Hello and welcome to Year 6!
We are really looking forward to working with you this year. This year, the Year 6 team is Mrs Benson, Mrs Turner and Mr Weston. We are supported by Mrs Chatterton and Mrs West.
We know that our children begin Year 6, often immediately, worrying about the Summer SATs test. We work hard to ensure that the pressure of these tests are subdued and work with the children to ensure they understand what to expect and to develop ways to tackle stress. Not only this, we also know it can be an emotional time for parents, as they begin to think about the next step in their child's education. We will support you and our children in the run up to transition by exploring options and working to ensure your child's next school knows how to help your child best.
At various times in the year, we will invite you into school to meet formally and informally with the team so we can share information and you can ask questions (coffee mornings, open days and parent meetings). At any time, you can contact the office, the home-school liaison officer or a member of the team to discuss any question or concerns you have (as long as we are not teaching!) Book an appointment with a member of staff and we will try our best to work with you to resolve any issues. You could also leave a message in your child’s home-school diary.
If you would like to come and work in school to support, please let us know! We love working alongside parents, and encourage you to come and share your skills to enrich the teaching experiences in school. If you can spare any time in the week to come and listen to children read, it would be greatly appreciated too!
It is important to keep personal details up to date – especially phone numbers! We send texts to remind you of important events and to let you know if your child has any awards in our Friday assembly.
Please make sure all of your child's belongings are labelled with their name and class. Remember to bring your book bag - which we provided on transition day. Please remember that due to space in the cloakrooms, we ask you to refrain from bringing school bags into school - please just bring your PE kit in a draw string bag and your school book bag. As we provide stationery, you do not need to bring your pencil case as this can lead to distractions during lessons and cause tension between children when they misplace objects. Thank you.
Dinner and Trip Money
Dinner and Trip money is paid via the online service, ParentPay. This allows you to directly pay any money, without needing to send your children into school with cash. If you do not use online services, please contact the office and they can make additional arrangements to support you.
Children meet on the school playground, where a member of the Y6 team will be available to answer any questions. When the bell rings at 8:55, children come into school to begin the day.
Breakfast club runs from 7.30 each morning, and is run by Mrs Chatterton. For more information, please contact the school office.
Children are dismissed by their teacher at 3:30 on the playground. Children may only leave once we have seen an adult who they know and are expecting. Please let us know if your arrangements change. We also have an afterschool provision (STEPs Club) which runs until 5:30. Please ask at the office for more details.
We hand out homework each week, which works on and consolidates key skills studied during the week. We usually send a piece of Maths and English work and expect children to practise their times tables and to read at least 3 times a week at home. This will develop your child’s language and has been proven to improve writing and grammar skills.
This is a fortnightly task, where children are provided an open ended question, which they answer in any way they like – they could create a piece of art work, write a poem, mind map – however they feel inspired! We share these at the end of the week.
Children should wear: plain white T-Shirt/Polo, shorts and plimsolls/trainers. You may send children into school with jogging bottoms and jackets for cooler months, as we will still complete some lessons outside. These should be a plain, dark colour.
Please make sure ALL kit is labelled and in a draw-string bag. It is best if children bring in their kit at the start of the week and leave it in school, as we often have additional sessions with coach and sports visitors.
Trips, Theme Days and Visitors
Throughout the year we will have various themed days and visitors to enhance our curriculum. To see visits from previous years, visit the archived class pages. Days have included:
Bikeability – come to school with your bike and learn how to ride on the roads, safely, while gaining an award!
Ripley Academy - Visit the academy for taster days, sports festivals and more!
Churnott Valley – a day in the life of a WW2 evacuee!
Theatre Days – investigate life during the war and how different periods punished those who broke the law.
Ripley and Marehay Church – explore and compare places of worship.
You will be informed of any visits well in advance.
Once again, we hope your child has a brilliant year and we look forward to the great year ahead!
Year 6 Team