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A Letter to Year 6

10/05/2019 at 14:09

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Friday 10th May 2019

 

Dear Year 6,

 

Next week, you will take your SATs tests for Grammar, Spelling, Reading and Maths. We know how hard you have worked but there is something very important that you must know.

 

The SATs tests do not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create and score these tests do not know you the way we do and certainly not in the way your families know you.

 

They do not know how some of you love to draw and are incredibly artistic. They have not seen your amazing talents for dancing, gymnastics and singing. They haven’t seen how many different musical instruments you can play. They do not know that you are brilliant at science and computer games or that you have a love of history and finding out about people of the past. They do not know how fast you can run or the fantastic talents you have in all of your different sports. They do not know how much you care about your community and how you stand up for what you believe in. They do not know that you are funny and unique. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy and thoughtful and that every day you try to be your very best.

 

The scores you get on these tests will tell you something but they will not tell you everything. You will have been successful because you have worked hard to prepare and you have tried your best. We are so proud of every one of you already. There is no “test” to see how amazing you are – we already know it.

 

This weekend, make sure you rest, relax, be positive and have some fun. We know you are going to shine!

 

Good luck,

 

Mrs Heap, Mrs Hoyle, Mr Sharp, Mrs Elam, Miss Barraclough,

Mrs Sutherland, Mrs Patel, Mrs Harding & Mrs Young

 

Your Year 6 Team

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Summer Term – Week 3

03/05/2019 at 15:31

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We’ve had another great week in Year 6. The class has been really focused on their revision and are starting to look forward to our SATs week. The SATs take place Monday 13th May – Thursday 16th May.

This afternoon we moved the tables into our SATs places so we can get used to the new layout ahead of time. We are also starting to cover up displays. We want the children to feel as comfortable as possible.

The real highlight of our week has been the Year 6 Spelling Bee! Each round has been exciting and the children have impressed us with how well they have learned the spelling words. A huge well done to our 6H team of finalists: Jace, Zaynab, Laura and James!

In Literacy, we have been revising the “weird verbs” (as the children call them). After reviewing simple past, present and future tense, we moved on to present progressive and past progressive tenses. We’ve realised it’s not hard once we know what it is – it’s just knowing the name that’s new.

Present Progressive = I am dancing. / She is dancing. / They are dancing.

Past Progressive = I was dancing. / She was dancing. / They were dancing.

We have also finished our brilliant pirate stories. The children have been showing off their ability to use a balance of dialogue, narrative and action to tell an exciting story.

Homework for the next week is very important. We’ve asked the children to spend some time in their revision books and on Spelling Shed each day and then complete activities from the following list. They have been given a tick list to complete and return to school.

  • Read a good book
  • Go for a walk with your family
  • Eat your favourite meal
  • Rest – go to bed a bit earlier each night
  • Have a movie night with your family
  • Visit a relative or friend
  • Play at a playground
  • Listen to music
  • Play a sport
  • Stretch – Do some gymnastics, dance, yoga…
  • Go on a bike/scooter ride
  • Go for a swim
  • Cook or make something
  • Sing or make music

We hope you have a great long weekend and that the next week is calm and restful in your house.

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Final maths preparations

30/04/2019 at 16:03

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This week in maths we have worked on a variety of handling data such as bar charts, line graphs, comparison graphs, carrol and venn diagrams and pie charts. We have also worked on how to find the mean of a set of data and reasons for doing this.

We have also looked at angles. We have measured (very accurately actually!) acute and obtuse angles and worked out how to measure reflex angles. We have calculated the missing angles in triangles, on a straight line, around a point and in a quadrilateral.

Please ask your child and make sure they know:

  • how many degrees are in the angles of a triangle;
  • how many degrees are in the angles of a quadrilateral:
  • how many degrees are in the angles of a straight line;
  • how many degrees are in the angles of a circle/around a point.
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Does everything look the same in a mirror?

30/04/2019 at 15:57

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Last week we began a new unit of work on light. We answered and discussed some questions which were mainly revision.
This week we looked at how we see through a mirror and asked the question ‘Does everything look the same through a mirror’?
The children worked in pairs to explore letters and shapes seen through a mirror and we made a note of the things we noticed. Then we played a prediction game where each person had to predict what they thought the words would look like in a mirror. There were some interesting predictions which we learnt from!
Finally, we described how a mirror reflects an image of an object/person is:
that the light goes from LIGHT SOURCE ➜ FACE ➜ MIRROR ➜ EYE.

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Summer Term – Week 2

26/04/2019 at 08:29

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We’ve had another hard working week in Year 6. The children are very focused on their revision and doing well.

This week in Literacy, we have been revising word classes – noun, verb, adjective, adverb etc – and their jobs. We’ve been reading an extract from the classic text, Black Beauty, and writing exciting pirate stories!

Homework:

1. Practise for the Spelling Bee.

We expect everyone to spend some time on Spelling Shed over the weekend. There are two new assignments to help the children prepare for the Spelling Bee.

The Year 6 Spelling Bee will take place May 1st – 3rd. The children have been given the list of words to revise in preparation for this exciting event. Please encourage your child to identify the words he/she needs to practise and do a few each day. Two helpful strategies for learning words are read/cover/write/check and pyramid writing.

2. Learning Log – Come up with 5 homonym questions for our game next week. Due Wednesday 1st May.

3. Word Classes – Complete the word class practice sheets. Due Wednesday 1st May.

4. Maths revision sheet

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The Summer Term Begins

18/04/2019 at 15:39

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6H has had a great first week back after the Easter break. Everyone has been very focused and working hard on our revision sessions. Children may wish to look at the topics we’ve covered in their CGP revision books.

Revision topics this week:

  • Using apostrophes for possession and omission (contractions)
  • Singular and plural possessive apostrophes
  • Spelling target words
  • Reading question types – particularly inference

Homework:

1. Practise for the Spelling Bee.

The Year 6 Spelling Bee will take place May 1st – 3rd. The children have been given the list of words to revise in preparation for this exciting event. Please encourage your child to identify the words he/she needs to practise and do a few each day. Two helpful strategies for learning words are read/cover/write/check and pyramid writing.

2. Maths revision sheet

 

We hope everyone has a lovely, long weekend!

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