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Year 6 - Polar Bear & Panther Class

Welcome to Year 6

 

Mr Thorne teaches Polar Bears class and Mrs Weall/Mrs Lukins teach Panther Class. Mrs Greaves, Mrs Whitney and Mrs Brady also work in Year 6.

 

Teachers can be contacted on the following email addresses

 

cthorne@eastoverschool.co.uk

lweall@eastoverschool.co.uk

llukins@eastoverschool.co.uk

 

Accelerated Reader

 

Reading in years 3-6

At the beginning of every new school year(in Key Stage Two) your child will complete a reading assessment called 'The Star Reading Test'. STAR Reading is a computerised reading assessment.

 

Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 20 minutes. Your child will re-test on The Star Reading Test every half term.

 

The Star Reading Test will give your child a ZPD (Zone of proximal development) The ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. 

 

Your child then picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. They will start at the lowest level in the range and read through the levels at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. 

 

Every time your child passes a quiz their book level will rise by 0.1. The whole process is overseen, monitored and adjusted (where necessary) by your child's class teacher and teaching assistant. 

 

At Eastover, we have many rewards in place to motivate:

 

-prizes given after every quizzed passed

-a visit to our gift shop once they have passed a certain amount of quizzes/ read a certain amount of words

-different competitions held throughout the year

-class readometers-the first class to reach the top every half term receives a class prize. 

 

More information can be found here: https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-renaissance-accelerated-reader-360/ 

 

Important dates

 

Thursday 14th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th October - Parents' Evening (virtual) - Dates may vary depending upon class teacher availability

 

Thursday 21st October - INSET day- School closed


Friday 22nd October - Friday 29th October Half term

 

Monday 1st November- INSET day- School Closed

 

Tuesday 2nd November - Back to School

 

Homework

Children in Y3- Y6 have the following homework each night. Please record in the children’s yellow books that all the tasks have been completed. If your child wishes to do more homework or spend longer on each task, or complete their own tasks afterwards, this would be excellent! Please note, additional tasks linked to other subjects may be sent out by class teachers.

 

10 minutes of reading aloud

10 minutes of MyMaths/TT Rockstars or Doodle practice for those with a log in

10 minutes of spelling practice

 

If you have any problems, please ask!

Important websites

 

Celebration Certificates

 

17th September

 

Polar Bears

 

Phoebe H for amazing reading (over 300,000 words).

 

Panthers

 

Ashton S for making an excellent start to year 6.

 

What are we learning?

 

Please click on the link below to find the planning document for year 6, this will tell you what the children are learning throughout the year.

Panther Class visited the Brick and Tile Museum on Wednesday 29th September. They learnt about the history of the bricks and clay and took part in a workshop where they crafted some masks inspired by the Mexican festival - Day of the Dead. The children really enjoyed the experience and they can't wait to see how their creations will look after they've been fired in the kiln! 

Brick and Tile Museum

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