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
- Miss Laher for Class Eridanus
- On Thursdays, Miss Gora teaches R.E. and creative curriculum to Class Eridanus; Mrs Shaikh does the same for Class Cygnus.
- Mrs Hussain-Khaled will be working as a teaching assistant for the entire year group. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mrs Shahari will also be working as a teaching assistant; on Thursdays and Fridays, Mrs Aswat will do the same.
Information for parents
- P.E for Year 6 takes place on Monday afternoons - 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. Additionally, our library timeslot is on Monday afternoons, so please ensure that children have brought their books in on these days. Reading is embedded into our English sessions, and we have two guided reading sessions per week.
- With regard to homework, it is created and designed to target the needs of the children; this often takes the form of past papers.
- At the beginning of the academic year, children were provided with the list of Year 5/6 spelling list. Spelling will be taught discretely twice every week and children will be assessed on Friday mornings.
- On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, we hold booster sessions for spelling, reading, maths, PaG and spelling respectively; these take place from 8:15 to 8:40 in Class Cygnus and Class Eridanus. Parents will be notified via letter if the Year 6 team feel the child should be attending. 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.
Upcoming and exciting events
In October, we will head to Yorkshire Air Museum, where children will have the opportunity to learn about the various types of aircraft that were used during World War II. Additionally, children will even be permitted to sit in the cockpit of many of these vehicles.
In January, 'Finding the Will' will be coming in to deliver a workshop to the children on the text 'Hamlet'. Afterwards, children will take part in an abridged version of the play.
After SATs, we will head to Drayton Manor, where the children will enjoy all the various amusements and thrilling rides.
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.
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.
Our class targets are:
- To achieve 85% expected or better progress in reading, writing and maths.
- To improve the percentage of children achieving 'Gold'
- To increase the percentage of children achieving 'Silver' in reading