Welcome to our class page! Here you will find lots of information about our fantastic year 6 class and all of our learning.
4th September 2019
We hope that you all had a fantastic summer holiday and we welcome everyone back to Torpel class. The children have had a brilliant first day and we are looking forward to a fun, learning-filled year ahead!
The following is for your information:
- Staffing in Torpel:
This year, Mrs Morris will continue to support the Year 6 children. We will also have the support of Mrs Luff during some of the afternoons each week. All PE will now be with Total Sports and these sessions will take place on a Thursday and Friday afternoon.
- Home Learning
In Year 6, Home Learning tasks are in the form of three revision guides: one each for mathematics, reading and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling). Due to an increase in costs, we ask for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of these materials of £7.50 (for all 3 books) – this will be available as a Parent Pay item on your account once the books have arrived. Your child will be issued with the revision guide most appropriate for their stage of attainment from the two different levels available. However, if during the year we feel that they need an alternative level book, the school will provide these free of charge. Each week, your child will be set pages to complete in their revision books; details of which will be stuck into their Home Contact Book. Until these books arrive, alternative home learning will be set.
All home learning is set on a Friday and due in the following Thursday. Learning Logs are topic based and are also given out of a Friday, however the children have an additional week to complete them (the due in date will be given on the Learning Log slip). Please note that we usually have a Learning Log gallery on the due in date where the children share and review each other’s work. Examples of excellent Learning Logs are put on the Torpel section of the school website.
We encourage all children to complete their home learning tasks as independently as possible, but parent support is encouraged! The children will be asked to attend Home Learning Club on Friday lunchtime if tasks are not completed or are given in late without prior arrangement. Children may also attend this club to make an advance start on their tasks for the following week!
Please do not hesitate to contact me should your child have problems completing the activities or if they require computer access at school which we can arrange during lunchtime. If your child required lots of support completing a home learning task, please bring this to our attention by annotating their work with ‘support given’.
The children have access to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in the school and class library; however, they may also bring in books from home. We do keep a log in class of which books the children are reading to encourage them to read books in their entirety! Children will be listened to in class during guided reading sessions and by adults at other times. We do try and listen to children read individually as often as we can, usually weekly. We are always looking for parent volunteers to come in and listen to our children read: if you can help us with this, please let use know!
Despite the children being in Year 6, we still expect them to read aloud to an adult at home on a regular basis each week (ideally for 5-10 minutes each day). This is a vital opportunity to discuss new vocabulary, the plot and characters.
PE will take place on a Thursday and Friday afternoon this term. Please ensure that your child has suitable kit for outdoor PE this half term. After their Friday afternoon session, the children will be dismissed in their PE kit as many of them attend our afterschool sports clubs on this day. We will, of course, remind them to bring their uniform home!
- Water bottles
Please ensure that your child has a labelled water bottle with them each day. It is important for learning that the children remain hydrated. Please ensure that they fill this at home each morning as the water fountain is in the main school building.
Thank you for your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries/concerns that you may have about your child.
Mrs Nicolson and Mrs Morris