Welcome to Year 6
Hello from Miss Poyner and Miss Bruton
Firstly, we want to start by saying we hope you are all safe and well in what are definitely strange times for us all. As you will already know, we are the Year 6 teachers and we will be supported by Miss Taylor and Mrs Bell. I’m sure most of you know us already and we hope like us you are looking forward to returning to school in September and getting back to some kind of normality. We have been busy preparing our classrooms and planning all of the exciting things we will be learning.
As our normal transition afternoons have been unable to happen this year, we wanted to share some things with you so that you feel prepared for when we meet. Most of our routines are very similar to those you would have had in year five so don’t worry.
We will be based in the Year 6 mobile classroom and we will meet you on your first day outside this area. In the mornings, Year 6 children usually wait on the bottom playground until the bell sounds and then walk sensibly in through the main mobile entrance ready to hang up your coat and bag.
During the summer, we are investing money in the space between the two classrooms to provide an additional learning area. In order to maximise the space, we need your support. We are asking that you only bring a coat, your PE kit and anything else is brought in a drawstring bag (lunch box, water bottle, reading book and record).
We will supply you with a plain drawstring bag free of charge on the first day back (we have an assortment of colours) but you can buy a sportier one if you want. Rucksacks are too big and bulky for this area so we will not be allowing these to come to school with you in Year 6. We are not supplying water bottles so you need to bring a drink of water in with you for throughout the day.
In the autumn term we have lots of interesting topics to study. In history you will be learning all about The Vikings and even make your own Viking jewellery. Another great art topic is where you create your own master pieces in the Art Nouveau style. For any budding scientists amongst you, we will start with biology topics where you will learn about the circulatory system and the classification of living things. In music we will be finding out about the instruments of the orchestra and in French you will learn about sports/ activities, the weather and seasons. In PE it will be Tag Rugby, Gymnastics, Football and Zumba! A new RE syllabus has just come out so watch this space! In English we start with Matilda and writing character descriptions and settings (don’t worry we are not Miss Trunchbull!) and in maths we start with place value.
A difference this year is that we want you to come in on a Friday in your PE kit (school PE kit no own clothes) so that we don’t have to worry about swapping to change.
We expect you to read three times a week and ask that an adult signs to record that this has been completed. Year 6 homework is set every Thursday and is returned to school each Tuesday. To help prepare you for secondary school, you will find yourself in the sinbin on Tuesday if you haven’t done it or left it at home. Also spellings are given out on a Friday, worked on in school and tested the following Friday.
Most of the daily routines are the same as you will have had in Year Five so we hope you find this reassuring. We have the three groups for English and Maths that you were used to in year five and Mr Price also teaches French and Music.
During the year, there will be opportunities for you to watch films, for example Goodnight Mister Tom and Matilda, which have a PG certificate so just let your parents know. If they have any questions or concerns they can email us.
Lastly, we expect you to work hard and behave well. We try to plan interesting lessons and opportunities for your last year with us so you need to attend well, try your best and always be respectful to others.
We're really looking forward to ‘getting back to normal’ in the autumn and can’t wait to hear everything you’ve been up to whilst you’ve been away. Please don’t worry about anything: we are aware you have been away from school for a long time and it is our job to help you settle back in and get back on track with school work.
We think that covers it all, but if you have any questions for us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try our best to answer them.
Have a lovely summer and see you in September in the lovely, newly decorated mobile.
Miss Poyner and Miss Bruton
Dates for your diary
We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Thursday 3rd September.
Extra work at home
If you would like to complete some extra activities when you;re not at school, visit Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer where you can enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to get free access.
The DfE has also created a list of useful websites which can be found at:
Also, please continue to make use of websites which your child has a personalised login for, such as Numbots, TT Rockstars, Activelearn and Education City.