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Welcome to Year 6

Autumn term 2 - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break. It is hard to believe that in 7 weeks we will be breaking up for Christmas.  Please ensure that children come dressed prepared for the colder weather that we are now experiencing.  PE kits need to be returned to school and should now include either a tracksuit or a warm fleece and joggers for when we do PE outside.

What we are Learning this Half Term. 

Maths


In maths this half term we are focussing on fractions. Over the coming weeks we will be learning what fractions and we will be learning how to compare, to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Most afternoons, Mrs Bebbington runs an intervention group, where she works with a small group of children boosting their math skills.  


English

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With

no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes,there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone. Kensuke's Kingdom is a gripping adventure from the author of War Horse. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children.  After reading this gripping adventure, we will be writing our own text based on the story.




History/Geography (Theme)

As part of our ‘Ancient Greece’ theme, we have been looking at the role that women played in Ancient Athens. We have organised a visit to Weston Park Museum in Sheffield on Monday 17th December 2018, where children will be taking part in the ‘Ancient Greece: Offerings for Athena’ workshop. This involves learning about the goddess Athena and how Athens got its name; building a model of the Parthenon and looking at how the Ancient Greeks left an amazing legacy in architectural design. As well as this, the children will become history detectives when they explore the rest of the museum.


Science

In Science, we are finishing our work on 'Our Changing World' topic that we started last term. During these lesson we make direct and detailed

observations of animals at various times of the year by creating and using observation stations. We chose to observe hedgehogs and built 'Hedgehog Hotels' which we placed around the school grounds. Over the last few weeks, we have regularly checked our 'Hotels' and recorded any activity. From the data that we have gathered, we will be analysing and drawing up a conclusions on what habitats hedgehogs like best and we will be looking at what we can do to improve the environment for hedgehogs to help stop the reduction in their population figures.

Art

We have also started a new art topic, connected to our theme of Ancient Greece. After initially sketching our designs, we have now started to create a Greek urn out of felt, on which we will be sewing our designs before stitching the urn together. We will need to learn a number of stitches to enable us to complete the designs; blanket stitch, cross stitch and back stitch. 


         

French

In french we are learning numbers. 

Music

We have also linked our music lessons to our theme of Ancient Greece and have been learning a number of songs linked to the War of Troy. We have been developing a number of different singing skills and have been learning how to sing in harmony. 

How to Support your Child's Learning at Home/Homework. 

Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes. Reading is especially important in year 6. Reading on a regular basis will have a positive impact on your child's SAT results.  A list of the top 100 books to read in year 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story. 
  • Take turns to read. 
  • Stories can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in.
  • Sit close together when sharing a book. 
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - It's a great way to make your child giggle.
  • When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that do not require just a yes or no answer. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or how a character may be feeling. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. Thank you for your continued support with your child's learning at home. 

Maths

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths. 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.  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 or straight after school as a matter of routine.


TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice. Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve pupils maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum.  Further information on Mathletics and TT Rockstars can be found in our Parent Information section on our website. Please encourage them to use both of these fantastic resources 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
        

Our Year 6 age related maths expectations and maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.


Homework

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. 
 
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. 

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

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. 

Children's University

We are really pleased to announce that we have signed up to Sheffield Children’s University. This scheme encourages and rewards children and young people for taking part in learning activities of their choice in their own time. Research shows that children and young people who are

rewarded for choosing to learn out of school feel proud and confident about their achievements and do better at school. 

The Children’s University celebrates children and young people’s achievements with award certificates and badges. To do this we count the learning credits that they earn out of school time – one for each hour. The national awards are:

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

Gold (100 hours) …and these continue right the way up to 1000 hours! 

Gold awards are presented at special ceremonies at the Town Hall or universities to which a parent/carer is also invited. With each award children and young people receive, they receive a report which outlines their activities and accounts for each hour they have spent learning out of school. This report can become part of their record of achievement and evidences the learning they have taken part in out of school hours, which can be important when they begin to apply to further education or seek employment.  Please see the link below for more information. 

http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/home/work-with-us/local-cus/sheffield-childrens-university/home/


Statutory Assessment Tests Information (SATs)


The key stage 2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 13 May 2019. The timetable is likely to follow previous years' timetables: 

 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 

 Maths: 

 Paper 1: Arithmetic 
 Maths: 

 Paper 2: Reasoning
 Maths: 


 Paper 3: Reasoning           


These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Reading 

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.


