Year 6 team
Class teachers - Mrs Sarah Webb and Ms Sadie French in Colombo class and Miss Georgia Whitaker in Brasilia class
LSAs - Mrs Di Smith and Mrs Philippa Doyle
November 2019 updates
Please find below 3 videos made by Miss Whitaker and Mrs Webb to provide further information regarding the SATs that the children will be taking in May 2020.
Video 1 - Supporting at home in readiness for the SATs
Video 2 - What is going on in school to prepare for Y6 SATs
Video 3 - Our SATs plans for May
Please also find attached SATs guidance from the DfE and the video below.
November update letter
Over the next six weeks your child will be studying ‘Extreme Survivors’. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum and focuses on ‘Habitats’. We will be linking many of our English activities to this unit.
This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum specifically Science, Technology and International
2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners – our school values.
3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How living things survive in the hot, dry desert
- How animals adapt to living in extreme habitats
- Which invertebrates live in micro-habitats
- About a variety of food chains and webs
- About the effects of global warming
- How animals are classified
- How humans are impacting on the populations of animals
In Technology, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How to make a bathyscope (an underwater viewing device)
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- Which world habitats and species deserve protection
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach their learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
Together with your child, try to ﬁnd out about the plants and animals that live in extreme environments (e.g. in the coldest, driest, highest or deepest places on Earth) and how they have adapted in order to survive. Find out how global warming is melting the polar ice caps and what actions we can take to reduce this process. Watching the current BBC One David Attenborough programme ‘Seven Worlds One Planet’ will deepen their understanding of many of the areas studied in this topic.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
- Outdoor PE continues with Ryan on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your child has the correct named PE uniform including trainers for this day. Further details about the PE uniform can be found at: https://www.deanshangerprimary.co.uk/page/?title=Policies+and+other+important+documents&pid=52
- Forest School is on a Friday afternoon. Again, please make sure that Forest School kit is in school on that day.
- Please make sure that your children is recording their home reading at least five times a week in their ‘Home/School Diary’ and that you are signing their diary once a week.
- It would be good if you could regularly discuss the books your child’s reading with them to check understanding of key ideas and themes.
- We are beginning to place homework details on the school website on the Year 6 class page at: https://www.deanshangerprimary.co.uk/page/?title=Year+6&pid=34
- You will find a Year 6 Booklist and a booklet detailing the requirements of the Year 6 maths and English curriculum. These are intended to help you support your child’s learning.
- There is currently a serialisation of Philip Pullman’s books ‘His Dark Materials’ on BBC One on Sunday evenings. It would be good if your child could watch this! This is an excellent series of books to read.
- Homework activities should be handed in on a Tuesday.
- Your child should be accessing Times Table Rockstars weekly.
- Please make sure your child has a warm coat and accessories now the weather is colder.
- Ensure that water bottles are cleaned weekly or daily at home, returned to school ready for use.
- A Christmas jumper, top or accessories might be good for your child to wear for various Christmas celebrations.
- If we do have to close the school due to snow/bad weather, please check the school website for further details.
Events this term
- Friday 22nd November – Colombo Celebration Assembly @2:40 pm. Parents please attend.
- Monday 25th November – Open Book Afternoon. All parents welcome to view work in books.
- Wednesday 27th November – Parents Meeting about SATS. Please note this has been brought forward due to feedback received at Parents’ Evening. Revision books and papers are currently available to order. Please contact Naomi Godwin for further details.
- Friday 6th December – PTA Christmas Fete
- Tuesday 10th December – Trip to the pantomime at Milton Keynes theatre
- Thursday 12th December – Seven Worlds One Deanshanger ( Sharing of children’s work). Details to follow.
- Thursday 19th December – Christmas Celebration at Holy Trinity Church. More details to follow.
We hope this newsletter provides you with all the information you need. If you have any further queries, please contact us.
With all best wishes,
Year 6 Teaching Team
September 2019 Welcome letter
We hope that you have had a fantastic summer and are ready for an exciting, excellent year ahead.
Things you need to know about our classes:
- The class teachers are Miss Whitaker and Mrs Webb, Mrs Smith will be helping us in most of our lessons this year and Mrs Doyle will be joining us on a Wednesday each week. Mrs Krelle will be supporting Colombo class on Thursdays and Fridays.
- We have outdoor PE on Wednesday afternoons with Ryan. You need to have correct outdoor PE kit including trainers (Please see uniform policy found at: https://www.deanshangerprimary.co.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=233&type=pdf.)
- Forest School will be on a Friday afternoon from 1.00pm. This means that if your class are attending Forest School you will need to have your lunch slightly earlier and return to class before 1.00pm. Forest School kit must be worn in order to safely participate in all activities. You may not be allowed to complete activities if you are in the wrong kit. However, children will not miss out on Forest School completely if they do not have their kit. (Brasilia will have their first Forest School session on 6th September and Colombo on the 13th September).
- Home/school diaries need to be in school every day in order to record daily reading. The name of the book and the pages read should be recorded each time. They will be checked every Friday; please ensure that this is signed by an adult.
In Year 6, we expect students to read at least five times a week and to learn the set spellings and tables as part of Times Tables Rock Stars. Both English and Maths homework will be set, weekly on a Thursday to be returned on the next Tuesday.
To support our topics, there will be a range of project-based homework tasks that will be completed each half term. These tasks will be celebrated within the year group and rewarded with dojo points, power points and Sparkly Book mentions.
If homework is not completed and/or handed in, children will attend a lunchtime catch-up group, the next day, to ensure that no learning opportunities are missed!
Our topics for this term:
- The Time Tunnel: an in-depth study of life during World War II.
- Extreme Survivors: an investigation into some of the world’s most extreme survivors, animals!
On Monday October 14th, we will be going to Whitemead Forest Park, Lydney, Gloucestershire for our Year 6 residential trip. We will be holding a meeting in school on Wednesday 18th September at 2.30pm and 6pm in the Kampala Room.
If you have any concerns, please come and see us. We’re more than happy to discuss any matters you may wish to address.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hope for a year full of laughter and learning!
Mrs Webb (Colombo) and Miss Whitaker (Brasilia)