Year 6

“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
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?
  • Cluster Science Experiment

    Year 6 have been learning about insulation and researching why penguins huddle. Today Mr Smith came into school to teach us about the science behind why they huddle. We re-enacted the huddle by using test-tubes and hot water, measuring the temperature every 2 unites of the ‘penguin’ inside the huddle and on the outer circle.

  • Hilarious 😂 Hats

    As part of a Science and Thechnology cluster project, Year 6 have been given the task to design, make and evaluate hats 🎩. They need to make a hat that will keep them warm. Next week the pupils will make their hats and will evaluate the success criteria by wearing them in the yard at […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars 🤩 this week

  • Genius Gymnasts

    Year 5 and 6 have been busy developing their balance and team work skills. They were set the challenge to recreate the balance included on the task sheet. Pupils worked extremely well, not only with their gymnastic skills but also their communicative skills. Each group also developed their digital skills by photographing the balance. Next […]

  • Pontlliw Pride Shines Through

    Today our year 6 boys and girls teams played in a county tournament. Even through the rain and wind the pupils played their hearts out. The boys got through to the semi-finals but unfortunately their luck ran out during extra time. I am so proud of their sportsmanship and team work. The encouragement and ‘family […]

  • Girls Football Storm a Victory

    Year 6 girls played in their first tournament today at Play football, playing a total of 3 matches. 2 wins and 1 draw, scoring a total of 11 goals. Awesome skills girls.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week

  • Customised Cake Contest

    Year 6 have been developing their Literacy and Numeracy skills this week and have been weighing, mixing and cooking cakes of their choice to share with loved ones on Santes Dwynwen Day. Mrs Norman was the critical judge and enjoyed every cake. Pupils made us proud with their team work and independence. They are now […]

  • Business Advice

    Since September, Year 6 have been taking part in a project that links with our Erasmus Entrepenure Project. Schools in Norway, Germany, Belgium and Spain are also part of the same project. Pupils work within their groups with the use of an online tool – class notebook which allows them to communicate online in a […]

  • Get Epic – We R EPIC

    Year 6 have signed up to an online reading app www.getepic.com that allows pupils to access over 25, 000 books. This afternoon we have been enjoying exploring the site and are looking forward to using this wonderful tool in our lessons.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars ⭐️ this week.

  • Ser yr wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week

  • Christmas Celebrations

    We raised a glass to our last Christmas party as year 6! We certainly went out with a BANG! After enjoying the teachers edition of 12 days of Christmas this morning, followed by party games, dancing and party food; th children and staff thoroughly enjoyed party day!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos.

    Llongyfarchiadau i’n ser yr wythnos yma. Congratulations to our stars this week.

  • Classical Creations.

    As part of our Music lessons this term, pupils combined their creative skills with their knowledge of WW2. The children had free choice of any instrument and had to choose an event that happened during WW2. They then had to compose a piece of music, including the elements of rhythm and volume, that would emphasise […]

  • Pontlliw Bake Off

    The children were set a challenge to develop a variety of skills on Friday. 1. Research a wartime recipe – ICT 2. Buy the ingredients and bring in the utensils. LNF 3. Follow the instructions. Literacy 4. Weigh and measure the ingredients. Numeracy We then cooked the ingredients. While the food was cooking, pupils washed […]

  • A sky full of stars this week

    This week pupils have achieved an outstanding amount. Pupils also voted for their house team representatives. Congratulations to all who stood for election.

  • Stars of the week

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week

  • Could you crack the code?

    Today Blwyddyn 6 were set a challenge to communicate by using the technique of morse code. The children weren’t given any advice on how to do this but had to problem solve with their team to light the bulb and communicate as they did during World War 2.

  • Stars of the week

    Congratulations to our stars this week

  • Wearing Spots, Raising Lots.

    Pontlliw School have had a fantastic morning celebrating Children in Need. Pupils and staff were a wonderful sight to see in our achievers assembly. The children are now looking forward to the toast and cake sell. Thank you all for your donations.

  • Eye of the storm

    Year 5/6 thoroughly enjoyed theatre Na’nog’s eye of the storm performance. They then had the opportunity to develop their Science skills at the museum to create their own tornado.

  • We are all unique and different.

    Next week is anti-bullying week and we are celebrating that we are all unique and different we are paining our rocks white this week and discussing the possible designs for our rocks. During circle time we discussed the importance of celebrating anti-bullying week and how we can all help to prevent bullying. We also thought […]

  • Daily Mile is a hit!

    Pupils have been taking part in the daily mile for almost two weeks and teachers have reported that it has been a success. Pupils are completing the mile quicker and their concentration skills have improved. We decided to implement the mile at 2pm as the afternoon sessions were long and pupils concentration was proving a […]

  • The B Word

    Today the children in Years 2-6 enjoyed watching a production about bullying, called ‘The B Word’. The children watched attentively and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The show was very informative, and covered lots of issues including cyber bullying. The children were also taught about what bullying means, and when they term ‘bullying’ should be used.