14/9/18

Thank you to the parents who came to the open evening on Wednesday, it was lovely to share the children’s hard work with you all and discuss the year ahead.

 

This week’s learning

In English this week, we have been comparing Greek Myths. We have also been describing mythical creatures, using rich vocabulary, in preparation for creating our own.

We have been rounding in context in maths this week and have begun to investigate how negative numbers are used in everyday life.

We have asked the question: Why the Greeks were so good at fighting? In history, with the children learning about hoplites and triremes.

Finally, in science, the children have created a poster about the functions of the heart.

Home Learning

This week’s home learning will be arithmetic practice. Feel free to assist your children with anything they are struggling with. This will be due in Wednesday 27th, the week after residential.

7/9/18

This week’s learning

In English, the children have been enjoying writing about Theseus’ time within the Labyrinth. We have been encouraging the children to include precise vocabulary.  The children have been working on editing their work through the use of editing stations.

In Maths, we have continued our place value unit by revising rounding within a context.

The children have been finding out about Athens this week in Topic.

In science, we have begun learning about the heart, discussing effects of exercise and looking at the functions of the heart in detail.

Next week’s learning.

Next week we will be reading more Greek Myths and will start to look into fantastical creatures in preparation for writing our own Myth after our residential. In maths, we will be learning about negative numbers.

Home Learning

Thank you to those who have covered their home learning books. This week’s Home Learning will be Spellings. The children have been tested on all the words we expect them to know by the end of the year. We have highlighted the ones they are comfortable with. We would like them to practice the non-highlighted words from the Autumn 1 list by completing one or more of the activities we have provided. They will be tested on all the Autumn 1 words at the end of this half term.

Miss Richards is offering the Year 6 children a homework club during Monday lunchtimes. This is a great opportunity for the children to receive help with their homework and will begin on Monday 10th September.

PE days.

Apologies for the mistake in last week’s parent mail; PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Thursdays this year. Thank you for ensuring their P.E. kits were in school this week.

31/8/18

Welcome to Year 6!

The children (and teachers) have returned to school in a refreshed and in a positive frame of mind. They all seem really excited and ready to rise to the challenges ahead.

This week’s learning

We have spent time familiarising the children with the Year 6 routines and have talked a lot about expectations for the year, both from our perspective and the children’s. We have also hit the ground running with our learning in the two days we have been back at school!

In English, the children have begun to learn about Greek myths in preparation for writing their own myths over the next couple of weeks. They have studied  and summarised the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and will be reading lots more Greek myths over the coming lessons.

In maths, we have been refreshing our place value knowledge by playing lots of games involving numbers up to 10,000,000.

Our history topic this term is Ancient Greece. The children have enjoyed finding out about the legacy of Ancient Greece and have been fascinated to discover that many of the things we use and take for granted today actually originated from this civilisation!

Next week’s learning

The children will continue to be immersed in all that is Ancient Greek by reading many more Greek myths and learning more about life in Ancient Greece. Place value in maths will be further embedded in order to lay the groundwork for further topics to come.

In religious education next week we will be asking the question: ‘What do religions say to us when life gets hard?’ As part of this unit, we will be touching on the sensitive subject of suffering and death. If you would like some information on the content of these lessons, or have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to your child’s teacher before next Friday, when the first lesson is scheduled.

Home learning

We will give you more information on your child’s regular home learning next week. For this week, we are sending home learning books and notebooks for the children to cover and personalise, if possible, using paper of their choice. Please can you ensure the notebooks are back in school by Monday and the home learning books are returned by Wednesday next week.

PE days

PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays this year. Please make sure PE kits are in school on these days.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 6 team

7/7/18

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.

29/6/18

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.

22/6/18

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.

15/6/18

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.

 

8/6/18

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.

 

25/5/18

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.

 

 

11/5/18

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.