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8th September 2017

                                                                                                                                                               

Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome to the new school year –  I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Summer.  We are now moving into your child’s final year at Delph School, even though it probably only seems a short while since they first started in Reception class!  During the year, the class will benefit from extra input from Miss Toal, who is joining us through the Schools Direct teacher training programme.

Our topic for the first half-term will be Ancient Maya, followed by Battle of Britain for the second half of the term. We will try to tie as much of our learning as possible to these topics, including Art, D and T, Music.  Our English will include mystery stories and poetry, along with plenty of grammar and punctuation!  We will focus primarily on calculation skills in Maths, so please keep practising at home (keep working on those times tables!).  Once a week we will have Tuesday Challenge, a problem-solving session in which Year 5 and 6 pupils will work together.  As ever, any time spent on practising English and Maths skills at home is very valuable – thank you for your support with this.

Home Learning will normally be set on Thursdays, for return to me by the following Monday.  If you encourage your child to have a quick look at any tasks on Thursday night, then he/she can speak to me on Friday if there is any aspect of the Home Learning that needs more explanation -  this does not mean that I expect it to be completed on Thursday evenings!  Spellings will normally be set on Wednesdays, for testing on the following Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to learn these, by reading them, copying them out, writing them in sentences, or anything else that helps!  The Spelling Bee activities will also continue this year.  Reading groups and days will be set in the next couple of weeks.  Even at Year 6, your child will benefit greatly from spending reading time with you and having some support to make sure that Home Learning is completed to the expected standard.  Thank you.

P.E. lessons will initially be on Mondays, for which indoor kit of plain white T-shirt and blue shorts will be needed.  Games lessons will be on Tuesdays – as we move into winter months, please ensure your child has tracksuit bottoms and a jumper or fleece.  Spare socks and a carrier bag for wet clothes would also be useful, as we tend to go out in all weathers!  For the first half of this term, the class will be swimming on Friday mornings – please ensure that the appropriate swimming kit is provided.

Attached to this class letter are two letters (one about food allergies, the other about local walks).  Please return the slips at the bottom of these letters to me as soon as possible.  Thank you.

As has been the case for the last few years, we are using planners with Year 6 – these are a simpler version of those commonly used by secondary schools so will help to prepare pupils for this transition.  Please use the planner for messages and encourage your child to bring it to school every day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to me at the start or end of the school day.  Mrs. Leigh is also available to discuss any issues or queries.   I’m sure that we will have a very productive year and I am looking forward to working with you to make your child’s last year at Delph a positive experience.

Best wishes,

R. F. Massey

Year 6 Teacher / Deputy Headteacher

 

 

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Year 6 visit the Science Centre in Oldham.

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In Year 6 we are building our learning skills by buiding persistence, resilience and the ability to help ourselves when we encounter difficulties.  On the Help Wall, we can find all sorts of resources that can support us with Maths and English learning challenges.