“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?
  • Super Ambassador Event

    Two of our Healthy Heroes attended Super Ambassador training this week. They had the opportunity to meet the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland and they took part in a variety of workshops and activities linked to Children’s Rights. They have lots of information and special missions to share with our school over the coming […]

  • Let’s Be Germ Free

    As part of our Science topic this half term we are studying Microorganisms. Children have been been researching famous Scientists and looking into the effects of Yeast. Pupils have also been developing their questioning skills, asking Janette questions on the importance of food hygiene. Today we had a mini experiment to see how far germs […]

  • Super Spheros

    Year 1 have had the opportunity to use Spheros today. They loved using the Ipads to programme and drive them, supported by some of the Digital Dragons and junior children.

  • Criw Cymraeg

    The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard to develop the ethos of Welsh in our school. This Year our focus is achieving the 100 targets for our Silver award.

  • Run for Cover

    As part of our WW2 topic we are studying how people survived WW2. Year 6 had lots of fun developing their problem solving and team work skills building dens in our outdoor area. We embraced the experience by dressing in the 1939 – 1945 era.

  • PC Parry Safe Surfing

    Thank you to PC Parry for visiting our school today to remind us to keep us safe when we are surfing on the internet.

  • Criw Cymraeg Develop Confidence

    In our pupil voice meeting this week our Criw played Kahoot to develop their Welsh knowledge and Welsh vocabulary.

  • Problem? We can solve it!

    Year 6 are defectives at solving problems and absolutely smashed this problem in record time. Each child used a stretegy that worked for them and experimented in a variety of ways to record their answers: practical, act it out, draw it, creare a stop motion animation and uploaded their evidence to their Hwb accounts! Pure […]

  • Safety Soldiers Pupil Voice Group

    The Safety Soldiers pupil voice group met for the first time this academic year. The children voted for our chairperson, vice chairs, secretary and treasurer. In our next meeting we will set our aims for the year and discuss our plans for ensuring the safety of everyone in and around our school. We look forward […]

  • Aldi’s Kit for School

    Aldi’s Kit for Schools promotion is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000 to kick-start a health legacy for their school. What’s more, every school who enters by completing their Aldi’s Kit for Schools poster will also receive an exclusive school sports kit! Collect a sticker with every £30 spent in store and […]

  • Developing Numeracy with Numicon

    Today, Year 6 explored the use of Numicon to help develop their visualization skills to actually see what sums look like, in particular, place value and multiplication. In the next couple of week we will be further developing the use of Numicon to help us understand the world on number and application.

  • Netball Skills Development

    Year 6 are developing their netball skills this half term, improving hand eye coordination, team building and problem solving skills.

  • Eager Entrepreneurs

    There is much debate right now about enterprise education in schools. It is clear we need to find time in the school day to teach children about how wealth is created and how good ideas can be turned into businesses. In particular, we need to teach them how to think in an entrepreneurial way. The […]

  • First Day Of Our Last Chapter

    Your children have had an extremely busy day and have settled into Year 6 as if they have never been away. This year is going to be mega busy and your children will learn and achieve so much. We are all excited for the year ahead.

  • Our Final 🌟

    Congratulations to our stars this week. We would all like to wish you a happy and safe Summer

  • As one door closes…

    As Year 6 approach their final days at Pontlliw Primary, we reflect on their journey. Your children have grown so much and achieved things they never dreamed possible. We are so proud of each and every one of them. Pob Lwc Blwyddyn 6. Year 6, as you approach Year 7, remember all we have taught […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Parental Digital Workshop

    As many of you will be aware, Digital Learning is now on an even platform with literacy and numeracy in schools with the introduction of the new curriculum. It was great therefore to see parents coming to see the Digital Dragons present some of the different ICT platforms that we currently use in school. Our […]

  • Oakwood – Fun in the sun ☀️ 🎢🎡🎠

    Year 5 and 6 had a fabulous day in Oakwood today. As forecast, the weather didn’t disappoint and we enjoyed going on rides in the warm sunshine. The children were once again a credit to the school and represented us well around the park. There should hopefully be a few ‘lie ins’ in the morning […]

  • Rugby Event!

    A big Thank You to Mr Humphreys for organising a fantastic afternoon of rugby for our Year 6. We were joined by Pontybrenin and we carried out various skill and physical activities. The afternoon was finished off with a game between the school’s rugby teams. Despite having less experience than the Pontybrenin team, we managed […]

  • Further Triathlon Event

    If any pupils would be interested in taking part in another junior event, Celtic Tri are hosting the Swansea Junior Triathlon being held at Penlan Leisure Centre on 28th July. For more information and to enter, follow the link below: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/swansea-junior-triathlon_11217 If any pupils are interested in joining a local Triathlon club the following clubs […]

  • Finger on the Pulse

    As we have been focusing on being healthy, Year 6 collected date related to resting and exercising pulse rates. Pupils will collect the date of everyone in the class and analyse the results tomorrow.

  • Nourriture Délicieuse

    As our topic is Tour De France we tasted some French food. Most commented that it was ‘très bon’. As the children are responsible for a lot of the planning with regards to lesson ideas, this was one of their lessons, so every child fed back as to home much they jardired

  • Salvation Army Visit

    Year 5 and 6 were visited by the Salvation Army this morning. Members of Morriston Salvation Army were accompanied by guests from the USA. The children rotated in a carousel of 3 activities: Community Zone – The charity work that the church carries out Bible Zone – They learnt about the Good Samaritan Music Zone […]