Welcome to Year 6 Kestrel! My name is Mr Schoner and I am the Kestrel class teacher. I am really looking forward to teaching the 22 enthusiastic and hard-working children that make up the class for their final year at Hannah More. Another adult who couldn't part with the class is Lisa, our fantastic LSA, who shares my excitement for the year ahead! Lisa works across the year 6 classes in the morning supporting lots of groups of children in their learning and with smaller groups in the afternoons from across the year group.
We are joined by Sophie in the mornings who will be working for a few days of the week to help us all with our learning skills in class. We are also ably supported by Miss Stevens (our P.E teacher) and Mr Wells for this term who will be covering me on a Thursday afternoon while I have a cup of tea and work with Mr Cook to plan the exciting learning that will be going on the following week.
If you ever need to speak to me about anything, big or small, please come find me on the playground or phone the office to make an appointment (better for the big things!).
In year 6 we do maths, literacy and guided reading every morning. We also do arithmetic, spelling and grammar lessons through the week too.
In the afternoons we do handwriting, circle time, coding, PSHE, French, PE and of course our all-exciting topic lessons!
Check out our class blog for the latest exciting news!!
In May 2017, Year 6 children will be taking their SATs tests. The government has changed the SATs for 2016 onwards so this year's cohort will be the second to take the new style tests. We will hold meetings in the near future about changes to the tests and how you can help at home.
In every lesson we conduct a thorough assessment of the children's learning and ensure that work and targets are set according to each child's individual need. Through the year the school will arrange a series of parent's evenings (also known as Learning Review Meetings) where we will discuss your child's progress to date, what they need to do next and how you can help. If you're ever curious about how your child is getting on in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch and let me know.
Homework will be set every Thursday and should be handed back in every Monday. As the children are old enough to manage themselves now, we will expect all homework returned or children may have to find time during break or lunch to complete it. You will receive a text message on Monday afternoon if your child has not returned their homework.
They will be set maths, literacy, topic and either spelling or grammar homework each week. The homework may, at times, appear challenging but we strongly encourage parents to support their child's learning at home and to talk through difficult homework with children. As the children transition to secondary school, it is important that they become used to regularly completing challenging homework. If children need further help, then homework club runs after school every Thursday.
Miss Stevens (our school's sport coach) will deliver PE every Thursday afternoon. We will also be swimming at Easton Leisure Centre every Thursday morning until October half term.
It would be super helpful if children came to school wearing their school uniform with their PE kit and their swimming kit into a bag. When we get to the swimming pool, they'll change into their swimming gear. After the swimming lesson, they'll then change into their PE kit ready for the afternoon PE lessons. Phew... Thursday is going to be a busy day!
We will leave school at 10.30am for our swimming session at 11am, aiming to get back to school no later than 12.10pm. We always need parent volunteers to help us walk to the leisure centre so if you'd like to come and watch your child learning in the pool please let me know.
Although they are now in Year 6, it is still vitally important that your child reads every day. They should read for at least 15 minutes in the evening and it will really help push on children's learning if they were asked questions about what they have just read.
Children can change books every day during our guided reading sessions. We have a new electronic lending system which should make lending easier and enable us to monitor who is and isn't regularly taking books. To support your child even further, the school has a subscription to BugClub; a fantastic reading, spelling and grammar resource that your child can access at home. All children will know their log in details and need the school code: gxg3
If your child does not have a book bag, one can be purchased cheaply from the school office.
Transition to secondary
This is children's last year at Hannah More and parents should start thinking about secondary schools right away. Applications will be opening very soon and the deadline is 31 October. It is vital that applications are on time to ensure you stand the best chance of getting the school place you want for your child.
Please click here for further information from Bristol City Council. If you need any help or advice, please see Ruth, Samira or Khalif in the community office.