Dear Parents / Carers,
The new school year is here and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new classes; we hope you had a great summer and are well rested.
This is a crucial year for your children and we expect them to be punctual, focused and hard-working so that we can all help them achieve their full potential. We look to Year 5 and 6 to set an excellent example for the entire school and we are sure they will rise to the challenges that are put before them.
As we wrote to you before the holidays, there are two important meetings next week for Year 6:
Tuesday 7th September 4pm – Welcome to Year 6
The class teachers and Mr Hudd, Assistant Head responsible for Year 6, will explain what will be happening in school to support your child, how you can help and work together, what to expect, key information and so on.
The meeting will be held on Zoom, you can join by clicking this link:
Meeting ID: 846 0920 2197
Thursday 9th September 6pm – Secondary Transfer
Mr Hudd will give a presentation on the secondary transfer process; how it works, what to do and what to avoid as well as how we will be helping your children and yourselves with these important decisions.
The meeting will be held on Zoom, you can join by clicking this link:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 3664 2899
If you can’t make it, there is a recording from last year on the school website which will be updated next week: https://www.belleville-school.org.uk/our-school/secondary-transfer/
This half-term, we will be studying some powerful and inspiring texts. Using Lori and Max (by award-winning author Catherine O'Flynn) - a gripping detective novel with a strong sense of social conscience - children will write diary entries, a persuasive letter seeking to reverse an injustice and a book review; each class will also produce an evidence wall to aid their prediction skills. Inspiration for writing poetry will then be provided by Karl Nova's award-winning collection of poems, Rhythm and Poetry; Nova's positive and empowering work should inspire rich discussion and excellent writing.
To start the year, we will be developing the children’s mental agility with number and problem solving. They will also be focusing on place value and numbers to 10 million, extending written methods of multiplication and division and finding common factors of numbers.
Science – Evolution and Inheritance
Children will use their investigation and observation skills to look at the similarities and differences within families, as well as how some characteristics are inherited and some are created by the environment. This will lead children into investigating natural selection and evolution, including the opportunity to make their own fossil.
History – How did the Second World War change Britain?
Starting with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s speech declaring war, children will immerse themselves in the history of the Second World War, exploring how it started, key events and the impact the war had on our community (including a local walk to see the effects of the war). This unit will continue in the second half of Autumn term.
RE - What is Judaism?
Children will explore the important elements of belonging to the Jewish faith, including finding out about key festivals.
PSCHE – Understanding Our Feelings
Over the whole term, children will learn to reflect and develop their understanding of their own emotions, as well as improving their accuracy in the language they use. We also look forward to weekly circle time when children will reflect upon developing effective relationships with others in their class.
Computing - Sphero
Children will be hands-on programming with our pack of Spheros, writing code to guide these spherical robots around the room. They will be using Python to code with a textual programming language. In our online safety lessons, we will explore what place digital media has in our lives.
This half-term, Year 6 will be exploring body beats: they will learn how to perform simple rhythm pieces (rhythms in 2/4 duple time) and complex rhythm pieces (rhythms 3/6 triple time) using body percussion, beatboxing and percussion instruments.
The rhythms featured this term will come from a diverse range of cultures and include Samba, Afro- Brazilian, Reggae and Latin American rhythms.
Children will be working on movement and agility activities with a focus on muscular endurance and flexibility to help improve their overall fitness and fundamental movement skills. They will be set personal challenges to achieve their personal bests over a period of weeks through HIIT training and circuits.
We will also explore other physical activities such as yoga, mindfulness and athletic-based skills for running and jumping. Children will work independently, with partners and in groups to solve problems, communicate and work creatively.
As last year, children should come to school in their PE kit and do not need to bring their normal uniform to change back into. Please do make sure that they have warm enough clothes for the whole day e.g. some jogging bottoms if they wear shorts for PE.
Pupils will learn to name their extended family members, including being able to say how many siblings they have. Pupils will talk about the household tasks they do and have done. In addition, they will learn to form sentences using “on”/ we (nous).
English (spag.com - fortnightly) and maths (mathletics.com - weekly) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Homework will first be set on the 15th September; a separate letter will be sent home with login details and instructions.
Children will also be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week starting in the week commencing 13th September. They should practise spelling these words at home, using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class in the following week.
Every pupil will be given a new Reading Record and Guided Reading homework will be set from the week commencing 13th September. In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school (in the Wider Reading section). We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their Reading Record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen their reading homework.
Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Some children are given mobile phones to let their parents know they have arrived/left school when they go home alone. All phones should be switched off when they come onto site and given to their teacher at the start of the day.
We strongly recommend that your child has a simple, cheap phone for this as expensive smartphones can unfortunately make them a target for street robberies.
Children should not be bringing smart watches to school for any reason and will be asked to hand these in if they do bring them.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between Home and School
In Year 6, many children already come to school by themselves and this increases over the year as they start to get ready for travelling to secondary school. If you would like your child to walk home alone, please give written permission to your child’s class teacher. At the end of the school day, whether they are collected or going home alone, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please ensure that any home and mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and current.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
Mollie Armes (6A)
Daniel Griffin (6G)
Noemi Suarez (6S)
Adam Wood (6W)