Class 6 - Year 6
Teacher – Mrs Gething, Mrs Jenkins (Monday afternoon)
Welcome back to School! We have lots of exciting events and activities planned this Summer and I hope that all the children enjoy their time in this final term of Primary School. We are a cosy group of 16 children who all get along extremely well together as each individual strives to reach their potential.
Your support is hugely appreciated and a major part of the success your child will experience in school. If you or your child have any concerns at all, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Throughout England, all Year 6 children will be sitting their end of Key Stage 2 assessments in mid-May. I appreciate that the idea of these tests can be unnerving; please rest assured that we do everything possible to prepare the children for the tests including examining questions and practice papers. Infact the children often don’t even realize they are taking a test, leaving all the stress and worry to the adults around them!
The timetable is as follows:
Monday 14th May English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Tuesday 15th May English Reading Comprehension
Wednesday 16th May Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17th May Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
As a school we support our children through the entire SATs process. We want them to do the best that they can and we will encourage them to do this in every way possible.
Over the coming months the children will be visiting their prospective High Schools in preparation for the Autumn term. Some schools send staff to visit the children here at Ewyas Harold and we look forward to seeing some of our past pupils when they also visit to tell the children all about their first year at High School. We have also booked places for the Herefordshire Crucial Crew project at Leominster Police Station that will also support the transition process.
Our text this term is Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly comprehension, often linked to current affairs, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons as well as our Big Write and Extended Writing sessions. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence within a specific genre or text type.
Our literacy targets focus on spelling, word, sentence, text, comprehension, punctuation and handwriting. For example, for word we will be learning about a range of prefixes and suffixes and Tricky Words. Sentence will look at developing sentences using a variety of tenses, using sentences with different forms in their writing and using different ways to link clauses and phrases. Text will be looking at a variety of punctuation including the use of semi-colons, the different ways to move a story forwards and the range of ways to organise related ideas in sections or paragraphs. We will review previously studied aspects of ‘SpaG’ (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and ensure all children are familiar with the range of different ways they can enhance their writing. Children will be encouraged to demonstrate these through writing narratives, writing about real events, writing poetry and writing for different purposes. We will also continue developing our handwriting so all children can work towards a neat, legible cursive style and earn (or re-earn) their Pen Licence.
In Maths our targets will focus upon Problem Solving, including one, two and multi-step problems and orders of operations. Fast, accurate mental arithmetic and a solid knowledge of inverse operations are at the heart of much of the work we will be covering in the early part of the term and your support in helping the children to speed up with their tables and number bonds is invaluable. Post-SATs we will undertake a small group Maths topic looking at the creation of a Theme Park that will include the planning, budgeting and organisation of such an undertaking.
In the afternoons, our topics are taught separately. In science the children will be looking at Sound, Forces and Magnetism with Mrs Jenkins. Our history topic will consider aspects of World War II. We will examine the causes and effects on countries and individuals, as well as considering its impact upon our local community. A large focus will be upon Evacuees and will link closely with our class text. Geographical skills will be include looking at maps, map reading, surveys and considering why children were re-located from their family homes to their war-time homes. We will be exploring a range of media in our representations of Portraits, as well as continuing to develop our construction skills using materials, motors and gears (particularly relating to the construction of theme park rides and mechanisms.) Music focuses on exploring musical processes whilst in PE we will be enjoying Athletics, Rounders, Tennis and Cricket led by our Sports Coach on a Tuesday afternoon and Mrs Gething on a Friday. PSHE considers why it is Good to be Me and how we can all aim high and consider the transition to High School in a few short months. RE lessons will consider why some people think God Exists and how this impacts upon their lives. Mrs Jenkins will also focus on the continuing development of the children’s Spanish.
We are all looking forward to our 3 day trip to the Oaker Wood Residential Centre in June. We will be ‘glamping’ in a designated area along with the Year 6 children from Little Dewchurch Primary. The programme aims to encourage Team Building and leadership skills, combining fun and personal development in a wonderful woodland environment. We look forward to watching the children flourish in these challenging new surroundings.
End of Term Production
The children are already considering which parts they wish to audition for in our Summer production. The second half of this term will see plenty of singing, dancing and acting along with the creation of props, costumes and scenery. We have invited the Year 5 pupils in Mrs Jones’ class to join us to bolster the singing and provide more of the minor parts for our play. More details will follow very soon . . .
Homework (grammar/punctuation, reading comprehension, spellings and maths activities) will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. This term the spelling test will be held on Friday mornings. Children will be given a series of words that follow the weekly pattern or rule and should consider both their meaning as well as their spelling. Your help and support with spellings and times tables is invaluable in helping the children to continue making good progress.
Any opportunities you can use to help your child to use timetables (TV schedules, bus timetables, etc) would be greatly appreciated. Homework is something that can cause stress to both children and parents! If you find that there are any issues, please let me know so that we can address them.
It is really important that the children read and record this every day. Once children have grasped the ‘mechanics’ of accessing a text discussing with you their reading matter is of great help to broaden their reading skills. We are working hard in school to promote Reading for Meaning. Whilst it is important for children to be heard read as much as possible, to develop your child's understanding we need to question them about what they are reading too. For example, talking about the plot, characters, what they think will happen in the book, etc. There are lots of ideas for this and some interesting websites they can access that promote that love of reading (please see the bottom of the page). Most popular children's authors have their own websites with some great activities for the children to do.
This term we will endeavour to get outside whenever we can for our activities. There are timetabled sessions for both Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The children will need T-shirt and shorts and properly fitting trainers. Getting changed for P.E. can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named. Should your child have borrowed school kit and brought it home for laundering, please could you return it so it is available for others.
A Helping Hand
Our School may be small in number, but we all know that it is often that little extra help and attention that can make a difference to a child’s progress. Here at Ewyas Harold we are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who make a difference Should you or a relative have a little spare time to come into school on a regular basis to lend a hand, or if you may be available to support the class on our excursions and events, please let me know. Maybe just 10 or 15minutes at the start of the day? The more the merrier is a well used phrase in schools, but is very true nonetheless. Mrs Mailes has the relevant paperwork in her Office.
If there is ever anything that concerns you or your child, or questions you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are several ways you can do this; you can either pop into the office to arrange a meeting time, give me a ring, see me on the playground at the end of the day or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to continuing working with you, and your children, during their final few months here at Ewyas Harold Primary School.