Year 6

“Always remember. You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Parents’ Evenings

Parent meetings will be held on 20th and 21st March. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please use the form below. Please make one booking per pupil only. Parents who require two appointments should contact the school secretary. Duplicate appointments will be deleted.

 

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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?
  • Enterprise Troopers Regional Final

    A huge congratulations to the Year 6 enterprise club ‘Attitude’ who got through to the regional finals held today in Blaenavon. Throughout the day Joe, Poppy and Carys got the opportunity to speak to a number of judges about their work and take part in some exciting workshops. The judges were really impressed with all […]

  • Entrepreneur at Castle Gardens.

    Come on down to Castle Garden today to support our Entrepenure finalists. They have a stall near MacDonalds, along with 28 other Primary Schools in Swansea and are awaiting your custom.

  • Gwasanaeth Criw Cymraeg🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    Diolch yn fawr to our Criw Cymraeg for leading assembly today for KS2. They played a welsh version of “Take Me Out” where contestants had to impress with their welsh answers to earn a date at the end of the game. Da iawn pawb!

  • Bont Buddies

    This morning year 6 pupils were paid a visit by year 10 Pontardullais Comprehensive to share information in preparation for transition to comp.

  • Llongyfrachiadau

    Congratulations to our Road Safety Team of 2018. They came 6th and did us proud.

  • Snakes and Ladders

    As a rich task this week pupils were given the challenge to play a variety of board games, collect data on favourite board games and analyse the date once they’d drawn their bar graphs and created graphs on HWB. Pupils then drew their own snakes and ladders on the yard and played the ganes with […]

  • Road Safety Finalists

    Good Luck to our Road Safety Team who are competing today at Llantrisant Fire Safety Headquarters, representing Swansea in an all Wales Competition.

  • Pupil Voice Forum

    Some of our School Council representatives recently attended a pupil voice forum at Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School. The children had the opportunity to meet with pupils from other schools in Swansea, as well as representatives from various different organisations. The children listened to a variety of presentations and also had the chance to give their […]

  • Criw Cymraeg

    Tonight our Criw Cymraeg presented to our Governors regarding our progress to date for our Siarter Iaith. Diolch, Gaithersburg Gwych.

  • Darllen Gyda Ffrind

    This afternoon Blwyddyn 6 worked with Blwyddyn 3 to develop their Welsh reading and conversational skills. Da iawn plant. Gwaith Gwych.

  • Rugby Club 🏉

    We have recently started a Year 5/6 rugby club! In just our second session together, we introduced tackling and played our first contact game against each other! The children enjoyed the session and can’t wait for next Tuesday to work on our skills again.

  • Crazy Kahooters

    This morning Year 6 were in for a treat…4 new teachers! Our digital leaders taught the rest of the class to take part in an online quiz called Kahoot. Pupils competed against each other and also wrote their own quiz for others to answer. Why don’t you test their knowledge against yourselves at home?

  • Siarter Iaith Competition

    A chance to win a family holiday 30 businesses across three Welsh towns – Pwllheli, Swansea and Cowbridge – have placed a sticker featuring the Siarter Iaith mascots, Seren a Sbarc, in their windows. From Monday 30th April until Monday 7th May, we are asking primary school children and their families to seek out these […]

  • Cool Cricketers!

    HOWZAT! This morning Cricket Wales paid us a visit to advertise their clubs at local venues to develop cricket skills, team work and knowledge of Health and well-being.

  • Tennis skills are a hit!

    Blwyddyn 6 are developing their tennis skills in PE this term. Team work and hand and eye coordination are key!

  • We had a ‘Grand’ morning.

    This morning Blwyddyn 6 visited the Grand Theatre to take a look at behind the scenes.

  • The Big Bang Show

    Today Year 5 and 6 visited Parc Y Scarlets to experience a Science show. The children learnt all about how bubbles are formed and why they create a sphere shape. As we are learning about gravity and forces, this was a perfect show to be a part of. Pupils then had a show on ‘The […]

  • Stargazers

    Today Blwyddyn 6 followed instructions to create a star ⭐️ shape through repeated patterns. Pupils had to measure and cut 12 squares (15cm by 15cm) to create the origami arrangement. We also listened to a composition of creative music. Pupils also had the opportunity to walk in space using the VR Google’s. It was very […]

  • Topic Entry – Space and Flight

    The children started their day by activating their prior knowledge related to Space and Flight. Pupils read books on Get Epic and recalled the new information read. We then experimented the effect of gravity and flight. Pupils created paper planes and measured the distance of flight.

  • ESafety Factor!

    Well, What an afternoon. The whole school went to the Village Hall to watch 5 Pop Acts perform their ESafety songs. The event was hosted by Dermot O’Stonham and we had special guest judges – Simon Cowell and Nicole Sherzinger to watch over proceedings. After nearly 3 months of rehearsing and learning words, the pop […]

  • Eggcellent 🥚 Egg Hunt

    Year 6 have been developing their orienteering skills and drawing maps from a birds-eye view. Pupils marked X on their maps as to where the eggs were hidden. Instructions were clear and all eggs were found (and none eaten by the bird this year)

  • Pasg Hapus

    We celebrated Easter 🐣 today with an Easter service ; readings from the staff, recitals, songs and cornet playing. Llongyfarchiadau to our Easter colouring competition winners. We’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy Easter.

  • Daily Mile Data Analysis

    Year 5/6 completed their 6 months training period to help develop their health and well-being, fitness and concentration levels. They all took part in a variety of exercises and a bleep test. In the afternoon Year 4, 5 and 6 took part in an online survey to collect data about their day to day activities […]

  • ESafety Factor!!

    We are only 6 days away from Pontlliw Primary’s very own ESafety Factor. The groups are refining their routines and are getting very excited for the show that will be held in the Village Hall next Thursday afternoon!

  • Rocking Odd Socks for Down Syndrome Day

    Today we are very excited to be wearing our odd socks celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are very proud of all of our children , they make our world a better place. Thank you to Mrs Appleyard who sent in cakes for every child to help us celebrate this wonderful day. 21/3/18