“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 – Who won the War?
Spring term – Does a healthy mind = a healthy body?
Summer term – Transition Project – working with Pontarddulais Comp.
Autumn Term 2023:
- 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 Mental Maths homework every Friday. Mental Maths books will be sent home weekly. Children will need to complete one test per week.
- Please ensure Mental Maths books are brought in on a Friday so that they can be marked in class.
- Children will be given a list of spelling words to learn at the start of term. These will be differentiated. The children will then be tested at the end of each term.
- Ensure your child reads every night. Children can also write comments in their reading diaries.
20 minutes aloud every day is the ideal! They can also use Get Epic – any form of reading is great.
- Encourage them to read a range of books including 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 and ‘scanning’ looking for specific information.
- Speed reading
- We aim to read with the children twice a week during guided / independent reading.
- Again, reading a variety of texts – the more children read, the more familiar they become with different text types.
- Spelling – using learnt spellings and demonstrating a developing knowledge of spelling patterns, as well as encouraging the use of technical and subject specific vocabulary.
- If they can spell and learn spelling rules, this helps the creative process and the flow of their writing. It also gives them confidence to use more technical and creative vocabulary.
- 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)
- We have a 10 minute welsh drilling slot every day.
- Emphasis on developing knowledge of the Welsh language as we work towards achieving our Siarter Iaith Silver Award
- Children will begin to be introduced to incidental French.
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 Wednesday
- PPA – Tuesday afternoon
- Parent Evenings – One in Autumn term and one in Spring term, reports Summer term
- Keep up to date on school blog at www.pontlliwprimary.co.uk
- Class Dojo – children can take pictures of their work and send to parents if they wish.
- Sign up to sQuid mail.
- Please can your child bring a pair of headphones to leave in their school tray, for their own personal use when using digital technology.
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.