“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?
  • Coming Home by Michael Mopurgo

    Year 6 have been studying the short film Coming Home. Pupils activated their senses of how their houses smell, sound, feel. We then looked at the robins journey to his home. Pupils completed a ‘role on the wall’ of the robin. They has to describe his appearance, movements and personality , using similes, metaphors and […]

  • KS2 Christmas Concert – Youtube

    You can now find the recording of our KS2 Christmas Concert on YouTube using the following link: https://youtu.be/nom8_ikw6U0 https://youtu.be/nom8_ikw6U0

  • Digital Dragons in the DVLA Code Challenge

    Our Digital Dragons attended the DVLA code challenge today and thoroughly enjoyed. We watched schools showcase their entries and then went outside to interact with the fire service, police and army! They also met Sian Lloyd from BBC news and looked at virtual reality videos and robotics during their lunch break. They behaved impeccably and […]

  • Football Tournament ⚽️

    The football team once again represented the school extremely well today. They won 3, drew 2 and lost 1 in a tough competition at play football, Llangyfelach.

  • Excited, Enthusiastic Entrepreneurs

    Come along to our Winter Fayre tonight and purchase these wonderful Christmas trees made by our year 6 pupils.

  • The Wonders of Yeast

    Year 6 have been investigating the effects of yeast. They predicted that when you add yeast to a sugar and water solution it causes a chemical reaction to form the gas carbon dioxide. We investigated this theory by putting balloons at the top of bottles with different amounts of yeast and sugar in. We then […]

  • Maths Magic!

    This morning, 12 pupils from year 2 to 6 took part in a maths magic competition at Pontarddulais Comprehensive. They all played brilliantly well, with the year 3, 5 and 6 children reaching and semi-finals and year 6 making the grand final! Unfortunately they were just pipped to the post, but represented the school excellently. […]

  • Urdd Football Tournament

    Well done to our fantastic Urdd football team who played outstandingly well in terrible conditions today at Ashleigh Road. They lost 1, drew 2 and won 2, conceding only 1 goal in 5 games. We missed out on the semi finals by 1 goal! The boys not only played well but represented the school with […]

  • Sêr Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Netball Tournament

    Congratulations to our Year 6 Netball team on a storming fesitval today at Gowerton Comprehensive. Excellent determination, team work and resilience. Gwaith gwych merched.

  • WW2 Workshop

    Year 6 have been developing their writing skills under the expertise of a local author David Brayley. David brought in artefacts from WW2 and discussed the effects of the Blitz. The children then wrote a two part story on the effects. Their work and behaviour as a class stunned Mr Brayley, the work they have […]

  • Aldi Kit for Schools.

    Unfortunately we have 70 spaces left to fill on our poster. We have filled a staggering 830 stickers! Wow, thats an outstanding amound spent in Aldi. The closing date to send the poster, is the 18th of November, to be in with a chance of winning the sports kit and the £20,000 draw. A massivve […]

  • WW2 Hot Seating Mr Hughes

    As we celebrate Remembrance Day today we think back to all of the people who were effected by the wars. We were fortunate today to be in the company of Mr Hughes who was born during WW2. His stories of the war were informative and interesting. Pupils were enthused and hung off his every world. […]

  • We have the X Factor

    Ant and Dec, prepare to be amazed… Pontlliw pupils have the X Factor!

  • Fire and Marshmallows.

    We’ve had an awesome day and have finished on a high by sharing our greatest achievements this week and our most memorable moment. We are currently getting ready for ‘Borfa House’ has talent (photos to follow)

  • Abseiling and Rock Climbing (Group 2)

    Amazing opportunities and experiences, we even saw a seal.

  • Abseiling and Rock Climbing (Group 1)

    Yet another successful day at Borfa House.

  • Surf’s Up Dude!

    What a glorious day to catch the surf. Today we embraced the elements and surfed at Rhossili Bay.

  • Hump Day at Borfa House

    Bore da from Borfa House. New PB for Pontlliw pupils… a full 10 hours sleep on a residential. We are currently refuelling, having breakfast, ready for our day ahead of body boarding and surfing.

  • Reflecting at the end of day 2

    We have had a busy second day: Rock hopping, walking the coast, orienteering, fire building and a walk to the beach. Your children are extremely tired tonight and were all in bed by 9:30 (a little earlier than last night – lol) Tomorrow we are surfing and body boarding.

  • Rock Hopping to Culver Hole

    The word “culver” derives from the Old English word “culfre”, meaning pigeon or dove. With its ability to breed all year round and its quick regeneration, pigeons provided a plentiful source of red meat – given the necessary shelter and food. The children have had a lovely day, walking the coast of the Gower and […]

  • Day 2 Borfa House

    We are off on our travels. We’ve had a full cooked breakfast, cereal, fruit and yogurt. Today we are rock hopping and orienteeting.

  • Day 1 – Afternoon beach combing

    Year 6 enjoyed a first afternoon exploring the beach. They made ochre face paint and got to create designs on each other’s faces (even the teachers didn’t get away from the fun!) After that they visited the salt house, and learnt all about the smugglers who used to wreck ships using false lighthouses. On their […]

  • Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

    Port Eynon at its best.

  • Mae hi’n amser cinio

    We have had lunch and are now getting ready to head to the beach. (I won’t upload every hour normally, but as we are still at the centre and have wifi, I’m making the most of it -lol)