A strong and positive approach to learning is vital both at school and at home.
We need your help to make your child progress and reach their potential.
We are highly concerned about the amount of time children spend with screens of various kinds and the lack of ‘playing’ and interacting without the need of a screen. As a result, we feel that it of vital importance that your child has time to play out, climb trees and enjoy the world around them.
There are however some things we feel are also of high importance and we would really like your help with them on a day-to-day basis.
Reading is the key skill required to unlock all other subjects (including maths!) and is a vital life skill for everyone. It also heavily influences their writing ability and creativity when writing stories. Our aim is to produce children who love reading and are creative, confident writers.
Your child should be reading a wide variety of material, not just their school reading book. Their Y6 planner is evidence of anything they have read and should be used to record which pages they have read each day.
We would like you to spend a short time each night reading/sharing/discussing a book your child has read and then write a brief comment in their planner. Try to make use of the key questions bookmark to ask your child questions whilst sharing their book and you could also write their responses in the planner.
There is an official list of words that your child is expected to know by the end of Y6, as a result, we will be sending a list of words each week for your child to learn. These will be sent home on a Wednesday to be learnt and then will be tested in class the following Wednesday.
Maths is everywhere and in everything; it is how we tell the time, ride a bike and buy the things we like. Thinking mathematically involves asking ‘Why?’, giving reasons for your thinking and solving everyday problems.
With this in mind, we are asking for your help in developing children who are positive, confident and articulate in how they communicate mathematically.
When you’re at the shops, ask them to figure out the best value in the special offers; if you use public transport, let your child use the timetable; when out for a walk, try to spot different shapes and patterns in nature & their local environment.
Most importantly, be positive about maths and promote its importance and prevalence in the world around them. Basically, talk about maths and ask questions.
There are of course some key skills that require specific practice (number bonds, times-tables etc) and whilst we will cover much of this at school through Olympic Maths, BIG Maths & our day-to-day maths teaching; we also ask you to practice these key skills a few times a week with your child. We may also send home your child’s completed BIG Maths or Olympic Maths sheet each week for you to work with your child on specific areas that they need to improve in readiness for the following week.