Year 6 - Blue Jay and Red Kite
We have 2 classes in Year 6, 6:1 Blue Jay and 6:2 Red Kite. We are really looking forward to working with you all this year and hope that the information on this page will reassure you about the procedures and expectations of life in Year 6.
We are always happy to talk to the families of our pupils, and hope we can work together to make sure that your child gets everything he or she needs to be successful this year. If you require any further information, or have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact us by telephoning the school office.
Thank you for your support, Mrs Bird and Mrs McGuire
Yr 6 - Blue Jay and Red Kite (ID 1060)
All About Year 6
Year-6 (ID 1037)
In Year 6, there are two classes. These are 6.1 Blue Jay and 6.2 Red Kite.Our Support Assistantstake the dinner register, collect permission slips and anything else that we might need to return to school.
The teachers take their own class for the majority of lessons and children are usually taught, and stay with, their registered class.
6.1 and 6.2’s classrooms are adjacent to the reception/office at the Longroyde Road site.
6.1 children have the use of a cloakroom where all of their belongings (such as coats and bags) are kept. (This is because the 6.1 classroom is quite small and there isn’t room to store these items safely.) In 6.2, children bring all their coats and bags into class and place them neatly under their desks. In the classroom/cloakroom, we have boxes at the front for the children to put their lunch boxes in. These are then taking to the hall at lunchtime and returned at the end of the day.
In class, the children have their own tray under their desks which contains their own work-pack complete with everything they will need for the day - including stationery. Around the classroom are colourful displays with lots of useful information on to help all children with their work. We try to keep our classroom tidy and organised so things can be found easily.
School uniform helps us to feel like we are all part of the same team.
It is important that we all wear the correct uniform, please refer to School Uniform (Parents & Carers menu tab).
- 6:1 Blue Jay - Monday and Thursday
- 6:2 Red Kite - Monday and Thursday
Each class has two school councillors chosen by the class. Their job is to help around the school and participate in school life, making school a better place. Mrs Richmond Flinn, who runs the school council, usually has a meeting every two weeks to discuss ideas and problems the children bring to the meeting. Children must remember to wear their school council badge when attending meetings.
These are children are picked every half term by the teachers for showing regular good behaviour and attendance in school. The Behaviour Ambassadors have the responsibility to pick a Star of the Day at the end of every day.
Children are put into houses when they start at Longroyde, the houses are:
- Water - Blue
- Earth - Green
- Air - Yellow
- Fire - Red
As Year 6 is the last year of Primary School and we are the role models to the school, each house votes for a ‘House Captain’. The house captain is a brilliant ambassador for their house: they are respectful, helpful, courteous and supportive to others. The house captains also help to run a range of events of sports day and are instrumental in promoting team spirit.
The School Day
The School Day
Maths and English lessons take place every day. In English, we focus on SPaG, Guided Reading, Spelling, Handwriting and also support the children in completing extended pieces of writing. In maths, there is usually a daily arithmetic starter task and then we move onto the day’s new learning. Once a week, there is a full hour dedicated to SATs preparation.
We have Foundation lessons, which include:
- Art and DT,
At playtimes and lunchtimes, children usually play outside with their friends. Some choose to play games with others (such as football); other children just like to talk and chat with their peers. The Year 6 playtime is at10.00am-10.15am and lunchtime is at 12.20pm-1.20pm. If it is raining, they stay in the classroom to draw, chat or watch a film.
If children have ordered a school dinner, they eat it in the main hall when their class is called in by the lunchtime supervisors. There is usually the choice of a hot meal (vegetarian option available) or a selection of sandwiches. Children choose their meal at the beginning of the week by ordering online.
If children have a packed lunch, they will collect their lunch box from their class box (at the front of the hall) and will eat their lunch in the main hall with their friends.
In Year 6 we encourage children to use their planner to organise themselves and their schedule. They are encouraged to record: deadlines (such as for homework/spellings); events (such as school trips); additional curricula activities (such as clubs or music lessons) and weekly spelling test/assessment scores. Once again, developing strong organisational skills in Year 6 will ensure they are well prepared as they make the transition to secondary school.
Children read levelled books and then sit a computerised quiz about the book before choosing their next book.
Year 6 have a dedicated Accelerated Reading, (AR) session every Thursday morning. There is a Raffle each week when the children are given a raffle ticket every time they get full marks on their quiz.
In class, we read a variety of genres in Year 6. We love challenging ourselves to read books of increasing length and with challenging and complex plots. Here are some of our focus authors and their texts. These are the stories that we will read over and over again. We will retell them, learn them and love them!
Times Table Rock Stars
Times Table Rock Stars
In Year 6, we continue with the Times Table Rock Stars, (TTRS) package that is introduced in Year 2.
In Year 6, the children work on their own ‘heatmap’. This means that the questions are personalised for each learner. Some children will need to consolidate their learning of tables to 12x12; others are challenged to use their known times table facts to calculate mentally with larger numbers (for example, by using what they know to complete tables13-20 and beyond). Whatever your strengths and abilities, there is a challenge to suit you!
Year 6 children are given three pieces of homework per week. These are spelling, grammar and maths.
Homework is given out every Friday and is expected to be turned in the following Friday.
Children are due to take their SATs during the May of Year 6. They will sit assessments in the following areas:
- Reading (1 hour paper)
- Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (1 x 45-minute paper and 20 spellings given by dictation).
- Mathematics (1 x 30-minute arithmetic paper; 2 x 40-minute reasoning papers).
All Year 6 students are offered the chance to go on an end-of-year residential trip to PGL. As part of the trip, children will spend two nights in on-site accommodation and take part in a range of activities such as raft-building, archery, high-ropes course and many more.
Please find below an overview of what we'll be working on this term, previous term Knowledge Organisers can be found on our Curriculum Page.
The Calderdale Transition Support Project (TSP) involves a partnership of local organisations working together to support children, parents/carers and school staff. The service supports students in years 5 & 6 to manage the emotional impact of transition from primary school to secondary school. Click the link for further information.