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Year 6                                   Mr Morton                          Advent 1

Year 6 Class Newsletter

Knowledge Organiser Advent 1

Year 6 Word List

Year 6 Knowledge Light Map

Year 6 Topic Web Advent 1

Year 6 Writing Standards

Year 6 Writing Standards

Year 6 Homework 20.09.2019

 

Year 6 is the last year of Key Stage 2.

The school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm.

Teacher

Class Teacher: Mr Morton

Class Teaching Assistants: Mrs Pilgrim and Mrs Wild

Welcome to Advent Term 2019.

Our Year 6 Advent Term newsletter will be sent home at the beginning of term and gives useful information about this term.  Our Year 6 Advent Term topic web and Knowledge Map outline what we are covering this term and will be sent home at the beginning of term.

Please find the link to these documents below.

Dates and News 

Please see the diary dates tab on the website.

P.E.

Year 6 children have two PE sessions each week. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit to suit all weathers, including indoor and outdoor footwear.

PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday for the duration of Pentecost 1.

Please visit our policy page to read our uniform policy.

Homework 

Homework is handed out every week on a Friday. Homework is expected to be handed in the following Wednesday. Please see the attachment for this week’s homework task.

Reading

See our English page for Reading updates.

See our library page for recommended reading lists.

Spellings

Spellings are given out weekly and tested in school on a Friday. These spellings may be have a specific focus or may be taken from the Year 5/6 statutory spelling list.

Times Tables

By Year 6, pupils should know their 2x – 12x tables confidently. Please help your child to practise their times tables and corresponding divisions at home to ensure they continue to have quick recall skills.

The School Day

Start of the day

The playground gates open at 8.45am and children may come onto the playground. When the bell goes at 8.55am, children need to line up with their class, ready to be collected by their class teacher.

Break time

Children may bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning break. Milk is available for those who have signed up for it. There is a ‘Snack Shack’ where pupils may purchase a healthy snack if they wish.

Lunch

Children can bring a packed lunch to school or sign up for a hot meal provided by Farm Kitchen. Please contact our school office for more information on how to sign up for school lunches. 

End of the day

The school day finishes at 3.15pm. The teachers bring their class down to the playground to meet parents/carers. Please ensure your child is collected promptly. Children who are not collected on time will be taken to the School Office to wait.

Supporting Your Child At Home

You will find useful information and resources to help support your child at home on our curriculum pages.

Secondary School

We encourage parents and carers to start considering secondary school choices and visiting some schools. Applications need to be made in Year 6 by the 31st October 2019. Some parents find that looking around schools allows them to get a better understanding of what the choices are. All the local secondary schools hold open days/evenings for prospective students and Spalding Grammar and Spalding High schools are able to provide further information about the 11+ tests.

Application arrangements for places in Year 7 are coordinated by Lincolnshire County Council’s admissions team. Parents who live in Lincolnshire should apply online, while parents resident in other areas must apply through their home local authority (LA). Please use the web link below to apply online for your Year 7 place.

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/secondary-school-places/132836.article

In Year 6, we often have visits from Secondary school staff and some of our past pupils who have moved onto our feeder schools. This allows children the opportunity to prepare for being part of Year 6 and becoming Secondary ready.

11+ Examinations

The 11+ is an optional test taken by some Year 6 pupils in primary schools in England. It’s a way of selecting who’s academically suited to attend a grammar school or selective school for Year 7 onwards. It is a parental choice as to whether your child takes part in these exams, therefore any preparation for the tests is the responsibility of the parents.

At Saint Norbert’s, Year 6 children whose parents have signed them up to take part in the 11+ will sit two practice tests in the Pentecost Term on two separate days. These tests are NOT marked but are held securely in school and then sent back to the respective Secondary schools.

The official tests are conducted by and sat at Spalding High School for Girls and Spalding Grammar School for Boys. Prospective pupils to Spalding High School or Spalding Grammar School must sit two 11 Plus exams on two separate dates. These exams are multiple-choice and cover the following:

Verbal Reasoning – this 50-minute test is made-up of 80 questions. Questions are divided into 15 or more sections, with 5 or 6 questions in each section.

Non-Verbal Reasoning – this 40-minute test is made-up of 70 questions and is split into five sections. Questions must be answered one section at a time, with seven minutes allocated for each section. Pupils cannot move onto the next section until they are told to do so. Two of the five sections cover Spatial Reasoning.

Standardised Attainment Tests (SATs)

At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

You will be given your child’s scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved). 

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test. The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard (the figure was initially 85 per cent but has been revised).

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 11 May 2020. 

Monday 11 May 2020

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 12 May 2020

English reading

Wednesday 13 May 2020
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 14 May 2020
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

Parents Meeting Teachers

Parents' Evenings are held in the Advent and Lent terms - a 10 minute appointment with your child's teacher to discuss progress. At other times, please feel free to come and see us if you have any concerns or worries about your child at school. 

For anything further, an appointment can be made to discuss your concerns in more depth.

We want parents to feel welcome in our school. Please see your child’s teacher if you would like to help, for example, by accompanying classes on outings.

Birthdays

St Norbert’s is a 'Healthy School' and, as such, we would prefer not to share sweets, chocolate or cakes brought into the classroom. This includes birthday cakes.

If you wish, you can send in a plate of fruit or donate a book to your child’s class and write a birthday message inside. (It is always best to check the suitability of a particular book, with the class teacher, before you purchase it.)