Welcome To Year 6
We hope you had a good summer and that your child will settle quickly and happily into Year 6. We look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year.
Year 6 offers a combination of excitement and challenge. In common with all other year groups, we aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum preparing the children for their future education in secondary school. Additionally, we encourage children to reflect in greater depth about themselves both as learners and as members of society. Being the oldest children at Latchmere, we are looking to these pupils to set a good example to the rest of the school. Year 6 children act as monitors, giving them status coupled with responsibility.
Our goal is to create confident, fluent, independent readers. We prioritise reading at Latchmere School and have very carefully chosen the texts your child will study this term. We focus on word reading to develop fluency and encourage the whole class to join in through strategies such as choral reading (the whole class read together) and echo reading (the teacher models the reading and the class echo back). We also have the Latchmere Reading skills. These are based on comprehension skills such as retrieval, inference, summarising, making links, prediction and vocabulary.
In Year 6, we will be studying There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar, Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Our curriculum is based on the White Rose Maths programme. This research-based initiative ensures that the skills and concepts children taught are fully embedded before moving on. The children are taught strategies such as bar modelling and have plenty of opportunities to use ‘manipulatives’ such as counters and dienes all the way through the school.
This term we will be focusing on place value, the four number operations and fractions, decimals and percentages.
Children should also use the TimesTables Rockstars program to increase their quick recall of multiplication and related division facts.
Reading books and reading journals should be brought to school every day, as well as the correct equipment (list previously provided). In the meantime, we hope that your child will maintain a regular reading habit at home and complete at least two in-depth entries per week. This has already been discussed during lessons.
For the first half term, there will be a ‘soft’ start to homework with either English or maths set each week. After the Autumn half term, there will be one piece of English and one piece of maths every week. Children have maths homework set on Fridays to be given in on the following Tuesday. There is also a piece of written English homework set on Wednesdays to be given in by Monday.
The nature and content of this will vary according to the particular focus of work being undertaken. Over the year, aspects of grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and writing for different purposes and audiences will all be covered.
This term, we will be learning about Richmond Park, the circulatory system, Islam, Shakespeare, Gandhi and light and shadows.
You can find out more information about the autumn term learning by looking at the overviews and programmes of study on the website.
Following the success of the last couple of years, we would like the children to come to school wearing suitable PE kit on the day that they have PE as it allows more time for each lesson.
Year 6 children should come to school in PE kit on both Mondays and Fridays.
Please ensure that the school sweatshirt is worn and when it gets colder, your child may come in black, grey or dark blue tracksuit trousers or leggings. In winter months, we are happy for the children to also wear gloves, hats and coats in the lessons to stay warm and fully participate. Your child will still be able to take part in the PE lessons if they forget to wear PE kit; however, they will not be allowed to borrow kit from the main school office as they would previously have done.
We invite you to the Year 6 curriculum meeting which has been arranged for Monday 12th September at 10:00am. Please arrive at the main school reception shortly before.
We will provide you with a brief outline of the curriculum we have planned for your child this year, give preliminary details about the residential visit to Fairthorne Manor in the summer and give a briefing about secondary school admissions.
Richmond Park visit
Each Year 6 class will be visiting Richmond Park one afternoon as part of their geographical studies. Dates are as follows:
Tuesday 20th Sept. – 6B and 6L;
Wednesday 21st Sept. – 6C and 6H
We require a number of parents and carers to assist for the afternoon. Please email email@example.com Thank you in advance to the parents who are able to support us on these visits.
Class Assembly dates
We are pleased to announce the return of class assemblies. Please make a note of the dates:
Class assemblies are planned as follows:
11th November – 6C; 18th November – 6L;
25th November – 6B; 13th January – 6H
Updates and reminders
We would be grateful if you could provide a healthy snack for your child each morning and please remember that we are a nut-free school. Please ensure your child comes to school with a named water bottle.
Please ensure that your child’s teacher has any relevant medication and that this medication is up-to-date.
If your child’s class does not yet have parent representatives, the class teacher would love to hear from you! This can be shared between parents within any class.
You will find a copy of your child’s class timetable attached. Please bear in mind that lessons may be rearranged to suit the particular activities planned for any given week. You will also receive the autumn term curriculum overview and the knowledge organiser for our Richmond Park topic this term.
If you need further clarification about anything for this term, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, via the school office. We wish all of you and your children well throughout this final year at Latchmere.
Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,
The year six team