“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord: plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Teacher, Mr Gane with Teaching Assistant, Miss Williams.

Class Updates

Friday 17th September

It’s been election results week here for Y6 and following their superb presentations last Friday the children of the school voted as follows:

  • Aylward – Elena, Alex, Joe & Agnes
  • Crummell – Harry C, Milad, Caterina & Kit
  • Liddell – Columba, Rory, Isabelle & Nyla
  • Wesley – Jemima, Louis S, Ernie & Aurelia

The standard of presentations was very high indeed this year and I must praise again every single person who put themselves forward for what can be a very daunting challenge; win or lose, you all did yourselves proud!

Sports Captains were also selected this week based, not only on their love and individual ability in sport, but also on their ability to encourage and motivate other team members, as well as their organisational skills and ability to help Clare and Alastair prepare for events. So give a cheer to: Arthur, Ava, Louis DC, Olivia, Paul and Phil.  Well done for shining in PE over the years and enjoy the new sporting calendar as it picks up again from the last few years.

More elections, this time to the School Council – a very influential organ – that works hard behind the scenes under Miss Mahon’s guidance. Each class elects Council Members, who from Y6 Ayres this year are: Tegan & Harry H. Congratulations and thanks in advance for all of your hard work.

Finally, Oscar and Prathana volunteered to represent the class on Mr Perry’s Pray Group which meets each fortnight to help facilitate prayer and contemplation throughout the school as well as to pray for us all.

…and we also had time for some teaching and learning!

After a brief assessment on Place Value, in Maths we began work on the four mathematical operations completing our review of methods of multiplication before moving on to ‘short’– More on Mathletics homework. ‘Life in Trinidad’, the autobiography of Floella Benjamin whose birthday it is next week (72), was examined further with the children who investigated unfamiliar words and phrases and identified relative clauses, before writing a brief summary of her early childhood. Later in the week they planned their own autobiography.

The children continued their Science learning on the somewhat dry ‘Classification of Organisms’ topic while in Humanities learning all about the various different Greek gods took the form of Class Assembly practice – cross curricular learning. Focussing on ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (1998) the work of Turner Prize winning artist, Chris Ofili, in Art this week the children developed their profile sketching skills while in Spanish the children recapped their learning around colours – see vocab homework set by Mrs Pereira – which is due on Monday.

Finally, and I’m sure I have no need to remind you, we’re off to PGL on Monday. The children should come in to school as normal from 8.45am for a 9am start as normal, leaving their suitcases in the Main Hall. Apologies again for our omission with regards to the sleeping bag which IS REQUIRED. The coach is scheduled to leave here at 10am if you would like to come back to school to wave them off, and we should be back for a normal pick-up on Friday. I will be in touch with the Class Reps throughout the week who will keep you updated with photos and any timings that may change.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Gane

Friday 10th September

Dear Parents & Carers,

And so to the end of week two, all of the children are assimilating well in to the pace and expectations of Y6.

We have already come to the end of the first, very brief Maths unit on Place Value, an essential understanding of which is key to all going forward – and explains why we no longer use Roman numerals… After an End of Unit assessment on Monday, next up is a review of the four Maths operations to get everyone fully back up to speed.

The children have been reading extracts of Floella Benjamin’s ‘Life in Trinidad’ autobiography as a basis for their learning in English this week, as they have learned more about the features of biographies and autobiographies and begun writing paragraphs of each type. We will continue the theme next week.

Having started RE by focusing on our Y6 word of HOPE, the theme now until half term is ‘Understanding Faith in our Community’. This week, in a cross-curricula activity, the children used their geographical map reading skills to identify locations of places of worship in the locality, before then tracing their routes to school annotating any faith centres along the way. There a special visitor joining us for the next lesson…

Perhaps the highlight of the week was the much anticipated House Captain presentations which took place this afternoon with a bumper crop of candidates. Your children really did themselves proud, delivering thoughtful and inspired talks that included some zany fundraising ideas for many personally heart-warming and deserving charities. The votes are being counted and election results will be announced on Monday. Really well done to everyone who took part.

Finally, the first ‘Stars of the Week’ this year are Ava and Harry C; really well done you guys and keep up your superb start to Y6.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr Gane

Friday 3rd September

Dear Parents & Carers,

Can you believe that that little child who went fresh faced into Reception only six years ago is now in Year 6 – how time flies!

