What are the expectations of Year 6?
• We expect Year 6 to arrive on time with the correct attitude for learning.
• We expect Year 6′s work and behaviour to be of the highest standard.
• We expect every child to respect the Catholic ethos of the school.
• We expect every child to respect other children and all members of staff.
• We expect all children to have the correct school uniform, including the correct footwear.
• We expect Year 6 to wear their uniform properly and treat their uniform with respect. Uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name to avoid any items being lost.
• We expect Year 6 to demonstrate independence and good organisational skills to complete and hand in homework by the relevant deadline.
• We expect Year 6 to ask as role models for the younger children.
What will Year 6 be learning this term?
Our work will be centred on a topic for 2 school terms at a time. Where possible many of our National Curriculum subjects will be linked with this topic to enable the children to make links across the curriculum and provide a context for their learning.
Our focus topics will be as follows; Term 1 & 2 – Cheltenham, Term 3 & 4 – Chocolate, Term 5 & 6 – Tomorrow’s World. Some homework is research based and you may find the internet or our local town library helpful for this homework. There, you can borrow books and use the internet for free.
We will be taking part in school trips which reflect the learning outcomes for each topic and so we have already planned to visit The Wilson and the Mayor of Cheltenham in Terms 1 and 2.
We will also be visiting Waitrose during the year for our usual food technology workshop.
• Please see the Year 6 newsletter for further curriculum information and dates for the diary.
Which days do Year 6 have PE?
• Year 6 will have PE on a Monday and Friday. Please make sure all children have all of the correct PE kit with them on these days – indoor and outdoor kits. Children should now be wearing polo shirts in their House colours:
St Augustine: Green
St Bernadette: Blue
St Theresa: Red
St Francis: Yellow
Year 6 children are permitted to bring deodorant to school but these must be roll on only.
When do Year 6 have homework?
All Y6 children are expected to do 30 minutes of homework per night, 6 days a week. This will help prepare them for Year 7, where they are likely to receive at least an hour per night whichever school they transfer to. If you find that your child has completed 30 minutes of homework and has not reached the end of their task, please sign the homework book to this effect.
The children know that all tables up to and including their focus tables should be practised. They also know that they should put spellings into sentences and find other words that use the same spelling pattern if they consistently score 100% in spelling practices at home.
The children shouldn’t need to read to you every night any more. However, I’m sure they’d appreciate it if you could listen to them once or twice a week as this will help their expression. You could also help with their comprehension of a text by asking simple questions and questions that aren’t necessarily answered by the text but demand the use of inference and deduction skills. There is also an expectation that all children will complete a linked writing task per book. These will be checked on a termly basis by the teacher. These writing tasks could include:
Should your child have difficulty with a specific task, they have time between homework to come and see us. We often work with children during lunchtime to ensure that they have a full understanding of concepts and the children know that they only have to ask.
Year 6 children are expected to develop independence and organisational skills in preparation for secondary school. They should bring their homework diaries and reading records into school each day.