Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Miss Randles 
TA: Mrs Phillips and Mrs Kumar


I hope you have all had a wonderful winter break and I am so glad to be back in class teaching again! Already, it has been a great start to the term with the children returning with a fantastic attitude towards school life. I would like to say a very big thank you for all the lovely Christmas messages, gifts and yummy treats, it was very kind of you!

This term, the main focus from the children’s point of view, is our residential trip to PGL. This will take place just before the end of term (Mon 20th March – Friday 24th March), but there are a few other things going on as well!


PE lessons are on Monday afternoons (fitness training) and Thursday mornings (dance). Please make sure your child has their named PE kit in school on both days. Each child will need a pair of trainers, a white t-shirt, and blue or black shorts. As we transition into the winter months, children can wear blue or black tracksuit bottoms and a blue or black jumper.


Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Due to hygiene reasons, it is difficult to provide cups for the children, so it is important they have their own water bottle. 


Homework will be given out on a Thursday and handed back in on a Tuesday morning along with signed reading records. It will usually consist of one piece of Maths work and one piece of English however, this can differ. As always, homework not handed in on time, or not completed to a satisfactory standard, will need to be completed at break or lunchtimes. The homework set is in addition to regular reading at home and children will receive 3 merit points if their reading record is signed 3x.


All children will read with an adult during their guided reading sessions once a week within small groups. In addition to this, children will be given a schoolbook to read at home with an adult or older sibling. Reading records are checked every Monday and children are expected to read a minimum of three times a week at home where it is recorded and signed by the adult. If children have read three times they receive one merit point, if they have read five times they will receive more.


Adult Support

In Year 6 we are very lucky to have Mrs Phillips assisting the class every morning and Mrs Kumor assisting on a 1:1 basis each day. Mrs Phillips will teach on Tuesday afternoons during PPA time.



As we have SATs for Y6 during this term (May 2023) I will continue to assess the children in order to monitor their individual progress.

Please bear in mind that the papers used are past SATs papers, which were designed to be administered towards the end of Year 6, there is still some learning to take place during this academic year. (While I have told the children this, I would appreciate your reinforcement, as I know that some children will be unhappy about their performance.)

It must be noted that it is impossible in normal circumstances to ensure rigorous test conditions. For example, in test conditions, children would be seated apart to ensure independence; some children would have the support of a prompt to maintain focus; some would have extra time; some would be in a smaller room with an invigilator; etc. None of this is possible within a normal day and with normal staffing levels but will be organised for the SATs tests in May 2023.

I hope this information answers a few questions you may have. Our year 6 subject timetable is attached below with details of what the children are learning included. If you have any concerns or would like to know further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is important we all communicate and work together to ensure your child has the best possible experience at school.


Thank you for your continued support.


Eustacia Randles

Sping Term 2023

Science Knowledge Organisers  - Spring 2023


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