“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?
  • Shwmae from Blwyddyn 6

    Today, as a country, we celebrated Shwmae Day; a day where we greet our fellow Welshman/woman with a ‘Shwmae’ (How are you?) Year 6 have had a wonderful morning: making flags, word-search, plotting places in Wales on the map, taking part in a virtual concert with the a famous welsh singer, Bronwen Lewis, and a […]

  • Year 6 Well-being Check-in

    Today we completed the plenary of our PSE lesson by linking into a live Teams meeting, with each other and Miss Mathias. The focus of the chat was to check in on our well-being and discuss how we are feeling about the latest Coronavirus update that we watched on Newsround as part of our introduction.

  • Dear Diary…

    This week our Literacy focus is Recount writing. Today we began the week by developing our Oracy skills and knowledge of recount writing. One person was the ‘diary’ and the other the recount ‘writer’.

  • Year 6 for Pontardullais Comprehensive

    Year 6 parents – there’s a virtual open evening on 23rd of October. I have included the link below which has information from last year for Year 7, as the current virtual information has not yet gone live. Not sure of timings yes; I will be in touch. Mrs Evans https://pontcomp.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Year-6-open-evening-2019.pdf

  • Move Over Spielberg

    Year 6 have been working on script writing linked to WW2. Recently our focus has been the Blitz and its effect on Swansea. Today pupils had the opportunity to develop their expressive Arts / acting skills and film their Creations. We will have a premier of all of the films once pupils have edited and […]

  • Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Year 6

    In preparation for World Mental Health Awareness Day (October 10th) Year 6 have been discussing what Mental Health and Mindfulness means to them. The children have been working on different activities to share strategies to help us when feeling down, upset, angry, frustrated etc. Pupils completed activities such as: Composing happy, upbeat songs using Music […]

  • WW2 Expressive Arts

    This afternoon, we looked at pictures from WW2 and talked about how we would feel if we were in other people’s shoes. We expressed our feelings if we were evacuees, families of loved ones or soldiers in the war. We expressed our feelings through the medium of art.

  • Virtual Class Assemblies.

    Moving with the times, each week a different class will lead a whole school assembly via Teams online. This week, it was Year 6 to kick us off with this new tradition. We spoke to the whole school about our virtual meeting with the Jersey pupils from last Friday. We also showed the whole school […]

  • Year 6 Meet Jersey Pupils

    Today we had a virtual meeting with a year 6 class in Jersey, Channel Island. Jersey is situated near the coast of Normandy, France? Pupils shared their feelings about their return to school after lockdown. As it is National Languages Day in Jersey, we performed a Welsh song and played a Welsh game. We thoroughly […]

  • Battle of Britain – 80 Years

    Today we celebrated our victory of the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain is the name given to the World War II air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. A lot of the day was built around discussion and research. It’s clear […]

  • Time to Save The World

    Today Year 6 developed their orienteering skills. Pupils marked out hidden ‘bombs’ on their maps and their partners had to find them in the limited time before the school blew up (WW2 related of course) Everyone enjoyed and every pupils learnt a brand new skill of orienteering a map. We have had a fantastic first […]

  • Dynamic Dens

    Our learning objectives for today’s den building activities were: To work as part of a team and overcome problems, should they arise. To identify why they should be mindful of their own and others’ safety and how to respect the environment. To apply their skills in familiar and unfamiliar environments. Pupils were successful in achieving […]

  • Expressive Musical Art

    Year 6 listened to music from WW2 today. We played along to ‘We’ll meet again’ using bells and Glockenspiels. Pupils followed the music and drew a creative piece of art work linked to mood and tempo. Pupils them had an opportunity to compose their own piece of music using Google Music Lab

  • First Day of the Last Chapter

    It has been an absolute delight to welcome your children back to school and into Year 6. I have smiled and laughed so much today; it has been a pleasure. They were also very happy to see their friends.

  • Friends For Life

    “You gave it all, You gave it plenty, YOU were the class of 2020” “Friends… The one where we were quarantined”

  • Reminiscing About The Past

    Year 6 pupils shared their favourite memories, funniest moments and greatest achievements. It was so nice to laugh about the good times and remember everything that they have done and achieved. We are all so proud of who they have become. Good Luck Year 6 as you set off on the next chapter of your […]

  • After a Storm, Comes a Rainbow

    Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for graduating from Pontlliw

  • Thank you for being you!

    This week saw the return of our Year 6 pupils. We have missed them so much. It has been an absolute delight to have them back in school with us. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek as its’s been such a long time since they have interacted face to face with each other. We […]

  • Keeping Our Language Alive.

    BBC Bitesize is an excellent tool for learning Welsh. I’ve included the link on this post to help develop the language in a fun way, for adults and children to help with learning Welsh as a second language. Diolch, Mrs Evans. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxkq3k7

  • A special message…

    Here’s a photo with a special message for our lovely children and families…

  • Mabinogion Welsh Tales

    Our KS2 pupils are in for a treat today. They will experience the very talented story teller from Big Foot Education Centre. The children will be told tales from the dark ages of the Welsh coast. They will also develop their drama skills as they take part and become part of the story.

  • Swansea Sports Awards 🏉

    Congratulations to last year’s rugby team who made the final of the Swansea School Team of the Year for 2019. We were treated to a wonderful night hosted by local celebrity Kev Johns. Well don’t boys on your hard work and dedication.

  • Are you mean?

    In maths today we learnt a new meaning to mean; we also learnt about mode, median and range. Whilst developing our Health and Well-being skills, pupils threw tennis balls 🎾 (How many throws in a half a minute?) and repeated 5 times. We then calculated the mean, mode, median and range.

  • Thank you to Brett Johns for coming in to school this afternoon to open and close our Sport Relief event.

  • Sportstatic for Sports Relief 🎾 🏀 ⚽️

    Today we are celebrating Sport Relief. We are working as a community to develop our skills and raise money for this amazing event. A huge Diolch to Blwyddyn 6 for stepping into their roles as teachers and leading sports stations this morning.