Welcome to year 6! Wow, how did that happen? It is great to have you all back now and I hope you have enjoyed your summer holiday!
We are going to have a great year this year and I know that as you move to secondary school at the end of year 6, you will be confident learners ready to make the next step in your life's journey.
This year our PE days will be Tuesday and Wednesday - please make sure black shorts and white t-shirts and trainers are brought in at the start of the week and we will send them home on Wednesday for washing and returning the following week.
Each morning when the children arrive to school we usually complete a short maths activity called Ninja Maths or Numeracy Ninjas. This gets their brains moving really quickly for the start of the day and pupils can earn different colour ninja belts as they get better at the activity. This is great for everyone because all pupils will achieve a belt at the end of the 5 minute activity. I know that Mr Boulton did this in year 5 and I am keen to continue this in year 6. Please click the numeracy ninjas picture below to have a look at the website too. It is actually aimed at KS3 but we have seen great success with this activity in years 5 and 6 and will continue to use it.
We then have class assemblies most days covering PSHE topics on healthy living, relationships, the world around us, current affairs etc. These are really important assemblies when year 6 together can feel confident to discuss issues that are really important to us and we respect each other's opinions. This then helps the pupils have a better understanding of the world around them and the opinions of others. I am really keen to ensure that pupils leave HCPSN as well rounded citizens who are ready for the next challenges that will come their way in secondary school.
Don't forget to check classdojos for any notices. And if you need to contact me please do so through class dojo during the hours of 8.30-5pm Monday to Friday.
Messages will come through class dojo and please do not hesitate to contact me should you need to during the year at any point. I will be happy to help.
Just click the class dojo picture for the link to Dojos is below :-
The year six team this year are : Mrs Byles, Mrs Williams, Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Sitton!
Class Author and reading at home
Please read daily with your children. We usually have a competition each term where a pupil will earn raffle tickets each time they read at home and we will then pull out a winner at the end of each term. I cannot stress enough how much reading at home helps the pupils, even in year 6. Although they are more fluent in their reading, if you can ask them questions about what they are reading to check their understanding of words etc, this can help immensely.
Our class author is Malorie Blackman and we will be reading three of her books throughout the year. But if children want to read more of her work there are many others to choose from too. I have a stock of books in the classroom for children to choose from.
We encourage reading of non fiction too, so newspapers, articles etc. We watch newsround a couple of times per week so we can keep up to date with the latest news. if you have newspapers at home that the children can read this is great, or articles on something that interests them maybe.
Children will have homework on a Monday and it will be due in on a Friday. We have homework books, one English and one Maths and these alternate each week. I will put details of which book and page numbers and activities each week on Classdojo.
We are having a real focus on vocabulary this year and the words that our children use at Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery. Each week our spellings with be linked to a theme, so with have a particular prefix or suffix or pattern of some kind. I post these each week on Classdojo but children also write them down in their spelling books.
Here is a summary of what we will be learning this year:-
Summer Term - Our Planet Topic