Hello! Mr Hinksman wishes you a warm welcome back to school after our Christmas break. I hope you all had a lovely time and are ready for 2023 as you continue your learning journey here at Wellfield. We are all looking forward to sharing this exciting learning adventure with you. Please find below important information about the organisation for the rest of the school year.
As well as myself, Mrs Tattersall and Mrs James will support teaching and learning in class each day. Miss Shepherd will cover PPA time on Friday mornings and Deputy Head/Management Time on Thursdays. In Spring Term 1, Year 6 will also have dance sessions led by a qualified dance instructor here at school on a Tuesday morning.
We will be covering some really exciting topics over the year and the children will be encouraged to explore and ask questions to develop their curiosity and interest. At the end of this letter is the Curriculum Overview for Spring Term 1 with key vocabulary, a copy will also be displayed on the class webpage. A new overview will be sent at the start of each new term. As we approach our SATs week, the children will start to bring home a mini test most nights starting after the half term.
Children will be provided with everything they need in class therefore children will only need to bring their reading book and reading record in a small book bag; coat; healthy morning snack; named water bottle and lunch bag (if required) with them to school. Please do not send large bags/backpacks or pencil cases into school. Water bottles will be sent home every night to be washed for the following day. Please ensure that all items brought into school are clearly named.
Year 6 will have P.E. lessons on Tuesday and Wednesdays. On these days, children should wear their P.E. kit and school jumper/P.E. hoodie to school. P.E. kit comprises of a white tee-shirt with the school logo, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms/leggings, school jumper/school P.E. hoodie and black pumps/trainers. Kit may be required at other times but prior notice will be given. Please ensure that cardigans/jumpers/hoodies are clearly named. In Summer 2, we have our weekly sessions on a Thursday so the children will need a change of clothes suitable for these sessions brought into school but I will remind you about this nearer to the time
Reading At Home:
We want to encourage children to read for pleasure at home. Children will select a book at an appropriate reading level to read at home. Books, along with a reading record, will be sent home each day. Please encourage your child to read for at least 10 minutes a day to yourself, another adult family member or an older sibling. Comments about how fluently, accurately or confidently your child has read at home can be added to the reading diary which should be returned to school, along with the book, the following day. Children will be expected to answer questions to assess their understanding of the text once they have completed a book.
Reading in School:
In addition to English lessons there will be daily Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) sessions and guided reading sessions. Activities taking place may include:
Guided reading with class teacher or teaching assistant;
Language and text comprehension work;
Follow-up activities e.g. book review, blurb writing etc;
Book Buddy sessions;
One to one reading.
Each half-term we will also enjoy reading a class novel together, this half-term we are starting with The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie that will help support our English unit this half term.
I look forward to your continued support over the next term. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss anything contained within this information sheet or have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.