Welcome to Class Five!
Hello and welcome to the Class 5 (Year Six) class page! My name is Miss Jackson and I am very happy to be the Year Six teacher again this year alongside Mrs Shelton (afternoons), Mrs O’Brien (1-1 mornings), Mrs Crabtree (1-1 mornings), Mrs Dixon (French teacher and Learning Mentor) and Mrs Brian (IT teacher)! We are all looking forward to what will be a fantastic year and also the final one in a primary school for our wonderful children. I am sure we will make it the best one it can possibly be!
I know that embarking on a new school year is daunting for all. This has been exacerbated following the pandemic, but also being the final year of primary school for Class 5 children! On entry to the class, I will do everything possible to ensure the children are supported and encouraged to express themselves positively and be the best they can be. One of the main aims at the start of the year is to build strong relationships amongst the children and the adults so we develop a happy working environment.
I have always felt that education is a partnership between teachers, children and parents. In order to encourage effective communication, and therefore the best learning opportunities for all, I am always available to discuss any of your concerns or questions either through the Class Dojo messaging system or by phoning the school office.
Here at St. Ignatius, we aim to nurture the whole child so that when it is time to leave for high school and beyond, they can be proud of what they have achieved!
Other Key Information
- What We Expect from Year 6 – The children are now the eldest in school and will need to learn to become more independent and set a good example to their younger peers. They will need to develop their skills in readiness for their transition to high school where there will be an assumption that the children are ‘Year 7 ready’. This means they are; independent, organised, a responsible citizen, resilient, self-sufficient and they are ‘ready’ learners. This is something we will spend a lot of time developing, talking about and supporting the children with throughout year six.
- Reading – I am aware that most children read independently by the time they reach year 6, however shared reading of both fiction and non-fiction with your child will encourage them to reflect and build their comprehension skills. If possible, please set aside as much time as you can for your child to read independently or with a family member each night.
Please note – a comment with a page number and signature should be made every time a child reads at home.
- Homework – Homework is given out on Wednesday’s and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete their homework and build this into their routine. Independence is key here – it will prepare them for high school.
Please note – homework will include spellings featured in a spelling test which will take place on the Wednesday which the homework is due.
- P.E. – Children should have appropriate indoor/outdoor P.E. kit in school at all times. Even though certain days will be timetabled for P.E. and this is shared with families, it is recommended that children bring their P.E. kits on a Monday and take them home on a Friday encase of timetable changes and to avoid any upset.
- SATs – We are, at the moment, unsure what assessment will look like at the end of key stage two following the pandemic. As soon as the school are given more information this will be passed on and there will be a meeting held to discuss this with you.
- Residential – Similarly to SATs, we are unsure what this may look like and so will update you as soon as possible when we have more information.
- High School Applications – You must submit applications for High Schools and this is usually done online. The usual deadline date is 31st October – although schools outside of Wakefield or private schools may differ so please contact them directly. More information on transition to high schools will take place in the summer term to ensure all parties are informed and prepared.
Please see the documents below for more information about Class 5.
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