We hope you’re all ready for the last term of Year 6 – there is so much to do and only 13 weeks left!
This newsletter will give you an outline of the academic layout for this term and also remind you of a few housekeeping rules!
Revision for SATs
Children should be continuing to revise in the 3 key SATs area of: Mathematics (both arithmetic and problem solving in a variety of areas); SpaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and reading (comprehension skills). Children have access to mathletics and mymaths online for maths, and spag.com for the SPAG SATs. We have also posted a multitude of materials on our school website to support children in their revision.
We started the Summer Term by reviewing the main areas of maths for our SATs. We will continue to revise key areas of learning to prepare for the SATs at the same time as covering a few remaining subjects. Our focus for the second half of the term will be using and applying & problem solving.
We will continue to practice arithmetic skills throughout the term and will still expect these to be reinforced through revision. We would like to remind parents that revision activities are posted online at mymaths.com and we have many downloadable resources on our school website – under the y6 revision page. Also encourage your child to use their Revision guides.
This term we are revising a range of different text types and comprehensions skills and reviewing spelling, grammar and punctuation for the SATS. After half term our English will be focussed on our topic (See below).
The children will continue to be assessed on their writing throughout the term.
The focus this term will be on neat handwriting and exemplary presentation as children will be preparing pieces of work for their secondary schools.
Please come along!
PE takes place every Monday and Friday so children need to have their full PE kits including suitable footwear (plimsolls) in school at all times.
This term’s topic is all based around ‘What a Performance’, culminating in the Year 6 End of Year Production. The build-up of this project will involve children learning how to: plan and write playscripts; design & make costumes, props and stage settings; perform and sing to an audience with confidence; and produce advertising for their show.
In History we will be investigating the Arts & Entertainment of the Ancient Greeks – focusing on Architecture, Sports and Theatre (tying in with our Topic and English).
For our Geography topic, we will be learning all about South America.
As part of the recommended Curriculum, Year 6 will also be taking part in a series of SRE workshops (Sex and Relationships Education). A letter will be sent out to all parents and carers and opportunities given to review the materials used in the sessions and to answer any of your questions prior to the sessions.
Transition to Secondary School
Year 6 are very soon going to be leaving for secondary school. It is vital that we prepare them to be responsible, respectful young people and independent learners. Some children need to be reminded that secondary schools operate a policy of zero tolerance. We want our Year 6 to leave St Mary’s feeling successful and proud of their time and achievements here and prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
All children should now have received confirmation of a place at secondary school and we will be contacting and speaking to all secondary transfer personnel to arrange for a transition meeting to discuss your child. In addition to this, your child’s secondary schools will be organising transition days at the beginning of July.
Year 6 Production
As with every year, Year 6 will be working very hard towards their final performance. In the weeks following SATs, we will be auditioning for the main roles and sending home scripts and lyrics to be learnt by heart. Please make sure that your child learns their lines and songs as this helps immensely with the process.
We would also like any parents/carers who are able to lend their skills towards this performance (e.g. in areas of art, acting, music and singing) to contact us at school.
- PLEASE NAME all sweaters, coats,sun hats, plimsolls etc.
- Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times. Children will be doing PE on Mondays and Fridays
- Parents and children are encouraged to check book bags for letters each day.
- Please ensure your child reads every day and ask them about what they have read.
- The most important thing is that this is an enjoyable and valued experience so that children really develop a passion for reading!
- It would be really helpful if you could send in tissues for the class – thank you.
If there is anything that you would like to talk to us about, please feel free to talk to us before or after school, or make an appointment via the school office.
We look forward to a busy spring term!
Mrs R Molloy, Mr E Quinn, Mrs S Yaseen and the Year 6 Team