Teacher, Mr Gane with Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hall.
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 Monday, ready and raring for the joys and rigours that face them in Y6. We’ve hit the ground running and written ‘letters to our future selves’ and poems in the style of Pam Ayres in English while cracking straight on in Maths with Place Value.
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 to confirm that work, especially some reading, has been carried out. 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 week 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!
I have no need to tell you that this whole COVID-19 thing has put a spanner in the works of our regular routine, but as ever at St Stephen’s we’re looking at solutions – hopefully we’ll be able to have our residential PGL next Spring and go to Whitby after SATs and France too.
And talking of SATs, as the children have been away from the classroom for so long, we have postponed for a few weeks their first Y6 assessments which will be based on the SAT format. These ‘mock’ tests help us to begin to identify gaps as well as helping the children get used to the SAT format and test conditions. We will use these practice papers as our assessments every half term and they will also determine your child’s group for Maths.
Finally, we will be having our house captain elections soon. Each house will have four Year 6 Captains who will help lead their houses in certain events and activities. Candidates will make a presentation to their Y6 Housemates on why they should be elected, which will be filmed and distributed to all of the lower years to watch in their own classes. Votes from each class will then be collated. This will take place on Wednesday afternoon, so they might like to start planning now – email any supporting PowerPoints to me on email@example.com . Below is a job description and a few ideas that might help.
House Captain’s Job Description
Thanks for your support and I look forward to the year ahead with you and your lovely children.
PS Don’t forget to join Miss Marchant, Mr Schumm and I for the Y7 Transition Meeting on Zoom at 6.30pm next Monday 14th September – see Parent Mail for the link.
Welcome to Year 6.
Please not that the children will need to come in to school wearing their PE Kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays which they will wear all day. They will NOT need their uniforms on those days.
Read pages 4 & 5 (again) in the CGP Reading Fiction book then answer the questions on pages 10 & 11 only. Completed booklets are due on Monday morning.
In your Homework book, write out just two times tables (1 to 12) of your choice – focus on those that slowed you down in the Times Table Challenge – you decide which ones that you need to practise. This is also due on Monday.
Log on to your Mathletics account and complete the activities set only – try the ‘LIVE’ Mathletics afterwards if you would like to do more. This must be completed by Wednesday.