Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome to Year 6 - otherwise known as Owl Class. Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find key information about our curriculum and our classroom. We will also be sharing some of our learning with you so please come back to visit to see what is new!
It is a privilege for me to teach your child and I look forward to working with you and the children to make their final year at Icknield a very special one.
Year 6 is an important year; it provides new opportunities for the children including our four-day residential visit to CEES Stibbington Residential Centre near Peterborough (this usually takes place in October, but this year has been postponed provisionally to July 2021). Owl Class also introduces new roles of responsibility (including house captains for those elected.) In addition, we will be preparing for national tests (SATs) in May 2021 and transition to secondary school. I will expect the oldest pupils in the school to exhibit exemplary behaviour at all times, to adopt a positive, active approach to their own learning and to work very hard with me to raise their achievement by the end of KS2. We do, however, have lots of fun along the way - it's not all about SATs!
We will provide pupils with all of the stationery they require - along with a zip wallet to keep it all in - and this year we are asking the children to leave their own pencil cases, pens etc. at home and to keep items brought into school to a minimum. A school bag is very useful for carrying reading books and letters between home and school on a daily basis. Please encourage your Year 6 child to pack his/her own school bag, returning reading book and reading record leaves every day. The reading leaves are a new system we are trying out this year with KS2. (See homework below). Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school at all times. This should contain only water, not juice or squash. Pupils will be invited to drink water when they come in from break times and on request if needed. Pupils may bring a fruit snack for morning break times. We will also be hand-washing whenever we enter the classroom from outside. If you would like your child to bring a small plastic bottle of hand sanitiser to be used sensibly, in addition to hand-washing, this is fine.
Please ensure that you are signed into Class Dojo and refer to this for regular news and updates regarding Year 6, including homework details.
I look forward to helping your child catch up with their learning, to watching him/her flourish this year and to discussing their progress with you at parent consultations (which are likely to be virtual meetings). Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress or welfare, please do not hesitate to message me privately on Class Dojo to arrange a time when I can phone you. Daily attendance is vitally important to your child’s learning. Owl Class is to arrive at school promptly at 8:40am and enter through the front pedestrian gate. The children will line up briefly outside the classroom before entering, putting coats and bags at their places (we will not be using the cloakrooms), hand-washing and settling to work as quickly as possible every morning. Unfotunately, parents are not permitted into the school site unless they have arranged an appointment and staff will be unable to talk with parents at the gate. If you have a message in the morning, please send it to me via Dojo and, if it is urgent or regarding absence or urgent, please also contact the school office on 01223 508750.
Year 6 teacher
Maths subject leader
Staff in Year 6
Our class teacher is Mrs Arnold, who is a very experienced teacher in her fifth year of teaching Year 6 full-time. She has been a maths subject leader for many years and after a couple of years as English subject lead is returning to the maths role this year. She is also the deputy headteacher and a governor at Icknield.
Mrs Kimberley Campbell, who is a teaching assistant and new to Icknield will be providing allocated pupil support in Year 6 every morning and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Mrs Debbie Farragher (teaching assistant) will provide this support on Monday and Friday afternoons and Mrs Hodson, a qualified HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) will join us to provide targeted TA support on Monday mornings and as an HLTA to provide teaching cover for Mrs Arnold on Wednesday mornings and part of Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Seymour will also teach the class PE (athletics) on Wednesday mornings and some of Wednesday afternoons.
Please be aware that Mrs Arnold will be teaching the class all day on Mondays and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and planning the work for the class on Wednesday mornings, when she will be working out of class due to her other role of deputy headteacher and on Wednesday afternoons for PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) release time.
Owl Class has several weekly sessions of PE taught over two days: a fitness session led by Premier Education on Monday lunchtimes and a fitness lesson taught by Mrs Arnold on Monday afternoons, as well an athletics lesson taught by Mrs Chris Seymour (sports coach) and a fitness workshop led by Premier Education on Wednesday afternoons. Please see further information regarding our weekly timetable.
