Welcome to Year 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

Greetings all!

The summer term is upon us and so is glorious sunshine however, this term looks and feels rather different due to Coronavirus school closure. Despite this, our aim is to continue to provide Y6 children with activities to minimize the disruption to learning as much as we can as they prepare for secondary school.

For further guidance on aspects of coping with Coronavirus and the lockdown, learning at home, keeping children safe, coping with behaviour, separated parents and working at home - visit www.nspcc.org.uk they have lots of information and ideas for parents and carers.

It’s really important that your child knows that although the building is closed, our ‘school’ is still open and we are all here to support children’s learning. This half term will obviously look different although my hope is that children still follow some sort of structure – something which works for you and your families. To support this, I have put together an example timetable you may wish to follow in the 'School Closure' part of this webpage (on the left hand side of this page). It is here where you can also find all tasks and activities for Y6 Home Learning. (updated every Monday morning with new work for each week of school closure) ​​​​​​Please also ensure your child checks their @firbeck.org.uk email at www.office.com regularly so they don’t miss any correspondence from Mr Edwards during school closure. There is more information regarding Y6 email below.

We really want to see all of the great work children have been doing, so please send these to me directly at dedwards@firbeck.org.uk and Miss Thomas cthomas@firbeck.org.uk who is doing a super job posting work completed on the ‘Celebrating Home Learning’ section of the class webpage.

I wish you all well and look forward to seeing everybody as soon as possible!

Stay safe.

Mr E :-)

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Y6 EMAIL

Please ensure your child is able to log in to their email address at home - if you have any questions please email me directly at dedwards@firbeck.org.uk

Children can access their email on any internet connected device (laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.) at the following website:

https://www.office.com/

They have each been given their email and log in credentials to enable access to this important whole-school communication link and will be asked to check their email each Monday morning for work set for that week during school closure.

The general expectation is that work will be completed according to the timetable (to be emailed and displayed on this webpage) and and reply from children to notify teachers on completion of any work set. Children should also detail any misunderstandings or difficulties encountered if necessary. Expectations will vary so please read instructions in the email carefully.

Mr Edwards is only able to answer work-related questions via email any other school related query you may have must go down the usual channels - please check the school website for the latest updates or call the school office: 0115 915 5739.

Y6 SATs

The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18 March 2020, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means the Y6 SATs planned for May 2020 are cancelled. This is very disappointing to us all since our Y6 children have worked extremely hard in their preparation and were on track to perform very well at these national assessments.

Y6 TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS

Every child in Y6 has a log in to TTRockstars - this is a fun and engaging way to develop rapid recall in timestables (a crucial skill in for all mathematics!)

General Reminders

  • PE

PE will take place every Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewelry must be removed. As we are now in the middle of winter please ensure your child also brings a plain fleece, sweatshirt or hooded top when we are outside.

  • Homework

Year 6 children will be given a piece of Maths and English homework every Friday. The expectation is these tasks will be completed over the weekend and returned to school by Wednesday morning. In addition, Year 6 Spellings will be sent home each Friday and a test will be carried out the following week. Maths homework will be directly linked to the work covered that week so the children should be familiar with the area of maths.

  • Reading

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every day. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing.

  • Home/School Contact

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement. Please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to Mr Edwards. You can catch me at the end of the day, as I dismiss your child, if you would like to have a word face to face.

May 2020

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