'We Journey With Jesus Beside Us'

Year 6E / 6G

 Welcome to Year 6



Miss Eglin and Miss Gilmour (class teacher), Mrs Stevens (teaching assistant) would like to welcome all children, parents and carers to our class page.

Here, you will find information about our class, both in school and if you need to self - isolate at home at any time.



School uniform   

Is nearly the same this year as it always has been – including the wearing of ties at all times! The only difference is that you can wear black trainers instead of shoes - but remember, no logos or other colours, please.

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PE Kits

From this half term (Autumn 2) onwards, PE will take place on Tuesdays. On these days, come into school in your PE kit:

Black tracksuit bottoms (not shorts as it will be colder)

A plain t-shirt

A tracksuit top or jumper - any colour, but if it’s black or blue, even better!

Plain, black trainers 

Men's Plain Tracksuit Zip Up Hoodie - Fabrica Fashion



Year 6 Class Timetable


Here is a normal daily timetable for Year 6 children:


Morning Prayers and register


Guided Reading




Break time






Lunch time


Multiplication Practise 


RE / Geography / History / Science / Art / DT


Prayer and home time

Extracurricular activities

Thursday PM – French lesson



Homework / Reading

Instead of written homework this year, we would like you to practise your maths skills on Times Tables Rock Stars and read a lot! We expect you to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each evening. This will really help you to make good progress in all aspects of your English.


Reading books are being sent home. They will be changed on a Monday or Thursday so that we can ‘quarantine’ books before they are read again by other children.

There are no reading records for parents / carers to complete this year so please read regularly as it will help you.


Other websites to help you at home:

Letter Join - practise your handwriting  


User name:             jk2914         

Account Password:   home


Oxford Owl e-books


User name:             Year 4P4      

Account Password:   StDunstans4P


 The Remote Curriculum: What is being taught to pupils at home 2020 / 2021. 

Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, The Department for Education expects schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. At St Dunstan's, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. 

The expectations for remote learning are as follows:

  • Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
  • Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality curriculum resources and/or videos.
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work.
  • Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.
  • Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers


How will my child access any on-line remote education? How will my child be taught remotely?  

We will be using the Seesaw platform to set work for children in 4P. 

From Year 1 to Year 6, we use Seesaw, which is a platform for student engagement used in over 150 countries that can be used on any device through the Seesaw app or online.

We use a combination of approaches to teach pupils remotely. Teaching will be recorded teaching (including by subject specialists); on-line reading books; commercially available websites; internet research. 

Teachers can set learning for the class and children can complete the work, through writing, drawing, audio / video recording or by sending photos.

Seesaw does not require students to have an established e-mail or Google account.

We will be teaching children in school how to use the Seesaw platform and then they can teach parents and carers! If you want further information on the platform, you may find the information attached at the end of the page.     



Remote Learning Timetable - January 2021

Monday - Maths, English, Collective Worship, PE

Tuesday - Maths, English, Computing, Science, Forest School  

Wednesday - Maths, English, RE, PE

Thursday - Maths, English, French, Geography or History 

Friday - Maths, English , RE, PE 


How long can I expect work set by school to take my child each day? 

In line with DfE guidance, the amount of work set is: 

KS1 - 3 hours a day (on average)

KS2 - 4 hours a day (on average)


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? 

If your child is isolating whilst the rest of their bubble are in school, he / she can expect the following provision from school.



Where it can be found

A timetable of the week

A breakdown of which subjects will be taught on which days

Class page of the website

Lessons, usually three a day.



Day 1: immediate provision

Uploaded slides, worksheets and links to other relevant websites. These will be the same as the ones used in the classroom.

If we are notified of an absence in the morning, isolating pupils will be expected to work from the websites detailed above and read their reading books. Seesaw class work will be ready for the morning of Day 2. 

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)

Class - related activities / programmes for reinforcement

This may include:

Times Tables Rock Stars

Number Bots

White Rose Maths

Mini - projects

E - Books 

Educational videos


Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


Reading / Phonics  

Read at least 30 minutes every day

Appropriate level books will be sent home with children

First News reading activities

Epic Reading resources

Phonics websites


Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


Keeping Healthy

Sleep, exercise and hygiene website provision

Further details on class pages

Feedback from the teacher

All children are expected to post the work they have completed onto Seesaw or Tapestry, where the teachers will give oral or written feedback.

