Welcome to Year 6
Class 6A: Miss Steenhuis, TA – Mrs Green
Class 6B: Mrs Lynch, TA – Mr Bond
Class 6C: Mr Gambell, TA – Mrs Murray
Topics for the year
Autumn 1 – Blood Heart
Autumn 2 – Revolution (Victorians)
Spring 1 – Frozen Kingdoms/Gallery Rebels
Spring 2 – (SATS) Frozen Kingdoms/Gallery Rebels
Summer 1- Hola Mexico
Summer 2 – Hola Mexico/School play
PE – Please ensure your child has an appropriate PE kit including for outdoors (plain navy blue tracksuit).
Please see below for your child’s PE days:
Class 6a: Tuesday
Class 6b: Wednesday
Class 6c: Thursday
Daily homework (Mon-Thurs)
- 10 min on Reading/Spellings
- 10min written English task
- 10 min written Maths task
If homework is not completed and submitted on the day it is due in children will be required to complete it at playtime.
NB: If any problems arise about homework please see class teacher.
Reading records to be signed at least once a week please.
- Over the course of the year we will a series of mock tests which mirror the set up of the tests at the end of the academic year.
- They will be given their scores and a code with it, as part of personal target setting.
- The teachers will use the tests to identify GAPS and address these in the lessons.
- The pupils will be challenged to improve their scores as the year progresses and their targets will be taken from the GAPS.
- PROGRESS is key.
- Scores of tests will be shared with you during parent consultations.
- 3 Maths papers (1 arithmetic and 2 reasoning/problem solving)– No calculator or tracing paper.
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Writing is assessed continually throughout the year
- Any subject book can be taken as evidence.
Tests are one key aspect of target setting, however Year 6 is about all pupils making progress from their starting point and working towards achieving the expected standard in all areas.
SATs are a reality of Year 6, and we strive for all pupils to do their absolute best to be ‘secondary ready’ and achieve their full potential.
As teachers we aim to make the year as relaxed and engaging as possible.
Useful link leading up to SATs:
Key Dates –
- Kingswood trip (for the 54 children that are going) 8th October – 12th October
- Year 6 parent meeting: Tuesday 18th September – 7-8pm
- Thursday 20th September – Whole school mass
- Year 6 Mass – Thursday 8th October
- Year 6 Mass – Sunday 11th October (St John’s Catholic Church- Gravesend)
Useful Websites –
In line with our homework that is sent home on a Monday, the rules will coincide. https://spellingframe.co.uk/
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used
Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.
Weekly Updates –
Year 6 have enjoyed their first week back, they know they are the role models now for the rest of the pupils at St John’s. We have worked really hard this week and fully immersed ourselves in this terms’ topic – ‘Blood-Heart’
This week we have enjoyed decorating our new class libraries. We have discussed our targets for the year, completing these on snitches with the analogy that they seem out of reach to us at the moment, just as they did for Harry Potter. Our library is now a lovely place that we can all go to in order to become immersed in a book.
We have stared our new ‘Love for Reading’ book, ‘Pig Heart Boy’, which explores the life of Cameron, a 13 year old boy who is in need of a heart transplant. We are looking forward to week 2!