Welcome to Year 6
I would like to welcome you to 6S. This is a very important year in many ways and I very much look forward to guiding your children through the many challenges that they will encounter along the way. The purpose of this introduction is to give some helpful advice to best support your child throughout the year.
Although, Covid-19 has regrettably caused many disruptions for your child over the past few years, the national curriculum tests will continue to take place next year. We understand that your child will have missed a substantial amount of time from school and so here are some useful ways in which you could support your child. The main thing they need to do is keep practising the basic skills such as reading and talking about what they have read, along with completing home learning and rehearsing basic number skills, such as quick recall of times tables facts and their number bonds. Your child has a login for Times Tables Rock Stars, which we, as a school, recommend highly. Another useful maths based website that I would always recommend is www.mathsisfun.com The SATs tests are statutory and begin on the week beginning Monday 8th May 2023 and children must be in school all that week. We do not recommend that the children have family holidays before the tests.
Now the children are in year 6, we expect them to read most days for 15-20 minutes, and this should be recorded in their reading diaries at least 4 times in a week. This can be the school (scheme) reading book, another school book (such as a school library book) or their own choice of reading material. The reason that we give this such importance is that not only do they do a reading test next May, but reading, as you will agree, is an essential life skill.
Basic writing skills should be emphasised and encouraged. A simple thing would be to maybe look at their home learning books or any other writing they may do, ensuring capital letters and all basic punctuation (. ? ! ,) are in place. Spellings are also essential as the children have a spelling test next May and please encourage them to keep rehearsing these regularly at home.
We would like to emphasise the importance of home learning in year 6 and to get the children organised, and ready for high school. Home learning is always given out on a Monday and should be returned (complete) by Friday. There will always be a maths activity and spellings to be completed and practised ready for a short test on Friday mornings. Should the children complete their home learning before Friday, they will always be generously rewarded.
Throughout year 6, the children may be invited to attend after school catch-up sessions. If invited, we do expect the children to attend these as they are provided to ensure that the children make the best progress. They are also designed to allow children to get the results that they deserve in their tests and be ready for high school. Over the last ten years that we have offered these catch-up sessions, the children that have attended have always achieved their aspirational targets.