Welcome to Sapphire Class

Parents’ Information – Summer Term 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,


We are looking forward to an exciting Summer Term which will include many exciting events and opportunities that will prepare you child for their transition to secondary school. 

The Curriculum

In the summer term, we will be a geography theme based around Skipton Castle. Also, with our trip to Parliament at the end of term and the General Election on 8th June, we will be exploring how our country is run including themes such as democracy and how laws are made.


Assessment and Attainment

Year 6 SATs Tests

 

Here is the timetable for KS2 SAT week which starts on Monday, 8th May:

 

Test Date

English reading test

Paper 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes)

Monday 8th May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Paper 1: short answer questions (45 minutes)

Paper 2: spelling (15 minutes)

Tuesday 9th May

Mathematics

Paper 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)

Paper 2: reasoning (40 minutes)

Wednesday 10th May

Mathematics

Paper 3: reasoning (40 minutes)

Thursday 11th May

  Please ensure that your child has a balance of revision and ‘down time’ during the week prior to the SATs.

 Encourage your child to have a good breakfast each day during SATs week.

 Please make sure that your child goes to bed at a sensible time and has a good night’s sleep each night during SATs week.

 We expect all Year 6 children to be in school during SATs week.

 If your child is ill during SATs week, please contact school as soon as possible

Above all, please tell your child that you- and we- know they will do their best and they have both yours and our full support.

Visit to Parliament

Our residential visit to Parliament will take place on Thursday 20th July until Friday 21st July. If anyone has any questions or concerns about this visit, please contact Mrs Stinton.

Homework

Homework will be given every day and the task written in their homework diaries. Usually there will not be an expectation for homework to be handed in the following day, but it is good practice for your child to complete it on the night it is given. Government guidelines suggest that homework should not be longer than half an hour per night. Can you please ensure that your child has a quiet space with a chair and a table to enable them to focus on their homework. Please encourage your child to share and discuss their homework with you every day. Children are also expected to practise and learn their spellings and timetables every week, ideally a little bit per day.
All children are expected to hand homework in on time. They need to manage their time throughout the week and try to complete it on the day it is set. Children will receive a lunch time detention for not handing homework in and a comment will be written in homework diaries by the class teacher.

Homework timetable:

Monday: English

Tuesday: Spellings for a test on Tuesday

Wednesday: Science

Thursday: Maths

Friday: Geography project about rivers or mountains

Reading
Your child needs to read every day, preferably to an adult, and have their reading record books signed by an adult to show they have done so. Please discuss the books they are reading with them, asking relevant questions and finding the meaning of unknown words. Reading books and reading records should be brought back into school every day. To remind and encourage children to read to someone every day, we have a prize draw on Friday. If a child has read every day they have two entries; one if they read at least four times.

Uniform
Our children always look very smart in school. Year 6 children need to set good standards of presentation and not deviate from the school uniform. Thank you to all parents/ carers for your support with this. Please remind your children that they have to wear their school shoes, and not trainers, throughout the year. If your child has had their ears pierced, they must only wear studs for school. These must be removed for P.E. Please wait until the beginning of the summer holidays, if you are considering having ears pierced. Long hair must be tied back at all times. Please send your child to school with a coat for playtimes as children go out to play most days.


P.E.
Craven College sessions:
The outdoor PE sessions with the Craven College Sports Students will commence in October. Lessons will still take place if it is raining or chilly. Health and Safety Policy guidelines will always be followed. Your child will require a suitable, warm P.E. kit (white round necked t-shirt and black shorts), including trainers (not plimsolls), tracksuit bottoms (black), a sweatshirt (not their daily school one) and a lightweight, waterproof outer shell (e.g. cagoule).


Other P.E. lessons:
Year 6 will also have a P.E. lesson on a Friday with Mr Senior, our Pro Skills Sports Coach. Indoor and outdoor P.E. kit will be needed.

Clubs
There are a wide variety of clubs throughout the school week. Please see the school website for details. Letters will come home during the year

Timetable:
Maths and English will take place each morning, with Foundation subjects and Science being taught in the afternoon. You will find a copy of the class homework timetable in their homework book.

Visits/Transition

All Year 6 children will have the opportunity to spend the day their chosen secondary school in June. Hopefully, the children will also spend time at Skipton Academy partaking in Science activities in the laboratories.

Communication

Thank you for all your continued support. You are always welcome into school to discuss any questions you may have. You may also write any concerns or comments in the homework diary.  It is good to see parents/ carers attending our Monday achievement assemblies to share in their child’s success.

 PTA and Volunteers in school

If you have the time, please remember to support the PTA, who do a tremendous amount for our school, either through becoming a member (first meeting is the AGM on Monday, 26 September at 6pm) or by attending events throughout the year.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Stinton and Mrs Booth

  

 

Useful Web Sites

 

Mathematics Web Sites

 http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk/

Tables games

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/numeracy.htm

Lots and lots

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/gameswheel.html

 

Mixed bag of Number/Shape Space Measure/Data Handling games

http://www.channel4.com/learning/microsites/P/puzzlemaths/

Variety of number games

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/Curriculum/Numeracy.htm

Great!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Flash%20Studio/cfsmaths/cfsmaths.htm

 

Lots of really good things especially for whiteboards

http://www.edukate.net/

Various maths programs

http://www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/enfield/schools/southbury/web/mw/

 

Lots on number operations and shape and space

http://www.mathsonline.co.uk/nonmembers/gamesroom/

Lots of number activities – 100 square grids, counting stick and   shape and space

http://www.mathplayground.com/

 

Word problems, logic puzzles and Maths games

http://www.mathsyear2000.org/games/

Various – fractions, games, puzzles etc

http://www.subtangent.com/maths/index.php

 

Lots of useful things – investigations, games, links, lots of   different types of ‘paper’

http://www.subtangent.com/maths/broken-calc.php

Broken calculator

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

Lots of useful things aimed at KS2

 

 

Literacy Web sites

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/ad_menu_flash.shtml

Spelling activities

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/literacy.htm

Spelling activities mainly

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Mostly spelling and vocabulary

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy2.htm

Lots and lots - all areas of Literacy

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/Curriculum/Literacy.htm

Lots and lots - all areas of Literacy

http://www.theschoolrun.com/13-ways-to-make-grammar-fun-for-children

Good revision site for all areas of Grammar