Introduction - September 2016 - Mr Lockley
Welcome to Year 6. This year sees the children entering their final year at Oakridge. The children in Year 5 and 6 have different break times to the rest of the school, these are; break time 10.50 – 11.05 and lunch 12.25 – 1.20.
During this year the children will be continuing their GANAS projects but also developing a deeper understanding of life long learning skills. They will be expected to take a greater amount of responsibility for their learning in order to prepare for their end of Key Stage 2 assessments and also for the start of their high school journey.
Year 5 and 6 comprises of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Key Skills, ICT, R.E., P.E., Art, D&T, French and Music. During the staggered drop off in the morning the children will come in to complete morning Maths activities.
We have re–organised our curriculum to enable the children to make more meaningful links between all their learning. They will still be taught Literacy and Numeracy skills in the morning but they will also be given opportunity to apply these in other subjects. Geography, History, RE, Science will be taught under the heading Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Grouping areas of learning will help the children to explore the world around them in a meaningful way. Children will still undertake GANAS projects but they won't always be in History or Geography. As with all home learning, we like the children to talk about their learning with you outside of school as this reinforces their learning experiences.
If you wish to speak to Mr Lockley please do not hesitate to do so either by coming to the school office before the day begins at 8:45 or after the day has ended. You can also make communication links through the learning journal as these are looked at weekly.
Year 6 will be taught by Mr Lockley and Mrs Holland will teach Art/DT on Fridday afternoon; this will cover the PPA requirement.
For Year 6, P.E. will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. and children will need the following:
- School P.E. shorts
- School P.E. T–shirt
- Black pumps and/or trainers
- Jogging bottoms and jumper (school PE Hoodie is also available) for outdoor activities during winter
Please ensure that your child's P.E. kit is always available in school
School P.E. shirts and T–shirts can be purchased from the school office
At morning break the children will still have the opportunity to eat a piece of fruit however they also have the opportunity if they want to purchase items such as toast and teacakes from the tuck shop. A price list will follow in September.
Since 2005 it has been a legal requirement that all teaching staff receive 10% Planning Preparation and Assessment time in a week (PPA). We have also seen this as a real positive and an opportunity for staff development as well as ensuring the children receive a quality learning experience. This year PPA will be on a Friday afternoon when Mrs Holland will be teaching the children Art and D&T.
Literacy skills will be reinforced through Knowledge and Understanding home learning as well as specific skills as and when appropriate.
Daily home reading
Children will continue to bring home persoanlised sets of spellings. They will be tested at least every fortnight
Maths activities will be sent home where appropriate to support learning within class.
Knowledge and Understanding
As part of our Knowledge and Understanding teaching we will encourage children to learn outside of school. This may take the form research, discussion and responding in a way appropriate to their age. Any outcomes produced can be brought into school.
We are all really proud of the way our children look in school. The vast majority of children wear their uniform with great pride and this is often commented upon when our children are out of school on trips and visits. Please can you continue to support our school uniform policy as not only does it look smart but it gives our school a real identity.