Revision Books – SATs
Thank you for joining us and helping us to support your child towards their SATs in May. It is so important that we work together to encourage them to do their very best, whilst at the same time reassuring them that their best is absolutely all that we ask for. The process has become such a rite of passage for all children in Year 6, across the country, and we know what a sense of achievement they will feel and what great times ahead we have planned for the summer. Not long now!
Just a few key messages from the meeting, as reminders, so that you can help at home:
Revision book ARE:
Revision book ARE NOT:
How will we use the books to help?
- Children will be directed to the best pages for revision that particular day/week – this will vary from class to class, and week to week
- Pages are there for support – if the children choose
- Books will come in and out of school so that we can have the chance to look through some things together
- We will encourage the children to have a go at home
- We will discourage the children from racing ahead to complete too much, too quickly
As always, any further questions: do give us a call. See you for Parents’ Evening 😊
Happy New Year, Year 6!
We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday and a chance to recharge their batteries, ready for the new and exciting year to come! Just a few reminders for the term ahead to make sure that we are all well prepared, and starting out on the right foot…
Social Media Use and Smart Watches
We are becoming increasingly aware of social media issues at home and how they have the potential to impact your child’s day at school. Your child’s safety and well-being are of utmost important to us – this is even more prevalent as they mature and transition into the next stage of their childhood.
As we are sure you can appreciate, we cannot prevent or control your children’s actions when they are not at school. We need your help. Together, we can help your children to navigate the difficulties that are, sadly, synonymous with social media use. We are asking that you check your child’s phone regularly to monitor their own behaviour online. If you are worried about anything, we are here to help but our powers are limited. While we will certainly protect your child in school, we have no control over their behaviour in your home. If you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or that is concerning, seek help. This may be in the form of us at school or, in extreme circumstances, calling ‘111’ may be the most appropriate course of action.
Below are the key pieces of advice we give to children on a regular basis and it would be hugely beneficial if you could reiterate these messages at home.
If at any point you feel concerned or uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult and follow some or all of these steps:
- Delete the application and stop using it
- Block the individual
- Leave the conversation
- Do not take your phone out of communal areas of the house
It is important to mention that the legal age for the use of TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat is 13 years of age. The legal age for the use of WhatsApp is 16 years of age. As you can see, this makes it even harder to manage as, legally, they should not be using any of the applications that are causing concerns. This makes the regular monitoring of your child’s use and their behaviours online of utmost importance to their safety and well-being.
As a final safeguarding note, SMART watches are not allowed to be worn in school. While we appreciate the wearing of these is often innocent, many of these watches have the same capabilities of a mobile phone.
Reward Points will continue this term and run in exactly that same way: The children will have the opportunity to earn 3 points per day towards a reward trip just before half term. Authorised absences and holidays will earn 2 points per day missed. And, of course, points could be lost for any behaviour issues, including use of unacceptable language. A 5-point star award is also on offer every day for outstanding contribution – this could be in class or it could be for exemplary behaviour or empathy. Although our ethos in Year 6 is very much based around the team, there is, of course, a chance that one or more children may not earn enough points to attend the reward trip. If this happens, they will be expected to remain in school with one of us for the day – and it is vital that you support us in this as we prepare the children for their transition secondary school. Please continue to ask your child to explain further, especially about some of the ideas they have had for rewards! And if you have any further questions regarding this matter, please come and talk to us about it sooner rather than later.
As always, attendance is KEY to a successful spring term for everyone. The Department for Education has the expectation that your child’s attendance reaches a minimum of 95%. There are 29 days of school this half term and 95% would equal 27 ½ days in school – that’s a maximum of 1 ½ days off. Please be aware how quickly ‘odd’ days can mount up and how detrimental that can be to your child’s learning and also to their overall wellbeing. We really do appreciate your support with this matter.
Uniform – Eyelashes & Nails
We continue to expect the children looking fresh and smart in their school uniforms this year, and we aim to maintain the good standard until the summer. Of course, we are sympathetic to any disasters but it is easy to fall into bad habits, and we will be vigilant to ensure everyone is looking super smart in their uniform. Please look at the school website or contact the school office with any queries.
Can we also take this opportunity to advise you that false eyelashes and false nails, of any description, are not suitable wear for school. Please ensure that these have been removed.
Home Reading & Revision Material for SATs
We continue to ask that Home Reading Records come in only once a week, on a Friday, when they will be checked and signed off in the normal way. The expectation from us is that the children read a minimum of three times a week at home. If, for any reason, you feel this is not achievable at home, please let us know as soon as possible. And, please be remined that the onus is on the children to remember – it is not your responsibility to make sure it’s in their bag on Friday mornings! This is a vital learning curve as we approach the expectations of Year 7 homework.
We will also be providing the children with some revision materials in readiness for SATs week in May. Please be on the look out for an invitation to a meeting regarding this so that we can discuss our expectations together and, more importantly, settle any anxieties before they begin 😊
- Parent Meeting – Monday 22nd January 2024 2pm
- Reward Trip – Friday 9th February 2024
- Half term – Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2024
- SATs Week: Monday 13th May – Friday 17th May 2024