Welcome to the class page of Year 6
6 Damson, 6 Ebony and 6 Nutmeg
6 Nutmeg are taught by Mrs R Totham, supported by Mrs D Smith and Mrs A Verma .
6 Damson are taught by Mrs M Hicks and Mrs M Anacleto, supported by Mrs V Timms.
6 Ebony are taught by Mrs K Duffin , supported by Mrs C Brooks and Mrs A Burnside.
Mrs A Littlejohn (maths teacher) is also a vital part of the team.
English writing homework and maths homework will be handed out on a Friday and due back in on a Tuesday. These will be sent out on alternate weeks so that children will have ONE piece of written homework each week alongside their times tables, spellings and reading homework.
Reading homework is expected EVERY day for all children. The homework diary is a record of this. This year, we will be introducing a reading scheme we are calling '10 of the Best'. In September, your child will be provided with a list of books to read this year. Each classroom will have the books stocked in the book corners for the children to borrow and read at home. More information about this will be provided in September.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and will be tested every other Friday.
Attendance- Please let the school office know immediately when your child is absent and give a reason. If your child is away for more than 2 days or is absent on Friday and still absent the following Monday, please ring to update the school or email your class teacher (unfortunately we cannot accept messages via other children or parents). Repeated short absences will mean your child will miss vital elements of the curriculum and though we endeavour to ‘catch-up’, it is never the same.
Homework Diary - The homework diary that your child will receive is intended to be used as a communication tool between parents and staff for homework, reading or general enquiries. We will endeavour to check the homework diary every day so please encourage your child to have it in school with them every day. If you have any concerns you wish to raise which are more personal or require a more in depth response then please write a separate letter to your child's class teacher.
Uniform - Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months and also please encourage your child to bring a named water bottle to school every day.
Medication - Please let the school and your child's class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. If your child needs to be on a course of medication then please complete the relevant form which is kept in the school office.
Social Media and Internet Safety - We are very aware of the issues surrounding social media and internet safety – children will learn (at an age appropriate level) how to keep themselves safe on line. Please monitor the time and access that your children have from home.
Kent Test Information - Below you will find the Kent Test presentation which took place in April 2016, providing information about the Kent Test which your child may be sitting in September 2019. If you have any further enquiries then please don't hesitate to contact the school office or your child's class teacher.
SATs - This academic year, the SATs will take place from Monday 11th May to Thursday 14 May 2020 . Below is a presentation given in March 2016 about the newly revised SATs. However, please note that changes may occur for this year and as we get them, we will inform you. A presentation evening will be held in March 2020 to inform you of how the week will work for your child. Please click on the link to see a video about national curriculum assessments. https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/sta/ContentTabs/Embed.aspx?dfid=33382
Trips and Visitors - This year, we are looking to take the children on more trips than before to really engage them in the topics and enhance their learning. Below, you will see a provisional outline of our intended trips and visitors for the next year.
Term 1- Evacuee Day
Term 2- Dover Castle, War Showcase
Term 3- Safety in Action, Theatre Visit,
Term 4- Primary Futures
Term 5- Year 6 Restaurant
Term 6- Isle of Wight, Treat Trip (children choose)
Clubs- In Year 6, the children are allowed to run their own club at lunchtimes for the children in Years 3- 5. To be chosen to run a club for one term, the children should speak to Mrs Totham, who will supervise all clubs, help the children resource their sessions and support them with the planning of each session.
Revision Sessions- As you know, the end of year expectations for year 6 pupils are very high and in our efforts to help them achieve their full potential and to support their transition to secondary school, we are considering running revision sessions for some pupils. These sessions will potentially begin in January. We are very fortunate that teachers and members of staff have volunteered their time to help the children tin previous years and as a result we might be able to offer very small, focused sessions for some of our pupils. We will keep you updated about this throughout the year.
Star Books- Children are expected to read at least 6 of these books throughout the year. They are intended to challenge the children.4 copies of each book in each classroom.There is a check in and check out system for the books.We encourage you to read the books with the children as they are challenging.Weekly reading support on a Monday and Thursday after school.
Tom’s Midnight Garden- Pippa Pearce (1958)
Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden (1973)
The Nowhere Emporium- Ross MacKenzie (2015)
Cosmic- Frank Cottrell Boyce (2008)
Wonder- R.J Palacio (2012)
Clockwork- Phillip Pullman (1996)
Skellig- David Almond (1998)
Corline- Neil Gaiman (2002)
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness (2011)
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom- Louis Sachar (1987)