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?
  • 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

  • Digital Leaders Introduce Kahoot!

    A massive thank you to the digital leaders for taking time after school to introduce the staff to a new website. Kahoot is a quiz based site and the digital leaders showed staff how to create quizzes linked to their topics and then play the quizzes to assess understanding within the class. As you can […]

  • Sports Relief a Real Hit

    Sports relief this morning was a hit. Ozzie Osprey also got stuck in with the sports this morning. The teachers highlight of the day however was winning 4-1 to the pupils… not that we were extremely competative at all!

  • Pea Brain Budget!

    Year 6 have been learning about budgeting this week. They understood that in order to run a successful business, good budgeting is essential. They were given a challenge, in groups, to budget the running of a home. Each group was given forty dried peas to begin! They were told that the peas were worth £2000 […]

  • Who has ATTITUDE?

    This is the second week of our year 6 entrepreneurs club ‘Attitude’. The group runs a variety of activities, this week the pupils got a chance to show off the dance moves with just dance… warming up for Sports Relief tomorrow.

  • Awesome Athletes

    Congratulations to our athletics team who competed at the indoor event on Friday evening at the indoor track, Ashleigh Road. The competition was high but our pupils stepped up to the mark, we are proud of you all.

  • 🌟 of the week

    Llongyfarchiadau to our Stars this week.

  • World Book Day Celebrations

    Today pupils have had such a fun day today celebrating World Book Day. Our focus author was J.K Rowling, we wrote biography’s, book reviews and read stories to each other. We ev n had PE as various character. That was wonderful to witness!

  • Year 6 Teamwork Towers!

    As part of their work on Entreprenuership, the children have been developing a variety of skills to enable them to become successful business people. Today, they worked as a team to design and then build the tallest tower possible using just spaghetti and marshmallows! They thought carefully about the structure to ensure it could stand […]

  • Could You Crack The Code?

    In Science this term we have been learning abo ut thermal insulators and why penguins huddle. Pupils have been busy writing code for huddling penguins. The penguins were set a challenge… to interact in Welsh.

  • Blwyddyn 6 Poetry Workshop

    This afternoon we had a special treat, Mr P Bowen visited Pontlliw to compose and listen to a range of poems. We created poems related to our previous and relevant topic: Lights, Camera, Action For starts of the silver screen, In Hollywood the biggest studio, Where anyone, who’s anyone, is seen! Lights, Camera, Action Where […]

  • A Taste Of Wales

    The children had the opportunity to taste a variety of welsh foods, some were tastier than others, I’ll let the photos tell the story.

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus KS2

    We enjoyed our St David’s Day celebrations. Pupils looked smart and proud in their sea of red.

  • Who Inspires You?

    To develop our extended writing skills we will be focusing on creative writing during World Book Day with the guidance and advice from The Fonz. We will also be entering his competition of ‘Sparking the idea in 100 words’. Entries for each story idea will be read by Henry Winkler and the winner will be […]

  • Year 6 Exploring Emotions

    Today, Year 6 have been recognising and discussing feelings in their PSE lesson. They have been finding out about empathy and know that it is the ability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes”. They listened to a short story and then, in groups, discussed and recorded the different emotions each character felt before, during […]