Welcome to Sycamore Class!
Your teacher is Mr Denny and Teaching Assistant is Miss Wilshaw.
You can find information on the curriculum that we will be following this year throughout this page.
What happens in Year 6?
Year 6 is an important year when the children undertake roles and responsibilities throughout the school. Some children are chosen to be monitors. Within this role, they help with and organise different events. As secondary school is approaching, we encourage the pupils to be more self-reliant and self-sufficient. They need to start to take more responsibility for their own learning and progress.
Because of the snow days away from school we have, unfortunately, missed out on some valuable SATs revision. Before next week, I wondered if all of Sycamore could try the following the practice their tests skills:
SATs 2017 website (https://sats2017.uk/). I have asked for membership for this site which hasn’t come through yet. In the meantime, children can go on this website and have a go at the mini tests. I would like all children to try:
Each quiz will take no longer than ten minutes. Once they have completed the test, they will get a score. Could they please take a screen shot of their score and send it into school via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t know how to take a screen shot there are instructions on this website: https://www.take-a-screenshot.org/
When sending in the screenshot, please save with the child’s name e.g. fredblogs-eng.jpg
We have just started a topic on Charles Darwin. We’ve looked at his visit to the Galapagos Island which was instrumental with his theory of Evolution. Children can have a closer look at the wildlife on https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/countries/ng-kids-heads-to-the-galapagos-islands/#!/register
They can pick on of the animals shown here (or research for another animal but it must come from the Galapagos Islands) to create an animal fact file. A blank template can be found just below here.
The children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes at least three times a week. This is to be recorded in their Reading Record Diaries and signed by a parent or carer.The teacher will look at evidence for this every week and children are awarded a prize for making this achievement. Ideally children should read every night and at least once during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and sometimes during holiday periods.
If a child finishes the Accelerated Reading Scheme book then they should continue to read (any book) for the remaining time up to 15 minutes. Children will complete the reading comprehension test when they have finished the book. Children have opportunities to replace Accelerated Reading books every day from Tuesday to Friday. Library books are changed on Wednesdays.
We place a lot of emphasis on reading and find that this system helps to develop good reading habits. It is also important that children develop reading stamina which will help them with their SATs tests in May
The children are given English and Maths homework assignments every week. English and Maths homework is set on a Thursday or Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. Spellings are given out when appropriate and the children are tested on a selected day determined by their group teacher. Mr Denny expect the children to complete this work; otherwise they may be kept in for a lunchtime session to finish it. Periodically, the children will be given project homework tasks, which are linked to our Topic. Teachers in Year 6 may also allow pupils to take home books at the weekend to complete unfinished work. It is crucial that these books are returned to school on the next Monday.
It is essential that the children realise the importance of doing their homework. It is good training for Year 7 in Secondary School.
Your child has been registered on the MyMaths website. This will be the place we will be setting and completing homework from now onwards. MyMaths should help them to structure your child's maths work and enable you to see how they are progressing. The following information will help you support your child in accessing and using MyMaths.
How to access MyMaths
Go to www.mymaths.co.uk and login at the top of the page with the school's username and password. On the next page your child should enter their personal username and password in the My Portal box. MyMaths will then remember who they are and automatically log them in to the tasks.
The school username is: southtown
The school password is: tangent158
Children have been given their own personal username and password. They should have written this down in their Reading Record Books
If your child has been set a task by their teacher it will appear in the Homework area. There is a link to the lesson if they want to revise first, and a link to the homework itself. When your child completes both pages of an Online Homework the scores will be saved to the database. Their teacher will be able to see how well they did and leave feedback.
If you want to work with your child, an effective strategy is to pretend that you have forgotten how to do something and ask them to show you how. Putting your child in the position of “teacher” is good for their confidence and gets them to talk about their thinking.
If you have any questions on using MyMaths at home, visit our dedicated support site.You can access this at any time by clicking Help at the top of the screen.
Having trouble accessing MyMaths?
If no links are working, it may be that you have a Pop Up Blocker.You will need to allow MyMaths to use Pop Ups and we suggest that you add www.mymaths.co.uk to your list of trusted sites.
If you are having trouble accessing content, it may be that you need to activate Flash in your browser.You can find more information on this in the technical section of our support site by clicking Help at the top of the screen after you've logged in.