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Fir Tree School

Year 6 - Oak

Welcome to Year Six - Oak Class

As most of you are aware, my name is Mrs Hyde and I am your child’s class teacher for Year 6. I am also very lucky to have two Teaching Assistants working with the class every day: Miss Winter and Miss Slade.

While we have a lot of hard work ahead of us with the demanding Year 6 curriculum and SATs tests, I know the children are really looking forward to getting their teeth stuck into a range of exciting lessons based around our class topics (for example, cooking, art and French linked to our ‘Europe’ topic). I do hope they come home and share some of this learning with you!

Miss Bancroft

I have attached a list of notices and general information, but if you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child in school, please do not hesitate to speak to me (or any other adult from the class).

Mrs A Hyde
Class Teacher

Information & Notices:

SATs

As I’m sure you are aware, every child in England must sit SATs tests in Reading, SPAG (spelling, punctuation & grammar) and Maths towards the end of Year 6. The school must also submit a teacher assessment of your child’s writing.

These tests are designed to show whether your child is meeting age related expectations in these areas of the curriculum.

My aim is to help your child achieve their very best this year and continue to provide them with a well-balanced and engaging curriculum.

How can you help your child?

  • Ensure they complete their homework. I will be using this to help me assess their understanding and identify whether they need support / challenge.
  • Help them practice their times tables and learn their spellings each week.
  • Listen to your child read and ask them questions about what they have read.

P.E.

P.E. will be taught by Mr Nobes on a Tuesday afternoon. Along with Year 4, we will also be going swimming one morning a week in the Autumn term (please look out for a letter containing more details). Please make sure your child has suitable P.E. and swimming kit in school every week. Please also ensure that this is labelled with your child’s name.

Other teachers

The children will also be taught by Mr Nobes on Monday afternoons, and Mr Rose on Friday afternoons (this is to cover my management time). During these sessions, the children will cover some of the foundation subjects (Geography, History, RE, ICT, Science etc) and this learning will be linked to our class topics.

Class topics

Autumn Term: Europe

Spring Term: Keen to be Green

Summer Term: the Greeks

Homework

This year, homework will be computer based (I will send a letter home soon giving more details about this). Children who do not have access to a computer or tablet at home will be able to use the school computers to complete their homework.

If your child fails to do their homework, they will be kept in during Friday break or lunch time to complete it. If your child is struggling to complete their homework, they should come and see me, so I can support them. 

Your child will also receive a weekly list of spellings to be learnt and times tables to be practiced.

Rewards and behaviour systems

I have a firm but fair approach to behaviour in my classroom. I will always endeavour to get all sides of the story and sort any problems out as soon after they have occurred as possible.

I will be continuing to follow the school behaviour policy, including the traffic light system and class dojo. I will send home a class dojo summary at the end of each week, so that you can see what your child has been earning points for during the week.  Whole class reward time will be given at the end of the week if class dojo shows that we have had a good week!

I also give out a raffle ticket at the end of each day to children who have been especially impressive, who get to have a little treat from my sweet tin. All children who earn a raffle ticket get a prize from my prize box on Fridays.

Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me if you wish to discuss your child’s wellbeing in school, as I feel this is central to a child’s ability to learn.