Mrs C. Duerden
Welcome to Class 9.
As the final year of primary school, Year 6 is extremely important as we prepare for SATs and moving on to secondary school. It is vital that your child tries their best and has a positive attitude towards their learning if they are to achieve their potential. It is also important that you encourage and support your child with homework and by keeping in contact with me regularly to ensure we are doing everything possible to help them make the maximum progress. If you are ever unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to call into school to discuss your concerns and queries.
Although there is a strong emphasis on academic learning in the core subjects of Reading, Writing, Maths and Science, we also think it is important to make our learning fun and exciting! Many of our Year 6 children enjoy taking on extra responsibilities and they are all encouraged to apply for jobs around school such as assembly monitors, computing monitors and P.E. store monitors. In addition to this, Class 9 children are invited to take part in a residential trip; this year we will be spending three days in beautiful Eskdale in the Lake District.
In class we use the Class Dojo system for rewarding children. They may receive Dojo Points for their work, manners, helping others and a host of other great things. Make sure you sign up for the Class Dojo App so you can see how your child is doing!
Reading regularly is vital in Year 6 as it helps the children broaden their vocabulary, and enables them to make better progress in every curriculum area. It also helps them to become better writers as they begin to understand how different techniques can be used to interest the reader.
In school we read a wide range of different text types, both for enjoyment and to broaden our knowledge, and children are encouraged to read for pleasure regularly.
Children are expected to read at home at least three times per week so that they can be entered into the weekly ‘Reading Star’ draw. You can help your child by talking to them about what they have read and asking them to describe the characters and events.
Whilst in Year 6, your children will study a range of different text types and will try to demonstrate their skills across writing stories, biographies and autobiographies, information texts and poems.
Every morning after registration, we have a short grammar and punctuation session.
During this time we play games and take part in short, practical activities which help to develop the children’s knowledge of grammar and how it can be used effectively within a piece of writing.
Every two weeks children complete a ‘Big Write’ where they are given the opportunity to show off all of the skills they have learned. Whenever you visit school, keep a look out for writing by Class 9 – I’m sure you will be impressed when you read it!
Spelling words accurately is an extremely important skill, not only in Year 6, but throughout life. In class we use the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling scheme to help us practise spelling patterns. These spelling groups are then sent home as part of homework and are tested every Friday morning. Please encourage and support your child to learn and practise these spellings at home.
By the end of Year 6, the government expects that children are able to spell all the words from the following lists:
In Maths, we spend a lot of time developing fluency in mental calculations, especially times tables. I believe when children are able to calculate mentally quickly, they are more confident and able to approach more complex word problems.
Children in Year 6 are expected to work with numbers up to ten million and with up to three decimal places and to use these numbers when solving multi-step word problems.
Your child should know all times tables up to 12 x 12; please try to help your child to achieve this as it is one of the most important skills they can have and helps in virtually all areas of Maths.
At West Street we believe children learn best through a creative, topic based curriculum. Each half term children are introduced to a new theme, through which all curriculum subjects will be taught.
This enables them to make links within their learning to make it more relevant and real. All topics begin with an exciting launch where the children find out what they will be learning about that half term. At the end of each half term children usually present their learning during an assembly – parents are very welcome to come and watch!
Our children love our topics and the launches, and we are very proud of the excitement and enthusiasm that they generate throughout school.
At West Street we love to enhance children’s learning by going on lots of trips and visits where possible to link with our topic – a trip to a Stone Age cave, a museum, or walks in the local area are some of the recent days out.
In Class 9, children are encouraged to take part in a residential trip. This is a great opportunity for children to develop their team building skills and to challenge themselves to try new activities.
Past residential trips have included a visit to Scarborough, camping in Yorkshire and outdoor activities in the Lake District. We try to fundraise throughout the year to bring down the cost as much as possible.
Throughout the school we use the Class Dojo reward system. Children can earn Dojo Points for a huge range of reasons from work in class to good manners and from asking good questions to being a reading star! This system also allows parents to keep in touch with their child’s learning and their good behaviour by signing up to Class Dojo. Additionally it provides a secure messaging service directly to the class teacher.
If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…
Each week on a Friday, pupils in Year 6 are given a Maths or English task which is usually based on the learning in class that week. It is extremely important that all children complete this and hand it in on a Thursday.
Spellings are also given out every Friday. These should be practised regularly at home and it would help greatly for you to help your child with this. These spellings will be tested every Friday morning.
Reading is a very important part of homework and children are expected to read at least three times per week at home.
All of these elements will be assessed and recorded weekly and they form a very important part of your child reaching all green in their ‘Reach for the Stars’ file.
Mrs C. Duerden – Class 9 Deputy Head Teacher
“I have worked at West Street for 6 years after teaching in Blackburn for 13 years. I have taught all year groups form Year 2 to Year 6 and have taught Year 6 for the past 12 years. I am also Deputy Head and maths coordinator. I live with my husband and my daughter, Daisy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and eating out!”
Mrs J. Jenkinson – Teaching Assistant
“I have worked at West Street for many years (16-17 years!) and still enjoy it. I have worked in all year groups throughout my time at West Street. Outside of school I am involved with a choir with children ranging from 5-19 years.”
Mrs J. Medway – Teaching Assistant
“I have worked at West Street for the last 3 years and have worked with a variety of year groups in that time. I am currently working with Year 6 and am really enjoying working here. I have 2 children who keep me very busy but in my spare time I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with my children.”