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Cullimore

Year 6 Class Teacher