So after two and a half incredible and action packed terms, we are embarking on our final 7 weeks together here at Thorpe Lea. For some of you, it will be a term filled with mixed emotions - nerves about moving to a big school, sadness about leaving Thorpe Lea but hopefully pride for what you have achieved in your time here. We need to ensure this term becomes one full of memories and emotions...a chance to say goodbye to people...and a chance to leave a legacy.
Last term was obviously action packed and challenging but the way you all rose to the challenge of the SATs was incredible, I am so proud of each and everyone of you. Now it is time to make sure you are ready for the new challenges that lie ahead. And if that's not enough, just remember all the fantastic events which will take place over the next few weeks:
SO LETS MAKE SURE WE ALL END ON A HIGH!
On this page you will find all sorts of information that will help you and your child work effectively. If you have suggestions for any other resources that may be useful to share with parents, please let me know.
YEAR 6 TRANSITION ADVICE
Worried about your child making the transition to secondary school? The following websites offer practical advice and guidance to help you support your child.
Thorpe Lea Primary obviously want to do as much as we can to support you and your child as they make the change this summer. Should any parent feel anxious or concerned, please take the opportunity to come and speak with me. I will be happy to offer any advice, guidance or support which is required to help you through the move.
However, the best piece of advice I can give is simply this: don't worry. However big or scary the move might appear, our children are wonderfully resilient and resourceful. They will make it work!
Year 6 Production: Magic of Matilda
Perhaps the best event that takes place during the final term for Year 6 is the end of year production.
I am delighted to say we will be performing a play based on the popular book by Roald Dahl 'Matilda'
All pupils will be involved and we are thoroughly looking forward to entertaining each and everyone who attends our shows. I know you'll love it!
Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday 11th July
Afternoon performance: Wednesday 12th July (2pm)
Evening performance: Thursday 13th July (6.30pm)
BRITISH EMPIRE & THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Our topic for the final term is focused on looking at the rise and fall of the British Empire with some investigation into the allies and territories of Britain. We will also be looking at the second world war - why the war started, the key events throughout the war and how the conflict was concluded. With iconic images and famous names, the new topic offers an intriguing and engaging learning experience which will shed fresh light on one of the most traumatic and explosive periods of history in the timeline of Britain.
A recap on our fun and adventures last year
HIGH ASHURST RESIDENTIAL
Getting Out and About
Nothing can support an individual's learning more than by providing engaging opportunities to get out into the real world! Museums and local sites of historical interest are fantastic places to focus a child's interest and enthusiasm. We are therefore fortunate to have a selection of facilities, near and far, appropriate for our children and which I highly recommend. If you and your family do visit any interesting place, we would love to hear all about it so please bring in pictures, leaflets and any other information you find out!
All pupils in the school are given weekly homework and we ask that maximum effort is given to ensure it is completed and returned on time. Although we hope the children are able to take some responsibility and complete their work independently, we are delighted when parents choose to help children who become stuck. Please don't be afraid to support your child if they need some support and extra help at home. Should a set task baffle adults, please don't hesitate to come and see me.
CHALLENGE BY CHOICE
Your child has been given a table featuring 24 different activities - all chosen or suggested by themselves! The aim is to try and complete as many of the activities as possible - these are all extremely good fun AND offer a fantastic learning opportunity. These challenges do not need to be recorded but I love to receive examples, pictures or models in class so please try to record anything that does happen. A challenge can be done multiple times. Each pupils should aim to complete one of the challenges each week.
Your child is expected to read every evening for 10 minutes. They need to bring their reading book and signed homework diary into school every morning. Children who do not read at home will need to catch up with it during their lunchtime. The expectation is that they read one book a week in-depth. I would also like to see a mix of fiction and non fiction books. As a class, we are not as confident or fluent as we need to be. It is a major area of development which we will work on together!
LITERACY AND SPELLINGS
Your child will be provided with a spelling rule on a Thursday and a list of words connected with this rule. On Monday, we will all share our words and create a spelling list for an end of week test on Thursday. Pupils will have several days to practice their spellings. In order to help with revision, children are asked to write a range of sentences using their sentences. Alternatively, a creative short story can be written which requires the sentences to be used. They may also be provided with an additional literacy task, which may involve punctuation, grammar or creative writing.
Pupils are asked to practice their times tables on a short, daily routine. They usually have a times tables test on Monday, however their knowledge of their number facts greatly improves their daily performance in numeracy. In addition, extra challenges will be provided on a weekly basis which will require children to talk about their maths and use different strategies to work out the answers.
Anyone who is unable to complete homework at home, can attend homework club in our Library and ICT suite on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.
Homework hand out day: Thursday
Homework is due in day: Tuesday
(Should there be any problem with meeting the weekly deadline, please speak to me before Thursday)
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD AT HOME
I have provided some ideas for how to help support your child at home to enable them to acquire the skills they will need here at Thorpe Lea and beyond. I have included documents about supporting your child in reading, writing and with their speaking and listening skills. It is so important that home and school work together to help children reach their full potential so I hope this will provide few ideas about how this can be achieved.
Please let me know if you have found this useful or have any further questions.
Additional Online Maths and Literacy Programmes
Web Links for SATS preparation