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21st April 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Welcome back to the Summer Term – your child’s final one at St John’s - and what a busy term it is going to be!

First, SATs are almost upon us and we will be undertaking these during the week beginning Monday 8th May. You will be receiving an additional letter detailing the week, including our Breakfast Club which we encourage all of the children to attend. However, we have 2 ½ weeks before SATs and we will be using this time to complete our revision. We will also have one final practice of some SATs papers during the week of 24th April.

In addition to SATs preparations, we will be continuing our practice walks for the Exmoor Challenge which will be taking place on Saturday 29th April. All the children who have taken part have performed brilliantly, making it very difficult to select final eight for our two teams. Please don’t be too disappointed if your child doesn’t make the final team as we have to take many factors into consideration when making the difficult, final decision. However, every single child in Year 6 will be taking part in the Tiverton Challenge in June which is an event organised by Tiverton High School and involves an eight mile walk around Tiverton. Details will follow closer to the event.

Another event which we are all looking forward to is the Year 6 Residential to Rocks & Rapids, departing on Monday 22nd May and returning on Friday 26th May. Details of any monies owing along with an outline of the week and a kit list will be sent out again in the near future so keep an eye out for these.

 

Finally, during this term, the children will be involved in many transition activities organised by Tiverton High School, culminating in a three day period being spent at the school where the children will experience a Sport for All Day, workshops and a sample timetabled day. If your child is not going to Tiverton High School next year, they will obviously not be attending these ‘taster days’ and alternative arrangements will be made for them. They will, of course, be involved in transition visits to their new schools and details of these will be sent directly to you from their school.

Since it is such a busy time, I would like to encourage everyone to sign up for our DoJo communication system. Many parents have already done so and it provides a really quick and easy way for us to keep in touch with each other. If you would like to join, please let me know and I’ll generate an invite with all the necessary details. In the meantime, I can, of course, be contacted through normal school email on cpaton@tiverton-st-johns-primary.devon.sch.uk. I look forward to us all working together to make this final term at St John’s your child’s most memorable yet!

 

Kind Regards

 

C M Paton

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 31st March

 

Dear Year 6 and parents,

We are in the final stages of SATs preparation – the end is nigh! Whilst I really want you to have a really great break because it is SO important that you do actually relax and have a bit of fun, it is also important that we keep the old brain cells ticking over and so, in addition to your normal home learning, I have sent a couple of test papers for you to have a go at.

 

You have been given a sample reading paper, a maths paper and a SPaG paper (sentences for the spellings are provided and an adult will be needed to read the sentences for you.)

  • Please have a go at all of the papers
  • Allow up to 45 minutes for each paper. If you don’t get it finished, DO NOT worry. Just leave the paper and we can look at it together when we come back to school.
  • Do your home learning in a quiet room at a table.
  • Complete one paper at a time - stagger the work over the holidays. DO NOT DO ALL OF THE WORK AT THE LAST MOMENT, IT’LL BE TOO MUCH. There is a suggested schedule below that will help you keep on top of everything and avoid panic or tears on the last day of the holiday!
  • If you get stuck, look on the internet, ask a friend / adult or class DoJo me weeks with a message.

 

You’ve got just about 2 ½ weeks to get your home learning completed. The point of this home learning is to help you revise and maintain the brilliant progress made so far. You have all achieved so much this term, so let’s keep it going with one final push!

Day

Paper

1 & 2

Give yourself a break – it is the weekend after all!

3

Achieve 100 Reading/ Achieve 100+ – p20

5

Achieve 100 SPAG – p 29 & 35

6

SPAG Paper

7

Achieve 100 Maths p47, 48 & 50 or

Achieve 100+ Maths p46, 48 & 53

8 & 9

Take the weekend off – do something fun!

10

Achieve 100 Reading/ Achieve 100+ – p22

12

Achieve 100 SPAG – p 44 & 45

13

Maths Paper

18

Achieve 100 Reading/ Achieve 100+ – p54

TIMES TABLES, TIMES TABLES, TIMES TABLES!!!!!!

 

Home learning to be handed in Wednesday 19th July

You will all be sad to see that this home learning represents the final few pages of your Achieve 100 Reading Book. But don’t worry – you will continue to receive reading home learning after the holidays, just not these books!

 

I hope that you all have a really great break – you all deserve it. I also hope that you get loads of Easter Eggs – do please remember that Mrs Hudd and I are available after holidays to help you dispose of any eggs which you just can’t manage!

Kind regards

 

Mrs Paton

6th January 2017

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Welcome back from what I hope was a fantastic break. Hopefully, everyone is well rested and ready for an exciting and busy term. I realize that there may be some anxieties about a new teacher at this stage of the year, however, I would like to reassure you that with 20 years of teaching under my belt, the children continue to be in experienced hands. Furthermore, having spent the past 5 years teaching Year 6 children, I am very aware of how important this year, and especially this term, is as we prepare for the KS2 SATs.

 

Following on from here, there will be an increased amount of home learning in the form of KS2 SATs revision and question books as preparation for SATs. We cannot over-emphasise the importance of parental involvement in home learning. Children whose parents actively encourage and support their home learning provide a very strong message that learning is valued which results in much greater progress. Your role is crucial in the success of Home Learning. However, should the children be struggling with any aspect of this, there is a home learning club on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in year 6 for children who feel they need additional help or guidance. Homework days are outlined in a separate table below.

