Welcome to Year Six!
Year Six is taught by Mrs Barnes-Smith, with Mrs Lee and Mrs Williams supporting. Check back often to find out what we've been learning and how you can help your child at home.
We have been so proud of the way the children have returned to school during the latter end of the Spring Term. It has been great to see the children laughing and playing on the playground, as well as throwing themselves into their learning.
This term we will be continuing to focus on our Covid Recovery Curriculum, working hard to fill the academic and social gaps that may have appeared over the last 15 months. We're looking forward to getting outside as much as possible and we're hoping that we can start to get back to some degree of normality with our usual summer activities.
During Spring 2, we took part in the St Oswald's Dance Festival! Click here to see the performances from all of the classes.
What should I bring to school?
DO NOT bring toys or pencil cases.
The basis for all good learning is to secure fluent and expressive reading. Children should read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, preferably aloud to another person, but if not, by themselves. Reading records are checked by staff on a daily basis to ensure children are completing this as it is essential for children to be able to read fluently in order to access the rest of the curriculum. (The Reading SATs paper requires children to read at roughly 120 words per minute in order to access the highest levels of achievement.) https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-6-pupils-ks2-age-10-11/
This term homework will take the form of a short task delivered on Google Classroom. We are aiming to promote the use of this platform as it is our main location for the delivery of Home Learning, should the school be subject to closure. It is very important that your child engages with this homework. If you are having trouble accessing the platform, please call the school office, who will let me know.
If your child is not yet secure in their times tables they will need to practise these regularly in order to catch up and become "secondary ready". Tables form the bedrock of much of the maths encountered in Year Six and beyond. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
PE - Your child should have their PE kit in school every day as sessions are sometimes subject to change, especially during the ongoing pandemic.
PE kit should consist of:
In the winter children may bring tracksuit tops and or bottoms as well if it is cold - unless it's pouring down we continue to use the outdoor facilities where possible.
Our Theme is called "Heads or Tales" and we will be learning about the chronology of the Tudor dynasty; Henry VIII and his decision to dissolve the monasteries (as well as the impact this had on Britain for centuries to come); Elizabeth I and the Renaissance; as well as the growing role of entertainment during the Tudor period.
In English, we will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, from which we will learn about narrative writing techniques in English lessons, as well as using the text to complete guided reading lessons.
As well as the craft of writing, we will look to improve our knowledge of spelling patterns through the No Nonsense Spelling programme.
Our Math lessons will focus on the areas of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, using the Maths No Problem scheme that the children are familiar with.
More information about our foundation lessons will be available in the coming weeks.
We look forward to sharing our learning with you via this page, and also via Twitter: @stoswalds01562