February sees the beginning of our REACT sessions. These sessions are designed to help with transition up to secondary school even further. REACT is an acronym that the Year 6 pupils have come up with. Through REACT, we teach core life skills, such as bullying (including cyber bullying), decision making, risks and consequences, stress and resistance strategies. We also consider the detriment to health that things such as drugs, alcohol, smoking and volatile substances can have on our bodies – particularly as the children transition towards adulthood. So what does REACT stand for?
Your reaction is your decision!
Welcome back to King Edwin Primary School Year 6 children and parents. This half-term we are going to be working hard towards our KS2 SATs tests in May. For this reason, we will not be setting the normal ‘Bingo’ style homework as we have previously done in the Autumn Term.
Instead, there is more of an emphasise and expectation of revision using a variety of sources:
- Weekly Spellings
- Weekly Doodle Maths Homework
- Daily Reading
- SATs revision guides
- Practice SAT papers
Please see below a copy of the letter for parents to order revision guides. These revision can be bought along to our ‘Revision Evenings’ on Tuesdays after school, where the children can work through them at their own pace. Members of staff will be working with any children that would like misconceptions addressed.
For more information regarding this half-term, and the rest of school year, please attend our ‘Tea with the Teacher’ evening on Thursday 23rd January at 5.00pm. We will be supported at this evening by some Year 7 children who will talk about SATs, transition, Hagg Farm and any other worries you may have in the next 6 months.
Moving away from SATs, Year 6 children will be looking at the human body through January and February. We will be focusing on the Muscles, Digestive System (even making our own) and the Circulatory System. We will even be taking part in a real heart dissection thanks to our teaching links with the Dukeries Academy.
If you do have any expertise in this area, and you feel you could offer the children some valuable insights, please get in contact with us and I’m sure we’ll be only too happy to listen to experts in this field.
Year 6 Writing Book
We have began to collect a Year 6 Writing book to evidence some of the children’s work over the year. It has some outstanding examples of children’s writing so please feel free to come into school and have a look through. The children are really proud of this and would love to share their work with you.
Remember that on Tuesdays, there will be a homework club for all Year 6 pupils. This will begin with a short teaching session (of either Maths or GPS) followed by some time for the children to do Doodle Maths Homework, Times Tables Rock Stars or use their revision guides with support from teaching staff. Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier.
Year 6 Parents evening for the Spring Term will happen on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March. Please make sure you book a slot (on the parents evening app) as this is a really important meeting to ensure your child is making good progress both academically, and socially as we head towards the transition period of Secondary School. If these dates do not work for you because of other commitments, Mr Ogle and Mr Purrington will be only too happy to arrange alternative dates.
Hagg Farm and SATs information evening – 2nd April
SATs Week – 11th May
Hagg Farm – 18th May
Autumn Term 2
‘How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to follow him?’
This term, the focus will be on World War 2. This links in with Remembrance Day on Monday 11th November where Year 6 will be having a World War 2 Day. This is a dressing up day, if children wish, with pupils learning about Rationing, Code Breaking, the Black Out, look at some artefacts and War Sirens. Poppies will be on sale in school from Tuesday 5th November onwards. To supplement our learning, we have organised a trip to the Holocaust Centre (Laxton) on the 6th December. Here we will find out about the persecution suffered by the Jewish people and we are hoping to talk with a Holocaust survivor.
In English, the book called Rose Blanche will be looked at which has some really powerful pictures. These will inspire the children in some diary writing, Newspaper articles and some balanced argument pieces – look out for this work on display on our new writing display in the corridor.
Over the seven weeks of this half term, the maths topics to be covered will be decimals, measures, fractions, the four operations, geometry – 2D, 3D shapes and missing angles.
Science themes will be based around the understanding of light moving onto electricity.
Please click on the link below to see a copy of this half terms homework tasks:
Throughout the year, there will be many newsletters available outlining key dates for the whole school. Here are just a few we have planned in so far that effect year 6.
2nd September – back to school.
24th September – Individual Photos
30th September – Jet Setter Day
15th and 17th October -Parents Evenings
Autumn Term 1
In English and Maths, the pupils will be studying the Year 6 curriculum. Our English sessions will be based around the Anthony Horowitz book: Stormbreaker. We find this really engages the pupils and inspires their writing to the next level.
In science, we will be considering the natural word – and focusing upon Adaptation and Evolution. We will be learning about different habitats and about different food chains and webs. Why are certain animals suited to a certain environment? And how have their bodies adapted to be able to survive and flourish in sometimes challenging eco-systems?
Through the study of Charles Darwin (linked to our science), we will follow the journey of ‘The Beagle’ around the world and think about the major countries and cities in our geography lessons – plenty of atlas and map work.
Attached is a copy of this half term’s bingo homework. The six pieces should be completed across the half-term and handed in by Friday 11th October.
In addition to the Bingo homework challenges, please encourage the children to complete their weekly Doodle Maths homework and learn their spellings. Also, there is an expectation that the pupils read at least 5 times a week to not only progress on our reading challenge, but also to develop their confidence and understanding of the written word.
Pupils will be receiving a new school diary. This will be complete with important school information and can be used as a point of contact between parents and teachers. These diaries will be checked on a weekly basis. It is therefore the children’s responsibility to have them in school every day. Please feel free to comment on the reading children are doing at home. We encourage all parents to make a note of children’s reading as prizes will be awarded at the end of each half-term.
Reading is Fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.
Reading develops the brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects. We recommend that children are heard for at least fifteen minutes each night and notes to be made in their planners.
PE is every Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. We ask the children to bring fleeces and jogging trousers as well as outdoor footwear (if required during the colder months of the year), as the children will have an indoor and an outdoor session each week. This should include:
- White T-shirt
- Navy shorts (indoor PE)
- Navy or black tracksuit top and bottoms (for colder weather)
Autumn 1 Activities include:
Indoor P.E. – Gymnastics
Outdoor P.E. – Tag-Rugby