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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 6 – St Oscar Romero

Dear Parents,

First of all, I would like to congratulate your children on how well they have settled back in to school life after a strange few months. 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 every day except on Thursdays when they will covered by Mrs Cross. Mrs Bush is also with the class as 1:1 support. Obviously Year 6 is a huge year for the children so your support is much appreciated as we enter their final year of primary education. I have high expectations but I strongly believe that this helps children achieve to their full potential.

Spellings

For the time being, we will be doing spelling as a class as children can’t cross ‘bubbles’ etc. I will send home ten spellings each week and the children have been given logins to Spelling Shed, a great resource which will help them in this area (https://play.edshed.com/)

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

Your child will be set a creative homework project every term. An additional letter will give full details of these projects. 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! Alongside this, I will set tasks on Learning By Questions where appropriate and will put the codes for this on Dojo. Year 6 have been given a homework diary and inside this they have a login card with details of lots of online resources they can access. Thank you for your support in ensuring completion of homework activities.

PE and Forest Schools

PE will be taught on a Tuesday and Wednesday. This year, we will be allowing children to come to school in their PE kit on these days. A reminder that PE kit is a red top, white shorts and trainers. Dark jogging bottoms/leggings are acceptable when it is colder weather and children may need a light waterproof as we have to follow a strict timetable with allotted slots in the Hall. If your child wears earrings they must be able to remove them for PE 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. I will keep you updated about any trips etc. as the places we would normally go are currently closed owing to the pandemic. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message on Dojo or speak to me at the gate at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harding, Mrs Cross and Mrs Bush.