Welcome back everyone! After an amazing summer, it is time to dust off the cobwebs, open up the text books and show us what your amazing academic skills! A new year brings new adventures, challenges and opportunities and I can't wait to get started. Year 6 offers each and everyone of you the opportunity to experience the most memorable of school years. So sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
I would like to welcome you as the newest members of the Thorpe Lea Wolfpack back.
A Red wolf only ever succeeds in a pack
Being a year 6 pupil here at Thorpe Lea comes with many new expectations and responsibilities but I know each and everyone of you will be able to succeed. Some of this expectations include:
Here is a snapshot of just a few of the fantastic activities and experiences that await us in Year 6 over the next ten months:
Lets make your final year here at Thorpe Lea a truly memorable one!
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.
HOLLY LODGE CENTRE RICHMOND PARK
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
Richmond Park is the location for our first educational outing of the year. Travelling by minibus, the pupils will attend the Holly Lodge activities centre where they will enter their famous nature trail and take part in pond dipping, classifying and recording data. Once completed, we will then spend several hours in the beautiful park, enjoying our lunches amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in London.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Thursday, 21st March 2018
As part of our Tudor Topic, the children will travel to visit the most iconic of historic buildings...Hampton Court Palace! Whilst stepping through the magnificent rooms and corridors, look out for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn who are said to roam the hallways. And keep your fingers crossed that you are able to navigate your way through the maze in time to make the bus back home!
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!
We kick start our year in Year 6 by looking at Ancient Greece. Over the next few weeks, we will explore the history and traditions of one of the world's most advanced and leading civilisations and look at the lasting legacy they left the modern world.
Some of the key questions we will discuss include:
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.
All homework is expected to be completed to the same standard as classwork - poor presentation and effort will be not be accepted here at Thorpe Lea.
CHALLENGE BY CHOICE
As the title suggests, these activities can be completed out of choice! Every week I will suggest an activity to take part in with family and friends. I appreciate that there might not time available to complete the activities each week but they are designed to encourage the children to get creative, go outside or interact with others and I strongly encourage you to participate where possible!
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!
As well as the two tasks above, your child will also be provided with one or more of the following topics each week.
LITERACY AND SPELLINGS
Your child will be provided with a spelling rule on a Thursday and a list of words connected with this rule. Each morning we will practice the spellings before holding a test on Thursday morning. These words will taken predominantly from the Year 5 and 6 spelling word list which can be found in the National Curriculum.
Pupils are asked to practice their times tables on a short, daily routine. They will usually have a times tables test on Monday; however their knowledge of their number facts greatly improves their daily performance in numeracy.
A piece maths homework will be provided on a bi-weekly basis (on rotation with literacy) 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.
The school have implemented a new scheme in the classroom based on the concept of philosophy. Children are encouraged to share ideas, opinions and verbalise their thoughts in response to questions and topics created by the children themselves. The topics are wide ranging but allow the children the opportunity to think before responding. Should P4C be included in the homework, please try to spend a little time with your child discussing the chosen subject and encouraging them to articulate their thoughts and opinions.
Please note with SATs approaching later in the school year, additional homework will be given to help pupils prepare thoroughly. Should you wish for your child to have additional homework to help consolidate their learning, please come and speak with me.
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