“Always remember. You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Aims of Year 6

  • Participation & social skills
  • Prepare the children for the end of key stage assessments.
  • Prepare them for a smooth transfer to secondary school.
  • To help the children to gain more independence.
  • For a fun and enjoyable final year!

Class Topics

Autumn term – Doodlebugs and Dictators
Trip – Borfa House

Spring term – Flight and Space
Trip – TBC

Summer term – Tour de France (Transition project)
Trip – Oakwood

Working Together

  • This year is all about development for the Year 6 pupils. They need to develop skills at organising their belongings and getting their homework done on time.
  • They will need to take responsibility for their own learning and organisation. It is no longer just your responsibility!
  • Please try and encourage your child to prepare their own equipment for school, make their packed lunch, get their homework done, read to you and ensure they have all the correct equipment for school.
  • You will be helping them enormously if you let them take responsibility for their own mistakes.
  • It could be a good idea to give your children additional jobs to do at home.
  • Please encourage them to spend their time wisely at home – continue to save games consoles and televisions for treats when everything else is done!

Homework

  • The Year 6 children are set Maths homework on Thursday. Occasionally they are set English homework on Tuesday which will normally involve the topic but this changes.
  • Spelling lists are given out on a Tuesday. The previous list is tested on the same day and you will find this on the back page.
  • We do expect the correct amount of time to be spent on homework and for it to be high quality. Children will be asked to do it again if it is not of the correct standard and may miss part of break times as a sanction for this.
  • This is all good practise for Pontarddulais Comprehensive School.

Reading

  • Ensure your child reads every night.
    20 minutes aloud every day is the ideal!
  • Encourage them to read fiction and non-fiction.
  • Try to listen to your child read and ask them questions about the text.
  • Help them with the different skills of reading especially ‘skim’ reading where they are looking for key words in the text.
  • Speed reading
  • Reading homework – comprehension.

Writing

  • Again, reading a variety of texts – the more children read, the more familiar they become with different text types
  • Reading homework – text analysis
  • Writing homework – sentence structure
  • Spelling – spelling lists / rules every week
  • Grammar and punctuation homework

Mathematics

  • Times tables must be known up to at least 12 x 12
  • Estimating, weighing, measuring are all good to discuss and do practically. Must use metric measures.
  • Money – using it in the shops, working out change, adding up bills, questions e.g. if 1 bag of sugar costs 56p, how many will 7 cost?
  • Mental addition, subtraction, multiplication & division
  • Reading and writing numbers to 100 000
  • Doubling and halving, including decimals
  • Solving number puzzles e.g. Sudoko

Bilingualism

  • Children are taught about their Welsh heritage
  • Children are taught incidental Welsh (commands in Welsh in every lesson)
  • Emphasis on developing knowledge of the Welsh language as we work towards achieving our Siarter Iaith Bronze Award

How can you help?

  • The best help is interest taken in learning and progress.
  • Supporting homework.
  • Good communication between the school and home.
  • Getting a good sleep on a school night!

Year 6 Transition Process

  • Discussions held with head of year 7, SENCO and nurse after Easter.
  • MAT visits during year for ICT and Art
  • Opportunities for visits to cook and see Christmas production.
  • CATs testing in June
  • Transition week spent in
    Pontarddulais Comp to experience new school.
  • IMPORTANT – Application is online (see Swansea City and County website for details)

Other information

  • PE – Tuesday and Thursday (Swimming on Tuesday morning, late autumn term)
  • Parent Evenings – One in autumn term and one in spring term.
  • Keep up to date on school blog at www.pontlliwprimary.co.uk
  • Sign up to Parent Mail

and finally…

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions please pop in before of after school. We hope your child enjoys their year in Year 6.

Weekly Timetable

What's been happening in Year 6?
  • Bont’s Best Books Cluster Event

    Some of the children from Years 1-6 enjoyed representing their classes today in this year’s Bont’s Best Books afternoon in Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. They spoke confidently about the winning books in their classes, and enjoyed presenting some of the work they had done based on the books. Thank you to our class representatives, and a […]

  • Enterprising Entrepreneurs

    Congratulation to our young entrepreneur pupils who sold their products at Castle Gardens in Swansea on Friday 14th June. Collectively they raised over £200 profit. Absolutely outstanding girls, you did Pontlliw proud.

