Dear Parents and Carers,
Our final two terms at school are going to be really busy, so I thought you’d like to know about some of the things we have planned.
Bikeability went really well – well done to everyone for such a great job! Children in Year 6 should have come home on Friday with a bikeability badge, a road safety booklet and a certificate. Please make sure your child shows you these, as most have comments about how well they did and some recommendations going forward.
As usual, we will be busy each week developing and revising our maths knowledge. Reading remains a huge focus for the school, so we continue to encourage your children to read as much as possible at home and school. Spellings and some homework activities will be sent home each week.
For the first part of the term, these are our main topics:
Science: Adaptation, Inheritance and Evolution
We’ll be learning about how living things adapt to the environments they live in, how we inherit different traits from our parents and how creatures have evolved over millions of years. We will also be learning about the famous scientists Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution, as well as Mary Anning and her work studying fossils.
Geography: Looking at localities
We’ll be exploring localities using different types of maps. We’ll look at common map symbols, points of interest in our locality and learn to read maps using 4 and 6 figure grid references.
Here is some further key information about this term for our Year 6 children:
As I am sure you have heard, this year’s statutory testing for Year 6 children (which normally take place in May) have been cancelled. Like most schools, we have decided to continue to do these assessments in some form on the week of 14th June and will aim to test the children for Maths and English. These tests not only help us to assess children before they move on to secondary school but also help them get a feel for the testing they will experience in their new school. Like always, we will provide a special SATs breakfast for the children on the week of the tests.
‘Leaver’s Hoodies’ have become a really important part of the Y6s leaving ritual and I know that children are already looking forward to the prospect of theirs. The school is unable to fund these and they normally cost around £20 each. Class 5 will be doing some fundraising later this term to help raise money to go towards the cost.
Year 6 Treat
With the continuing circumstances surrounding COVID, we have been unable to arrange a residential trip away for our year 6 children. This is incredibly disappointing for them and I’m so sorry that this is the case. With this in mind, I have managed to book South Cerney for a day of watersports (kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding) on Thursday 17th June for all Year 6 children. I have taken children to South Cerney on many occasions now – they will have such a great day! This cost of the activities will be paid for by the school but we will be asking for a contribution payment towards the cost of the transport.
PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education
Over the coming months, we will start delivering our lessons on Relationships and Sex Education. A letter will be coming home shortly with details of what will be included over these sessions.
Transition to Secondary School
At some point this term, I will be speaking to your child’s new school to ensure that they have all the information they need for a smooth transition into year 7. We will keep you posted with any further information about school visits and online information as and when we get it. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about the move to secondary school, please let me know.
Year 6 End of Year Celebration
Our Year 6 Leaver’s Celebration is one of our big events of the year. We are incredibly hopeful that by July we will be able to invite parents into school to join in with our final farewell.
This will be planned for the final day of the school year.
Further information about all of the areas above will be communicated to you shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let me know.