Dear Parents,

Another week has flown by in Year 6 and it feels like we’ve been non-stop. It was great to see so many of you attend the meetings on Tuesday led by Mr Lousley, Mr Atherton and Mrs King. I am sure you will feel fully-informed following their presentations and if you have any further questions, please take a look at the Year 6 Firefly page or catch one of the team before or after school.

As residential looms there are some key messages being reinforced by the whole team to our students. The most prominent of these is regarding manners and respect (our character strength from Term 1a). Residential trips like this can’t happen without the dedication and commitment from a wide-range of staff across school, led by Mr Lousley and Mr Atherton and I’ve asked the students to be mindful of this in their interactions with staff over the coming days and weeks in particular. I am confident that we have, yet again, another extremely successful residential ahead of us and I can’t wait to spend time learning and laughing with the Year 6 students as they are challenged and cared for in Kanchanaburi. 

Within our learning we’ve had some exciting moments. Our maths groups have been ‘mixed-up’ for both teachers and students to ensure we can tailor the learning and support to the needs of all students. So far this has proven to be a positive change and I am impressed by the resilience of the students (and staff) as explore decimals and percentages. As always, this is a positive experience for the students and something to further link us with the Senior School in terms of transition. 

In Literacy we have started to read our new text, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (no spoilers please). So far, we’ve explored the features of novels, how we can make predictions using these, considered the thoughts and feelings of characters and have challenged ourselves by assessing reading. 

As ever, thank you for your continued support,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz and the Year 6 Team.