Welcome to Year 6!
Hopefully you have all enjoyed the summer holidays and your child is excited about returning to school albeit under slightly different circumstances. 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 Duffy (Davison class), Mrs Young (Darwin class) and Miss Duval (Dahl class), Year 6 will be supported by our teaching assistants, Miss Gardner, Miss Finbow, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Bendle and Mr Bodymore, and will also have some lessons taught by Mr Bodymore, Miss Gardner and Mrs Knox.
You will be able to keep up to date on Class Dojo which is continuously updated.
Whilst all staff will be working hard to ensure school life is as normal as possible for your child, there will be some changes from Term 1 which could continue further on through the year. Year 6 staff and children will become their own bubble and will not be mixing with other year groups. We will be encouraging high levels of hygiene and hand washing in school and want to limit the sharing of equipment between children. Therefore, please ensure your child is equipped with a fully stocked pencil case and their own water bottle. The start time for Year 6 will be 8:45 and children will need to enter through the front gates. They will leave through the same gates at 3pm. Whilst school uniform is expected at all times, on the days that your child has PE, we would like them to arrive in school in their PE kit: for Darwin class, this will be Monday; for Dahl class this will be Tuesday and for Davison class this will be Thursday.
All children in Year 6 will be expected to read at home for at least one hour a week and answer a question on what they have read; they may choose to read their school reading book or a newspaper/magazine. Reading should be recorded in your child’s homelink book and signed by an adult.
Children will no longer receive weekly homework but will be expected to practise a chosen times table at least 10 times each week as well as 10 weekly spellings. In addition to this, termly extension work will continue.
In order for your child to receive their prefect badge, they must ensure that they do all of their readings, complete their home learning 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.
As you were informed earlier in the year, the dates for our residential trip to Hooke Court have had to be changed in line with government guidance on school visits. We have been able to reschedule for later in the year and are hopeful your child will still be able to have this wonderful experience. The new dates are Tuesday 30th March – Thursday 1st April. This is also a reminder to pay the initial £40 deposit as soon as possible.
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. We will be using ClassDojo this year which we have found to be an excellent way to keep in touch – please do sign up to this free online school communication platform!
We are all looking forward to an action-packed and productive year.
Mrs Duffy, Miss Duval and Mrs Young .
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