There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’

In 2018 the Department for Education announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum in future to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Maths 

Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.

News and Events this Half Term

With his trusty cat in tow, Dick Whittington’s heading to town to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him! We invited Pendle Productions back again this year as they performed a fabulous pantomime last year. Their performance this afternoon had the children enthralled from start to finish.The talent of the actors was astounding and lots of audience participation ensured the actors held the children’s attention throughout. The perfect Christmas treat!

    


Deepcar St John's children gathered along with staff, parents, grandparents, carers and friends at our Junior Carol Service this afternoon. After a heartfelt welcome from our wonderful host Revd. Hilda Issacson, the congregation enjoyed readings, prayers, poems, carols and a re-enactment of the Nativity story by brave year 3 children. The beautiful song Hope in Heaven explains the significance of each element of the Christingle. Candles flickered as our choir, joined by the rest of the school, sang exquisitely.The service concluded with Come All Ye Faithful, during which all the congregation were invited to sing along. A wonderful afternoon and we are very proud of all our children. Thank you for joining us.  


     
       

Yummy Christmas Lunch -  Turkey and all the Trimmings. 

     


        

Christmas fun and games in PE for us yesterday.


    

The Waldershelf Singers are an independent mixed voice choir with around 68 members, who sing all kinds of music. They are from all ages and walks of life, with experienced singers and musicians, and some new learners. Together they love to sing and have fun. The Waldershelf Singers performed at 6.30pm on the 11th December at Deepcar St John's church along with Deepcar St John's Choir.  After the performance, Waldershelf Choir praised the children, especially loving the handbells. Well done Deepcar St John's, sounds like you were fabulous as always. Big thanks to Mr Horner and Miss Danks for giving up their time to run the school choir. Without their hard work and dedication our school choir would not exist. 



Wow, highest attendance in school for week commencing 26th November. Well done Mrs Stewart and Mrs Riley's class. 



It has been really hard for the school to pick a winner for the design a logo for our new Parents of Deepcar Students Facebook page and letter head competition. In the end we have decided on a combination of two designs. We are really proud to have the both winners in year 6. Look out for their new logo on their Facebook page and on future letters.


Our School Council organised a toys sale on Thursday 6th December 2018 and raised £63. The toy sale was to raise funds for iPads which will be accessed by all children in school. Thank you for donating all your unwanted toys to the sale and helping us to raise vital funds for the school. 


The Superkids awards hosted by the Sheffield Star have been going for over 2 decades. The event celebrates the brave, talented and

inspirational youngsters in our city. The award night, which was on the 3rd of December, was a night full of proud parents, carers and teachers. Nine amazing children all received awards for being fearless and an inspiration to all. We are really proud to have one of our pupils amongst the candidates. Receiving a nomination for fearless bravery following a very tough year due to illness. In March, she became very ill, really quickly and was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. She was taken to hospital with an extremely high heart rate and several attempts failed to reduce it. The doctors at the hospital saved her life. She now faces an operation when she is 13. Despite a few setbacks since then, she has always remained positive and never complains. She missed quite a bit of school but she took on extra work at home to catch up. She has now pledged to take part in the Glow Run at Endcliffe Park on the 18th December, to raise money for the hospital that saved her life. Her teachers say that she is a positive role model to everyone in the school. She got a special mention in Collective Worship. 


Our tree, kindly donated by Jacob DW's parents, is now up in the school hall. We are now proudly displaying all the amazing baubles that were entered into the 'Parents of Deepcar Students' best decorated bauble competition. All of the baubles look amazing and it was really hard for us to choose a winner from each year group. Each entrant received a certificate in assembly today. A big well done to our year 6 winner. 

       


On the 4th December, we welcomed back Reverend Hilda Issacson and her friends from church for a special Christmas Open the Book Collective Worship.  


Regular attendance ensures that pupils get the best possible outcomes from their time at school. We are really proud, that Mrs Riley's and Mrs Stewart's class have achieved 100% attendance last week and received a special certificate in assembly. 


Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially. It can help to develop a child’s imagination and creativity and allows them to try new skills in a safe environment. Being part of a school choir creates a sense of togetherness, gives children a sense of belonging and helps them to make new friends. A place for sharing, laughter and fun. We are very grateful to Mr Horner and Miss Danks, who both give up their time each week to run choir practise and to accompany them to many musical events. On 17th November, after weeks of practise, they performed at Bolsterstone Christmas Fayre. They were brilliant. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch. 