So with summer now officially over and tans (for what you could grab) fading, a very excited bunch turned in on Thursday, ready and raring for the joys and rigours that face them in Y6. We’ve hit the ground running and written recounts of our holiday highlights, ‘letters to our future selves’ and our ‘Reach for the Stars’ goals for the year – we’re saving Maths for next week!

I for one have thoroughly enjoyed being back with a full class in Y6 and getting to know lots of new faces. It’s great to be back in the saddle after the hols and I’m looking forward to the challenging new work ahead – they all tell me they are too. The Homework Diaries seem to be a hit (so far) and I would be most grateful for your support in asking to see them each evening and initialling or signing to confirm that work, especially some reading (recommended reading list), has been carried out. Written homework will be set on Mondays and Fridays. Knowing how to manage this will set them in great stead for Y7, less than a year away now – gulp.

The children have had a busy couple of days with lots to think about. We have focused on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ – ways in which to have a positive approach to even the most dreaded of subjects while also not sitting on ones laurels. There are loads of motivational quotes around the classroom, one of which I have already had thrown back in my face!

Finally, we will be having our House Captain elections next Friday 10th September.  Each House will elect three Year 6 Captains, who will help lead their houses in certain events and activities throughout the year. Candidates will make a presentation to their fellow House members from across the year groups in the main school hall, who then vote for their preferred captains. As the election is just a week away, for anyone wanting to throw their hat in to the ring, they need to start planning now… Whilst a PowerPoint presentation is not necessary, it might help as a prop and prompt for the nervous candidate; these should be email to me on d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk ideally by end of the day on Thursday. Below is a job description and a few ideas that might help.

House Captain’s Job Description


  • Each House will fundraise for a specific charity. In the presentation you should put forward your recommendations for your chosen charity and ideas for fundraising.
  • Lead regular House meetings
  • Help to organise your House for certain school events i.e. Sports Day
  • Representing the school at particular school events i.e. Grandparent’s Day
  • Acting as a role model for your House/ School
  • To meet regularly with the Headteacher
  • To present House Captain Awards at the end of the year.
  • Any speech or talk they give should be no more than five minutes.


Thanks for your support and I look forward to the year ahead with you and your lovely children.

Kind regards

Mr Gane


PS Coming in dressed in PE Kit is a Lockdown measure that we have embraced, so I have asked the children to make sure that this happens on Mondays and Thursdays.

Thursday 2nd September

Welcome to Year 6.

There will be a full blog entry on here on Friday, but in the meantime do please take a look at our Timetable Y6 Ayres and the Y6 Curriculum Map 2021 – 22 for the year.

Please note that the children will need to come in to school wearing their PE Kits on Mondays for Gym and Thursdays for PE, which they will wear all day. They will NOT need their uniforms on those days.




Today we have set Spellings and both Grammar and Punctuation homework.

Complete page 14 in the CGP Grammar booklet on adverbs, which should be handed in by 9am on Wednesday. Also pages 4 & 5 in the CGP Punctuation booklet, also for Wednesday.

The Spelling Words can be found on our Y6 Ayres Google Classroom. Write out each of the Spelling Words three (3) times and then choose five (5) of the most tricky to include in five (5) separate sentences that shows that you know the meaning of the words.  Please also include the grammar focus. This too should be handed by 9am on Wednesday.

Then continue to practise your spellings for the test on Friday.


Monday 11-Oct Elena
Tuesday 12-Oct Rory
Wednesday 13-Oct Kit
Thursday 14-Oct Hannah
Friday 15-Oct Oscar

Monday 18-Oct Louis S
Tuesday 19-Oct Prathana
Wednesday 20-Oct Paul
Thursday 21-Oct Isabelle
Friday 22-Oct Phil

Half Term

Monday 01-Nov Dhanvi
Tuesday 02-Nov Arthur
Wednesday 03-Nov Olivia
Thursday 04-Nov Benjy
Friday 05-Nov Jemima

Monday 08-Nov Milad
Tuesday 09-Nov Alex
Wednesday 10-Nov Cherrie
Thursday 11-Nov Ava
Friday 12-Nov Harry H

Monday 15-Nov Caterina
Tuesday 16-Nov Seliholm
Wednesday 17-Nov Seb
Thursday 18-Nov Tegan
Friday 19-Nov Harry C

Monday 22-Nov Nyla
Tuesday 23-Nov Etain
Wednesday 24-Nov Louis DC
Thursday 25-Nov Aurelia