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!
It’s that time of year and SATs are really closing in! Consistent revision at this time of year is so important with only a few weeks left. We know that the children will do their very best. Reading is one area in which children really need to revise as much as possible, to make sure that they know all of the key vocab and have a high enough reading stamina to get through the texts quickly enough. Children should also make sure that they have a good understanding of essential vocabulary for the SPaG and Maths tests. Maths reasoning is another tricky area for the class and we hope that they read their questions carefully and think about what they need to do. Good luck to all! We are very proud of how hard the children have worked so far and very grateful for all the help that parents have been giving through supporting children to complete their homework on time.
Our school has been selected to trial some national curriculum assessment materials for key stage 2. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is doing this work for the Standards and Testing Agency, which is part of the Department for Education. The materials that will be trialled are for assessing English reading and this trial plays a critical role in developing tests that accurately measure pupils’ attainment and progress. Year 6 will be trialling these papers on Wednesday 24th April so please ensure they have had a good breakfast and are ready to do their best! Unfortunately, as these are tests in the
development stage, we will not receive results from these assessments.
We will be undertaking the SATs during the week beginning Monday 13th 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 still have 3 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 29th April.
Following on from the SATs- an event which we are all looking forward to is the residential to Rocks & Rapids, departing on Monday 20th May and returning on Friday 24th May. The money should now be paid in full and a kit list has been sent out, please pop into the office if you need a copy. Thank-you to everyone who has sent back the medical forms, all outstanding forms need to be back in school by Friday 26th April. I will dojo out a date for a meeting prior to the residential to give you some more details and answer any questions you may have. I am very excited about taking the children on their final residential, I am sure we will have an awesome time!
A very exciting term for P.E this term... we will begin with yoga and cricket- specialist teachers will be delivering both sessions. Our PE will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons but please ensure your child has a PE kit in school every day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to us all working together to make this final term at St John’s your child’s most memorable yet!
Miss Jodie Leach