Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 6 - Mr Oakley, Mrs Preedy and Mrs Russell

Welcome to Year 6!


The Year 6 team:

6O: Mr Oakley

6RP: Mrs Preedy & Mrs Russell

Learning Assistants: Mrs Bridges, Mrs Hipkin & Mrs Paish (formerly Mrs Culbert)


Mr Oakley has previously taught in Birmingham and Walsall in a range of Key Stage 2 classes. Mr Oakley is responsible for Science in the school. He may look like he is the height of the Eiffel Tower, but he is actually only 6ft 7 (unfortunately most door frames are 6ft 6 so he might not be able to get in your classroom)! Feel free to challenge him to see if he can fit through any door frames you come across.


Mrs Preedy has been teaching in TJ for 17 years in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Mrs Preedy is our Assistant head and is responsible for PSHE & IPC in the school. If you want to give Mrs Preedy the creeps, ask her a question about her favourite bird: it turns out she is not a big fan of any birds! On top of this, Mrs Preedy is a big sports fan and loves to organise and colour code!


Mrs Russell is revelling in the opportunity of teaching year 6 and has previously taught in most of our Junior classes. Mrs Russell is responsible for International at our school and has a particular interest in EAL. If you want to find out more about Mrs Russell, ask her about her love of Land Rovers!


Mrs Paish (previously known as Mrs Culbert) is an experienced learning assistant who has a passion for running! Feel free to challenge her to a race if you see her out and about: although don't expect to win! 


Mrs Bridges has got to be one of the longest serving learning assistants in TJ history! A stalwart in the local community, you'll often see her walking her dog at 7am before she steps into the classroom. If you ever need to know anything about TJ, Mrs Bridges is the lady to go to!


Mrs Hipkin, the lady who's joyous smile and laugh will be felt before you learn her name. One of the best emotional coaches in our school, Mrs Hipkin's empathy and understanding is known throughout our community and is always someone to trust and go to when the time is needed.


We are super excited for our return to school in September and can't wait to get back into some and old and some new routines. This term we will be focusing on the IPC topic 'The Holiday Show' and learning all about the circulatory and respiratory system in science. 

Homework will be given on the following days: 

  • Monday:
    • Spelling activities to be completed throughout the week before
  • Friday:
    • Grammar, punctuation and spelling worksheet
    • Maths homework, either on MyMaths or as a worksheet


Reading should be ongoing throughout the week. Children can quiz at school or at home using the following link:

Subject Overview 2023-2024

Mr Oakley:

Mrs Preedy:

Mrs Russell:


Email Communication Statement


As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.

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