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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

Autumn term - Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October. 

As we start a new academic year, we do so with a new Executive Headteacher, welcome to St John's Miss Jones. 

Please remember that children should aim to arrive at school between 8.45am and 8.50am, when they should go into the playground. Playground supervision by a member of staff begins at 8.45am. A playground bell is rung at 8.52am when children come into school for registration, if children arrive after 8.55am they should enter school via the main entrance and register at the school office.  In the event of wet weather, children can come into class from 8.45am, where teaching staff will supervise them. If children arrive earlier than this, we cannot guarantee that there will be a member of staff in the classroom to supervise your child.  

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon at Deepcar St John's Church for our Harvest Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are really proud of all our children. They all sang beautifully. Those children who stood and read poems, bible readings and prayers in front of a packed church showed such confidence. Thank you for all your kind donations of food, we have all been overwhelmed this year by your generosity and kindness.



Our first parents' evening of this school year took place on 15th and 17th October.   It was good to see so many parents over the two evenings and for us to be able to discuss how your child is progressing in school since they returned in September.  It was also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to find out how to best support your child's learning at home and how best to prepare them for the SAT's in May next year.  

In English, we have just completed our first piece of creative writing based on a short video clip called 'Passing Through', and some of their work is now on display in class. 


Our Science topic for this half term is 'Everything Changes'. During the half term, children will investigate and discuss how characteristics of living things, for example, height, size or colour, vary from individual to individual and how some traits are inherited.   They will also be able to recognise that characteristics in living things can be affected by the environment. In the coming weeks we are going to be carrying out a fair test to investigate how plants adapt to the environment. 

Also, in Science, we are looking at 'Our Changing World.' During these lesson children make direct and detailed observations of animals at various times of the year by creating and using observation stations. We have chosen to observe hedgehogs and have built 'Hedgehog Hotels' and placed them around the school grounds. Over the next 5 days, we will be returning to our hotels and checking for hedgehog activity and recording our findings. We have already had a little visitor last night.

We believe that a child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, should be at the heart of our school.  We use Picture News, which help to keep children up to date with the fast changing world around them. Our discussions and debates in our PSHE lessons with Mrs Needham,  help to challenge children's ideas and pre-conceptions; ultimately helping them to broaden their horizons and enable them to deal with the modern world. 

At the beginning of term, these children went on a Bikeability course. We are pleased to announce that they all passed and got their certificates in assembly.   A big well done to them all. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the carers, friends and family members that joined us for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We are really grateful to all those people who kindly made and donated delicious cakes and buns for us to sell, helping us to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity. We hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.

On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.

On Wednesday 3rd October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards.  We would like to thank all the parents and carers who joined us. It was good to meet you. A pack filled with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents in the near future. 

Bike riding is an important skill for children to master. As a school, we feel it is important for them to be taught how to keep themselves safe whilst cycling. All our year 6 children are given the opportunity to take part in Bikeability. Bikeability is a cycle training programme that teaches children practical skills and gives them the understanding and expertise they need to ride their bikes safely on the road. The training runs over one and a half days and children will be assessed during the course and receive a certificate and badge at the end. The course starts on Wednesday 13th September. 


Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons. 

Our theme for this half term is Ancient Greece.  We have started off this week by practising our map skills, using an atlas and locating Greece, finding out its capital and the countries that it borders. We will then move on to finding out about the Ancient Greek way of life and achievements and their influence on the western world. 

Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.  

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will: 

1.  Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families. 

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

4.  Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge! 

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 


Please also note that Friday 26th of October is an Inset Day and school is closed to children.

In 2016, children in Year 6 were the first children to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system, which has replaced national curriculum levels, which also came into force in 2016.  To help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

In May, your child will sit tests in:

 English: Reading  Reading booklet and associated answer booklet 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Short answer questions  

 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 2: Spelling 


 Paper 1: Arithmetic  

 Paper 2: Reasoning 

 Paper 3: Reasoning                                             

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. In Year 6, they need to know all the tables facts so they can start thinking about prime numbers, factors etc.  Being fluent in their times tables is essential for their SATs, which they will be sitting next year.

Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.  Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. 

TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice, which children have used in school and is a great way to for children to learn their tables. Please encourage them to use this at home. If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. Other online resources include; 

  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars


Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Please continue to encourage your child to read at home, it is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 6 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 



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