Welcome to Year 6!
Mr. Swift, Mrs. Wheeler-King and Mrs. Potts
During the week, we need to remember the following things:
Planners should be in and signed every day.
Monday - PE kit in for the week (PE is on Monday and Tuesday).
Wednesday - Homework needs to be handed in.
The children in Year 6 are the oldest in the school; they are looked up to by the younger children. This means that they are the key role models for the other children in the school. They will be given opportunities to show their maturity and leadership skills throughout the year as House Captains and leading activities and events for the rest of the school. As well as this, we expect them to be role models throughout the day: showing the behaviour that we expect at Micklem and how to support and respect each other.
The children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes every night, at least once during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and regularly during holiday periods. If a child finishes the book then they should continue to read (any book or material). Children are given a reading record and parents are asked to sign it every night to confirm that their child has read. If a parent is unavailable to sign the record then the children can do it themselves but they must write a description of what they read. If a child does not read then they will have to read during break. This is to aid not only their reading, but also their vocabulary, grammatical structures and writing.
The children are given English and Maths homework every week. This will be set on a Thursday and is due back by Wednesday of the following week. If homework is not handed in, then children will be given the opportunity to complete it in school. There may also be some additional tasks. Spellings are given out on a Thursday when appropriate and the children will be tested in the following week - it is the children's responsibility to learn their spellings. It is essential that the children realise the importance of doing their homework. It is good training for Year 7 in Secondary School!
As with many things, continued practice of maths skills will support children's learning and enable them to further understand key skills. Mathletics is most effective when used regularly; part of the children's homework will consist of completing tasks that have been set based on their learning. However, it is important that they use it at other times as well: challenging themselves by trying new skills and different games and activities. This is one way they can show that they are taking responsibility for their learning.