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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Year Group Information

Year 6 Start of the Year Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

This note covers topics such as the timetable, classroom organisation, and homework. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive as we hope to make many changes to the curriculum and the learning experiences across the whole school this year. Further details will be provided on this blog or sent out via parent mail as and when they become available.

Adults in Year Six:

Class Teachers: 

Miss Stanbridge and Mrs Ali

"Keep up not Catch Up" Teacher (Fridays):

Mrs Scanlon

PPA/P.E. Teacher (Tuesdays):

Mr Rushant

PPA/French Teacher (Tuesdays):

Miss Shafi

Music Teacher (Fridays): Mrs Martin

LSAs in Upper Key Stage Two:

Mrs Lane (HLTA),

Mrs Morrissey (HLTA),

Miss Shafi,


Timetable and classroom organisation

Start of the day - 08:40 

End of the day - 15:15


1)  P.E. will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. kit and that all items are named.  P.E. kit should be kept in school unless being washed! The school P.E. kit consists of a white shirt (polo shirt or T-shirt), navy blue short, trainers and a navy blue tracksuit for outdoors (no hooded tops). Our school uniform is non gender specific.

2)  Reading books and reading records should be brought to school every day.

Children will independently change their reading books when necessary and need to bring in their reading record weekly. Class teachers will check that the children are reading suitable texts as well as encourage them to read a range of genres. 

3) Water bottles and pencil cases

Children can bring in a small, named water bottle which will be stored and used inside the classroom. Whilst school provides all the stationery required, we do realise that children enjoy bringing in their own resources in pencil cases. We would ask that they keep these to a suitable size in order to show consideration for other children sharing their table space. Every pencil case should be able to fit into a child’s tray. Contents for a pencil case could include: HB pencils, glue sticks, coloured pencils, a rubber, whiteboard pens, 30 cm ruler and a pencil sharpener.


As a school we are still in the process of reviewing our homework policy and will share any changes when final decisions have been made. For now, the priorities for homework for Year 6 children are:

  1. Reading and Spelling
  2. Learning Logs
  3. Mathletics/times tables practice including Times Table Rockstars


Reading – reading regularly is by far one of the best ways you can help your child with their learning. A Year 6 child should read with an adult for 10-15 minutes three to four days a week whatever their level of reading fluency. Regular trips to a public library or book shop would help your child to experience a range of different genres. Please talk with your child regularly about the books they are reading, even if they are a fluent reader. In depth discussion of a text ensures that the higher level meaning is fully grasped - think of the Book Club model that is so popular with adult readers!

Here is a list of recommended reading books for the age group:

End of Key Stage 2 Assessment

We appreciate that it is early to be thinking about the end of Year 6 when your child is at the beginning of this academic year. However, we feel it is important to make you aware that your child will be formally assessed in Reading, Maths, as well as Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar in May 2019. These formal tests called SATs will sit alongside our teacher assessments in Writing and science.


Curriculum Overview

This year, we will start our learning with the whole school topic ‘Belonging’ where we will base much of our work on the classic text "Tom's Midnight Garden" by Philippa Pearce. Please read regular curriculum updates in the fortnightly newsletter as well as on our class pages on the website. 

Some curriculum areas such as Science and Modern Foreign Languages will be taught as discrete subjects.

If you do have any questions concerning any aspect of the curriculum, or how your child is progressing, please do not hesitate to come into school and speak to us.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Stanbridge and Mrs Ali