I came to St Andrew’s Primary school in June 2009 working with year 2, and started teaching year 4 for the first time in September 2009. I then moved into year 2 for five years and I am teaching Year 6 for the third year.
I studied primary teaching with a specialism in PE at Edge Hill University over three years and have now completed my Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning. Year 6 is a relatively new experience for me as a teacher, although I have taught this class when they were in Year 2 so I am looking forward to another exciting year together. This year I am leading Key Stage 2 along with Maths. Since January 2015 I have been working as the Assistant Head Teacher for the school and am thoroughly enjoying my new role.
On a personal note, I enjoy playing hockey and ice hockey and am a keen runner, cycler and walker. I have recently started participating in triathlon events, often for charity. I also play golf at Baxenden. I am a season ticket holder at Blackburn Rovers.
This year we are lucky enough to have Mr Hartley working with us. Mr Hartley has been working in our school for over three years now after volunteering whilst he completed his degree. He worked with Year 6 for the last two years so has a good understanding of how the new National Curriculum has been implemented in our school.
Mr Hartley is a keen footballer who has been involved with sport from a young age. He studied sport at college before moving to Edge Hill University to study a degree in Physical Education and School sport. After volunteering here at St. Andrew’s he decided to apply as a teaching assistant and has never looked back after thoroughly enjoying his role throughout the school.
We are also lucky to have Mrs Newsham working with us in Year 6 this year. Mrs Newsham has been working at school for ten years working in a range of classes from Reception to Year 6. Mr Burns and Mrs Newsham have worked together in the past and are looking forward to doing so again this year. Mrs Newsham has completed her foundation degree, and is currently enrolled on a Ba top-up degree in Children, Schools and families.
Mrs Newsham has a love for reading and feels this is an important aspect of learning and development. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and looking after her nephew.
Homework will be handed out on a weekly basis. Children will be sent home with weekly spellings, English and Maths work. This will relate directly to what we have been learning in class or what we will be learning the week after.
Spellings must be learnt by the following Friday when they will be checked and homework must be returned by Tuesday at the latest. I will be running a homework club on Monday playtimes for children that have found completion of the given tasks difficult.
For each Topic we cover there will also be a project to complete. This will involve research and creating a presentation to put on display in the classroom.
Reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Thursday. If your child has completed a book, please sign the reading record and have the reading book in school on these days. If a book isn’t completed, still send it back into school as an adult will read with your child on these days.
This year we have PE on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. Please ensure that your child has their correct PE kit in school on these days with pumps that fit in case we decide to work outside.
The topics we will be covering this year are:
- Autumn 1 – Survival
- Autumn 2 – Britten’s got talent (Benjamin Britten)
- Spring 1 – Heroes and Villains
- Spring 2 – Super Sleuth (detective work)
- Summer – World War 2
At the end of Year 6, children take their SATs tests along with children from primary schools across the country. This year, the way SATs work is changing and is currently being developed by the government. Our SATs will be taking place before Easter and a meeting with parents will be held in advance of this. If you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to ask. Closer to the time, homework will have more of a focus on testing to allow the children to get used to the way questions are set out.
In Year 6 we have an open door policy. If you have anything that you will to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come into school and speak to us. If you would like to speak on the phone, please leave a message with the office and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support in assisting in your child’s education and development.