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Welcome to Year 6 Turtle Class…


Thank you for visiting our Class Page.
We would like to share some important information with you about teaching and learning in our class.

We have a number of adults who work in our base every day:
Mrs. Pallett and Mr. Sanderson are our Classteachers
Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Willson are our Learning Support Assistants
Mrs. Summers is our MDA who supports our class at lunchtimes

What is it like to be in Year 6?
Year Six is a memorable year in so many ways, take a look at some of the thoughts from previous children who have now moved on to secondary school.

‘This year has been inspirational! I’m glad to be part of Spring Meadow. I feel like a whole new person, I’m inspired to work and I look forward to coming in each day- it feels like a family.’ Liam

‘My teachers have helped to bring out my full potential. Year 6 has boosted my confidence to try lots of new things, things I wouldn’t even dream I could do before!’ Ben


‘My teachers never gave up on me, they have helped me so much. It’s been like a rollercoaster, ups and downs but wanting to do it all again and again.’ Alex

‘It’s where you can have fun and enjoy yourself, it’s a happy place to learn. I am extremely proud of myself and everything I have achieved, I am determined to keep up the good work.’ Emily

What is it like to learn in Year 6?
During the year we see the children grow and mature into responsible individuals who are ready to tackle the demands of moving on from Primary school. Year 6 is a challenging final year aimed to prepare the children for life at their chosen secondary schools.

As this is such a crucial year in a child’s primary year, good attendance is vital. The Government do not allow schools to authorise any leave of absence for pupils in Year 6.

In our class we have an ‘I can’ attitude, we encourage every child to strive to achieve their full potential regardless of their individual starting points. In the summer term the children will complete their SATs and we as a school will do everything we can to help your child prepare for these. We appreciate your continued support in encouraging your child to achieve their best. This year we continue with our Home Study challenge, an amazing success in recent years with every child in the year group completing their home study work every week. We have enjoyed many home study treats as a result of all the children’s hard work.

Learning in Turtle class is interactive, practical and enjoyable across all areas of the curriculum. There are a wide range of teaching methods, balancing whole-class, group and individual activities to engage children in effective learning.

Expectations of the children are very high in all aspects of school life. Year 6 children are also given additional responsibilities around the school, this includes Play Buddies in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 playgrounds where they support younger children in their play and friendships.

How you can help your child?

  • Support daily reading – In Year 6 children should be reading regularly, this could be with a family member, a brother or sister or independently. They are being challenged to read a range of genres over the year to widen their reading choices. Your child is expected to write meaningful comments about their reading each day in their Reading Diary. In this in the form of www (what went well) and ebi (even better if).

  • Support and encouragement with homework, help your child to organise themselves by encouraging responsibility and independence. This will aid them greatly in preparing for Secondary school.

  • We urge you to attend our regular meet the teacher workshops where we will share ideas and activities to help your child at home, you can also take away our ‘Spring Meadow SATs pack’ which is packed full of fun and interactive revision ideas. We will also provide you with information about our SATs revision books which will be used by every child for home study in the spring term.

    Please remember that you are always welcome to talk to us about your child, we would ask that you make an appointment at the school office so as not to disturb learning time.
    We look forward to working with you and your child, Year 6 is a fun and rewarding year for everyone!
    Thank you for your continuing support.
    Mrs. Pallett and Mr. Sanderson


  • Welcome to Year 5 and 6! Dolphin Class

  • Class Teacher – Mr. C Pallett
    Class Teaching Assistants – Mrs. G Kioussis and Mr. Fisher
    Class Midday Assistant – Mrs. S Charlesworth

    Now that we have reached year 5 and 6 at the top end of the school, there are even greater expectations on our pupils.  All of us want the children to do well and for that to happen we need your support at home and from the children themselves.  Coming into school with the right attitude and desire to learn is essential. 
    Just think about these…

    Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
    Albert Einstein

    “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” – Naguib Mahfouz

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Learning never exhausts the mind.
    Leonardo da Vinci

    A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
    Bruce Lee

    You cannot open a book without learning something.

     There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.

     Ray Bradbury

    I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

    Groucho Marx


    And my favourite…

    I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
    Ernest Hemingway

    Science this half term focuses on the Earth and Space.  Any additional work the children do is always welcome but this would be a good place to start.  Perhaps looking at the night sky and trying to spot the North Star or Venus.

    Topic is the Romans.  Our upcoming assembly will use this as the theme and consist of an informative (and of course, hugely entertaining) short play written by Mr. Pallett.

    PE is on a Monday and a Friday.  As the weather is getting colder, jogging bottoms and fleeces are a good idea.  Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit.  This includes a change of outdoor footwear.

    Homework is set on a Friday and should be handed in on the following Thursday.  Homework rewards are done every half term for those children who have completed it, every week.
    Learning at home.
    There is no right or wrong way for you to help your child, but there are a few things that would very much help us here at school:

    Daily reading.  The reading of the year 5 and 6 children is a real high point.  To improve it still further, when you are hearing your child read, ask them questions about the text and their opinions about the book.  Increasing the comprehension of what they are reading will help them no end.

    Maths.  Help your child to learn their times tables!  Not just the pattern of the numbers but the questions that go with those numbers.  Tables should be practised forwards, backwards and inside out.  Also, number bonds from 1-18.  Including inverses.

    Please remember that you are always welcome to talk to us about your child, we would ask that you make an appointment at the school office so as not to disturb learning time.

    We look forward to working with you and your child!
    Thank you for your continuing support.

    Mr. Pallett