At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.
Things to know about Year Six
Year Group Organisation
The teachers in Year Six are Mrs Mars & Mrs Zillwood (Cedar Class) and Mr Senior (Birch Class). We are joined by Mrs Barclay in Birch, and Mrs Simons in Cedar. For the beginning part of the year, at least, the children will be taught in their home classes for all subjects.
Throughout the year there will also be ‘target groups’ for reading, writing and maths. These will take place during school time and will be led by members of the Year Six team or other members of staff. They will focus on making sure children of all abilities make the best possible progress during their time in Year Six.
Communication between home and school
- The best way to get in touch with your child’s teacher this year will be by email. Due to government guidance around social distancing, it is unlikely that we will be able to meet with you on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis before or after school.
- If you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, we will be able to phone home on request. If you need to see your child’s class teacher in person, we will be able to arrange appointments at mutually convenient times.
- There will be formal parents’ evenings in October and March.
- In February, you will receive a mid-year report for your child which sets out strengths and targets for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.
- In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.
Expectations of the Year Group
As the children move into Year Six, there will be expectations of increased independence. Our expectations of children’s work and behaviour will remain very high in order to ensure that children reach their full potential.
We will expect children to arrive in school with the equipment that they need on the correct days, and to complete tasks set for them at home. Each morning, time will be dedicated to address any misconceptions in our work from the day before. We have arranged our timetable in a way which will follow the same basic structure each week so children should always know what to expect.
This year, we ask that children do not bring their own pencil cases to school. We will provide all their necessary equipment.
Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday this year. Our swimming lessons are scheduled to be a Friday, though we will not be swimming at the beginning of the year; we will use this session for an additional PE slot.
We would ask that children come to school on Tuesday and Friday in their PE kit so that they do not need to change in school. We will do PE outside whenever possible, so please ensure children are dressed warmly enough and wearing appropriate shoes.
Year Six will be expected to have a reading book in school every day: we will be keeping a library book in the classroom for this purpose.
Homework will be set on Thursdays and we will expect it to be completed by the following Tuesday. This year, we will be setting homework via Google Classroom as much as possible to avoid books travelling unnecessarily between home and school. This will be a new system for us, so please bear with us as we get used to it!
Maths homework will be given out weekly and will comprise of two parts. Children will be given a set of arithmetic questions which will follow a similar format each week, enabling children to practise their key skills. There will also be some questions to consolidate work they have done in class.
In addition to this, the children will be expected to use the Times Table Rockstars app or website each week to practice their times tables. Their log-in information will be provided again.
Reading is our top homework priority at BWJS – it is the thing that makes the biggest difference to children’s progress across the curriculum. Children should be reading at home, ideally every day. Each fortnight, children will be set a task to do which will be based on a book which they have been reading. We will provide a template for this wherever appropriate. These tasks will be shared with other children in the class, and children will be expected to be able to talk about them.
Occasionally, we may suggest additional topic-based homework which children may choose to complete, but there will be no obligation for children to take part in these.
We follow a spelling curriculum at school, and we spend plenty of time learning new spellings. We will not be sending spellings home on a regular basis, but we will provide copies of the word lists children are working on so they can have access them at home.
Pupils in Year Six who do not complete their homework on time will be expected to complete it during a break time.