Welcome to Year 6!
As a team, we are incredibly proud of how the children have come back to school under these strange circumstances and difficult times. They have not only slotted back into school routines (better than any of us could have imagined), but they have also been very mature and resilient about getting back into the rigour of learning in the classroom –despite, for most, it being 6 months!
The Year 6 cohort have displayed a brand-new appreciation of being in school. Whilst we are under strict ‘Bubble’ etiquette, children have thoroughly enjoyed being back with their classmates and having that opportunity to see and talk to each other again in person and learning as a class. To put it simply – they are up for it and relish the opportunity to learn in class again!
During the beginning of term, we have planned sessions to support their understanding of the concept of ‘change’ and are looking at ways to build back up that stamina and resilience to learning in a progressive way. We are very fortunate that we have several members of familiar staff that have moved up to Year 6 with them that complement our very supportive Year 6 team – and the children seem comfortable in approaching the adults with any concerns they have.
Please also be reassured that we have not gone straight into a ‘Year 6 Curriculum’. We have carefully planned a system of gentle assessment to see where they are currently and will be moving learning on gradually from where we left off before Easter in Year 5. Of course, we have ground to make up, but that will be taken very carefully, according to their needs.
Our overriding topic until Christmas is the Victorians. This week we have begun to look at: how the Victorians fit in a timeline of British history, Queen Victoria’s family tree and key and interesting facts about her. We will go on to look at her reign and the impact the Victorians had on Britain in more detail as we move through the term.
In English, we are going over and consolidating reading and writing skills from Year 5, before we move onto to new skills learning. We are currently looking at the book ‘Skellig’ by David Almond, which has a suspense element to it.
In Maths, we have begun by looking at, and consolidating, our Place Value knowledge.
In the coming weeks, we will begin to look at applications for and awarding the Head Girl and Boy of Northern Parade Schools as well as assigning Prefect posts…further information will come soon on this.
It has been wonderful to have our children back at school and back together.
Massive congratulations to Kaitlyn from Falcon Class for getting the first ‘Head of Year Award’ of this new academic year.
Best wishes to all our families,
Heads of Year,
Mrs Amor & Miss Pullen.