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 this year 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 (from Monday 15th October), new roles of responsibility (including house captains for those elected, and for all to become a ‘buddy’ to a child in the Reception class). In addition, we will be preparing for national tests (SATs) in May 2019 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.
Although we provide pupils with all of the stationery they require - and this year we are trialling giving every child the same items to name and keep in a zip wallet - they may bring their own pencil case, as long as it will fit comfortably inside their classroom tray, if they wish to do so. A school bag is very useful for carrying books and letters between home and school on a daily basis. Please encourage your child to pack his/her own school bag, returning reading book and reading record every day.
I look forward to watching your child flourish this year and to discussing their progress with you at consultation evenings. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress or welfare, please do not hesitate to come and see me. Daily attendance is vitally important to your child’s learning. We encourage the children to arrive in school and begin working from 8.45am and although you may be able to catch me or a teaching assistant briefly to pass on an urgent message at this time, it would be very much appreciated if you could try to see us at the end of the school day. Please come in to see me on any Wednesday or Friday, or contact me via Class Dojo to arrange a meeting at another mutually-convenient time.
Year 6 teacher
English subject leader
Staff in Year 6
Our class teacher is Mrs Arnold, who is a very experienced teacher in her third year of teaching Year 6 full-time. She has been a maths subject leader for many years, but has recently become English subject lead instead. She is also the deputy headteacher and a governor at Icknield.
Since saying a sad goodbye to Mrs Ould in December, in addition to our very experienced KS2 teaching assistant, Mrs Hodson, we are fortunate to be joined by teaching assistants Mrs Kiernan and Ms Orrock (also experienced TAs).
Please be aware that Mrs Arnold will be teaching the class all day on Mondays and Fridays and in the mornings only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays due to release time provided for a class teacher and also for her other role of deputy headteacher.
Mrs Hodson, who is a qualified HLTA (higher-level teacher assistant) will support the class each morning except Thursdays, and teach the work Mrs Arnold plans for the class from Tuesday to Thursday afternoons. Mrs Kiernan will be providing additional pupil support on Wednesday mornings and Ms Orrock will be running interventions for part of Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Seymour (sports coach) will teach the class games on Wednesday afternoon and Mrs Zarate (Year 5 class teacher and MFL subject leader) will teach Year 6 Spanish in her classroom on Thursday afternoon.
Year 6 will also have a session of PE with Mrs Arnold (gymnastics on Mondays during the spring term) and Mrs Hodson (outdoor PE such as rounders on Thursdays during the first half of summer term). In the seconsd half of the summer term, outdoor games will continue with Mrs Seymour and the children will be taught swimming by SVC staff/Mrs Arnold at the college pool. (See further details under key weekly information below).
The first half of the summer term will largely be devoted to revision for the upcoming SATs, taken by all Year 6 pupils in the week beginning Monday 13th May. This will inevitably involve a heavier diet than usual of the areas to be assessed via these tests: SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar; reading comprehension and maths (arithmetic and reasoning). We will use practice papers and questions to fill any gaps in understanding and to extend our skills in preparation to achieve our best in these national, end-of- Key Stage 2 assessments.
In addition to the above, we hope to build on the good progress and quality of writing achieved by implementing the school's new approach to writing - The Write Stuff - to produce a range of writing for end-of-Key-Stage assessment. During the summer term, children in Year 6 will be working hard to apply their understanding of purpose and audience in writing across a variety of text types (biography, narrative, advert, recount, letter, report) in order to show off their skills in planning, writing and editing independently. Assessment of writing will take the form of teacher assessment of at least 5 or 6 independent pieces produced between March and the end of June. This writing will relate to various stimuli (e.g. quality texts/visual texts, images, real experience, roleplay) and will sometimes link to research and investigation in other areas of the curriculum such as science, geography and history.
PE will continue twice weekly as usual and our topic work under the heading 'Survival', will include exploration of the following areas:
Science: Living things in their environment; Animals including humans; Light
Geography: world biomes; features of North and South Americas including the Galapagos islands; climate change
History: the impact of the Romans on Britain
Some aspects of this term's learning will stand alone from our topic, such as a unit of work in RE and electricity in science.
Following SATs week, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a Bikeability course to be trained in cycling, road safety and bike maintenance. As our new computers become available, we will be catching up on our computing curriculum later in the term. We will also be developing our skills in the performing arts, largely via the Year 5/6 summer production - scripts and costume requests coming shortly! We hope to visit Kettles Yard in Cambridge to enjoy the art workshop that was won for the class by one of our Year 6 pupils in a county art competition - and to take part in a whole-school art project this term. As well as discussion and debate about current affairs (including climate change and transition to secondary school), PSHE will also include a programme of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) for Year 6 this term - information for parents to follow.
The term will culminate in our Year 6 Leavers' assembly - a celebration of the children's experiences, learning and skills as they say goodbye to Icknield and look forward to their onward journey. Before that, a hard-working, action-packed curriculum and term ahead!
Some important dates for your diary
Please refer to the letter sent out to all Year 6 parents during the spring term. See also a letter sent to parents regarding SATs week, both of which can be downloaded here:
Homework has generally focused on securing key skills, taking the form of:
As we near the SATS, weekly spelling and number facts tests have been replaced with daily arithmetic and/or reading practice questions. Activities relating to any aspect of punctuation or grammar, and practice SATs-style questions/papers, may now be sent home for extra revision in the lead-up to the tests. Weekly homework will be set on Fridays and due in the following Wednesday.
I ask you to encourage and support your child to complete their homework each week as they really need to get into good habits in preparation for expectations at secondary school.Where possible, please continue to hear your child read; even if he/she is a fluent, accurate reader, being questioned about the content of a text is vitally important. Even when you are unable to hear your child read, please sign and return his/her reading record book to indicate when he/she has read at home. In addition to reading, pupils should be learning number facts on a daily basis - they may enjoy doing this by accessing 'Times Tables Rockstars' online with their own username and password provided via school.
Key Weekly Information
Outdoor games P.E. taught by Mrs Seymour will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons for the whole summer term with additional outdoor PE with Mrs Hodson on Thursday afternoons for the first half of the term. Please ensure that your child has a full, named P.E kit in line with school guidelines, including a jumper/sweatshirt additional to the one worn in class, a pair of outdoor P.E shoes, preferably trainers, and - in the colder weather -a pair of tracksuit bottoms. It is useful, particularly in the summer term, if PE kits can remain in school for every week day.
From the first Monday back after May half term week, we will be meeting the children from 8:45am at the Marven Centre every Monday morning for swimming at Sawston Village College, until and including 8th July. For this, the children will require: a one-piece swimming costume; large towel; water bottle and a bag for their wet swimming things that can be carried easily on the return walk to Icknield (which is often very hot!).
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 a variety of fiction and non-fiction is encouraged, from novels to recipe books! Daily practice of spellings and unfamiliar times tables is also recommended.
What are we learning at the moment?