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


































                                                                                                                                                                If your child’s bubble is isolating and at least one teacher is fit and well to work or if there is full lockdown and the whole school has to close, he or she can expect the following provision from school.



Where it can be found

A timetable of the week

A breakdown of which subjects will be taught on which days

Class page of the website

A daily timetable

A breakdown of the daily activities, which are age and stage appropriate. This will explain what the children should complete with suggested timings of when they should complete it.

Tapestry - Nursery / Reception

Seesaw - Years 1 - 6

A morning video

A message from a member of the year group team. This will involve a rundown of the daily timetable and a mention of the highlights from the day before.

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


A weekly assembly

A collective worship assembly with a theme, prayers and scripture presented by a member of staff

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)

Lessons, usually three a day.

A video/ explanation of the learning and learning task, slides, worksheets and links to other relevant websites.

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


Class - related activities / programmes for reinforcement

This may include:

Times Tables Rock Stars

Number Bots

White Rose Maths

Mini - projects

E - Books 

Educational videos


Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


Reading / Phonics 

Read at least 20 minutes every day

Appropriate level books will be sent home with children

First News reading activities

Epic Reading resources

Phonics websites


Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)


Keeping Healthy

Sleep, exercise and hygiene website advice and activities 

Further details on class pages

Feedback from the teacher

All children are expected to post the work they have completed onto Seesaw or Tapestry where the teachers will give oral or written feedback.

Seesaw or Tapestry (accessed through class page)




Keeping Healthy

Sleep It is important that children get an appropriate amount of sleep each night. The following guidelines should be considered: Ages 3-5 (11-13 hours of sleep), Ages 5-10 (10-11 hours of sleep), Ages 11 up (9 to 10 hours of sleep).

Exercise: Children should be exercising at least an hour each day most of which should be moderate or vigorous aerobic activity.

Hygiene: Be sure to follow best practice hygiene including brushing teeth twice a day, bath and change clothes daily, wash hands regularly and follow all health recommendations.


What are your expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

 We recognise the enormous difficulties involved with parents having to juggle their own work as well as that of their children, and very importantly - the significant challenges working remotely can have on children’s mental health and wellbeing. We are keen to work with our families and support in whatever ways we are able so that, together we can provide remote leaning which is accessible, challenging and fun. This support will differ depending on the age and ability of the child. Younger children will need more adult-led interaction from their parents/carers, while many older children may be able to work more independently. If your child is struggling with home learning and becoming upset or the learning is causing friction in the household, please take a break from it. You can return to it later on.

Children are expected to:

  • Complete learning to the deadline set by teachers
  • Complete their learning to their usual high standard 
  • Ask for help and support if they are struggling with any of their work


Parents/carers are expected to:

  • Support their child’s learning to the best of their ability and encourage their child to access and engage with Seesaw. 
  • Ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place to protect their child working online. The following websites and organisations provide excellent information for parents/carers regarding keeping children safe online; Internet matters, London Grid for Learning, Net-aware, Parent info, Thinkuknow and the UK Safer Internet Centre.
  • Be mindful of the mental well-being of both themselves and their child and encourage their child to take regular breaks, play games, get fresh air and relax.
  • Check their child’s completed work each day and encourage the progress that is being made.
  • Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete learning.
  • Seek help from the school if they need it.
  • Provide a routine for children to follow.
  • Support children in sending their child’s learning to school via Seesaw so that it can be assessed by the class teacher.
  • Ensure that reading is still high priority even while learning at home. Use books at home or the free online reading sites Oxford Owl Reading or Epic Books. 


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are any concerns? 

Children are expected to submit their learning daily through Seesaw. Staff will make notes about engagement and look to support any children who are not engaging. Where engagement is a concern, we will contact parents/carers through a phone call. This will be to inform parents/carers of the lack of engagement and consider possible reasons for this and how we can further support the child in their remote learning.