  • Drone Club 🚁

    We had our first drone club this afternoon and it was awesome! Children from across KS2 enjoyed flying the drones around the yard and even racing each other’s drones across the playground. The children loved interacting with the machines and the technology that controls them. Next week they will learn how to code them and […]

  • Growing Up

    Thank you to our school nurse who visited Year 6 today to discuss the changes to our body as we grow.

  • Dylan Thomas Creative Arts Award.

    We are very proud of our extremely creative pupil who won the overall award out of 800 entries.

  • Bont Buddies

    Thank you to Pontardullais Primary Year 10’s for visiting us to discuss the routines and to answer the questions our pupils had about their big move to their Secondary education.

  • Enterprising Event

    All year, Year 6 were presented with an enterprise project. This project has provided them with opportunities to develop their Literacy,Numeracy, Digital and Creative skills. They have been researching, writing letters to companies for advice, trailing products in school, collecting popularity data and analysing results, making, designing, advertising, presenting and finally selling. Thank you to […]

  • Crucial Crew Training

    Year 6 have had an amazing day at the Territorial Army Training Center. They have had workshops with the Police, Road Safety, The Army, Lifeboat, Food Standards Agency, PCSO and The Fire Service.

  • Healthy Heroes Workshop

    Earlier this week, the Healthy Heroes took part in a variety of workshops aimed at highlighting local and global issues. They took part in a variety of team games which encouraged leadership and problem solving skills. They finished by creating an action plan designed to enable us to make a positive impact in our community. […]

  • Healthy Heroes fitness fun

    The Healthy Heroes pupil voice group had the opportunity to take part in a range of different sporting activities, such as curling and pool…

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Tour de Pontlliw

    This morning Year 6 cycled 10 miles around the school yard as part of their Tour de France topic. Pupils refuelled with water and orange segments. Pupils also had the opportunity to code the drones to follow the cycle journey of the riders.

  • Healthy Kebabs

    As we are looking at promoting a healthy diet, linked to the diet of a Tour de France rider, we also linked instructional writing to our lesson today. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed choosing their fruit and writing their instructions.

  • Art Project Finale

    Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their Monet art project. today we added our final touches to Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ painting. Pupils have researched Monet’s paintings, made observational drawings, copied an inspirational artist and created a piece of art work using a variety of 2D and 3D techniques. I’m sure that you’ll agree that their […]

  • Monet, Move Over!

    As Year 6 are learning about the Tour de France, they have been studying the life and creations of Monet. This afternoon we engined our creative flair and drew landscapes of our local area.

  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Football First

    The children thoroughly enjoyed the Beat Box assembly today to promote our fundraising event. Sponsorship forms will be sent home today for the fun football day on June 7th.

  • Healthy Eating Nutrition

    Not only are we working on developing our healthy minds but also developing our knowledge of nutrition; looking at the healthy plate and sugar content in drinks. Pupils then had the opportunity to scan drinks, using the app food scanner, they were shocked by the results. Pupils analysed the data, including sugar, salt, fat and […]

  • Mindfulness Mayhem

    They say that the best medicine is laughter…this saying certainly was appropriate for this mornings activities. As part of our Mental Health awareness week we played a game called, Passing the Balloon. The aim of the game was to pass the balloon, chin to chin, or knees to knees. I’ll let the pictures [tell the […]

  • Mental Health Month

    May marks the start of mental Health Month. Year 6 discussed the matter with maturity. We stuck suggestions on how to grow a healthy mind around our class brain. Take a look on how we can help you.

  • Year 6, We Smashed it!

    Congratulations to Year 6 for all of their hard work this week. I am so proud of you all, your dedication and want to succeed was one to be admired. Thank you, Diolch.

  • Bubbles Has Arrived

    Year 6 were extremely excited to meet their new class pet, ‘Bubbles’. They decided that from their entrepenure money they would spend it on a hamster. We are looking forward to setting up a 24 hour surveillance camera to see what Bubbles gets up to at night.

  • Primary Partners Choreography has begun!

    On Tuesday, the Primary Partners group had their first session with Alex the choreographer who is helping out with preparations for the concert in June. The choir got right to it and picked up their moves really quickly!

  • Pasg Hapus

    Year 6 celebrated their last day of the Spring term by having an Easter egg hunt, making Space themed food and eating the food in the sun this afternoon. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe Easter.