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Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Year 6

                                     Summer Term in Year 6

The Year 6 Team are:

Mrs O’Callaghan-James (Mrs OJ for short) – Class teacher

Mrs Boyd - Teaching Assistant

In Year 6 we are focused on becoming independent learners who seek out new challenges…

Welcome to the last term of Year 6. We have an unusual half term in front due to how short it is (4 weeks). Therefore, this half term will be revision based and we will not be starting our Topic work until next half term.  

In Literacy this half term, we will be doing a series of dialogues so we can recap on our understanding of speech and how to correctly punctuate it. We will also be inspired by a series of short burst writing from The Literacy Shed and Pobble and choose the genre we wish to write in.

We have now finished our Varjak Paw reading book which the children loved. We have now decided on a new class book which will form the basis of our homework – Letters from the lighthouse by Emma Carroll. I hope the children enjoy this as much as Varjak!

For Spelling, we still love our graffiti spelling and have books that we practise in. Lists go out every Monday and these are stuck in our graffiti book as well as issued via SpellingShed. The children have regular weekly slots they can rehearse these and can and should be accessing them at home.  Our spelling test day is the following Monday - they have a week to learn them. Any words we are still struggling on are highlighted in our graffiti book so people at home can see how we are getting on. There are rewards for the top 10 spellers (this is decided via the amount of time they are practising the words via SpellingShed).

We also understand the importance of reading in Year 6 and know that they should be reading for approximately 20 minutes per day as this length of time makes the biggest impact. The children have Letters from the lighthouse lessons every Friday were we read and discuss the book and then they have homework and copies of the text to re-read at home. This Homework is due in on Thursdays as we go over answers in the lesson.

In Numeracy this half term, we will be reviewing our learning so far and spotting common mistakes in past papers. We will also be focusing on reasoning and understanding the problem in front of them.

In addition, in Year 6 we are getting ready for high school so also have class homework in the form of reading (Letters from the lighthouse and their own reading books), ‘Timestable Rockstars’, SpellingShed and a paper activity rehearsing a maths skill. Maths homework will also now be issued on a Monday and due in Thursday. The class get weekly Dojo rewards for the more people who complete their homework.

 Our PE day is now Tuesday – they will need their full P.E kits.

As always, if you have any questions at all or need to get in touch with Mrs O’Callaghan-James please arrange an appointment via the school office, pop in and see her or contact her via email.