Year 6 at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Hello and welcome to Year 6!
During their final year at St Matthew’s our children work hard to prepare for their transition to St. Thomas More, and we work towards KS2 SATs, which take place in May. We have a great year planned, with some fantastic topics to explore. I will keep parents and carers up to date via DOJO (see below for more details) and you can follow our curriculum plans which are located in the Long Term Plan document at the bottom of this page.
Year 6 Staff:
Dr M Saunders – Class Teacher; Curriculum Lead & Science Coordinator; Forest School Leader; Ogden Trust Teaching Fellow
One of the things our children love in Year 6 is being able to bring their own stationery. There is no specific requirement for children to bring stationery other than a blue pen/biro, a pencil and a ruler. However, if they wish to do so, all children are allowed to bring their own small pencil case to school with basic stationery items (e.g. blue handwriting pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, pencil sharpener, scissors, glue, hi-lighters, protractor). In addition, if they wish to bring pencils and pens for use in Art they may also do so – these should be kept in a separate pencil case and left in their school bag.
This year, children will be keeping their school bags in class with them, so please ensure that bags are suitably sized. Children are allowed to bring a backpack-style bag if they wish (this does not need to be a school logo bag) but should remember they need to store by their desk, so it does not need to be huge!
We operate a library system in our class, where children are all required to sign out a library book/book from home to read. They will be expected to read this book at home and at school during guided reading sessions/quiet time in class. Children will be expected to maintain a Reading Log via Google Classroom.
It is important that children read texts that provide suitable challenge and engagement in Upper Key Stage 2. A recommended reading list can be found at the bottom of this page to help you and your child choose suitable texts if you require support. Bookshops and libraries are also willing to recommend texts and it is definitely worth having a chat with staff if you are unsure. In addition, we are also part of the Accelerated Reader scheme, to help our children to choose reading books of a suitable level.
Our Year 6 children use Reading Plus to support their reading fluency and comprehension skills – they complete 3 sessions per week in school and are encouraged to supplement this at home when they can.
One important way that you can support your child in year 6 is by reading with them. Reading is the key to success in English both at KS2 and beyond. Take a little time to listen to them read, to read to them and to discuss books that they are reading.
Children will be given two exercise books to use for homework/revision activities: a spelling/grammar book and a mental maths/arithmetic book. These books will contain their weekly spellings, arithmetic and mental maths as well as revision worksheets for grammar and punctuation. It is important that these books come to school every day.
Each child will be given a homework diary at the beginning of the year. It is their responsibility to look after this diary and to record in it any work they are expected to complete at home. Parents are asked to sign the book each week once their child has completed their homework ready for submission. The diary will also be used to record any other important information that the children need to bring home/remember. Please encourage your child to look after this book. The use of a homework diary is good preparation for secondary school, where the children will be required to maintain a work planner.
During the autumn term, children will complete a mental maths test each Monday. This will be marked and sent home for them to practise throughout the week for a re-test on Friday to try and achieve their target. After half term, the mental maths will eventually be replaced by an arithmetic test for Year 6 children, in preparation for SATs.
Spellings will also be sent home on a Monday to be practised throughout the week for a test on the Friday. Each child has a spelling and grammar book. It is important that they do not lose this book as it will be a revision resource for them during the year. Closer to SATs, year 6 children will have more regular spelling tests or revision activities.
Homework in year 6 is used to help the children consolidate their learning as well as to provide an opportunity to prepare for sessions or research a topic we are studying in class. This year we will be using Google Classroom as the platform for our weekly homework as well as for some of the work that the children complete in class. Further details will be provided to both children and parents/carers at the start of the term. Once children are at St Thomas More, they will use an online learning platform for a lot of their work, so it is important that they develop their confidence with this approach in Year 6.
From January, Year 6 children will also have SATs revision homework each week. This will be given out during their SATs revision classes which will take place from 3 pm – 4.15 pm each Tuesday and Thursday from January.
KS2 SATs will take place from Monday 10 th May until Thursday 13 th May 2021. Further information about SATs can be found in the SATs and Parents’ Information documents page of our website.
In Year 6, general updates for parents and children will be sent through Class Dojo. Make sure you sign up to see pictures on our Class Story as well as general messages. If you have any queries about your child’s progress, or any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office to arrange a meeting or for quick queries, use DOJO.
As mentioned above, we will be using Google Classroom for homework and other classwork in Year 6. Your child will be given a school email address and their login details and will be required to log on to the classrooms for the relevant subjects in year 6. There is a general guide to Google Classroom in the documents section below. Google Classroom
As always, I am available on Class Dojo during school time and if you need to speak to me in person, an appointment can be made via the school office.
SATs 2020-21 Information for Parents