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New Beginnings

Welcome Back ! I do hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. Year 6 are back and seem fully charged and ready to go, although I cannot believe they are now Year 6. I still find it impossible to think that the old Year 6 will have just finished their first week as Year 7.

You should have received, with this week's newsletter, a copy of the 'Moving On' document informing you about applications for secondary school. If you are planning to attend any of the open morning sessions please could you let the school know, as this means I can plan and ensure learning is not missed.

Of course we were straight back into learning on our first day with some mental maths. The children felt they were a little rusty but with further maths lessons during the week, they blew the cobwebs away. I loved listening to their reasoning and reading their methods too. We shall be focusing still on number next week, just to ensure they are secure.

As you will also have seen from the curriculum leaflet and homelearning grid we will focus in a cross curricular way about Scotland. We will be concentrating on a range of writing skills through working on a class novel - The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant. Already from the first two chapters the class have identified similarities of JK Rowling. Without giving too much away three children are packed off to an unusual boarding school in ... yes you have guessed... Scotland! Already we have had the opportunity to write a monologue, diary entry or advertisement.

Our initial Geography session saw the children using their learning powers to show what they knew about Scotland. It was lovely to see how much they knew. We then went on to discuss more of some of the traditions. Our next session will focus on atlas work, finding locations and understanding the landscape.

Our first PE lessons went off to a great start. The children shall need their swimming kits on the 17th September and indoor/outdoor kits for Wednesdays and Fridays.

A Big Question kicked off the start to our RE this term- 'What does it mean if God is Holy and loving? We shall be looking at a range of biblical texts, seeing how Christians use the Bible to help them understand what God is like. The focus of our learning will be looking at God's character- his holiness- and the personal aspect - God is loving. Saying sorry to a holy God, receiving forgiveness and starting again are also at the heart of other faiths and not forgetting our values.

Speaking of values, the children were all thankful and very keen for the allocation of jobs and responsilbilities and buddies. I think we have covered all bases, however some children are still waiting to meet the remaining reception children who start next week. For those who already have buddies, Miss Ingle has been very impressed with Class 6. A terrific start!

I am sure it will be an exciting year ahead and look forward to working with you all. See you tomorrow for the week ahead.

Mrs Stewart


  • Home school contact books. These will be collected in. As I explained to the class, they need to be signed off by an adult each day. The expectations are to be heard by an adult once a week at home(more is okay) and to try to read independently each day for about 10 mins(again longer is fine). House points will be up for grabs !
  • PE kit. Please ensure it is named. I have also explained that I do not mind kits being taken home during term time to be freshened,and that they are responsible for bringing them back ready for lessons. A spare carrier bag for trainers would be great.
  • Spellings and homework will start on Tuesday.


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