Welcome to Year 6! Hopefully you have all enjoyed the summer holidays and your children are excited about returning to school. Year 6 is a really important year for your children as they take their Key Stage 2 assessments in May and begin to think about life beyond Westbury Junior School. We will be expecting them to become more independent and hope that you will support us by encouraging this both in school and at home.
As well as being taught by Mrs Young and Mrs Duffy, Year 6 will be supported by our teaching assistants, Mrs Bendle, Miss Gardner and Miss Finbow, and will also have some lessons taught by Mrs Vaughan, Mr Bodymore and Mrs Marsh.
We thought that it would be useful to give you an idea of what curriculum topics your children will be covering. This term, as well as our residential trip to Hooke Court and a sponsored walk to the top of the White Horse, we are going to be studying Natural Disasters looking at volcanoes, tornados, tsunamis and more. In Term 2, our topic is ‘The Unexplained’ where we delve into some of the great unexplained mysteries such as The Marie Celeste and The Bermuda Triangle. Later on in the year, we will study The Tudors, The Holocaust and we are planning an end-of-year show in the final term.
You will be able to keep up to date and find the details of our topics on the school website and our Twitter account, both of which are continuously updated.
All children in Year 6 will be expected to read at home 5 times a week; they may choose to read their reading book or a newspaper/magazine. Reading should be recorded in your child’s homelink book and signed by an adult.
Children will receive two pieces of homework every week – English and Maths – to continue their learning and prepare them for secondary school. It will be handed out on a Friday to be completed and handed in the following Wednesday. We will also expect a chosen times table to be practised at least 10 times each week. In addition to this, termly extension work will continue. Lunchtime Learning Club will resume for those children wishing to complete work or be heard read at school.
Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. This should include a plain white t-shirt, plain black or navy shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers or black daps. We will be asking the children to only take them home during the holidays unless we have experienced a particularly muddy tag rugby lesson!!
In order for your child to receive their prefect badge, they must ensure that they do all of their readings, hand all their homework in on time, display a positive attitude to learning, be punctual, wear correct school uniform (including P.E. kit) and set an excellent example of behaviour and conduct to other children. Those children who successfully earn their prefect badge will have extra privileges, treats, outings and may be selected for special jobs.
We are very much looking forward to taking your children away on our residential trip to Hooke Court and there will be a drop-in meeting on Monday 12th September straight after school in 6RY should you have any questions or concerns.
To fundraise for our residential trip, the children will be taking part in a sponsored walk up to the White Horse on Monday 19th September (weather permitting!). All money raised will go towards the residential trip – the cost of the coach alone is over £800! We will also be holding a cake sale on Thursday 22nd September and would appreciate any home baked goodies.
We welcome any support in class from parents, be it walking or accompanying the children on visits, reading with children in class or getting messy with art and DT. We know there are a lot of skills out there, so please talk to us if you think you would like to help.
If you have any queries on any of the information listed above please contact your child’s class teacher. The class teacher should also be your first point of contact should you have any concerns throughout the year. Westbury Juniors have a responsibility to get the best out of your children and also prepare them for secondary school but plan to have lots of fun along the way! We are all looking forward to an action packed productive year.
Mrs Young Mrs Duffy
|Drop-in meeting for Hooke Court||Monday 12th September|
|Cake Sale||Thursday 22nd September|
|Sponsored Walk||Monday 19th September|
|Residential trip to Hooke Court||Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th October|
|SATs Week||Monday 8th – Thursday 11th May|
Please click here to watch a video giving you an overview of the Key Stage Two tests that Year 6 will be sitting in May