“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?
  • Beat Box Football Blwyddyn 6.

    Most of Year 6 love football…today, everybody loved it even more (if that’s possible) Pupils developed their football skills and have a whole lot of fun in the process.

  • Couldn’t be prouder 🏉

    A huge well done to our rugby team tonight. After our recent winning streak, we arranged a game against Gorseinon Rugby Club U11s. This was a huge step up as Gorseinon have played together for 5 years, compared to our 4 months. After a tough first half, the boys acclimatised to the increased physicality and […]

  • Raise The Roof With The Tallest Tower

    Today Year 6 were set the challenge to build the tallest tower using marshmallows and spagetti. They had to do it as a team and resist the challenge to eat the marshmallows. Their towers needed to stand for 20 seconds and they needed to measure the height of their towers. Pupils developed their team wor […]

  • Another great win! 🏉

    Congratulations to our rugby team who won in wet and muddy conditions at Pentre Graig today! We scored 8 well worked tries and played superbly well. Thanks to Mrs Norman for providing some shelter after the game! ☔️

  • Burning Energy Gyda Ynni Da

    On Friday 1st February we had an awesome ‘Welsh’ day – saving energy can be fun and keep you fit. We held our very own Eco School Party with this unique Pedal power experience. All the energy for the disco, was produced by pedaling bikes. It gave the pupils an understanding of the energy requirements […]

  • Hat testing trial

    What better day to test our hats than on a cold winters day…most hats kept our heads warm. Pupils have learnt a lot about insulation and conducting heat and they applied their knowledge to real life situations. So much so, some are now wearing their hats to school on a daily basis.

  • USA Skype Space Center

    Year 6 were very fortunate to be part of a Skype call with the Sea, Air and Space Centre Museum in New York. Frank took us on a virtual tour and taught us about the famous Space Race. He showed us what happens to objects in space effected by the lack of atmosphere. The children […]

  • Come and support the boys! 🏉

    The rugby team are playing their first ever home game at Pontlliw Park tomorrow and will be kicking off approximately 3:20pm. If you would like to come and cheer them on against Trallwn, come and watch them straight after school. The game should be finished by 4pm.  

  • Hat Mania

    Following on from our ‘Why do Penguins Huddle?’ Science experiment, Year 6 have been designing, creating and evaluating hats. They developed their instructional writing skills as friends then had to peer assess their instructions. We will test the hats during our daily mile. Will the hats pass the test?

  • Origami 🌟

    This term our genre element is instructional work. Today pupils wrote and followed instructions to create an origami star. Pupils were confident to follow instructions and overcame the problems that they were faced with when folding the paper.

  • Sing when we’re winning ⚽️

    Congratulations to the boy’s football team who have qualified for the Swansea Final in a quest to win the Welsh Schools Championships. They faced stiff opposition today but came out as group winners and will play in the Swansea finals on February 15th. We don’t normally single out individual players, but the boys in the […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau i ser yr Wythnos

  • Double Victory! 🏉

    We are so proud of our awesome rugby team who won 2 games against Trallwn and Talycopa Primary Schools tonight! Their achievement was even more impressive as three of the eight boys were playing rugby for the very first time! They represented the school really well and literally gave blood, sweat and tears in the […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau i ser yr wythnos.

  • Pupils Voice Meeting

    Today Mrs Norman met with our pupil voice groups to discuss progress with the representative chair person. All pupils were confident and enthusiastic to discuss progress made and further action for the next couple of weeks.

  • Girls Football

    Thank you girls for making us proud yet again! You are a talented bunch. Well done. Looking forward to the next tournaments…bring it on!

  • Orienteering Experts

    Year 6 have been developing their orienteering skills in PE by not only reading maps but creating their own maps on HWB. They then had to mark on the map where they would go and hide and their partners had to find them.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.

  • All Partied Out

    Blwyddyn 6 thoroughly enjoyed their class party. From Secret Santa, musical chairs, pass the parcel, party food to too many sweets; the children left feeling very festive! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  • A Workshop Full Of Elves

    Pontlliw Primary pupils have give the busy elves a run for their money today as they have been beavering away crafting an producing animations using the app ‘I Can Animate’.

  • Christmas Story Workshop

    Blwyddyn 6 have been busy drafting and editing their Christmas stories in order to share their work with Blwyddyn 1. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Keep posted for our next stage in the process… making and producing animations using clay and IPads.

  • Safety Soldiers Meeting

    This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.

  • Magical Maths Team!

    Congratulations to our ‘Maths Magic’ team, who took part in our cluster Maths event in Pontardulais Comprehensive. Each team played their heart out, and showed that Pontlliw has great Mathematical skills. All of our year groups showed great team spirit and encouraged each other to do best they could. Our Year 5/6 team got though […]

  • Faraday Engineers

    Year 6 have had a very challenging day today. They became engineers for the day and had the fulfil a STEM workshop to design and make an aeroplane and a transporter. Each member of the group had a role and each group were given 140 Faradays to buy the materials to make the plane and […]

  • Cacen Cymraeg

    Our after school Welsh club is a real hit. Lead by our Cymraeg Cwl pupils, each week is planned for and caters for a variety of different Welsh language patterns and activities. This week pupils decorated cakes in the colours of the Welsh flag, ensuring they ask for the ingredients in Welsh. Da iawn, dal […]