Fox Class Newsletter – Summer 2019.
Welcome back to all the children and parents, we hope you have had a lovely Easter break and are ready for another exciting term ahead. The next two terms are very special for all Year 6 classes. In term 5, we have the excitement of sitting SATS, which is an assessment of all of the children’s English and Maths learning from the very start of their primary school journey, wherever that may have been (more bout that below), while in term 6 we will be working towards our end of year production and transition to secondary school.
SATS and Transition to Secondary School
SATS will take place during the week commencing Monday 13th May (the run-up to Mr Clark’s milestone birthday!). Children will sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment. Writing assessments are also made by the school, based on their work throughout Year 6. These are moderated externally to ensure consistency across all primary schools.
Further details have already been sent out in our parent guide. Additional copies can be obtained from the school office.
Residential trip – The Buschraft Company
During our second week of Term 5, we will be staying with the Bushcraft Company in Penshurst, West Kent for our Year 6 residential trip. The Bushcraft Company is a leading provider of outdoor education, offering a range of real outdoor adventures to schools. The children and staff will be staying outdoors in large tents and will be taking part in several activities that will promote resilience, self-confidence and teamwork.
Administrative instructions have already been given out and are available to download via DB Primary.
This term, the children will doing PE (gymnastics) every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that they have the correct clothing/equipment to enable them to take part. PE kits should be kept in school all week, from Monday to Friday. PE is part of the National Curriculum and is compulsory for all pupils. Please ensure that all PE kit is named.
Wider Learning theme – Arabian Nights
Our theme for wider learning for both terms will be the Arabian Nights; this will support our end of year show, which is based on these classic tales.
Accurate spelling is core to the curriculum. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. The word list of Years 5 and 6 can be accessed via the link on the Fox Class page of the school web site and are on the reverse of this sheet. It would really help children if parents/carers could practise these spellings with them. New spelling lists will be issued each week, and will be taught in class each Friday.
Children in Year 6 should be proficient in all their tables up to the 12 times table. Times Tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps form the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with numbers. Once children have learnt their times tables by heart, they are then able to work far more confidently – and efficiently – through a wide range of more advanced calculations. There is a multitude of web-based programs to help with this learning at home, most of which are free. There are links on our web site page for you to follow if you wish.