A warm welcome back to our Year 6 Wybunbury family in these strange times. I hope you have had a fantastic family summer break filled with fun and laughter. I am excited to spend our year together, your final year, and I know what a fantastic year we will have.
First things first and just for information, I will detail a few rhythms and routines for picking up and dropping you off at school.
The year 6 drop off and pick up point has changed to observe social distancing rules. You should be dropped off and picked up at the year 6 fire door. I will be there to greet you in the morning and to see you out in the afternoon. Please can you wait on the field by the gazebo at your drop off and pick up times. Please note only one adult should accompany you and you must all be sure to socially distance yourselves from other parents and children. Drop off time slot for year 6 is: 8:30am-8.40am and your pickup time slot is: 3:10-3:20pm. If you have a sibling with a later pick up time, you can wait at the door with me until they arrive. Please try to ensure you are only on the school site during your time slot and be sure to follow the one-way system. Once you have been dropped/collected, please do not stay on site as this will cause a gridlock on our carpark.
To limit the potential for virus transmission, please can you ensure that you do not bring 'extras' to school. We are asking for no school bags or new pencil cases, just plastic book wallets and a snack to be in your coat pocket, or wipeable or disposable lunchbox.
Please note the arrangements for PE have changed. Our PE day is on a Wednesday and you are asked to come to school already dressed in your PE kit. You will remain in your kits all day, and therefore, you do not need a change of clothes. This decision has been made to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus. PE will be taught by Mrs Jenkins and this term you will be learning the skills required in leadership games and exercises and sports related to health and fitness. Please note that PE will 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 (there is a change to our PE uniform for 20/21; we would like you to move over to the new PE uniform as you outgrow your house colour top), 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) is also essential.
As we are unable to chat at drop off and pick up times, please feel free to contact me on my year 6 email address. It is: email@example.com. School asks that you are respectful in how and when you make contact. If you are a late night/weekend emailer like me, then please schedule send the email to arrive the next working day between 8.30am-4pm. I will only be checking emails during term-time and school hours so please allow up to 2 working days for a response. 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.
This year, 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 refugees as we venture on different journeys to understand this topical theme.
During our term we will use many different texts to lead our learning. We will focus however, on the book Boy 87 by Ele Fountain, which is a multi-award-winning children's novel about refugees, friendship and survival. This gripping novel with powerful words and deep meaning is about a young brave boy called Shif and his best friend Bini. We follow along their remarkable, uplifting, heart-warming story where they discover kindness and cruelty, wisdom and instinct, protection and danger. This book is a real page turner and will help us to bring our topic to life.
Our 'Journeys and Discoveries' theme will begin with a BIG ART project with a difference. Our project will be driven by our Covid19 lockdown emotions and experiences as we learn about the London Festival of Architecture Giant Doll's House Project. This project is an installation art display that we will mirror in our classroom. The terms Stand as One and Alone Together will allow us to discuss our own communities and lead us into the beginnings of our refugee journey. My holistic plan will guide you through our learning and how our theme is weaved through each subject where possible. Click here to read this term's holistic plan
Homework will be set each Friday. I encourage you to complete all your homework fully and on time. I use homework to consolidate or build upon your learning and to enable you to prepare for a new week. I am hoping, in the near future, 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.
Spag online homework will be set every Friday with at least one task to be completed. 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. Regular reading at home and times tables practice will also be included in your weekly homework. TT Rockstars continues to be a successful way to practice your times tables which will be tested on a Friday morning. Please ensure all relevant reading packs are in school every day. You will have regular reading questions set in your reading response books which will need to be completed at home. We will be focusing on reading in school each day, however, research states that if you read for 20 minutes a day at home, you will hear 1.8 million words every year. Amazing!
We will continue to use our class reading website to enjoy challenging and recommended reads. On our reading website there are recommended books for you to enjoy, spelling links, some reading games and a book review section. I would like to encourage you to read and review as many books as you can from this list. You will find them by using this link: www.y6wdreading.weebly.com
There will be no weekly spelling patterns to learn at home as these will be covered within our English lessons. This also includes grammar and punctuation practice, and therefore you will not be asked to complete your CGP spelling, punctuation and grammar books at home either. These will be school resources and they will be completed within lesson time.
I only have one date for your diary at the moment due to the cancellation of all educational visits. This is our Year 6 Theme Day booked for Thursday 10th December 2020, which is World Human Rights Day. We will be focusing on the chant "A Day of Welcome."
I know that you, your families and myself will be a strong partnership. I am thoroughly looking forward to our new year together. Remember, "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." A.A. Milne.