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Autumn Term 2017 (first half)

Welcome back.  We hope you’ve all had a great summer break and are refreshed, relaxed and ready to embrace the exciting challenges of Year 6!  

In English this half term we will be looking at poetry, with a particular focus on the use of imagery and figurative language. Following our poetry unit, we will focus on writing instructions.

We will teach Maths in our own classes for the first few weeks of this term, and will be completing assessment tests too, so that we can get an accurate picture of the children’s abilities.

Our topic this term is The Victorians, and we are looking forward to our Victorian Day on Thursday September 14th. Please come and talk to us if you need any ideas for Victorian costumes - these can usually be made really easily with items that you already have.

Our highlight of this half term will be our visit to Rhos-y-Gwaliau - please see below for the parents’ meeting date.

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

Diary dates:

Tuesday 19th September, 6 pm:  Rhos-y-Gwaliau meeting for parents

Year 6 Curriculum meeting for parents date and time to be confirmed

Sunday 15th – Friday 20th October:   Rhos-y-Gwaliau visit

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