Welcome to Year 6!
Congratulations on reaching the top of the School! A very busy and exciting year lies ahead and Mrs Small and I are very much looking forward to experiencing Year 6 with you and preparing you for Secondary School. We will be hitting the ground running as there is so much to squeeze in this year. I can’t wait for the River Dart Residential and School Production in the Summer but know we have got a lot of learning to do before we get there. I am sure we will all work together to make your last year at Cedar Park a special one.
Our PE slots for this half-term will be on a Monday and Thursday but the children should have their PE kit in school at all times. Mondays will be with a Premier Sport Coach and we of course have swimming on a Thursday for the first half term. Mrs Gow will be taking Year 6 on Thursday afternoons for Art for the first half term.
The Curriculum News, available on this web page soon, outlines the topics we will be focusing on in each area of the curriculum during the Autumn Term and we hope you will continue to support your children at home with Homework activities, especially reading and learning multiplication tables. There continues to be a greater emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar in ALL areas of the curriculum so please encourage children to proof-read all their writing and speak in grammatically correct sentences.
In Year 6, children continue to be encouraged to take responsibility for their personal organisation and need to make sure they come to school well-rested and prepared to learn. Although we will always have resources for children who forget things, I must stress that they need to have a handwriting pen (which can be purchased from Mrs Small for £1.75), at least one pencil, a ruler and a rubber. As drawer space is limited, it is helpful if children have a pencil case with just the essentials.
Parents are asked to continue to read and discuss texts with children and record a minimum of 4 sessions a week in the Reading Record Book, which will be checked on Mondays. Children should have their reading book in school daily. We will visit the Library when required but children will always have the opportunity to change their books.
There will be regular Homework and we often follow up Homework the following day so please ensure your child completes tasks by the given deadlines. Children should write Homework and any reminders in their Homework Diary every day. If there is no Homework they should write “No HW” so parents know they haven’t just forgotten to write it down! Please sign the diaries over the weekend as these will be checked on Monday each week. This is an excellent way to communicate too, so feel free to send any non-urgent messages using it. Diaries should be in school every day.
- Children need to have the correct kit for swimming, indoor and outdoor games lessons. This should include trainers (clean trainers or plimsolls for indoor lessons), black shorts and a house T-shirt. When the weather is colder children can wear jogging bottoms and jumpers outside.
- I remind you that Children are expected to set a good example and look smart at all times as the younger children look up to the Year 6s as role models. Hair should be tied back with plain hair ties and clips of a colour which blends in with school uniform. Ear studs are permitted but nothing else.
More information will follow throughout the year and the talk is this term. If you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them.
Finally, please continue to share any concerns you may have as it is important to us that your child is happy in school, especially during their final year!