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Autumn Term 2017 (second half)

Welcome back.  The children had so many great experiences at Rhos-y-Gwaliau, hopefully everybody is now rested and ready for this half-term!

In English this half term we will be start off by writing about our experiences and memories of Rhos-y-Gwaliau using a selection of different genres.  This will be followed by writing discussion texts, including how to develop a balanced argument.

Our next Science topic will look at Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.  We will also look at different habitats and how organisms have adapted to live in them.

In ICT, we will be continuing to develop apps of our own using App Shed.  The children have been given log-ins which can be used at home: they are welcome to continue to work on their apps at home as well as in school if they choose.   

Finally, please do feel free to come and talk to us if you have any concerns or questions.

Diary dates:

Wednesday 8th November, 9 am:  Year Rhos-y-Gwaliau assembly for parents 

Thursday 9th November:  Visit to S.S. Great Britain in Bristol (at school for 7.45 am please!)

Friday 15th December, 9 am:  Year 6 Christmas assembly for parents

Mrs Prendiville   Mrs Norman   Mr Robinson   Mrs Bennett   Mrs Carvill

The Year 6 parent information evening presentation 2017 can be found here.

To see what we are learning this term click here

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Year 6 – the children’s final year at Winnersh Primary School, and an exciting and busy year!

Year 6 take on many roles and responsibilities throughout the year, as well as working hard on all areas of the curriculum. We also plan visits and visitors to enhance the learning opportunities, including the Year 6 residential trip, which this year is to Rhos-y-Gwaliau.

Details of our learning this term can be found by following the link above. 

Homework is set weekly for both English and Maths. It is expected that all pupils will complete their homework to a high standard, with the option of attending Homework Club on Tuesday lunch time if necessary. The children will also have weekly spellings to learn and various exciting projects to complete throughout the year.

All the pupils have a diary so that they can record homework and the date it is due in, dates to remember and any special projects they need to complete. We are hoping to develop their independence and organisational skills during the year! It would be really helpful if you could continue to hear your child read, and record this in their diaries too. Research shows that even able readers really benefit from reading aloud occasionally.

We will be doing outdoor PE each week on Wednesdays and Fridays, so please ensure that your child has the correct, well-fitting footwear and PE kit for this.

Please pop in to speak to us if you have any concerns or questions. We look forward to a busy and productive year!

Year 6 Homework

In Year 6, we encourage pupils to complete homework tasks as independently as possible. However, your support and encouragement are invaluable.

For example, you could help your child:

  • - to be organised
  • - to be aware of task deadlines
  • - to consider what is appropriate quality and quantity for each task

Each week, pupils have –

Maths homework: This is given on a Friday, and needs to be back in school by the following Wednesday. We give the pupils a task which includes both revision of skills and a challenge, and ask them to complete as much as possible, marking any areas that they find tricky.

Pupils also have times tables to learn. These are suggested according to individual need. All pupils have a weekly Buzztime tables test.

English homework: This can take various formats; for example writing a report, completing a grammar based activity, or researching interesting vocabulary for a written task. All pupils have individual spelling lists to learn, and these are recorded in their diaries. All pupils have a weekly spelling test.

Topic/other subjects: These tasks may include researching a particular subject, or completing a personal project. During each month, one task has a particular theme, and we encourage the pupils to find out about something or person connected with a wide topic such as “Communication” or “Exploration”. We also have a “Balloon Race” in the Autumn and Spring terms, which involves researching a famous person from an historical period or a Shakespeare play. Full details are given to the pupils to put in their diaries.

Please talk to us if you feel your child is struggling with homework tasks. We run a Tuesday lunchtime drop-in homework club, where pupils may come in to complete tasks, use the computers or ask for additional help.

Year 6 enjoyed lots of different activities during our Victorian Day in September. Miss Susan and Jack from “Portals to the Past” organised a classroom experience, talks and artefacts, a chance to learn street games plus a lesson in waltzing!

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