Aims and Expectations
- Indoor P.E. sessions for Fortitude class are Mondays and for Mastery class on Wednesdays. Outdoor P.E. is on Thursdays for the non-swimming class. All children must wear a full PE kit to school on these days.
- Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
- Children must read at home every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. Reading should be recorded in planners which should be brought in every day. These will be checked by a member of staff on a daily basis.
- Topic homework will be set half-termly (during the Autumn term). This will be project-based and will link to the current topic being studied in school.
- Maths, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation homework will be set weekly (from Spring term on-wards). Children will be given this each Friday and must bring it back the following Friday where they will self-mark and will be given the opportunity to clarify any misconceptions.
Reading & Writing
- English work is based on the Power of Reading scheme whereby core texts are selected and studied to allow an in depth study of the themes and language as well as plot and character. Reading skills are covered in whole class reading sessions using the core text as well as other text extracts linked to the theme including poetry, non-fiction and songs. Where possible, texts are chosen to link to the topics being studied, for example The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell (Rainforest topic), Letters from the Lighthouse, by Emma Carroll (World War 2 topic).
- Writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as coverage of spelling are taught using the core text as a stimulus where possible. Each unit of teaching leads to the purposeful application of key literacy skills within a wide range of different types of written outcomes such as newspaper reports, diary entries and narrative. Children are taught how to edit their own writing independently and are expected to show improvements using a green pen. Published writing is celebrated by being displayed in the classroom, corridor and school writing gallery.
- Over the course of the year children will be expected to: use formal and informal language appropriately in their writing; link ideas across paragraphs with a range of cohesive devices; use semi-colons, colons and dashes accurately; be able to change their writing to fit the audience and purpose; plan and write pieces using ideas from what they have read before; use different techniques to help their writing flow; edit their own writing to ensure they have used the correct tense, spelling and punctuation throughout; give feedback to others on their writing.
- We follow the White Rose Scheme for Maths. This is a mastery approach whereby topics are covered in depth to allow for depth of understanding and application of reasoning and problem-solving. Each area of maths will be explored using the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract). Children have the opportunity to explore mathematical concepts using practical resources such as Dienes and place value counters. They are then encouraged to show their understanding using pictures or diagrams such as bar models. Finally, children are expected to use the formal written methods for arithmetic calculations (such as long multiplication and long division).
- From September, children complete a weekly arithmetic test on a Friday. As the year progresses, children see these scores increase as their knowledge and efficiency improve.
- Children are expected to know all of their times tables (up to 12x12) by the time they reach year 6. Time will be given to revising times tables and children should be practising at home using Times Tables Rockstars on a regular basis.
- Key Year 6 maths objects include: using numbers up to ten million; using formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; compare, order, simplify, multiply and divide fractions by whole numbers; multiply and divide decimal numbers with up to 2 decimal places; convert between units of measurement, including mass, capacity and length; calculate volume of cubes and cuboids; draw, describe, compare and classify 2D shapes; know the parts of a circle; find missing angles; use all four quadrants on a coordinates grid; use algebraic expressions.
- All children must come to school wearing the correct uniform. This consists of grey trousers, grey or navy skirt or pinafore, white shirt or polo shirt and navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan. These can be plain or with the school logo. Black school shoes should be worn.
- Please put your child's name on everything that they wear or bring in to school.
- Please ensure that your child brings in their swimming kit on swimming days.
- Children should have a named art apron in school during term times. They will be asked to wear it when they do art activities.
- All children must have a water bottle in school. No juice please.
- Children should be encouraged to read regularly. Parents/carers should foster their love of reading by regularly listening to children reading aloud. Parents/carers should enhance their reading by asking questions and discussing what they have read to promote their understanding and enjoyment.
- Help and encourage your child to learn their weekly spellings and to understand the spelling rule. Test your child by encouraging them to use these spellings in the context of other writing ie. letters, diary etc.
- Children must hand their homework into school on the day it is due. All homework should be neatly presented, completed to a high standard and handed in on time.
- Support your children in their various homework projects by talking to them about their work, visiting the library, helping to pick out relevant information from computer printouts. Encourage neat presentation of work in pen, using joined up writing.
- Parents/carers should check in with what their children are learning in school and ask them to explain vocabulary/methods in maths/ grammar terms to keep them learning at all times.
- School diaries should be brought into school every day.
- Pencil cases are allowed but children must be aware that these are their responsibility.
- Reading books from school are allowed to go home as long as they are regularly brought back in.
Term Plans & Yearly Overview
If you would like to continue the development of your child’s learning. Please use the suggested resources below:
Your child’s School Diary is regularly updated with information regarding your child’s education, home work as well as information regarding the school. Remember to regularly check your School Diary to ensure that you receive all relevant communications from Hook Lane.
At Hook Lane we also use the My Child At School to regularly update our parents and carers on information regarding the school. To find out more about this platform please contact the school office.
Year 6 teachers are also contactable during school drop-off and pick-up times, but if you do have a pressing concern, please do contact us via the school office and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.