Welcome back to you all. I would just like to begin by saying a huge thank you for supporting our home learning and all the tasks I have set for daily completion. I know how difficult it is as parents to juggle family life, working from home, and the endless Seesaw activities that have come your child's way. Each week when I complete my weekly website, I am completely amazed by the posts of activities they have tackled. I am so proud of them all. Thank you.
The year 6 drop off and pick-up points (field area outside the gazebo) and times have not changed. Please note only one adult should accompany you and you must all be sure to socially distance yourselves from other parents and children. Our drop-off time slot is 8:30am-8.40am and our pickup time slot is: 3:10-3:20pm. My fire door will open at 8.30am. Please walk around to the playground entrance to avoid walking in muddy and wet footprints whilst the ground is still wet. Please note that learning and teaching does begin at 8.40am, so it is important that these times adhered to.
Well, we are now in the middle of our Spring Term of Year 6. Where has the time gone? This term, we will be following a whole school theme of 'Time Travellers.' Each year group will spotlight a different focus — in Year 6 we will discover more about WW2 as we travel back in time to understand this key historical event.
During our term we will use many different texts to lead our learning. We have already read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll over last half term. This book was a real page turner and helped us to bring this historic topic into our minds. We have now begun to read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and again, I know how much you are all enjoying this new class story. We will use both these books, and others to enjoy our new topic.
This term we will begin with our BIG ART project by creating war planes of our own as we learn about Black Saturday and The Blitz. These will take pride of place and hang in our classroom. We will also investigate the use of silhouettes; looking at artists who use this technique e.g., American silhouette cutting artist Karl Johnson. We will create our own artwork of The Blitz using this new technique.
My holistic plan (slightly altered) will guide you through our in-school learning and how our theme is weaved through each subject where possible. Please note that if school must close again, we will revert to home learning and a revised plan will be forwarded to you. Although SATs are not taking place, we still need to cover all KS2 curriculum to be high school ready. To allow time to cover the curriculum, our study workbooks will be completed over both the spring and summer terms. We will be working hard to reach the high targets that you set yourselves and remember, nothing worth achieving is easy, so don't settle for second best.
PE will take place over two days during this half term, Monday and Friday. Our sessions will begin on Monday 8th March 2021. You are asked again to come to school already dressed in your PE kit on both days. You will remain in your kits all day, and therefore you do not need a change of clothes. PE will be taught by Sportscape on Monday, and on Friday you will be taught by sports coaches from Cheshire Cricket who are supported by the Chance to Shine Partnership. You will be learning the skills required to take part in both athletics and cricket. Please note that PE will continue to take place outside even in cold weather. It is imperative that you dress for the changes in conditions. Your PE kits should consist of a Wybunbury Delves blue PE top or plain white t-shirt with no logos or prints, black shorts, white or black trainers, black tracksuit/joggers and a Wybunbury Delves black PE hoodie. A filled water bottle and a summer cap/winter hat (all named) are also essential. We will also be continuing with the Daily Mile. Please could you arrange to send your child in with a pair of outdoor shoes that can be kept in our Y6 outdoor container.
Homework will continue to be set each Friday. I will continue to give out a homework check list as I know many of you prefer to have these stuck into your reading response books to tick off each week. I encourage you to complete all your homework fully and on time. I use homework to consolidate your learning and to enable you to prepare for a new week. I will continue to run homework clubs during the week (some lunchtimes) to support this. Please be sure to use them whenever you need to. Homework will be checked and re-visited each week.
Maths.co.uk or Power Maths, and Spag.com online homework will be set every Friday. If you are unable to complete these tasks at home, or if you need support, please let me know and I will arrange for you to complete them in school.
Times tables practice will also be included in your weekly homework — TT Rockstars continues to be a successful way to practice your times tables. Times tables testing will take place on a Friday morning along with an arithmetic paper which draws upon these skills, so keep practising!
Regular reading out loud at home will continue to be included in your weekly homework. Our new two-week rolling programme is now well under way in Y6. This means that comprehension questions will be set every two weeks. These questions must be answered in your blue reading response books. I have had a new delivery of Y6 reading challenge books for you to enjoy. They are ready and waiting for you to take home and there are some real page turners! Research states that if you read for 20 minutes a day at home, you will hear 1.8 million words every year. Amazing as many of them will be new ones!
I know we will continue to be a strong partnership. As we are still unable to chat at drop off and pick-up times, please feel free to contact me using my year 6 email address. It is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything urgent, please telephone the school office during school hours and they will pass on a message to me and I will get in touch.
I am thoroughly looking forward to welcoming you back into class and spending our time together this term. Remember to shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land upon the stars.