“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
Art Project – Bells of Santiago culminating in a performance at the National Waterfront Museum

Spring term – Lights, Camera, Action!
Trip – TBC

Summer term – Flight (Transition project)
Trip – TBC

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?
  • 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.

  • Urdd Rugby 🏉 ☀️

    Well done to both boys and girls teams who entered the Urdd 7s rugby tournament today in Cwmtawe. They enjoyed playing in the beautiful sunshine. Both teams represented the school with pride and battled hard against some tough opponents. Bendegedig pawb!

  • Live Skype Session with Dr. Jane Goodall

    This afternoon, Year 6 joined in live to Dr Jane Goodall who set up the scheme of ‘Roots and Shoot’. Dr Jane visited Africa in her younger days and discovered her love for chimpanzees. She decided from that day that she would do all that she could to help the planet. Her message to us […]

  • Awesome Autism day

    The title of our lesson today was, This is Me, to celebrate that we are all unique. We artistically drew on jigsaw 🧩 pieces to combine to make a classroom masterpiece.

  • Money Sense with NatWest

    Year 5 and 6 have spent their day developing their detective skills, solving crimes of fraud. At the age of 11, pupils are entitled to their own bank accounts! Thank you to NatWest experts for guiding us in the right direction to keep our identities safe.

  • The Big Pedal

    The morning began with a young lady arriving to school on a horse…. then there were some scooters and bikes… finally the ‘walking bus’ came into sight! Thank you to all those who helped to support the initiative, if you did you have helped the school get 1 step closer to our ‘Green Flag’ status. […]

  • Peddling Miles, Big Smiles. 🚲

    Year 6 kick started their week with a Big Peddle. They kept the bikes spinning all lesson before passing the baton on to the rest of the school.

  • Easter Service

    Our assembly today was to remember Jesus who died on the cross. Thank you to Mr Davies for delivering the assembly.

  • Solar Systems Specialists

    Our Numeracy challenge today was to draw our solar system on the yard, drawn to scale: cm = a million miles. The children faced the challenge and worked well as a team.

  • Bikes at the ready…

    This week marks the start of The Big Pedal. Why not call in to school today join us for our cyclethon.

  • Success in the Sun ☀️ 🏉

    Well done to our rugby team who beat Clwyd tonight in Pontlliw Park! Clwyd were a competitive team and the boys did well to win. Da iawn pawb!

  • Safety Soldiers Discuss Stranger Danger

    This morning our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group discussed ways that we can teach everybody about Stranger Danger. This is the next focus for the group, following on from their work improving road safety.

  • Pontlliw’s BIG Clean!

    What a fantastic morning! All of the children from Nursery up to Year 6 were involved in cleaning up our school grounds. From litter picking to planting and washing to sweeping the school has been given a ‘Spring Clean’. We are very proud of our children who got their hands, and clothes dirty…. there was […]

  • Busy Bee Workshop

    To celebrate World Down Syndrome day and World Poetry day, pupils in Year 6 have been writing poems titled, ‘Only One Me, ‘Friendship’, ‘Respect’ and for their dear friend Frazer Appleyard! Ahead of tomorrow’s big clean pupils have also been studying their Eco footprint; developing Geography skills by mapping out where Year 6 have been […]

  • Rocking Odd Socks

    Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are proud to rock our socks at Pontlliw Primary today!

  • Safety Soldiers At Your Service

    Thank you to our Safety Soldier for educating us this afternoon on appropriate and anti social behaviour. They independently planned and taught a lesson, providing worksheets and an iMovie they’d created.

  • Let’s Be Safe

    Thank you to PC Parry for delivering an educational lesson on being safe on the internet

  • Concentration was on point!

    In maths this week, year 6 are calculating: Range Mode Median And mean. Pupils will complete activities such as: throwing a tennis 🎾 ball 6 times in a minute then calculated the range, mode, mean and median. Linking to our science experiment, pupils will make and throw 3 paper planes 5 times, calculating the above […]

  • Having a Ball

    Year 6 are thoroughly enjoying their basketball festival at LC2.

  • Show Racism the Red Card

    Wow, what an outstanding afternoon! Steve Jenkins , ex famous football player, visited our school to deliver a very powerful message about racism. It’s an important message, this day in age, that pupils are taught to not stereotype. It’s important to educate about types of racism and discrimination. Thank you Steve, we will certainly be […]

  • What a Game! 🏉

    We had a fantastic game of rugby this morning against Pontybrenin. Both teams and played really well and the game finished 4 tries a piece. Well done boys! 👊🏼

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfrchiadau to our stars this week.

  • World Book Day yn Blwyddyn 6.

    Year 6 have had a very busy but wonderful World Book Day: reading books, writing a 500 word story for a competition, playing Kahoot, related to Harry Potter, as our focus author was J.K Rowling. We also completed a fact file on J.K Rowling and wrote about her in welsh developing our third person writing […]

  • Pontlliw in Pyjamas for World Book Day

    Pontlliw celebrated world book day in their pyjamas today, to promote bedtime reading. The boys and girls brought in favourite books from home and enjoyed sharing their stories throughout the day. We had a whole school assembly where we discussed different types of stories. Each class chose a focus author, and then undertook lots of […]

  • ESafety Factor 2019 🎤

    A huge congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s ESafety Factor, this afternoon! All the groups performed their own songs and amazed the rest of the school with their brilliant voices and dazzling dance moves! Throughout the whole show the acts brought us important internet safety messages to help us when we are […]