     

On Tuesday 13th November,  a number of children from year 5 and 6 took part in an athletic competition, held at Stocksbridge High School. The competition held after school involved a mix of track and field events, where we competed against other schools in the area. We finished joint first in the field events and finished second overall, only missing out on first place by 1 point. All the children tried their hardest and were great ambassadors for our school. We are really proud of them all. 


We have really enjoyed receiving all your photographs for The Great Deepcar Bake Off, we hope your creations tasted as good as they looked.  

                           
                                                                                                               
                                       
Suzy Senior, lives locally and in her spare time likes to write books for children. To celebrate the launch of her latest book, A Pirate Christmas, she joined Hilda Issacson for a special Open the Book assembly. Hilda, her pirate friends, Susie and children from St John's acted out the Nativity Story as you've never seen it before - through the eyes of Pirate Dad, Joe, and Cannon, the ship's guinea pig.


We have been talking about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the Centenary celebrations in Collective Worship and in our PSHE lessons. Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              


          


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. The money raised through the sale of poppies provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Thank you to everyone who purchased a poppy from school and helped to raise vital funds for this amazing charity. 




BBC children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the general public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.  Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is:

Safe  

Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on helping children and young people who face a range of disadvantages, for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Children in Need is currently supporting 2400 projects across the UK.  The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night took place on Friday 16th November. The Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing all sorts of crazy things to raise money.  We supported this amazing charity on the 16th, by inviting children to come to school wearing something spotty and making a minimum donation of £1. Thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us raise valuable funds for this amazing charity. 


       

 Future Events



We are really looking forward to our week dedicated to Art, which takes place week commencing 17th December. We will let you have more details nearer the time. 

To celebrate the last day of term, before the Christmas holidays, children are allowed to come to school wearing a Christmas Jumper. We are not asking for a donation of £1. This is because as a school we appreciate that Christmas is a very expensive time of year. Additionally, we are very aware and appreciative of all the support that you have given us already during the months running up to Christmas, for example, Remembrance Day, Children in Need, purchase of Christmas cards, the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal. Plus the additional costs of school trips and residentials. The 'Save the Children' Christmas Jumper Day is on the 14th December and due to above reasons we will not be collecting £1 to donate to this charity. You are more than welcome to make a personal donation. Children need to come to school in school uniform as normal on 14th. Thank you.











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.
 

Regards, 


Mr Horner, Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart. 


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

We have had an excellent and very busy start to the new academic year. It has been a joy to welcome your children into year 5 and they have quickly settled into their new class. Thank you as always for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 5th October.


In order for children for to gain the full benefits of their education, it is essential that they attend school everyday. They are more likely to succeed when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for teachers and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of children are frequently absent. Children will low attendance rates are at risk of falling behind academically. These children, from year 6, have all had either 100% attendance or achieved the school target of 96.5% this half term and were awarded a special certificate in assembly. This is brilliant well done. 

The Good Citizenship award, is a new award that we will be presenting at the end of each half term. A certificate will be given to one child from each class who is kind, supportive, helpful and is a positive role model. When children receive citizenship awards, their positive behavior is in reinforced and teachers are given the opportunity to reward good behavior. Self esteem and confidence is improved for the award recipients and it activity promotes good behavior in the classroom.   Here is our year 6 'Good Citizenship' award winner.



Our House Point system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.  By awarding children House Points we aim to: reinforce positive behavior, create a sense of belonging within the school community, develop social interaction across the school, give children a sense of achievement, support an awareness of individual and collective responsibility and promote fun and excitement through friendly competition. A big well done to 'Tigers' our winning team, who collected the most house points over the half term. As a treat, all members of team 'Tigers' will get to come in non uniform on Friday 9th November. Well done Tigers. 


This year, is the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Deepcar St John's will be remembering and paying their respects by making poppies that will be going on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. We have been hard at work creating our poppies. The finished poppies look amazing and will look fantastic when they go on display next month.



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'. A selection 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 

 
 Maths: 

 Paper 1: Arithmetic  
 Maths: 

 Paper 2: Reasoning 
 Maths: 


 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
        

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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. 


 

regards, 

Mr Horner, Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart. 


    
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