Welcome to Y6

We’d like to offer you a warm welcome to Year 6. Our class names are named after three beautiful locations in the Peak District: Edale, Padley and Stanage.

Throughout this important year, we aim to equip the children with the skills, confidence and positive attitudes that will support them to make a smooth transition to secondary school. We will be encouraging the children to develop their independence, challenge themselves and be in charge of their own learning with the support of teachers.

Part of our school moto is ‘Happy Children, Happy School’. We aim to ensure our children are happy in order for them to learn and to reach their full potential.

Children receive their homework every Friday via Google Classroom and we ask for it to be returned the following Wednesday. Most of the homework will be linked to learning in class. There may be mini projects which could last over a couple weeks.

On occasions, spelling lists will be given out to learn based around a spelling rule. The children will have been introduced to these words in class before they are sent home (unless the task is to discover the rule).  We ask that the children put some time into practising these spellings throughout the week. They will also be required to practise the government’s statutory Year 5/6 spelling list at home regularly.

Reading is an ongoing expectation and, even though they are now Year 6, we still encourage regular reading with a parent. ‘Reciprocal Reading’ is a strategy we will be using in class and we would like to see this being used at home. It follows four stages: Predict, Clarify, Question and Summarise. All the children will be part of ‘Book Club’ where they read and discuss texts together. We want the children to enjoy and value reading and we will read to them too.

Please encourage your child to practise their times tables up to 12×12 as often as possible as the maths curriculum is heavily dependent on these to solve more complex calculations, including fractions.

Indoor P.E is on a Tuesday for most of the year and Outdoor PE is on a Friday afternoon. Please can your child arrive at school in their PE kit.

Our residential is to Hawkshead in the Lake District. This is a 4 day/3 night experience. The children have plenty of time to socialise within the grounds of Hawkshead Youth Hostel. It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to mix with those from other classes whilst partaking in challenging yet enjoyable activities, such as canoeing, raft-building, orienteering and a hike up Latterbarrow.

There will be a meeting in the Autumn Term to provide further details.

Other trips and experiences will be organised throughout the year. Please see the ‘Parent Calendar’ for dates and times.

End of KS2 assessments
A meeting will be held in the Autumn Term to explain the administration of these statutory tests.

During school time, your child may be involved in intervention sessions when necessary in order to support and extend learning. These are held for a variety of children of all levels of ability and are aimed at encouraging and supporting your child in a positive learning environment. All of this will be explained in more detail at the meeting.

 End of Year Production 
In July, at the end of Year 6, all children usually take part in a production in an actual theatre. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to showcase their acting, singing and dancing skills. It’s an amazing celebration to mark the end of the year and creates unforgettable memories.

This year, the production will take place in the Montgomery Theatre.

Most importantly, we very much look forward to getting to know and working with you and your child. If you have any worries, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher either by email  enquiries@ecclesall.sheffield.sch.uk or phone.

Kind regards,

The Y6 team