Sycamore is taught by myself, Miss Cleaver, and assisted by Mrs Fairchild. On Wednesday afternoons, Mrs King, Mr Ward and Miss Dack will take the class for Outdoor Learning, PE and French. On Thursday mornings, Mr Marsden will take the class for keyboards.
This year will be slightly different to any other, however it remains that by the end of Key Stage 2, we expect and promote children to be taking responsibility for organising themselves and becoming increasingly independent. Each day pupils will be expected to have a water bottle and weather appropriate clothing for break-times (coat, wellies, etc). On days which we have PE or Outdoor Learning, pupils will need to arrive in their kit which they will remain in for the day. For Autumn term, PE will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pupils have their own school pencil case containing the equipment they need.
During the mornings, we will focus on our foundation subjects which include maths, whole class guided reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and writing. On Thursday mornings, Sycamore class have a keyboard lesson. During the afternoons, we will spend time exploring the foundation subjects through our big questions. Each big question will have a knowledge organiser, which we will use in class to support our learning. As Year 6's, the children have lots of responsibilities to undertake including: office duty, student leadership roles and being a top buddy. There is never a dull moment!
As a school, we are adjusting our approach to homework this year. This is explained fully below. In brief, pupils will complete an ongoing half-termly project related to their broader curriculum learning. Meanwhile, they will complete shorter weekly tasks which focus upon a recently taught area in English and Maths.
Your support is invaluable to your child's enjoyment and success at school. That begins with the relationship between your family and myself so please feel that you can come to me if and when you need. We encourage children to continue to enjoy books at home by borrowing from our school library. Children have accounts on Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars, which they can log in to from home. Knowledge organisers will be sent home and made available on the school website at the beginning of each half-term. These will detail the knowledge which we will expect the children to become competent in over the term.
We look forward to a great year ahead,
Miss Cleaver and Mrs Fairchild
This year, we have decided to make some changes to our expectations for homework. We have made these changes in consideration of many factors, which include our desires to: provide opportunities to practice fluency in foundation areas; allow children to explore their interests in a creative manner; and ensure homework is meaningful to children’s progress. We concluded that a mix of our menu-style options and more traditional assignment-style tasks would be the most effective approach going forward. Therefore, these are the new expectations for homework from September:
In Sycamore class, we expect pupils to take responsibility for completing and returning their homework. Personal organisation and time management are important skills to practice prior to their transition to secondary school. The homework we set aims to strike the balance of being challenging whilst remaining a task that pupils can complete independently. We encourage you to engage with your child’s homework so that you have an understanding of their strengths and areas to improve on.
We hope that this new format will be welcomed by families and benefit our children’s learning. If your child needs inspiration or encouragement for their assignments or project, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Class Dojo.