PGL Parent Powerpoint - Please ensure all medical forms are returned the first week of term.
5 Quick-Wins Before SATs
1) Rest - a good night's sleep is crucial the night before, ideally the whole weekend will be one of rest and relaxation.
2) No last-minute cramming - do a little bit (see homework sheet) of revision if it helps you relax, if it's stressing you out: STOP!
3) Breakfast - come in on Monday (and the rest of the week) well-fed. Make sure it's a breakfast that will get you through the morning (yep, the boring ones!).
4) Get a little exercise - if you can, walk to school every day next week. If this isn't an option try and do a little five-minute routine to get the blood flowing in the morning.
5) Chill - the work is done, you've done your best, just come in and show us what you've got!
Pre-SATs Home Learning
Homework due in 10/3/19 + Mock SATs scores explained
PLEASE READ ME!
Homework (due in 3/5/19)
Spring Term Done!
So Spring Term is all done, we're 2/3 of the way through. The children have worked really well this term and we're nearing the SATs as prepared as we can be. We'll only have three weeks back after the Easter break and then they start: they really are coming around fast.
As a reminder the week breaks down like this:
Monday - SPaG
Tuesday - Reading
Wednesday - Arithmetic and Reasoning
Thursday - Reasoning
With the date so close we're setting homework for the holidays (please see below); I have specifically chosen areas of the curriculum which require attention so please allow the children to use the internet to support their learning.
I hope you have a wonderful break.
Easter Holiday Homework
Homelearning (please note the day it is to be handed in!)
Home work (apologies for only getting it up now)
Home Learning - Due in Fri 22nd March
PLEASE READ THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS/CHILDREN:
There has been increasing interaction between some of the children online so it seems a good time to pull together a couple of things to think about.
1) The government recommend that children are off their devices at least one hour before bed
2) Ideally, children's time online should take place in a 'shared' space
3) Many apps come with age guidance, though it may seem unnecessary, this is put in place for a reason and should be followed
4) It is sensible to be aware of your child's online activity, speak to them about it and any concerns they have
For more formal guidance about how to keep your children safe online, please go to: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/11-13/ or https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
We are also becoming concerned about the amount of sleep some of the children are getting - indeed some of them are starting the day looking exhausted. Advice for children aged 10-11 is to get a minimum of 10 hours per night: https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-much-sleep-does-my-child-need/
Thank you for your continued support in these and all matters. Please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Y6 team should you feel the need.
Mr Tatum, Miss Cross and Mrs Channing
Back with a Boom and a Bang!
Yep, it's like that week never was, such is the ferocity of the pace in Y6, still it's good to be back.
This week we've been looking at: poems (The Land of Counterpane and The Land of Nod) by Robert Louis Stevenson in English; algebra (the dreaded algebra) in maths; continued reading Refugee Boy for guided reading; looked back through the decades in history (hopefully your children have been asking you about your memories); and use of satire in art! Like I say, back with a boom and a bang!
Home learning this week is:
Y6 Books: Spelling (22, 23 + 24); Number, Ratio and Algebra (14, 15 + 16); and Reading 'A Night with a Wolf' (Poetry, 20 - 26)
Y5 Books: SPaG (60 + 61); Maths (42 + 43); and Reading 'From a Railway Carriage (16 + 17).
The children's spellings are: profession, programme, pronunciation, queue, recognise, recommend, restaurant, rhyme, rhythm and sacrifice.
Don't forget World Book Day on Thursday!
So there it is, the half-way point in the year. Well done to all the children for their effort and focus.
Half Term Homework has been set, the books and pages are;
Arithmetic (14, 15, 16 + 17)
Punctuation (10, 11, 12 + 13)
Reading, Non-fiction, 'Drive-in to 1950s America (12 - 19)
Due in 1/3
neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical, prejudice, privilege
Test is on 1/3
Thank you parents for all of your support this year so far, it really does make a huge difference.
...and then a well earned rest!
Home learning this week is:
Grammar: 20 - 23
Arithmetic: 45 - 47
Reading (Poetry): Kite Flight, 14 - 19
Snow Let Up!
That's right, we just plough on here in Year 6; there ain't snow stopping us. Okay, enough puns. I hope that the weather didn't caused too many traumas at home and that the children managed to get out and enjoy it!
Homework this week:
I've set the home learning for this week and the children all made the right noises and wrote it down. If they should lose track of where it they wrote it down the pages are as follows:
Reading (Fiction): An Underground City (pg 12 - 21)
Punctuation: 36 - 39 (colons and semi-colons)
Arithmetic: 36 + 37 (this is a change to the original pages published)
Spellings for this week are: (please try and find an opportunity to practise)
Due in: 1/2/19
Year 6 books
Spelling Book 1: 2 - 5
Reading (Non-fiction): 'Dare to Dance' p2 - 9
Maths (Number, Ratio and Algebra): 8 - 10
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: 6 + 7
Maths: 6, 7 + 8
Reading: 'Tales of King Arthur' 8 + 9
Happy New Year!
That's right, school's back! I imagine the children were literally itching to get back here after all those days of Christmas. And we've hit the ground running here's what we're doing:
Maths - finishing off position and direction; hitting the decimals (to three places), including multiplication and division; and then we're on to percentages.
English - all of our upcoming work is inspired by the Harris Burdick Mysteries. A truly amazing collection of work that has already grabbed the children's attention.
Topic - I'm reading 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson which is fitting because we're looking at Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Mountains in Geography, something Bill covers in his books with his usual panache. It's a really interesting subject with plenty of self-study opportunities open to the children. As well as that, they'll be creating a 'Throwie' in art, learning about Sikhism in RE and pushing their gymnastic skills in PE.
I hope 2019 will be a wonderful year for us all!
What More Can I Do?
It's highly likely that you're trying to find something at home to give your children a little boost as we accelerate towards the SATs in May - it's sooner than you think! - here are some tips and websites to help:
1) Read, read and then read some more. The expectations for the end of Y6 are high and reading enables the children to access all areas of the curriculum, even the maths reasoning papers require quite a bit of reading and interpretation. Try and range your child's reading diet: poems, information text, news, stories, leaflets, anything you can get your hands on!
2) If you can find the time, sit down with them when they're doing their home learning. It's in the SATs style and will give you and idea of what they're mastering. Don't be afraid to write any questions you have in their reading records for one of us to answer - just make sure it's asked before Friday morning when the learning is due in!
3) Talk about the curriculum with them; I'm confident you'll be staggered at the information they have at their fingertips
4) Want them to earn their Fortnite time? Try some of these websites:
Bug Club logins
Looking for more variety in your child's reading? This platform will give the children specific reading tasks to do at home, there will be plenty on there!
Times Tables Rock Stars!
Want to live your unfulfilled rock and roll dreams through your little ones? Now's your chance. Can they shred their way to the top of the class charts and the wide world of TT Rock Stars beyond? Only time (and hard work) will tell. There will be a parents meeting about this platform on Weds 21st with a KS2 roll out Monday 26th.
Toy or Bird? - A Class Poem
Steal like thieves,
Eyes as sharp as a telescope,
The red kite soars,
This agile bird,
king of the sky!
Sharp wings cut the air,
Dipping down he claims his prize,
At full flight his wingspan is colossal,
He darts and moves;
the tiniest twitch of a muscle.
A Red Kite Class Collabortation