Well, what a week! As we hurtle towards the end of the year, we seem busier than ever.
The children have been fantastic; we are very proud of their performances of ‘What a Knight!’ Despite the extreme heat and a rather important football match, it was a ‘knight’ to remember!
The Warning Zone visit was a great success. Please do talk to your children about what they have learned about personal safety and managing risk. A digital brochure from the visit is attached.
Next week will also be full of activity. On Monday and Tuesday, the children going to Robert Smyth and Welland Park will have their induction days. For the children staying in school we will arrange suitable activities.
We are also preparing for the Leavers’ Assembly. This will be held at 9.15am on Friday 13th July and we hope to see you all then to celebrate the children’s time at Meadowdale. In between all of this, we will complete our DT controllable vehicles project.
Finally, don’t forget the MSA Year 6 leavers’ party on Thursday evening, 12th July.
After spending most of the week rehearsing, we are almost ready to share this year’s Summer production, ‘What a Knight!’ with you all. The children have worked incredibly hard and we are sure you will be delighted with their efforts. Please don’t forget to book your tickets via our online booking system. Every family has been allocated two tickets for the evening performance so you don’t need to book those. There are still a couple of extra seats for this performance available, and plenty for the afternoon performance. Don’t forget that the evening performance will start at 6pm to avoid clashing with the England game.
On Wednesday next week, we will be visiting The Warning Zone, a very useful visit which the children always enjoy. Please ensure your child has a packed lunch (with no fizzy drinks please) on this day. We will be leaving at 9.00am on the dot!
As part of our statutory obligations for children in Year 6, we will be undertaking Sex and Relationship Education lessons on Thursday 5th July. The lessons (which are very sensitively approached) are centred around puberty and growing up (a separate letter containing further details will be sent home with your child this evening). Parents are invited to view the presentation we will be giving to children on Wednesday 4th July at 5.30pm. Should you wish for your child to opt out of these lessons, please let us know and we will make alternative provision in school.
It has been an incredibly busy week this week: Production rehearsals are in full swing; the children have begun designing and build their controllable vehicles in DT and we have had an enjoyable visit from the Kaboodle Theatre Company exploring British Values.
Congratulations to the girls’ cricket team who won a close battle and are now through to the final next Friday. Go girls!
Next week, the children will be given a short amount of time to complete their WWII projects (approx. 2 hours) in preparation for our museum on Friday. We would like to invite parents/carers in to view the projects between 8.30am and 9.00am on Friday morning (please remind your children that they will need to be in early that day). The museum will be held in the Year 6 classrooms.
Thank you to those of you who attended your child’s final parents’ evening at primary school. We enjoyed sharing their progress this year with you.
During Armed Forces Week on Monday the children will enjoy an outside picnic at lunchtime, followed by the ceremonial raising of the flag. On Wednesday afternoon, we will be joined by the Sea Cadets who will be completing a number of activities with Years 5 and 6.
Finally, may we remind you to send in any costumes we have requested by Wednesday next week.
It has been a whirl of activity in Year 6 this week!
The children have become adept at switching between rehearsals for ‘What a Knight!’, researching their WW2 projects and learning about rainforest habitats and how animals have adapted to live there. Although it’s hectic and not the usual routine, Year 6 has also adapted well!
Next week, rehearsals will continue as we hone our stagecraft and singing skills. Many thanks for helping to supply costumes for your children.
Our DT project – Controllable Vehicles – starts next week. The children will design and make their own motorised vehicle which they will be able to bring home. All materials will be supplied apart from batteries. We would be very grateful if you could provide 2 x AA 1.5 volt batteries for your child’s vehicle.
The WW2 project has created a lot of interest and excitement. The children will present their final work to the rest of the school at the end of Armed Forces Week (w.c. 25th July). Further details will follow but it promises to be full week of interesting activity. There will be plenty of opportunity during that week for the children to work on their projects and refine their presentations.
We look forward to seeing you all at parents’ evenings next week.
There has been so much going on this week, it’s been difficult to keep up with! Firstly, well done to all the children who took part in out-of-school sporting activities this week. You have once again done Meadowdale proud. Staying with the sporting theme, we had a great time at the KS2 Sports Day on Wednesday. Congratulations to the winning House Team Brimstone, who narrowly pipped a valiant Swallowtail to the post, beating them by only 20 points! We have had many comments from staff, parents and grandparents praising the work of our sporting ambassadors and house captains who helped out at the Foundation and KS1 Sports Days, so thank you to those children; you represented Year 6 admirably.
Rehearsals for our Year 6 production, ‘What a Knight’, are well underway. Please look out for a list of costume ideas (in addition to those we will be providing) which we will be sending out shortly. We greatly appreciate your support in supplying anything you have that your child may need.
In English this week, we have been reading a terrific book called ‘Way Home’ by Libby Hathorn. The children’s response to the book will be to write a setting description of the home of its main character, Shane.
