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Welcome to Year 6.
Most of you will already know Ross who will be teaching Earls Court this year. Marie will be teaching Ravenscourt. Also included in the year 6 team are Jess (Assistant Head and Maths lead) and Lauren (SEN teacher). Once you have read the information below please do check out our Welcome Class Videos which are at the bottom of the page.
At the moment, children are being taught in their class groups, but this may change to smaller groups over the course of the year to allow for more targeted support.
It has been a real pleasure welcoming the children back and into Year 6. We have been really impressed with how they have adapted and transitioned to their new year group.
Now more than ever, it is vital that the school office has current and up-to-date contact details (phone numbers and email addresses). Please contact them if your details have changed.
Normally, we pride ourselves on our open door policy, but unfortunately current circumstances make this very difficult. Instead, if you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, you can either contact the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you could email us using the following email addresses:
Alternatively, if you have an administrative question, please email or call the office at email@example.com or 020 8888 8824 who will be happy to help with your enquiry.
Morning and End of Day Routines
To aid the smooth start to the day, Year 6 are operating a new system whereby children are able to be dropped off at entrance 2 and make their own way into their respective class. Children will not be lining up or playing in the playground, but come straight into class for 8.55am. If your child arrives later than 9.05am they will need to go via the office and be marked as late.
Home time for Year 6 is now 3.35pm. At the end of the day, we will bring the children out to exit 2 and dismiss them. We ask that Year 6 parents stay outside of the gates to help reduce crowding. If you do need catch us for a quick word at the end of the day, please feel free to enter the playground but we do ask that you wear a mask. Thank you for your understanding on this.
In Year 6 children are able to walk home by themselves. Before they are able to walk home by themselves, please contact the office to ensure this request is recorded and passed on to the teacher.
General Class Housekeeping
Year 6 PE is on a Monday. Children should arrive on this day in the clothes they need for PE. Every Tuesday – Friday we will be doing the ‘daily mile’ so we ask that children wear comfortable shoes every day.
What to bring to school:
We are asking that children do not bring backpacks into school so as to limit the number of items they bring in from home each day. All your children need to bring is:
a named water bottle
a named packed lunch (if not school dinners)
their reading book
a snack for break if you wish
In Year 6 the expectations for home learning do increase a little from Year 5. In Year 6 children will need to complete:
30 minutes of reading every day
Weekly spelling practice
Weekly maths home learning
Half-termly/termly topic learning
Due to Covid we are evaluating how we send home learning home. Therefore, we hope to start spelling, maths and topic after half term with more information on this to follow. However, please start daily reading now and encourage your child to read each day for 30 minutes.
As we are sure you will have read, Year 6 took part in the recovery curriculum during their first week back which had a strong focus on their well-being. This will continue throughout the year.
We are very excited about the work we will be doing in Year 6 this year. We will be teaching the full Year 6 curriculum but will of course be going back and filling in any gaps due to lockdown. We hope this will help children to catch up on any learning missed.
Although there is a lot to cover and there will be some SATs focus, please be assured we will still be teaching a broad curriculum and children will have plenty of opportunities to take part in other subjects they enjoy such as PE, Spanish, Art, Science, History and Geography.
Children are encouraged to take books from our class book corners and are able to take these books home. Please ensure these books are returned so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the books in our book corners.
This year, when a book is returned, the children will place the book in a ‘quarantine box’ kept in the classroom. All books will be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours over the weekend before they are returned to the book corner.
In Year 6 all children will take part in SATs which are national assessments for all children aged 10-11. These are currently scheduled for Monday 10 May to Thursday 13 May 2021. While we will work hard towards SATs and ensure your children are prepared, we want our children to feel relaxed and positive towards the tests.
SATs are only a small part of the Year 6 experience and all we will ask from our children is that they try their best.
This is planned for November and more information will follow in October about how this will operate.
Unfortunately, at the moment Government guidelines state that residential trips are not allowed to take place. However, Helen is in constant contact with Pendarren House and if these guidelines were to change we will let you know as soon as possible.
We really look forward to working with you and your children this year and hope to make their final year at Bounds Green a very special one.
Story time is something your child may miss over the next few weeks, so we really encourage you to keep reading books at home. Children can also listen to stories online, which can help support them in their daily reading:
Last year for World Book Day, Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, visited Bounds Green and did an amazing workshop for our key stage one children. He is doing really amazing online art activities for children. Click the link below: