Welcome to Year 6

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 6 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Mrs Miles - Acting Year Leader

Stationery list for pupils in Key Stage 2

Newsletters

Year 6 Newsletter - Summer Term 2nd half 2019

 Dear families,

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of another year. Where has the all the time gone? The year 6 team are busy preparing lots of exciting activities as well as an important transition programme for this half term so that the children are as ready as possible for secondary school.

On Monday 17th June the Year 6 children are running a mini fete for the rest of the children in the school to visit. They have worked hard to design stalls and they are very excited about the event. Some children have planned to run a cake sale and would like to ask children in year 6 to bring in cakes, bought or homemade, on the morning on 17th June. The money raised will go towards a trip we are organising to thank them for their hard work this year and the effort they put into their SATs. Details of this will be shared next week!

Save the date! We are planning a leaver’s assembly where families of Year 6 pupils will be invited in to watch their children sing and share memories of their time at William Harding. This will take place on Tuesday 22nd July at 11:30. We would then like to invite families to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch with us on the school field.

Thank you to everyone who has paid and returned their consent form for our Rogue Bowling trip on Tuesday 23rd July. If you haven’t done so, please hand this in by Monday 10th July.

Transition

It is that time of year where we now look to our pupils entering Year 7.  We have already had The Grange, Aylesbury High School, The John Colet, AVA and the Grammar School in to meet their new intake.  We have many of our other feeder schools lined up after over the next few weeks. The children hugely benefit from these meetings as it allows them to familiarize themselves with staff and ask any questions they have about their move to secondary school.  The teachers have also been meeting with the staff in order to make the transition for the pupils as smooth as possible.

County Transition dates: Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

Maths

This half term we will be covering:

  • Geometry – children will learn to draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes. They will illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius.

  • Algebra – children will learn to use simple formulae and how to express missing number problems algebraically.

  • Measurement – Children will learn to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. They will also calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3).

English

  • In spellings we will continue to learn spellings from the Year 5/6 word list (see list below). We will particularly focus on spelling words with silent letters or those which rely on visual recall to spell them accurately.

  • During our reading comprehension lessons we will continue to work on inference and deduction – this means children develop their ability to interpret information beyond the literal information given and they can use evidence form a text to support their ideas. This will link to our class reader, Holes by Louis Sachar.

  • During our writing lessons we will be planning and writing a short story based on the life of a character from the book Holes. We will also be reading and writing diary entries from different characters in the story.

Science

In science will be working through a unit called ‘Danger! Low Voltage’ in which children will develop their understanding of electrical circuits. They will construct circuits with an increasing number of components and contrast the effects this has on the function of the components.

Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC)

During the Summer Term we will continue with our Geography unit, ‘Spatial Sense’. Through this unit children will learn to use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries. They will look at different symbols on maps including height spots and contour lines to show height of the land.

P.E.

Our focus for the summer term will be athletics and tennis.

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: navy shorts, white polo T shirt, trainers, navy joggers and navy sweatshirt. Children should not wear jewellery to school on PE days. In the case of earrings that cannot be taken out (ears pierced within the last 6 weeks), these must be taped over. 

Homework

Please remember homework is a joint effort and we ask you to support us in ensuring pupils understand that homework is important and supports learning in school.  Please ensure your child completes homework and inform us when this is not possible.  As part of the newsletter you will see a homework grid - the * are tasks that must be completed.  Each week your child can choose which piece to complete - any work should be completed in the homework book if possible.  The tasks are differentiated and bespoke for the pupils, 'Must' is the easier option, 'Should' is the next level and 'Could' is the most difficult. Some of these tasks have been carried over from last half term, because it was such a short one children would not have had time to complete them all. If you are ensure as to which your child should be completing please speak with your class teacher. 

Our expectation for homework in our year group is as follows; 

Homework and spellings are sent home on a Thursday and due in for the following Tuesday.   

  • Reading – 30 minutes and above

  • Spelling lists

Reading

Children are expected to read for 30 minutes every evening either to themselves, an adult or another child, and it is vital that this happens regularly.  The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day.  It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.

Reading Recommendation

This summer we recommend - The Number 7 Shirt by Alan Gibbons

Jimmy dreams of becoming a pro footballer. Can he make it with the help of his heroes, all wearers of the number seven shirt?

and…

The Misfits Club by Kieran Crowley

When Brian, Hannah, and twins Chris and Sam start their summer holidays, they know it's going to be the end of an era. The Misfits Club is disbanding and they still haven't managed to solve any real mysteries. But when they persuade new club member, Amelia, to go and investigate a spooky old house, they unexpectedly discover some stolen goods. Could this be The Misfits' chance for one last adventure as they try to track down the crooks behind the theft...?

Clubs

In our year group we are pleased to offer a range of clubs this half term - on offer will be:

  • Cricket run by Mr Culverhouse – Thursday 3:30-4:30

  • Athletics run by Mr Culverhouse – Wednesday lunchtimes

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning. 

We look forward to another busy term ahead.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Miles, Miss Robinson, Mr Winyard and Miss Lympoudi

Homework

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers give an overview of what pupils will be learning in school over the course of their History, Geography or Art unit of work for the half term. Pupils have a copy of this in their Curriculum books to refer to within lessons. The Knowledge Organisers for each half term are available for you to download below so that you can support your child in discussing with them what they have been learning this week and build upon this learning at home, if you wish to do so.

Knowledge Organiser for Geography Summer 2

Year 6 SATs presentation to parents

Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the SATs presentation. The presentation is available below for you to download. If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Miles (Head of Yr 6) or Mrs Holborow (KS2 Acting Deputy Head).

Yr 6 SATs presentation 4th March 2019