Welcome

Hello 5L (soon to be 6S)! 
 
I hope you are all well and staying safe during these strange times! 
 
I wanted to write to you personally to introduce myself before we all come back to school in September. My name is Mr. Sidebottom and I am your new Year 6 teacher, alongside Mrs. Bedell who will be your new teaching assistant. We will all be moving into Mrs. Gould's current classroom at the end of the Key Stage 2 corridor.  
 
As I'm sure you already know, Year 6 is an extremely important year. Not only are there lots of exciting things to learn about but also, this is the time that you and your parents start thinking about the next chapter in your education: secondary school! I always feel it a privilege that I get to support and guide Year 6 pupils in their transition to secondary school - and I know Mrs. Bedell feels the same! On top of this, you are now the oldest children in the school; therefore, there is an expectation that you 'set the standard' for others to follow - from what I know about you in Year 5, I'm sure you will be able to rise to the occasion! 
 
Over the course of the year, we will cover some really exciting topics together such as the amazing Mayans and the vicious Vikings! We will also explore some fantastic books as part of our English curriculum. One of my favourite things to do with a new class is to read a chapter from one of our class readers at the end of the school day (Mrs. Bedell loves to do this as well!) In addition to our topics and English work, we will of course also cover all the different parts of our Maths and Science curriculum including fractions, shapes, data handling, electricity, the human body, living things and habitats. Over the course of the year, we will also go on lots of exciting trips, from exploring the depths of the Amazonian rainforest at Tropical World in Leeds, to being transported back to the times of the Vikings at Danelaw in York. In addition, we are keeping everything crossed that our Year 6 residential will be able to go ahead next year and that you will be able to access all of the fantastic activities on offer at Robinwood. 
 
Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Feather will be teaching in the other Year 6 class and Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Keighley will be teaching small groups of children for Maths and Reading. In Year 6, you will have more time mixed with the other Year 6 class and will have the chance to work with more members of the teaching staff. Year 6 has a real 'team' feeling to it - from the staff working very closely with one another to the children working in mixed groups. By giving you the opportunity to move to different classes and work with different teachers, we are able to provide you with a small snippet of what life will be like in secondary school. 
 
I know some of you might feel a little nervous about coming back to school after such a long time. You may have seen or heard things on the news or online that has upset you or made you worry. I want to reassure you that everyone in the Year 6 team - teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors - will do everything we can to help and support you. We are always here to listen and talk things through and we place a particular emphasis on emotional wellbeing, becoming resilient and developing independence. We are all in this together Year 6! I would also like to reassure you that, as a team, we will do everything we can to 'close any gaps' in your learning that may have occurred due to school closing early. 
 
On our class learning page, which can be accessed via the school website, you will find a video of your new classroom along with some transition work packs that I would like you to complete over the summer holidays. These are also included as an attachment to this letter. As you can see from the video, our class is looking a little bit empty at the moment without all of you so me and Mrs. Bedell are both really looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you in September. We can't wait to get to know you all. 
 
In the meantime Year 5 (soon to be Year 6), I want you to stay safe; look out for each other; and be kind. 
 
See you in September. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Mr. Sidebottom. 

Maths Transition Pack

English Transition Pack