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Happy New Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to the new term and 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year.

In maths this term, we will be focusing on geometry, measurement, statistics and revisiting some areas of number and calculation, so please help your children practise at home. It is also vital that you listen to your children read at least twice per week. We believe that good readers make good writers. For those children who read at home on average twice per week and bring in their signed reading records, there will be half-termly rewards. Last term, children enjoyed a 'pyjama and film' morning as well as a chocolate fountain to round off the term.

PE continues to be on a Monday and Thursday for children in Vermillion and Magenta class. For Crimson class, PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Your child needs their PE kit in school every day. You can check the school website for information on the correct PE kit. Given the unpredictable weather in the spring term, it is essential that your child has both trainers for outside, that are not their school shoes, as well as plimsolls for indoors. Unlike in previous years, children missing PE three times in a half-term will receive a detention. This will also happen if a child does not have the correct equipment three times in a half-term, such as their number card or reading record for example. Children will also receive detentions if their homework is not in on time.

Towards the end of last term, we sent home revision guides for all those children who will be involved in taking SATs tests later in the year. Some of the homework that is now being sent home links directly to pages in the books which will allow children and parents to look up any areas that they are unsure of, follow worked examples and support the completion of the activities set.

Homework is given out every Wednesday and expected to be brought back in on Monday morning. Any child who does not bring their homework back and finished on time will have to do it in detention on Monday lunch time. Learning log club will run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunch times.

In addition to learning log club, Mrs Adams, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Doran run Mathletics and reading club every day. This club gives all children in year 6 the opportunity to practise their maths skills with an adult on hand for any questions. We strongly recommend that all children try to attend a couple of times a week. Mathletics is an online program and can be easily accessed from home. All children have their own log in which they have been given on a sticker to place inside the revision books. Please encourage your children to access at home- it is a fantastic resource, building confidence, speed and accuracy in all areas of maths. Children have access to a new mobile library, just for year 6 where books, not always available within class libraries, can be borrowed for reading both in school and at home. This is proving hugely popular, with many children selecting books they might not otherwise choose based upon recommendations from peers and Mrs Jackson.

Our Young Enterprise scheme was a great success last term, with all groups contributing towards a massive £200 profit. Most of this money was raised by selling products, made by the children, at the Christmas Fayre- many of you supported the children here, so a big thank you to all who did so.

The spring term is a busy term in year 6 with many topics being covered for the final time before the SATs tests in May. Therefore, it is important that your children are in school every day and on time. We would ask that you encourage your children to get sufficient sleep, eat breakfast and arrive at school ready to learn.

In between all that hard work, we will still find room for a bit of fun and light relief!

Yours,

Mr Iszchak, Mrs Doran and Mrs Brookes 

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