Class Teachers: Miss Wise, Miss Hulland, Mrs Griffiths.
Teaching Assistants: Miss Fiolaki, Miss Cooper, Miss Richards, Mr Pask.
Happy New Year to all parents of Year 6 children. We hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas and that you and your children are ready to continue the amazing hard work that was seen in the Autumn term. We look forward to another term of working with you to provide a happy, inspiring and productive year for your child. The Spring term is as busy as the last term and we have many exciting events planned, including a visit from Zoolab for an up close and personal experience with some exotic, small animals on 29th January.
Our high expectations of all our in Year 6 also continue. They have taken on their responsibilities with enthusiasm and growing maturity and are becoming fantastic role models for the rest of the school - and in particular their reception buddies.
We focus a lot on independence in Year 6 and your continued support with this skill is crucial. Please ensure the children are taking responsibility for their homework, belongings and for making sure everything they need for their learning is in school on the days required. Year 6 children should come to school equipped for their learning, this includes always having their book bag in school; their pencil case with a handwriting pen and pencil; their reading books and reading records. They must also ensure they have their PE kit in school for lessons, which normally take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Although the school does provide some stationery, children are encouraged to be responsible for it and any loses or misuse by the children will mean they have to buy a replacement.
Our Y6 Spring Newsletter will be sent out via parent mail in the next few weeks which will inform you of further details of the learning for this term.
Each class has selected Articles from the United Nations Rights of the Child and worked collaboratively to identify how these Articles can be agreed and implemented at school.
MEET THE TEACHER INFORMATION
Homework is set weekly on a Monday and to be handed in on the Friday. The children will be given a small maths homework and small grammar homework. We would like to ask that all children also read daily, practise their spellings from the lists that will be issued, and practise their times tables. The children will be investigating and practising spelling throughout the week in school; they will have a spelling test each fortnight (selected from a list that will be issued fortnightly). If you wish to do any additional Maths or Grammar work at home, please see our year group page on our school website, which has many links to online games and activities.
Reading is the key to ALL learning and it is even more important as children get older that they continue to read, as often they do not read to their grown-ups as frequently as they did further down the school. We encourage children to read their school reading books as well as material which they find interesting e.g. The Echo, a magazine or a book on a topic of interest to them as well as their school reading book. We encourage children to record any of their reading in their reading record themselves.
The children have been issued with a spelling log book, which can also be used for messages to and from home.
Spelling Y5/6 Lists
In Years 5 and 6, the following spelling rules and patterns will be taught:
- Words ending -cious and -tious such as 'delicious' and 'superstitious'
- Words ending -cial and -tial such as 'special' and 'partial'
- Words ending -ant, -ance and -ancy such as 'hesitant', 'hesitance' and 'hesitancy'
- Words ending -ent, -ence and -ency such as ‘patient’, ‘patience’ and ‘frequency’
- Words ending -able / -ably and -ible / -ibly such as 'comfortable' / 'comfortably' and 'horrible' / 'horribly'
- Adding -ing / -ed to words ending -fer, for example: 'prefer', 'preferring' and 'preferred'
- Use of the hyphen, for example: 'co-ordinate', 're-enter'
- Words containing ie / ei, for example: 'piece' and 'ceiling'
- Words containing ough and looking at the different sounds this grapheme makes in different words, for example: 'enough', 'through', 'although', 'plough'
- Silent letters in words such as 'doubt', 'thistle' and 'knight'
- Homophones (words which sound the same but are spelled differently) for example: 'principle' and 'principal
The lists below are words that your child will be learning to spell throughout their time at Chickerell School. These lists are a mixture of words that we encourage children to use in their writing and words they can often misspell. The words run alongside other spelling objectives that we cover as part of our spelling lessons.