Home learning from September 2020
Please find below key pieces of work that Owl Class is completing at school, in case
your child is having to self-isolate at home:
Some important dates for your diary
Tuesday 13th July - Friday 16th July 2021: Year 6 residential visit to CEES Stibbington Centre
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October 2020: Half term holiday
Key Weekly Information
This year, children are to come to school on PE days already wearing PE uniform and a coat. Please ensure that your child has a full, named P.E kit in line with school guidelines, including a warm jumper/sweatshirt, a pair of outdoor P.E shoes, preferably trainers, and a pair of sports trousers/joggers.
Pupils in Year 6 are currently expected to read an appropriate book from home or school - at least five days per week and the equivalent of at least ten pages per day is recommended. Reading should cover a variety of fiction and non-fiction, from novels to recipe books, by different authors. Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible; even if your child is a fluent reader, it is vitally important to comprehension that they are questioned about what they read. You are also strongly encouraged to read to your child regularly, particularly in order to expose him/her to vocabulary and sentence structures found in higher-level texts that children may not yet be able to read easily for themselves; discussion about the content of such texts is invaluable in developing children's understanding of more sophisticated material and can also have a very positive impact on their writing ability. Our suggestion would be a minimum of 20 minutes of reading on a minimum of 5 days over each week, sometimes with you reading to your child for 10 minutes and him/her reading to you for the other 10 minutes. The children will be given a red reading leaf at the beginning of the year and asked to record the date, book title and author (when he/she begins a new book) and page numbers read every time they read at home. When he/she has completed 10 sessions of reading at home, under your supervision, they will be able to put their leaf on the classroom reading tree and select a leaf of the next rainbow colour. We have a wide range of quality books in the school library which all children are very welcome to borrow. We will record the book they pick so that we can monitor which books are out in loan and then returned to school.
Daily practice of the spelling rule or letter pattern being learnt in school each week (communicated to parents via a sheet brought home with the children and/or on Class Dojo), as well practising approximately 5 words per week from the Year 5/6 spelling list (sent home at the beginning of term) is the expectation.
Please make a point of checking that your child can recall addition and subtraction facts up to 20 at some speed (without having to count) e.g. 8 + 6; 13 - 7 etc. These facts should have been learnt off by heart in earlier years and Year 6 children need them 'at their fingertips'. Times table facts up to 12 x 12 and related division facts should have been learnt by the end of Year 4. If your child cannot recall all of these facts without resorting to counting, it is vital to practise any unknown facts at home. During the autumn term, a weekly practice sheet will be sent home to support practising tables three times during the week - this sheet will show you the facts your child is currently working on, but please note that children who do not yet know all of the tables should still be practising daily. They may enjoy practising facts using 'Times Table Rockstars' which children can access online using usernames and passwords provided for each child by the school. The expectation is that all tables will be learnt no later than Christmas.
Please note that all of the above is ongoing and should be happening continually, whether or not children bring home specific lists or activities at the end of each week. Spelling rules (as opposed to a particular set of words) as well as multiplication and division facts will usually be tested towards the end of each week (on Thursdays and Fridays) and progress with the Year 5/6 spelling list will be checked at least once each term.
If your child's handwriting is not yet joined, this is something that should now be practised at home - maybe your child could read and copy out some poems that they enjoy. The aim is for all Year 6 children to have earned a pen licence by Christmas. If your child finds it challenging to write at length and/or to use punctuation accurately, practising some writing at home - about anything of interest - would support learning in school. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Arnold if you feel that your child would benefit from additional work in particular areas of learning e.g.maths concepts, as she will be happy to advise you on supporting learning at home. Alternatively, many Year 6 practice books for maths, English and science are available from any of the larger bookshops and many websites provide online practice of key skills in preparation for SATs.
Occasionally, the class may be asked to carry out additional activities e.g. fact-finding tasks relating to the class topic, activities to consolidate learning in a particular area such as maths, or later on in the year, practice activities relating to SATs. These tasks are designed to support your child's progress with learning in school but are usually optional.
Please refer to Class Dojo for weekly updates regarding homework.