Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 6’s Spring Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
· Your child’s timetable
· The curriculum map for the term
· The homework grid for the topics we are covering
· Spelling rules for the term/year
· Times tables to be learnt for the term
· Important dates for your diary
· The end of Year Expectations in English and Maths for Year 6
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
6M Mr McCreadie Class Teacher & Year group Leader
Miss Horner Teaching Assistant
6O Mrs Ojinakka Class Teacher
Miss Kristina Teaching Assistant
6S Miss Safak Class Teacher
Mr Herda Teaching Assistant
Ms Montague Learning Support Assistant
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at 3.30pm.
Attendance and Punctuality:
It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to line up in the playground/make their way to the classroom at 8.50am/8.45am. Children will then start learning straight away as teachers will have activities prepared.
In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch.
It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.
On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before and after their PE sessions. Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy will result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection.
Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates for Outstanding Efforts in RE, English and Maths and Outstanding behaviour in class and outside on the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’s Certificate in assembly.
Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to reflection if their behaviour does not improve.
In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime.
Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.
Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work. As you know it is important that this continues this year as the homework tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school.
Please note that children who repeatedly fail to bring in their homework will be sent to reflection.
Children are expected to read every evening for at least 20 minutes. All children have a reading book (banded/free reader) which they have the opportunity to change as and when they have finish and a yellow Reading Record book. The students are expected to complete their Reading Record independently, but we ask that you also monitor this and ensure they are completing the required reading. These are checked by the class teachers and children who have not completed their reading will be sent to reading club at playtime.
As you will no doubt be aware, the SATs are fast approaching, this is the last full term before the tests. Therefore we will be spending time this term preparing students for these tests as well as our normal studies. We do try not to pressure the students during this time, but we would encourage you to talk to your children about the tests and how they are feeling about them and alleviate any stress. If you have any concerns, please let one of the class teachers know and we will do our best to help.
In terms of supporting the children at home, please ensure they are completing their homework tasks and are reading as much as possible. These will both help immensely not only in the tests, but preparing them for secondary school
I hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.
Important dates for your diary
6O Class Assembly Friday 12th January
6M Class Assembly Friday 9th February
Half Term 12th-16th February
Pendarren Trip 19th-23rd February
(Students not going on this trip will be taught in a combined class by Mr. McCreadie)
6S Class Assembly Friday 2nd March
Way of the Cross Wednesday 28th March