If a member of staff is unable to contact a family via phone or text and remote learning is still not being submitted to school, a home visit will take place. 


How will you assess my child's work and progress? 

 Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Class teachers will aim to view and feedback in some way each school day. Staff mental health and wellbeing is as important to us as that of our pupils and their families: feedback will be during the normal hours of a school day and children and parents should not expect teachers to respond during evenings or weekends. As with teacher assessments in the classroom, teachers will be constantly assessing how children are coping with the tasks provided and may make changes to future tasks accordingly. Feedback methods will include written feedback, learning ideas and examples and motivational comments; and, where appropriate, verbal feedback during phone calls. There may be some occasions, when a staff member is ill and feedback is slightly delayed for a day. This will be rectified as soon as possible.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

 We have identified children and families who can have a DfE laptop or borrow a school laptop for pupils to access Seesaw.

If parents are struggling with an internet connection, they must contact school for additional guidance and support which can include gaining a sim card with A 90- day data allowance to use with your devices at home. We can also look into local and national schemes to increase parent’s mobile data allowances.

 If pupils cannot access any online material, printed materials (if needed) will be made available if school is contacted with advanced notice. This work can then be handed in on a weekly basis for the teachers to assess.


How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?   

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

 For our families of children with SEND, we consider each child individually. Home learning is then set to meet the needs of that child. This work should be linked to the targets that are set on their pupil profiles. We consider the child's learning style and how they learn best and then work to tailor the home learning which is set. Classteachers and the SENDCO will look at the gaps in the child’s learning which have been identified and ensure they are being supported effectively. Communication with families of children with SEND is vital to ensure their child/ren are supported. This may be to assess needs or to support practices that have been implemented in school to be used at home.



Questions and Answers about Remote Learning

Why is the provision different for children who are isolating whilst their bubble are still in school?

Whilst a child’s bubble are still in school, throughout the day, all teachers will be teaching their classes. The time teachers have to prepare high quality lessons and provide meaningful feedback along with their other duties within the school is finite. Therefore, it will not be possible for teachers to pre-record detailed explanations of the work set in these circumstances.

Is my child expected to do work at home when they are ill?

If your child is ill, they must take the time to rest and recover and are not expected to work from home. However, if a child no longer feels ill, but are still considered contagious (10 days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms), parents and carers must phone the admin team to let the school know that teachers can begin posting work to their child’s Tapestry/ Seesaw account.

Will my child receive a phone call from their teacher whilst they are isolating?

As teachers are able to interact with their pupils through Tapestry and Seesaw, staff will not be making telephone calls to children unless there are pre-arranged or exceptional circumstances. However, if a full lockdown occurs and children have to receive remote learning for more than two weeks, wellbeing calls will be arranged.

Why are the teachers not delivering live lessons?

At St Dunstan’s, Safeguarding is of the upmost importance and the senior leadership team feel that the Safeguarding of our children will be put at risk if children have to connect to a live lesson from home with at least 30 other people online at the same time.

In addition, we respect the rights of our staff as well as our children and whilst there is a lack of proven effectiveness and appropriateness for primary school aged children to attend live lessons, we will be posting pre-recorded lessons online.

Live lessons mean that both a device and the children have to be available at a specific time of the day, putting additional pressure and expectations on families who are often juggling working from home whilst trying to support their child. When lessons are pre-recorded, children can have a level of independence to choose which order they would like to undertake their learning.

Live lessons require both a device and a greater internet band width that not all families have access to, creating an inequality of opportunity. For families with more than one child isolating, there would be an even higher demand on the availability of technology at a specific time.

In the classroom, teachers are highly skilled at being responsive to the children’s needs. However, this type of interaction is not possible in the same way online. On the other hand, a pre-recorded lesson can be paused, listened to again or fast forwarded, allowing children additional time and support if needed to complete a task. Staff can also post additional videos and resources for individuals in the same way a child would get personalised support and challenge in class. Whereas, due to the nature of online video communications, a live lesson to 30 children at once would have a more blanket/ passive approach. Seesaw also allows the teaching staff to give instant personal verbal or written feedback to help guide the children with their learning, help them build on their previous knowledge and keep them motivated to keep learning from home.



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