Autumn Term Letter 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s been lovely to see everybody after the long break and hear all about the fun they have had over summer. I have enjoyed watching your children grow as they have moved through primary school and I am looking forward to helping them progress in Year 6 and get ready for the next step in their educational journey. I am very keen to ensure that the children understand the expectations for both their learning and behaviour now that they have reached Year 6; everyone has signed a class contract that reflects the increased responsibility, independence and hard work required.

Teaching arrangements this year are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday – Mrs Horton

Wednesday afternoon – Preparation, Planning and Assessment cover

(this will be provided by different staff, leading different activities throughout the year)

English:

Fiction: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Non-Fiction: Non-chronological reports / Instructions

Poetry: Benjamin Zephaniah / Classic Poetry

Maths:

We are following the White Rose planning in line with the National Curriculum

Science:

Classification: Could Spider Man really exist?

Electricity: How could you be the next Nintendo apprentice?

Computing:

Online safety / databases

Geography:

Mapping and grid references: I’m a Year 6 pupil; can you get me out of here?

Design and Technology:

Product design: What makes something sell?

Art:

Pencil, ink and charcoal

Religious Education:

What makes a leader worth following?

How and why do believers show their commitments during the journey of life?

PHSE:

Differences and Diversity: Should boys cry?

Money Matters: Does money make you happy?

Music:

Musical notation and playing a tuned instrument

***I would like to get every child playing at least a simple tune on the recorder.  Please could you borrow or buy your child an inexpensive recorder for them to use in these lessons.  A search online showed school descant recorders available for around £5.

Physical Education:

Gymnastics: Tuesday afternoons.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities: Wednesday afternoons

Please remember, everyone needs to have a complete indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Ensure all the kit is named, as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. (The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats!) We have explained to children that for hygiene reasons it is important to have a change of both clothing and shoes for taking part in physical exercise, this is particularly important now the children have reached Upper Juniors!

OAA will require wellies and waterproofs as children will be working outside whatever the weather. Children should bring these in to school each Wednesday (good practise for Year 7). If children forget these they will be coming home dirty!

Homework:

Your child will be bringing home their homework book next week. A letter will accompany this explaining some of the changes we are making to homework across the whole school.

Water Bottles:  We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so it is helpful if they have a fresh bottle of water in school.  Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages. 

I always appreciate extra adult help in my classroom, if you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let me know.  Anyone helping in school does require CRB clearance.  If you do not have this, please contact the office for a form to complete.

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions during the term, please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet.  You can find me in the classroom after school most evenings, ring me at lunchtime or leave a message with Mrs Proctor/ Mrs Hallam. 

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Horton