“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!
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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
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.
- Pel-droed Merched Yr Urdd
Pob lwc i Merched blwyddyn 6.
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