Welcome to Year 6
Year Six is the last year of primary school and the year in which children sit their KS2 SATs. We ensure that children are fully prepared for these so that they can show their learning throughout primary school. However, this is not the most important job that we have in Year Six!
This year is designed to equip our children with the life skills that they will need to make a successful transition to high school and beyond. We ensure that the children are critical thinkers with the resilience to find solutions to the problems that they encounter. By the end of Year Six, we encourage children to be independent in completing their home learning and to take responsibility for their own organisation.
The class teachers at Somers Park are Mrs Clements in 6AC, and in 6CM, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Marshall. The Teaching Assistants are Mrs Nixon, Mrs Dooner and Mr Ballinger. Smaller group work is taught by Mrs Nixon and Mrs Lineham covers PPA in 6AC.
Children are expected to read for 20 minutes, five times a week, and to complete their Reading Records independently with parents just signing them once a week before they are handed in on Mondays. Whilst children can (and should) read independently in Year 6, it is still beneficial and enjoyable for them to read to you and for you to read to them! We encourage children to read a range of texts including fiction stories, non-fiction books and newspapers amongst other things. Children should read books that they enjoy and we recommend lots to them over the year.
Spellings will be sent home each Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. They will be specific to your child’s needs and will reflect the spelling rule that the children have been learning that week. Please spend a few minutes each day helping your child to learn their spellings. Three or four a day works well so that the children don’t become overwhelmed.
Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar practice books are handed out at the beginning of the year. Children are given specific pages to complete on Fridays which are then marked in class the following Friday. The teachers choose topics that align with the learning that week or areas that need practising to support the children to embed a particular skill.
Maths homework is handed out once a week in each Maths class to be completed that night and returned the next day. These cover a variety of topics that the children have been learning about in school; learning key facts to increase their fluency and to practise their mental arithmetic.
Children still have access to the Times Tables RockStars website and app which they can use to consolidate what they have learned as the year progresses. There are lots of useful areas to explore dependent on what your child's needs are, whether that is learning a specific times table or increasing their recall speed of division facts. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need a copy of their username and password.
PE takes place in Year 6 on Mondays and Thursdays with each class having an indoor and an outdoor session. Please keep your child's PE kit in school all week as lesson days can be subject to change depending on the availability of the hall and equipment. If you wish them to be taken home to be washed, please do so at the weekend or during the holidays and return them the next day that your child is in school. School PE kit is essential (with optional school PE hoodies) and well-fitted trainers are an important part of this. Children are not permitted to take part in the absence of these.
Using the Daily Mile track, we will undertake a mile run on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children need their trainers in school every day as a result! It is an all weather track so we can hopefully do it all year round unless the British weather defeats us! Children may change into their PE t-shirt if they wish and may also keep roll-on deodorant in their PE bag to use.