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Miss C. Westwell

Class Teacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are aware I am your child’s year 6 teacher and I am really looking forward to working with the class during their final primary school year. Over the year, I will be helping to prepare the children for their transition to high school as well as their end of Key Stage 2 SATs. In order for us to be successful I would appreciate your continuous help and support.

In year 6 the children are all expected to achieve their year 6 Age Related Expectations (ARE) and to be fully prepared for high school. At Evelyn Street we recognise that each pupil has specific requirements therefore we offer personalised learning catering for all needs and abilities. To operate this bespoke curriculum we are lucky to have a number of additional adults who will support the children throughout each week.

Mrs Breary, Mr James and Mrs Hadwin are all working with the year 6 class this year. This will be in class support as well as intervention groups and 1:1 sessions.

Additionally your child may be identified as needing additional support outside of the school hours and may be invited to come into school early (8:30).If we feel your child would benefit from this, Mrs Breary or Mr James will contact you and discuss this with you.If you are not contacted but would like your child to receive additional help please contact me via your child’s planner.

This year will be a very busy year and your continuous support is very much appreciated. I want to make your child’s final year at Evelyn Street Primary School as successful as possible and equip them with the skills needed for high school. If you have any questions or concerns at any point during the year please make an appointment to see me. Any feedback will be very much appreciated and your contribution is highly valued.

Homework

In year 6 the children are required to complete their maths and English curriculum by May, which is when they will complete their formal assessments (SATs). In order for them to be fully prepared for their assessments (week commencing 11th May) they will need to complete a high volume of homework. In school, the children will receive their year 6 curriculum but we require them to revise their knowledge and skills at home. Homework should be completed independently by your child but if s/he is having difficulties doing this it is essential you inform me so that we can support and guide your child into becoming a confident, independent learner.

Every Thursday your child will receive a folder of homework. Inside there will be different maths, punctuation, grammar and spelling tasks based on our weekly focus. I encourage the children to look at the tasks as soon as possible and if there are any problems or areas of difficulty they are to talk to me at some point during the week. I expect all homework to be completed and returned to school the following Thursday (the children will have seven days to complete it). Any homework not completed or not handed in will be completed during your child’s free time the following week. Homework is to be completed in pencil and it is essential handwriting and presentation is neat and of a good standard. I would recommend that the children complete small amounts each night rather than completing it all in one go.

From 8:30 until 8:50 every Monday and Friday Mr James will also be available to offer homework support to anyone who needs it.

If you have any problems or concerns about homework please message me via you child’s planner or arrange an appointment to discuss.

Reading

Individual reading books have been sent home and I expect children to be reading for at least ten minutes every day. It would be beneficial if you could briefly spend some time talking to your child about his/her book to check their understanding. During the week children will have group reading sessions which will include comprehensions. The reading completed at home will be an opportunity for children to independently apply learned skills. Could I ask you to please sign your child’s planner when they have read? The children are responsible for changing their own reading books when they need to.

I am more than happy for the children to read their own books at home rather than a school book. If they do please indicate in your child’s planner.

Spellings

Each week your child will receive 20 spellings based on the year 5 and 6 spelling rules. Additionally the children will also be reviewing and revising the year 3 to 6 spellings from the attached word lists, which they will have already learned in previous years. There will be a spelling test every Thursday.

Previous year 6 children have stated that their weekly successes have been due to parents helping them to learn the spellings and regularly testing them.

As well as learning to spell the words I encourage the children to understand their meaning and I expect them to put these words into sentences. For each word I would like one sentence which demonstrates your child has a good knowledge of what it means. Sentences should not be basic and should be age appropriate, grammatically accurate and spelt correctly.

Times tables

It is important that your child has a secure knowledge ofall of the times tables in order for him/her to access the year 6 maths curriculum.Each week the children will have a times tables test to develop their rapid recall.

Timetable

There is a huge emphasis on maths and English in year 6 and these subjects will be a priority, however, I feel it is important for your child to receive a broad and exciting curriculum. Your child will have weekly science and topic lessons with Miss Cooper, who will be in class every Wednesday morning and all day on Thursday during my non-contact and management time.

P.E

P.E lessons are every Wednesday morning with Mr Cooney. A P.E kit needs to be in school for all P.E sessions. Please see your child’s planner for a Kit list.

Spanish

Your child will continue to learn Spanish with our tutor every Friday.