Hello and welcome back to another busy term in Eagles Class. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and on behalf of myself and Miss Ryan, wish you all a happy new year.
There is no getting around it, for the next few months the children in Year 6 will have to really get their heads down and work hard. The staff in Eagles Class will endeavour to make the build-up to the SATs tests (mid May) as fun, interesting and rewarding as possible but the children will need to do their bit too. Having taught most of them for nearly a year and a half now, I am confident that most are in a good place academically but many will need to ensure they have a focused couple of terms, consolidating learning and furthering skills at home as well as in the classroom. SATs booster classes will begin after school on Mondays and Tuesdays in Reading and Maths and I will also be inviting some parents in for special parent/child sessions later in January and February (look out for these in your Parent Mail.) Between now and May, mornings in general will be spent looking at past papers and practise questions in Maths, Reading and SPaG. We will also continue to fill those Extended Writing books with quality stuff – final drafts providing evidence that they have met the key Year 6 standards and curriculum objectives by the summer. This term we will be working on a few shorter pieces with a focus on creative writing.
We also have a very interesting topic to get stuck into this term: ‘Popular Culture of the 1990s’. (Yes, can you believe that this era is actually being taught as history? Does this make you feel old? It certainly does me!) Children will be looking at news and politics, music, the development of technology, sporting events and individuals, toys, film and television from the 1990s. Children will be writing a report comparing some of these categories to their lives today. Has the internet changed the way we live? Are the computer games better now or have they gone too far? Was New Labour a good or bad thing compared to our current government? And the burning question…what happened to the brilliance of Manchester United? So prepare to go back to the decade of the Tamagotchi, the introduction of CGI, Sky TV and Britpop!
The Daily Mile will recommence this term (it took a bit of a hit due to the KS2 Christmas production) and will be compulsory on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Children must ensure they have suitable running shoes in school on those days please. PE will remain on a Monday afternoon but I would ask that children have indoor and outdoor kit for lessons to be ready for every eventuality.
As usual, you are welcome to pop into Eagles classroom on a Friday morning between 8.30am and 9am. It’s so important for the children to feel proud while showing you what they have learned/produced throughout the week. It is also a great opportunity for you to keep an eye on what is being taught and liaise with me about their learning.
I look forward to seeing the children back and refreshed on the 7th January.