Year 6 - Miss Kirkbride and Mrs McClean
Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to 6CK. I am delighted to welcome you back class this year and look forward to sharing every aspect of school life with you and your family. As your teacher, I will endeavour to continue the educational partnership we started last year, which fosters independence, determination, and a passion for learning. In addition to this, my commitment as your teacher will be to provide you with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure your academic success in all areas of the curriculum and ultimately in your SATs.
Year 6 will be both diverse and challenging. Topic areas will be linked, wherever possible, to literacy and maths to ensure you have lots of practise and opportunities, and your knowledge and understanding is embedded. You will be expected to try your best, to make your best better and work hard. We will also focus on learning skills such as resilience, collaboration and communicating, these will contribute in us being successful learners.
Maths and English, this year will be taught in two groups, allowing more focused teaching and learning. Mrs McClean will be supporting our learning by teaching maths, whilst I focus on the English curriculum. Homework will be an important reinforcement tool to help you achieve mastery within the standards. I ask that you, as parents support us in making sure your child completes their homework on time and returns on or before the date given.
Open mornings and celebrations of work
It is great fun to involve parents as much as possible in a child’s education. This enables you to keep in contact with us, and to see what we are learning. In year 6 we will aim to have an open morning at least once a term, in which parents will be invited to come in and learn with us. We will also celebrate our learning by holding exhibitions and assemblies, which parents and other family members are warmly invited to. These celebrations enable everyone to feel a huge amount of pride in what we are doing as well as giving you something to work towards. Parents, please support us and your child by celebrating your child successes with us.
Attendance and Behaviour
Good attendance and appropriate behaviour at school are crucial to the learning process; it is imperative that you attend school every day. Year 6 children should be in school no later than 8:40 a.m. as learning will begin promptly every day. If an absence or lateness is unavoidable, please contact school as soon as possible.
In year 6 it is expected that everyone recognises that the choices they make have an effect on the feelings and learning of others around them. During the first weeks of school, we will work together to develop and agree a set of classroom rules, rewards and consequences. Behaviour which follows both the school code of conduct and class rules should therefore be clear, and any consequences understood.
You will be rewarded for the effort you make both in class and around the school. House points can be earned for excellent effort, amazing work, wonderful manners and a good attitude to learning – almost anything that is positive. House points will be collected at the end of the week and totalled across the school. Your efforts will also be recognised and celebrated with the whole school in WOW assembly every Friday - the weekly WOW winner will also get to enjoy tea and cake with Mrs Goldsmith. A 5 day residential is also planned for the week after SATs. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our hard work and success over the year as well as time to meet new challenges and prepare ourselves for life in secondary school.
It is the expectation that you come to school every day in school uniform, which includes black shoes. Uniform is also expected for PE. Please make sure you have outdoor PE kit, including trainers or plimsoles, in school every week. If you have longer hair you must make sure your hair is tied up. Earrings must also be removed for PE lessons. This year PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons and swimming will take place in the final school term. Please ensure swimming costumes (no bikinis) are brought into school, with a towel.
Year 6 is an exciting year, with lots of new opportunities and experiences. We will be encouraging children, from the start, to work extra hard and to be the best that they can. We want everyone to enjoy every aspect of school, to be proud of our achievements and be confident and ready to move on to the next stage in our life journey.
Looking forward to working with you in the year ahead,
Miss C Kirkbride