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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 6 – St Oscar Romero

Teachers: Mr Harding (Mon-Weds), Mrs Walker (Thurs-Fri) until early October, Mrs England (Thurs-Fri) from early October.

HLTA: Mrs Cross (Mon-Thurs)

Dear Parents,

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to you and your children for making me feel so welcome in my first week at Holy Family. The class are already showing lots of potential and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to teach them this year. I will be teaching the class Monday to Wednesday, then they will be taught by Mrs Walker on Thursdays and Fridays until the 4th October when she goes on maternity leave, with Mrs England taking over. Our HLTA this year is Mrs Cross who will be with us Monday-Thursday. Obviously Year 6 is a huge year for the children so your support is much appreciated as we enter the final year of primary education! I have signed us up to an online resource called Spelling Shed/Maths Shed and have given the children their log ins. These are educational games which can be accessed at home and will help support your child’s learning.

Spellings

Pupils in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have completed a spelling assessment, following which they will be grouped into differentiated groups. Children will be given spellings each Monday and tested on the following Monday. Spelling homework should be completed daily and returned to their spelling teacher on a Friday morning.

Reading Books

All pupils will be given a school book to read, either from the reading scheme or class library. We would like children to read at least five times each week. Children have a reading journal in which they can record their thoughts about the books they read. It is vital that they make a record after each time they read. Reading records will be checked and books changed once a week. You can support children by listening to them read and questioning them on what they have read and especially any new vocabulary they encounter. 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 a
Friday. Your children will be given grammar and mathematics homework books, from 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. Your child will also be set a creative homework project and a piece of writing every term. An additional letter will give full details of these projects. Thank you for your support in ensuring completion of homework activities. 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 school in the mornings etc.; they should take no longer than 5 minutes. Please don’t worry if there are questions your child doesn’t understand—we haven’t yet covered all of the things that come up!

P.E. and Forest Schools

P.E. will be taught on a Tuesday and Thursday. However, full P.E. kits (white shorts, red t-shirts, daps) need to be in school every day. If your child wears earrings they must be able to remove them for P.E. If they cannot remove their earrings, please provide them with medical tape so they can cover them up. Forest School takes place throughout the curriculum; your child will be told when they need their kit.

Creative Curriculum

Our topic this term is ‘We’ll Meet Again’ in which children will learn about World War Two. We are planning a visit to the Steam Museum in Swindon and look forward to sharing our learning with you during our class assembly on Friday 18th October.

If you have any questions please feel free to see any of us,
either at the beginning or end of the school day.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harding, Mrs Walker, Mrs England and Mrs Cross.