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Mrs Alexander, Mrs Broadbent and Mrs Turner Y6


Welcome to Year 6!

A huge ‘hello’ to all parents, carers and children in Year 6. Mrs Turner, Mrs Broadbent and I hope that you had a wonderfully relaxing and refreshing holiday and that the children are now eager to return to school to complete their final year of primary education. Year 6 is always a busy time but also a rewarding one and we hope that this year, as last year, the children will really rise to the challenge and do themselves proud. After our successful ‘Alverton Year of Books’ we will be introducing the concept of ‘Vibrant Vocabulary’ so be prepared to be dazzled by children’s emerging lexical superpowers!

As well as the academic challenge inherent in Year 6, we will be having a strong focus on behaviour and our relationships with one another, with the Alverton ethos of ‘care, honesty and trust’ as the foundation of everything we do. To this end, children will be encouraged to seek support from not only the adults in Year 6 (and of course the rest of the school) but also each other. Children now have a partner who they can turn to for not only advice about their learning but for strategies of their own devising that will help them with managing behavioural and attitudinal challenges. We hope that by doing this, the children will become much more independent very quickly, as the onus is very much on assuming personal responsibility when in Year 6. If any parents or carers would like to know more, please do feel free to come and have a chat.

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Our topic for this term is ‘The Great, the Bold and the Brave’ and the children will be investigating aspects of the lives of the ancient Greeks and the Romans.


In addition, in science the children will be learning more about the properties of sound and the workings of the ear. The websites below contain lots of fun ideas and activities for you and your child when at home to enhance their school-based learning in geography, history and science:


For more details about outcomes for children’s learning this year, why not look at the termly overview?


Children will take part in a field trip to Osmotherely in September in order to see the relevance of their learning in a real-life setting.


There will also be a visit to RAF Leeming to participate in this year’s Crucial Crew, whilst the trip to the Nissan factory at Sunderland is already booked!


This year, children in Year 6 will be swimming every Monday for the year. This is to ensure that ALL children are able to achieve the National Curriculum programme of study for swimming: to be able to comfortably and competently swim at least 25m. Additional PE will take place on Wednesdays, so children will need to have their PE kit in school on this day.


Homework will be set on Wednesdays and returned on Mondays. In Year 6, we ask that children are supported in their ten minutes of daily reading by being listened to by an adult or sibling and then having their planners signed and dated, including the page numbers read. As you know, the school subscribes to a number of websites which can be used to support home learning and all children have logins and passwords to use these websites or apps:


Finally, don't forget to ask your child if they can tell you how to keep themselves safe when using any device to be online. Thanks to the annual Safer Internet Day activities, the children should be well-versed in all the tricks and tips needed to help them to keep as safe and sound as possible! If you are unsure of how to help, please come along and have a chat or alternatively, why not check out as a starting point for all things e-safety related?


Here’s to a happy and healthy new term at Alverton!


















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