We are still practising our maths skills by designing our theme parks in maths. There will be a prize for the team who makes the most profit at the end of their three seasons of theme park management.
For Home Learning, we are asking the children to complete a World War Two project on a subject of their choice (please see separate flyer). They have two weeks to complete their project which will then be presented as a Year 6 ‘WWII museum’, during Armed Forces Week, to the rest of school. It will be your child’s responsibility to research, design and plan their project at home. We will also provide time at school for them to write/build/create their project.
Many congratulations to the children (and parents!) for dealing so admirably with last week’s tests. They approached them with confidence and enthusiasm, ensuring the whole week went without a hitch. Thank you for donating the food for Friday’s carnival celebrations. We had a fabulous afternoon and the children looked amazing in their headdresses.
This week’s learning
We have continued learning about Brazil’s most famous city by taking a look at life inside the favelas of Rio, comparing and contrasting the lifestyles of the rich and poor.
In English, we have come to the end of our Spymaster unit with some action-packed ‘trapped’ and ‘escape’ scene writing.
The children have been busy in maths applying their skills to designing, developing and costing their own theme park. The team with the most profit at the end of the project will receive a prize!
After half term, we will still be working hard on our curriculum, along with being fully involved in preparation for our Year 6 production: What a Knight! A side-splitting musical adventure through Medieval England. Children with speaking roles will be bringing their lines home to practise during half-term.
We have done lots of revision this week in the run-up to next week’s tests and the children are holding up well! They seem to be taking it all in their stride and are well prepared for the week ahead.
We would re-iterate the importance of plenty of sleep, fresh air and good food to ensure that they are at their best for the tests.
Next week, as the tests will be in the morning (as per the timetable sent out last week), the afternoons will be spent getting into a carnival spirit! We will learn about Rio de Janeiro and the biggest carnival in the world. Our DT project will be designing and making carnival headgear, culminating in our own parade at the end of the week. We are hoping for some extravagant creations, so please feel free to support your child by sending in any suitable materials for their design.
Thank you so much for supporting your children in their SATs preparation. We wish them all the best of luck.
Another busy week draws to a close and the children have worked hard, as usual.
In English this week, we have concentrated mostly on reading comprehension and grammar. The children are also in the process of one to one meetings with their teachers to discuss their writing; it’s very beneficial for both pupils and teachers. Don’t worry if your child has not met their teacher yet – it will be concluded next week.
Properties of shape has been our focus in maths. To help your children remember, please ask them to name different shapes and explain their properties to you.
Next week, we will continue to write our spy stories and, in the run-up to SATS, will re-visit key knowledge and concepts in both maths and English to support the children’s understanding. A letter outlining all the arrangements for SATS week will be sent out at the end of the week.
Please continue to practise spellings at home with your child, as well as ensuring they read regularly. The final grammar and reading SAT Buster ten minute tests should be completed; we will mark these in class as usual on Wednesday and Friday.
It has been great to see the sun making an appearance this week. It’s hard to believe that only a month ago it was snowing! The children have enjoyed running around outside, especially now that they can use the field again. It is more important than ever during the warm weather that your child keeps hydrated, so please may we remind you to provide them with a water bottle every day.
This week’s learning:
As part of our Spymaster topic, the children have created a character description of their villains this week. The improvement in their use of precise vocabulary and varied punctuation is becoming more and more noticeable.
In maths, we have completed a reasoning test with the children to assess their progress since the beginning of the year. The results have been extremely encouraging.
We have kicked off our ‘South America’ topic this term by researching facts on the continent and all its countries. Each group has created a poster on their allocated country which they will present to the rest of the class next week.
This term, the children will be learning French with Miss Gogerly, our specialist French teacher. Ask them to tell you what they have learnt so far.
We will be writing settings descriptions in English next week in the form of villains’ lairs. In maths we will be learning about parts of a circle and revising properties of shapes.
As always, please ensure your child completes a test from each SAT Buster book next week. We have sent home the latest spelling test scores detailing words spelled incorrectly. It is really important that they are practised regularly as we will be looking out for use of these words in the children’s day-to-day writing. Please also continue to encourage your child to read regularly (and keep their reading log up to date).
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 6 team
We’ve made it! After a busy term, we are all ready for a well-deserved break!
This week’s learning:
The children have written-up their advertisements for our spy gadget catalogues this week. They all look very professional! In maths, we have begun to learn about the construction and interpretation of line graphs and pie charts. We have finished writing up our science investigation: ‘Does the length of the wires in a simple circuit affect the brightness of the bulb?’.
Over the holidays, we would like the children to complete the following tests in their SAT Buster books:
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling-set B, test 4 and set C, test 1.
Reading-set B, tests 1 and 2.
Also, we will be testing all the spellings from the spelling lists during the first week back after Easter so it is really important that these are practised.
After the holidays:
When we return after Easter, we will be carrying on our work on Stormbreaker. Following this, we will begin our new topic on South America.
Have a great Easter.
The Year 6 team