Welcome to 6SL – Charles Darwin
(Year 6 Mr Lawrence)
The adults who work in our class are Mr Lawrence, Miss Corden and Miss Imran.
A word from 6SL
In Year 6, we work hard as a family to support one another in both learning and our friendships, giving the best atmosphere for learning and development in the classroom. We have already been learning about a range of topics within our lessons, from electricity, the human body, and plants in Science, to World War One and North America in History and Geography. We thrive on our ability to work together and support one another, but also value the need for working independently. With Miss Imran supporting our children in class, and Miss Corden covering the lessons at times, the children really are given the best opportunities to progress and learn many new skills.
“I really like being at Atlas. We are a very multicultural school and we accept people who who they are, regardless of race, skin colour and ethnicity. The lessons are fun; I really like science, but I do like all the other lessons too.” – Lexi
“ We are a diverse school who are always willing to take people into our class and make them feel welcome. If you are shy, we have lots of children in the class who are happy to help make you feel more confident and and at home when we are learning.” – Keitu
“ I always feel like if I ever need help with anything, the teachers are there to support me. I remember struggling in a maths lesson, so Mr Lawrence helped me and then gave me some extra help after the lesson. This why I like being in Year 6.” – Ala
Come and talk to us!
We will always try and answer any questions you have about your child’s progress or any questions/concerns you may have. We may ask you to come and see us before or after school as it is not always possible to speak to you when the children are all entering/exiting together. We hold Parent Meetings termly and encourage you to attend these so we can discuss your child together.
Drinks & Snacks
Please bring a bottle of water to school. It is important they stay hydrated throughout the day. Fruit or vegetable snacks can be brought in. Please do not bring in other foods. Sweets are not allowed.
Please send your child to school in the correct uniform. PE kits should be brought to school on Wednesday & Friday. PE kit is as follows: white t-shirt, black shorts/leggings, black pumps (indoor), black tracksuit, and trainers (outdoor).
All children can access a school meal, please speak to the school office. Your child may be entitled to free school meals – please speak to Miss Crookes in the school office if you get any of the required criteria: click here.
We want all children to have love of reading. Part of this requires the children to be able to read fluently, so it is really important that you listen to your child read every day. Their home Reading Record will be monitored by an adult on a regular basis and the children will be able to change their books once a week, during class based reading sessions.
After your child has read a short section, it is helpful for you to ask them some questions to check their understanding of what they have read. For example: what did Jack do when the door opened? How do you think he felt at that moment? Which word tells you he felt that way? What do you think might happen next?
Your child needs to make sure they have their reading book and reading record in school every day.
This year, each class will have a set of books that the children will be encouraged to read and then complete activities on. The books have been carefully chosen for their vocabulary and themes. We will be encouraging the children to read as many of these as they can as we feel these books will further develop their love of reading.
Year 6 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs)
Pupils in Year 6 take end of key stage tests in English (reading; spelling, punctuation and grammar) and mathematics. This is a statutory requirement and it checks the progress children have made between key stage one and the end of their primary education, and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data. You can help by making sure they attend school regularly and read every day. Knowing their multiplication/division facts is also important so continuing to practise these at home after Y4 is worthwhile.
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Research shows that homework has little impact on learning and progress for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. Our expectations reflect this. Your child will be busy learning at school so it is important they relax and spend time with their family when they come home. Family activities such as baking, cooking, playing games and talking to your child are just as important as some of the traditional homework tasks you might expect. Go for walks; visit the free museums and parks; play musical instruments; read or tell stories together. However, we do ask that you:
- read with your child every day. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
- learn spelling patterns linked to Year Group expectations. These spellings are sent through ClassDojo and should be practised at home.
- practise multiplication and division facts to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars! and see if you can be the quickest in school!
If you are lucky to speak an additional language, please continue to use this in your home with your child. If your child is fluent in their home language, they are more likely to find learning English easier. Be proud of your home language!