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?
  • Star of the week

    Congratulations to our stars this week 22/09/2017

  • Brilliant Banner

    Today was our final day of the project – The Bells Of Santiago. Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed egniting their creative sides. The banner is outstanding (even if I do say so myself). The banner will now be laminated and hung in the Waterfront Museum in preparation for the exepition in October.

  • Amazing Art – Bells of Santiago

    Today, following on from yesterday’s creative lessons linked to the Bells of Santiago project, Keith, our local artist inspired us to begin to create a banner related to the fire. Our art work will be hung in the Waterfront museum as we perform our song on October the 4th. Today was stage 1… Vocabulary word […]

  • The Bells…

    We are currently in progress of day two of our Bells of Santiago music creation project. The children have had the opportunity to listen to, sing, write and play music – piano and bells. Year 6 are thoroughly enjoying the project so far.

  • Creative composition

    Today Stacey Blythe came in to school to compose a song about the Bells of Santiago. We will be performing our song to the juniors tomorrow. We will also be performing to the public and family at the Swansea Waterfront Museum on October 4th… Details to follow.

  • Farewell Fire with Friends.

    This evening we have been for a final swim in the sea. We cwtched around the fire for a sing song and a chat about the weeks activities. The Year 6 class of 2017-2018 rock!

  • Climbing on the coast

    We have had such a busy day today! We left the centre early this morning with our bags packed and set off on a walk around the coast and to rock climb, climb through caves and abseil. The children have achieved so much today and they are all feeling SO PROUD of themselves. The staff […]

  • We must be mad…

    The children have just had a ‘refreshing’ swim in the sea. We are now warm after a lovely shower, enjoying a hot chocolate, having a chat about today’s activities and achievements.

  • Playing games and building dens.

    The afternoon we went into Mill Wood to play games, build dens, light fires, make cookie dough and cook the dough. We’ve laughed so hard our stomachs hurt…your children are amazing!

  • Orienteering Antics!

    This morning we have been orienteering in the dunes. The challenge was set…to read the maps, locate the numbers, answer the clues and make it to meeting point first…Mrs Evans team won!!!

  • Day two, Group 2

    Today we’ve been body boarding, for a walk on the beach, taking in the sights and learning about the history of Port Eynon, looking in rock pools and for an ice cream. We have a had a fantastic day, making awesome memories. We are currently playing cards, DS and having a good laugh with mates.

  • Borfa House Day 1

    We have had quite a busy day… First the theatre company and now Borfa House. This afternoon we’ve been playing team games in the dunes and getting blown about the place. The boys are currently having a game of football and the girls are chilling and chatting.

  • The Bells Of Santiago

    Thank you to the Lighthouse Theatre company for their amazing, inspiring and theatrical performance this morning. The production was part of our art project … This was stage one of the project. The children thoroughly enjoyed and also loved the follow up workshop where they developed their acting skills.

  • Stars of the week

    Congratulations to our first stars of 2017 – 2018. Llongyfarchiadau i Ser yer wythnos.

  • Year 6 2017 2018

    The children were very enthusiastic to begin their first day of Year 6, their final year of Pontlliw Primary. It’s so lovely to see their smilie faces after the Summer holidays. We have an extremely busy year ahead, lots of new projects and fun times… let the games begin!

  • September INSET Days

    Just a reminder that there are 2 INSET days at the beginning of the Autumn Term – September 4th & 5th.  We look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 6th September.

  • Celebration Summer Dance

    Today is filled with love, fun and laughter as we reflect on the past year.

  • Stars of the Year

    Today we had our final star of the week. The whole school received the peer supporter certificate for being kind and caring friends on the yard, the sports award for supporting each other in every sporting event and each class had star of the week for being AWESOME. We have had a fantastic year fill […]

  • Tremendous Triathletes.

    Today 28 Junior pupils took on the challenge to swim, bike and run in the name of Swansea Tri. The children were extremely excited but a little nervous. All pushed themselves to achieve the best race ever. The event was held at Penlan Sports Centre. We were so proud of each and every one of […]

  • Race For Life

    Congratulations to our school for supporting such an amazing cause. Our grand total raised for cancer research is £2,300. Your support is outstanding! Thank you for supporting our yearly event and making it a continuous success. (Photo taken from Tuesdays evening post)

  • Junior Sports Day 2017

    Please do not re-post these photographs on social media websites  – thank you.

  • Race For Life

    Rain stopped play today! But we celebrated our yearly Race for Life with an assembly discussing all about how we can support people with cancer. We even had special visitors come to the school to celebrate the event – Our Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, our chair of Governors and the Evening Post. We will […]

  • We do like to be beside the seaside!

    Look out Aberavon here comes Pontlliw primary! Bags packed, registers taken, sandwiches checked, buckets and spades in hand, and we were off! It was a fantastic day and the weather was kind to us too….. We dug, paddled, run, played football, and frizbee. After the first round of fun we sat for our lunch, even […]

  • Vitamin D and Volleyball

    Year 4/5 have had a fantastic day developing their PE skills and building strength…wow, children have SO much energy! We have played volleyball, rounders, rugby, team building, tug of war, blind trail and built sand castles. The perfect end to a busy week.

  • Year 6 Transition Update

    Year 6 have settled in well to their new school. They have been busy continuing their transition projects for science and technology. Here are some of the photos – enjoy…