 

In addition to our SATs preparations, we will, of course, be endeavoring to provide a broad and exciting curriculum. Attached to this letter is a planned overview of the curriculum for Spring term in Year 6. Our topic this term is ‘What a Wonderful World’. We will, amongst other things, be exploring and investigating the Kingdom of Benin in history and linking this to African dance and making African masks. Our geography topic will be looking at ‘Extreme Earth’ and involve learning about natural disasters and the effect that they have on the physical geography and the local population. In science, we will continue to look at different systems within the human body and then move onto electricity which will involve building lots of circuits!

 

P.E. will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons.; your child must have his/her PE kit in school throughout the week. PE kit is black shorts / tracksuit bottoms, white PE shirt and the option of a red sweatshirt in colder weather. Correct PE shoes must be worn for PE.

 

Reading: Your child has a Reading Record Diary. Please sign each time your child does any reading. It is the responsibility of your child to independently change a finished reading book. We encourage children to read for a sustained period of time (30 minutes is the recommended time and this will help the children to develop reading stamina in preparation for assessments). Reading is one of the most crucial skills and unlocks all other aspects of learning; it is also a wonderful opportunity to share a book with your child. Even if you feel that your child is a fluent reader, it is still vitally important that you talk to your child about what they have read. There are questions in the homework pack that the children received last term and I have also stuck additional suggestions for discussion in the front of their reading records.

 

Finally, one last request: I am aware that the class DoJo system has proved very popular with the children and was very useful as a means of communication between parents and Mrs James. I would like to continue this system but it will require you to re-register with me or messages will continue to go to Mrs James. To help with this, I have also attached a DoJo invitation with this letter. Even if you have already signed up, you will need to sign up again. If you didn’t sign up earlier in the year, now might be a good time to do so. If you need to contact me about anything, or if there has been a problem with completing the home learning, please let me know either by, class DoJo, phone, email or catch me in the playground in the morning. My email is cpaton@tiverton-st-johns-primary.devon.sch.uk

 

 

Subject

Day set

Day to be handed in

Numeracy

Friday

Wednesday

Reading

Monday

Friday

Grammar and punctuation

Wednesday

Monday

Spelling

Friday

Following Friday

 

I look forward to meeting you all and working together to help your child achieve all that they can. I have only been with them for 2 ½ days, but I can already tell that they are a super bunch of children who want to learn and who have made me feel really welcome. Here’s looking forward to a hard but fun term!

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

C M Paton

 

 

Welcome to Year 6!

 

12th September 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Welcome back from what I hope was a fantastic break. Hopefully, everyone is well rested and ready for an exciting and busy academic year. Attached to this letter is a planned overview of the curriculum for this term in Year 6.  Our theme this term focuses on the local area – we will study the geographical features of Tiverton by examining the Westexe settlement, and land use and then study the historical impact of the Heathcoat factory and the Victorian era. We will attend workshops at Knightshayes house in the first half of the term and then have a ‘Heathcoat’ Day at the Tiverton museum – there will be a small charge for these activities.

 

 

P.E. will be on Thursday afternoons (swimming) for the first half term and will then revert to Monday and Friday afternoons for the second half of the term.; Your child must have his/her PE kit in school throughout the week.  PE kit is black shorts / tracksuit bottoms, white PE shirt and the option of a red sweatshirt in colder weather.  Correct PE shoes must be worn for PE.

 

Home learning

We cannot underestimate the importance of parental involvement in home learning. Children whose parents actively encourage and support their home learning provide a very strong message that learning is valued which results in much greater progress. Your role is crucial in the success of Home Learning. 

 

Reading: Your child has a Reading Record Diary.  Please sign each time your child reads to you.  These are checked weekly and it is expected that there are at least three entries per week.  It is the responsibility of your child to independently change a finished reading book. We encourage children to read for a sustained period of time (30 minutes is the recommended time and this will help the children to develop reading stamina in preparation for assessments). Reading is one of the most crucial skills and unlocks all other aspects of learning; it is also a wonderful opportunity to share a book with your child. Please talk to your child about the book they’re reading, why they enjoy it and also discuss the punctuation that has been used and any words they do not understand.

Maths: In KS2 we will continue to use Mathletics to support our children in their Home Learning. Please encourage them to revise the lesson first, before completing the homework activity. Children without internet access at home will be offered the opportunity to complete this task at school in our Home Learning Club / Mathletics lunchtime club.

Home Learning Club:There is a homework learning club on Tuesday lunchtimes in year 6 for children who need help with any aspect of their homework.

Numeracy will be set on Fridays to be completed by the following Wednesday. Home learning tasks will be activated on Mathletics.

Spellings will be set on different days in the week according to the needs of the class and tested in class after allowing time for practising spelling rules.

Literacy will be set on Fridays to be returned the following Wednesday. This will involve applying their spellings and grammar skills in sentence work.

 

Mrs Coombes will be teaching the class on Monday afternoons.

Mrs Fullick and Mrs Webber will be teaching the class on Friday afternoons.

Mrs Hudd will assist teaching for Literacy; Mrs Sumner / Mrs Revolta will assist Numeracy.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to volunteer to help out in any way (especially with listening to readers), you can contact me at the school. The best time to reach me is after 3:30pm or to leave a message at the office and I shall make contact. Alternatively messages can be left on the Class DoJo (details to follow) or I can be emailed at carolinejames@tiverton-st-johns-primary.devon.sch.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

C. James

 

 

 

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