Your child will have come home with their homework folder today which is due back in school on Tuesday morning. Inside they will find their double-sided Maths sheet and their logins for both Active Learn and Times Tables Rockstars. I have also allocated two games for the children to play on Active Learn to help consolidate subtracting decimals (6.5.5 Driving Test 5 and Cloud Clash 6.5b). Please note that the Active Learn task will only work on a desk top or laptop computer and not a tablet. Do not worry if your child is not able to do this extra activity.
Each week, the children need to learn their weekly spellings and pick an activity from the homework grid. Both of these are uploaded on our class page below.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
There are lots of fun and engaging games on Active Learn which your child can access throughout the week to consolidate their Maths learning this term and to revise our learning from Year 5. They can also continue to revise their times tables and build up their fluency on Times Tables Rock Stars. Both of their logins are on the inside of their homework folder.
Active Learn: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0
Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/
Have a look at the Oxford Owl web link for free e-books and lots of book suggestions and tips for reluctant readers:
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Welcome to Year 6! It is a really exciting time for the Hawk Owls as we reunite in school and begin their final year together at Great Milton. I hope you have all had a wonderful break over the summer holidays and you had lots of fun with your friends and family.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your very generous and thoughtful gifts and cards at the end of last year. I was unable to thank all of you at the time but please know how grateful I am for your kindness and support.
This term, we are starting our year with the thrilling topic ‘Scream Machine!’ which is based around theme parks and will inspire fun learning across the curriculum. Hawk Owls are sharing their learning journey with the Eagle Owls! If you would like some more information about which objectives we are covering this term, then please see the Topic Web I have uploaded on our class page.
Both indoor and outdoor PE will be taught by Mr Sykes on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has fully named PE kit as we are unable to store unnamed lost property. All children should come into school wearing their indoor PE kit for the first session on Tuesday and will need their cold weather PE kit (e.g. outdoor trainers, a jumper, light waterproof and longer tracksuit bottoms) ready for the second session outside after break time. At lunchtimes, we will be on the field so don’t forget to bring a change of outdoor trainers or wellington boots!
We are continuing to use individual equipment packs in Hawk Owls to encourage the children to take responsibility for the equipment they use. If your child would like to bring some extra pieces of stationary from home which will help them with their learning then they may do so and keep it in their packs. Please remind them that they will need to keep their equipment in school to avoid bringing it back and forth.
As a class, we are looking forward to immersing ourselves in our new whole class reading programme which we are running alongside Eagle Owls. We are asking parents to help support this by purchasing a copy of the wonderful 'Brightstorm: A Sky Ship Adventure' by Vashti Hardy, currently £5.94 on Amazon. We hope that this exciting new novel will spark the imagination of the Year 5 and 6 children and produce some fantastic writing. If you could help us by buying a copy we would be extremely grateful. Children can of course take this book home to keep once we have finished reading it in class.
As we start another year together we also have the excitement of starting in a new classroom which means lots of new books! Please encourage your children to enjoy borrowing reading books from our fantastic reading corner – there is such a range of books to enjoy in Year 6! They are more than welcome to borrow one book at a time from our selection of books to enjoy at home. We have a signing out book which they can fill in to help us keep track of our books. They are also welcome to bring in their own books from home with their names in the front which would need to remain in their drawer in school for the time being.
This year, we are trialling a new way of setting our homework which is much kinder to our environment! A homework grid, Maths sheet and spelling list will be available for you to access on our class page. Each week, you are expected to pick a task from the creative grid, learn your spellings and complete the Maths sheet to help consolidate your learning in the classroom. Please bring your homework into school on Tuesday so we can celebrate it in class. The spelling lists are dated by the end of each week so you can learn them at home before we focus on them in school during the following week. Remember, if you are finding your Maths work really tricky then ask an adult in class to explain it or help you. Some of the tasks in the homework grid may take longer or shorter amounts of time so do pick what works for you that week whilst also keeping a balance throughout the year. Your homework last year was amazing and I am really looking forward to seeing it each week! I will be setting our first piece of homework in Year 6 on Friday 12th September.
I will be opening the outer classroom door to the Hawks Owls at 8:50am and their pick up time is 3.30pm at the same place.
I look forward to starting our new year together as a whole class and welcoming your smiling faces!
Stay safe at home. Remember, there is always someone to listen if you do not feel safe. Follow this link to the Childline website:
Useful Websites and Resources
Below is a list of recommended websites and resources for continuing learning at home.
BBC Bite Size
This web site has opportunities to revise key areas of English and Maths and learn across the curriculum.
Key Stage 2 Literacy
A good web site for revising spelling patterns, grammar and punctuation.
Practice KS2 SATs questions for English, Maths and Science.
Free SATs revision resources.
Online quizzes linked to subjects and topics across the curriculum, including Ancient Greece.