How to help your Year Six child

Children will be asked to learn between 10 and 20 words each week. A spelling list will be sent out on a Friday with a test the following Friday. These will come home in their planners but will also be published on the school website should they become lost for some reason. Please make sure children know the meaning of all the words and how to use them in a sentence. Dictating sentences using the week’s spellings and incorporating others from previous lists can be a useful way of keeping certain letter patterns or particularly tricky words uppermost in their minds.

This year it is our aim to infect all the children with the ‘reading bug’ if they have not already caught it! You can support your child in their reading, by asking about their book, visiting the library, buying books with them from the reading lists we will provide and even reading some of them yourself! There is a good selection of books in Mrs Venables’ room which the children can borrow at any time. Many children still enjoy being read to and would benefit greatly from opportunities to read aloud. This not only has an impact on their writing but also develops their confidence when speaking in front of an audience.

Apart from curriculum activities and established links that already form part of a transition programme, the whole of Year 6 is geared towards preparing the children for the move to secondary school.

The children have planners to help them organise their timetables. If you could look at these from time to time and encourage their use, it would be much appreciated as many secondary schools advocate them and it would be good to get a head start.

As a general rule we ask that you allow your child to work for approximately 30 minutes per evening on their main subject and also a short tables and spelling practice at a convenient time. We try to set work that the pupil can tackle more or less independently but your support and encouragement will be an invaluable boost to your child’s confidence and can also help you to stay in touch with their progress.