Year Six - Classes Cygnus and Eridanus
Hello and welcome to Year 6. Year 6 comprises of Classes Cygnus and Eridanus. Cygnus refers to the prominent constellation in the northern sky; Eridanus refers to a constellation in the southern hemisphere. Currently, the staffing in Year 6 includes Mr Lavery for Class Cygnus and Mrs Bham and Mr Hughes for Class Eridanus. On Tuesdays, Mrs Bassar teaches Arithmetic, French and Religious Education to Class Cygnus; Mrs Bassar does the same for Class Eridanus. Mrs Hossain-Khalid is the teaching assistant for the year group.
Information for parents
- P.E for Year 6 takes place on Mondays - please ensure that your child has a labelled P.E kit on this day. It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate.
- In Year 6 we expect a certain degree of independence from our children. They are tasked to bring in their books at swap from the class bookshelf at their own leisure. Reading is embedded into our English sessions and we have two Guided Reading sessions per week.
- With regard to homework, children have been provided with SuccessMaker and ActiveLearn accounts. As well as working on this in school, children are expected to be spending two hours on these websites at the weekend. SuccessMaker, in particular, informs the children where they might be struggling and then provides information to attempt to fill these gaps. Teachers can see whether or not a child has been using his or her account, and we can therefore use this information to inform our teaching. Other weekly homework is created and designed to target the needs of the children; this often takes the form of past papers.
- Earlier in the year, children were provided with the list of Year 5/6 spelling list; we held two spelling tests per week. As spellings have been tested, we are now monitoring the application of such spellings in their writing. Children are assessed weekly with regard to spelling.
- On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we hold booster sessions for Maths, SPaG and reading respectively; these take place from 8:15 to 8:40 in Class Cygnus. Breakfast is available for those children who attend and attendance is advisable, especially in the lead up to exams.
"SATs" stands for Statutory Assessment Tasks and Tests (including some Teacher Assessment) and they're usually taken at the end of KS1 and KS2. As you may be aware, children in Year 6 will be sitting their SATs in May during this academic year. National tests are an important milestone in school life. They give useful information to your child’s teachers and to the government. But it’s important to get them in proportion. They are just one of the ways the school works out how well your child is doing. They shouldn’t be stressful - in fact many children enjoy the change in routine, as long as they know they have your support and understanding. Look at the video below for more information on the SATs.
Our Class Rules and Rewards
Our class rules were created with the children at the beginning of the year. The children have agreed to follow these rules unconditionally; these include:
- Listen when the teachers and others are talking;
- Put your hand up to answer or ask a question;
- Keep our classroom tidy and respect other the property of others;
- Concentrate and finish our work on time;
- Most importantly – have fun!
In addition to these, we have a new class target each week which is designed to help us to be the best year group that we can be.
In Year 6 we also utilise the Class Dojo website; this is a reward system which allows the teacher to reward positive behaviour instantly. The children with the most dojos at the end of the academic year will be rewarded with a yet-to-be-revealed prize.
Our Class Targets
As well as ensuring that the children are as prepared as possible for their upcoming examinations, Year 6 have also been tasked to:
- Ensure rapid progress is made in reading with children’s attainment at national or above by the end of the school year.
- Ensure rapid progress is made in writing with children’s attainment at national or above by the end of school year.
- Children are provided with increased opportunities to apply mathematical knowledge to a wide range of problem solving scenarios.
Upcoming and exciting events
After we finish our SATs, we have many exciting activities to celebrate all of the children’s hard work. We will first go to Krazy Kingdom, where children can blow off steam and have a well-deserved and fun-filled day.
Next, we will head to Lightwater Valley where the children will enjoy all the various amusements and thrilling rides. Moreover, children can partake in dingy rides on their 'Wild River Rapids' or enter giant water chute known as the 'Falls of Terror'. We will visit the Lightwater Falconry Centre where we can see over thirty-five raptors.
To celebrate the end of their time at Warwick Road Primary School, we will venture to London by train. During these three days, children will experience a museum tour, visit the Houses of Parliament, and witness a live performance of ‘The Lion King’ as well as visit Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and many of the other spectacular sights that London has to offer.
We will also be preparing a live performance of a certain musical – the name of which will be revealed shortly.
In the final week, we have a ‘Graduation Day’ where we will celebrate the achievements in the children; at this ceremony, there will also be an awards ceremony for pupils.
How parents can help at home
As timing can be quite pressurised during SATs, it would be greatly appreciated if parents could read to and with their children at home. Increased fluency would help to ensure that children meet their full potential. It would be great if parents could ask probing questions in everyday contexts. For example, ask ‘Why do you think he/she did that?’ in relation to a film or television series; this would enhance their inference skills. As problem solving is an essential part of Mathematics, we would appreciate if parents could help to bring Maths into a real-life context at home. This could be as simple as measuring ingredients for a recipe, calculating a bill at a restaurant or even asking children to work out the percentage difference in a price reduction.
Before the February break, children were sent home with a SPaG test help sheet which covers all of the common mistakes which children are making. They were also provided with a Math fact recall sheet; this contains all of the facts they simply must know before their examinations. We felt these would be helpful revision tools and could be used at home to consolidate learning. For more information on how to help your child, please refer to the Parents Workshop PowerPoint presentations for more information on how you can help.
Moreover, in a few weeks, there will be a meeting between parents and the Year 6 staff. During this meeting, parents will be provided with exam materials to work with their children. We will also provide tips on how to enhance their learning at home. When children are completing exams at home, they would ideally do so under exam conditions so that they are as prepared as possible for the tests in May.