Friday 22nd April 2016
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back after our (late) Easter holidays. It really is a really important time for the Year 6 pupils as we now have 2 weeks before SATS tests. The tests start on the 8h May and continue throughout that week.
What you can do to help your child:
Make sure you get your child to school on time, or even take advantage of our Mathletics Breakfast Club.It’s free!
Talk to your child about the tests and encourage them to tell you what they need help with.
Read anything with them and ask them questions.You can use newspaper articles (including the sports pages), posters, adverts, and of course, books.
Practise times table facts with them.It will help them to recall the facts quickly when they need them.
Practise calming strategies with them, eg, deep breathing, counting to ten, thinking of a happy place. This reinforces the activities we have done in school and then they can refocus on the task in front of them.
Encourage the children to use their online programs at home – mathletics and spellodrome, SATS tests online.
SATS week Breakfast Club
We need Year 6 children to be in school as early as possible, between 8.00am and 8.30am. Breakfast Club will be open from 8.00am, and the Year 6 children will be treated to a special bacon sandwich breakfast (toast and cereal will be available for those who do not eat meat). If you cannot bring your child in before 8.30am, please let us know in advance.
If your child is ill – please ring school and tell us what the problem is, and let us decide whether it is best for your child to be in school or not.
In an emergency – please ring us and let us know what is happening, for instance if your child has injured themselves and is in hospital, we may be able to make arrangements for the tests at another time of the day.
Timetable for SATS
Monday 8th May - Reading Paper
Tuesday 9th May - Grammar Paper and Spelling Paper
Wednesday 10th May- Maths Arithmetic Paper 1 and Reasoning Paper 2
Thursday 11th May - Maths Reasoning Paper 3
IMPORTANT INFO 6M1 only
The Department for Education is doing baseline assessment trials of the maths tests on Wednesday 27th April, and has chosen class 6M1 to do these tests. They are in addition to the SATS week, but all children must be in school to start the tests by 9.00am.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tests, please speak to me or Mr Maher, or leave a message with the office and we will call you back.
UKS2 Phase Leader
Welcome back after the half term break.
There are only 9 school weeks left before Year 6 undertake their SATS test (week beginning 9th May). I am very proud of how hard everyone has worked during the year so far, and we are doing our best to make sure that each and every child is confident during these tests.
We are introducing a number of initiatives during this half term to enable children to get the best from the resources in school.
Lunchtime booster session using online tests
Reading booster groups after school on Mondays (including advanced level)
Maths arithmetic booster groups after school on Tuesdays
Spelling and Grammar booster groups after school on Wednesdays
Maths reasoning booster groups after school on Thursdays
Year 6 Breakfast Club*.
*All Year 6 pupils are invited to breakfast club after half term FREE OF CHARGE. They should arrive at 8:00am, have breakfast, then will go to the ICT suite and do revision of their choice on Mathletics or our SATS revision aid; www.satstestsonline.co.uk or . Pupils can also access this from home, and can also access Mathletics at home, too.
In addition, there will be a number of prizes to award to children who have made the most effort in these booster groups and revision sessions.
I am sure you will help us support your child in achieving their best at school by encouraging them to take part in these sessions. We will make them as fun and informal as possible. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, or any of the above groups, please see us either at school, or contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Miss Clunie and Mr Maher
In year 6 we are working very hard for our SATS.
Each child has been given a log in for this website which children can access at home as well as in school.
I hope you had a fantastic break over the Christmas period. The children have all come back in excited and prepared for a busy half term ahead.
As i will be going on maternity leave at the end of the half term; Mr Maher has started working in our class getting to know the children and hopefully yourselves. He is already impressed with the behaviour of the children and eager to get teaching.
As we only have a term left before SATS, this half term our main focus will be working towards this; preparing them for the week after the Easter Holidays, making sure they are confident enough and are able to answer the questions correctly. We will be spending a lot more time looking at past papers and example questions. We do try to make this as fun and interesting as possible, and the pupils have been very engaged in the work we have done so far. You can help at home by reading with your child - anything from newspapers, magazines, articles on the internet as well as books - and ask lots of questions. We will be sending home revision material which can be brought back into class whenever your child has completed it.
As we are getting closer to SATS attendance is vital in year 6 to succeed. 6M1 has had great attendance and has been able to take part in our school-opoly for classes with nearly 100% attendance for the week. If your child has been physically sick, then please keep them off for 48 hours until they are well. If in doubt talk to us or ring school in the morning. If you want to get in touch with me, either ask on the door in the morning or pick up time, or ask in the office and I can ring you when I'm not in class.
Our topic this half term will be Victorians. Our focus will be around the 19th century in Leeds. Learning about our city and how it changed over the years. We will be looking at how Cholera affected the city and how the industrial revolution improved our city.
We continue to compete in competitions and this is important to the children; we make sure that the children are well prepared and are able to represent our school. Miss Moores will send out letters before hand if your child is invited to competitions or matches- we need to make sure that all letters are returned before the day so we are fully aware of who is able to come and all contact information if needed.
PE continues to be on a Monday and a Thursday; we recommend that all children bring their kit to school on a Monday and unless they are on the athletics team take this home with them on a Friday. It is essential in year 6 for hygiene that your child has a change of clothes for PE.
If you are needing to contact us at any time please don't hesitate to ring the school or speak to us at the end of the day on the playground.
We look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
Mrs Wallis and Mr Maher