Welcome to Year 6!
Croeso i flwyddyn 6!
Teacher: Mr Wallace
Teaching Assistants: Ms Iturbe (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Williams (Thursday & Friday)
Start time: 08:30 End of the day: 14:40
Please could all parents adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay 2m apart, diolch.
Expectations: In Year 6, pupils are expected to:
- Show respect and courtesy to fellow pupils and adults
- Demonstrate good listening skills
- Behave well and in an appropriate manner for an Upper KS2 class.
- Give of their best in every activity – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Wayne Gretzky
- Complete all tasks to the best of your ability .
- Use simple Welsh patterns as part of class and school life.
- Arrive promptly
- Attend school regularly
Outdoor kit needs to be worn to school every Tuesday and Thursday. All PE lessons will be outdoors until further notice. Children with long hair will be required to wear a bobble and earrings will need to be removed or taped. PE kit comprises of black shorts/leggings/tracksuit bottoms, a plain white/Newton logo t-shirt and trainers. Red and white striped Newton rugby shirts or a plain black jumper may be worn in colder months.
A daily guided reading carousel is in operation in year 6. I will also read a class novel to the children. We will read a range of texts in small groups and the children will also read to themselves. We have a range of reading materials available and also make use of EPIC reading. The class code is kqw7734 .
Most children are ‘free readers’ and can change their books in the school library (when supervised). We no longer have reading records as they were not being used regularly by the majority, but please feel free to use your own book as a record of what your child has read.
We will be learning new spelling words weekly. When marking the baseline test, we look at the components of each word that are spelled incorrectly and group the children accordingly. E.g. the word invented may be spelled ‘inventid’ and then the child would be expected to practise the ‘ed’ ending at some point that term.
So even though you may think that your child can a)spell the words or b) have already learnt this list, they have spelled the component incorrectly during the test so will need to repeat it.
Children will write their words into a spelling and handwriting book in school and will learn both at the same time. They will insert their words into J2SpellBlast and this means that they can also have access to the words at home. Spelling programmes have proved to be an incredibly worthwhile tool for improving a child’s spelling ability, so please ensure that your child is learning them daily. Please ask if you’d like your child to have a handwriting booklet to be completed at home and I will get one sent home as soon as possible.
This term we will be trying to improve the children’s knowledge of times tables and they will have daily practise. If your child knows the times tables, we would expect them to improve their recall speed. This is something that can be done by all families at home and you should aim to learn them as often as you can - at least three times a week would be very beneficial to your child. J2Blast can also be used both in school and at home to support this area.
We came away from written homework at the start of the last academic year after analysing the answers of a parent questionnaire. Instead, we believe that the most important tasks for children to do at home are: daily reading and spelling (this can also be on J2Spell) and learning maths facts (starting with all times tables.)
If your child has struggled with something throughout the day, we may send home the tasks for them to go over the learning again but we won’t require these to be returned to school. Sometimes your child may be asked to research something for the work in class, but this will be shared on Class Story. There is also a homework tab on the website which has lots of different sources of learning that can be done at home.
Each child needs their own stationery in a pencil case that easily fits into a desk tray - 2 black pens (not biros - the erasable pens or roller balls are best as they don’t go through the pages in the books. Berol handwriting pens are NOT recommended as they bleed through the pages of the books); a red pen for underlining; 2 pencils; a 30cm ruler; colouring pencils; a glue stick; a few different coloured gel/roller/biro pens for self and peer assessment; a rubber, pencil sharpener and a simple calculator.
Queries: if you would like clarification of anything or are unhappy with something, please come to see me so that we can figure out a way forward. I do not access Class Dojo whilst not at school so please bear with me if I do not reply to messages straight away.
Class Dojo: This is first and foremost a reward system and it is used throughout the school. Your children will gain and lose points throughout the year. The points system was finalised with your children. Pupils are also encouraged to nominate each other for points - we don’t always see all of the good that goes on, especially on the playground. You should have access to Class Story and School Story. If you do not, please let me know so that this can be rectified.
I will use both the message facility and Class Story to share information with you so please ensure that you check it regularly as it is our main form of communication. All important messages must be phoned through to the school office on 01792369826, many thanks.
Allergies: we have pupils in the school and in our class with severe nut allergies. No products containing nuts must be brought into school in lunchboxes. Unfortunately, no birthday cakes are allowed to be brought into school since new guidelines were published regarding healthy schools and the ‘sharing’ aspect since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the year, we will be continuing on our gardening project. Unfortunately gardening clothes can no longer be left in school, but if asked for, please ensure that your child brings in old clothes and shoes/boots/wellies as they are bound to get very muddy! A change of clothing would also be wise on those days!
All pupils have started the year with enthusiasm and a great work ethic and I am looking forward to a happy and successful year.
Here is an overview of our current theme...
Topic 1: The Secrets to Success
This term, we will be studying inventors and scientists from both Wales and around the world as we look towards those who have been successful in their chosen fields.
As well as looking at scientists and inventions, we will be looking at Welsh people who've helped shape the world, the black lives matter movement and acknowledged their influence on today's society in addition to looking at medicines and how to flatten the curve to stop the spread of diseases (we planned for this pre-covid in October 2019; I wish we'd have predicted the lottery as well that day!)
As ever, at Newton Primary School, we put the child at the heart of the learning and we welcome implemented the children's ideas to take our topic forward!