Welcome to Year 6. I hope you have had a fantastic summer break filled with fun and laughter. I am very excited to spend our year together and know what a fantastic year we will have.
The Year 6 drop off and pick-up times have changed. Our drop-off time is between 8:40am-8.50am and our pickup time is now 3.25pm. Please walk around to the upper school playground entrance and wait for the doors to open. Please note that your learning and my teaching does begin at 8.50am.
This term, we will be following a whole school theme of 'Journeys and Discoveries.' Each year group will spotlight a different focus — in Year 6 we will discover more about WW2 as we journey into this key historical event.
This term's learning is based around one of my favourite books, Letters from the Lighthouse. It is a real page turner and will help us to bring this historic topic into our minds. This book has won many awards and I know it will become a favourite of yours. Here is a little bit of blurb from this fabulous book, "We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar. After months of bombing raids on London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company, and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees." This book will lead you through your learning. My holistic plan will guide you through your activities and how our theme is weaved through each subject where possible. WW2 is a firm favourite in Year 6 and I know you will thoroughly enjoy our journey.
This term we will begin with our BIG ART project by creating tunnel books as we learn about Black Saturday and The Blitz. These will take pride of place on display in our classroom. We will 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.
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.
A message from Reverend Alison:
Dear families, on Sunday we are inviting children and their families of Wybunbury Delves School to our all-age service. Please bring along your bookbag / school bag for a focus where we will be asking for God's blessing for the children and adults that teach and support them for the coming school year. We look forward to you joining us.
PE will take place over two days during this half term, Mondays and Wednesdays. Our sessions will begin on Monday 6th September 2021. You are asked to come to school already dressed in your PE kit on both days. PE will be taught by Sportscape on Monday, and on Wednesday you will be taught by Mrs Jenkins. 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 bring in a pair of outdoor shoes that can be kept in our Y6 outdoor container.
Homework will be set each Friday. 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 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.
Activities: Maths.co.uk, or Power Maths, or 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 be included in your weekly homework. Please could you record each read by filling in each box in your reading diary. Remember to fill in the comment box as I like to read about your thoughts on your book. Our two-week rolling programme will be in place. This means that you will read with an adult each fortnight in Year 6. 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 be a strong Year 6 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 and I will get in touch.
I am thoroughly looking forward to welcoming you into Year 6 and spending your last primary year together.
Remember to shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land upon the stars.