Dear Year Six,
We would like to remind you that you are:
We would like to reassure you that no matter how long our school is closed, we will be here for you. We know how hard you have been working this year - you should be very proud of your efforts. We know how much you enjoy learning at school - we will make every effort to help your learning at home. We know how much you have been looking forward to your Leavers' celebrations - we will try our hardest to make these happen.
WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!
Stay safe, keep washing your hands and remember to smile.
From the Year Six teaching team.
Recommended activities to support home learning for Year 6
We recommend that children practise their reading fluency and comprehension skills daily for up to 30 minutes.
Children can achieve this through:
Get ready for the next part of our 'Middleworld' journey!
You can read chapters 5 and 6 by downloading the ppt below.
Join in with our class discussion through your Reading Plus account and complete the suggested learning activities based on the adventures of Max!
We recommend that children spend up to an hour each day for their English learning.
Our current writing focus is extended narrative. Children have been linking their cross-curricular learning on the Ancient Maya to create their own adventure narrative (see the example ppt below).
At home, children could:
In addition to Guided Reading and English, we recommend that children practise their SPaG skills regularly.
This can be done through:
We recommend that children spend up to an hour for their maths learning each day.
Children can practise their skills and revise key topics of learning through:
We are going to continue our learning from our current topic: Evolution and Inheritance.
Our creative curriculum links learning in history, geography, art, DT, computing and music and PE. Our main topic theme is ‘Ancient Maya’.
Children could enhance their learning through the following project ideas:
Secondary school ready
In addition to the above learning activities, a full set of past SATs papers is available to download below. Although children will not be sitting end of KS2 SATs tests this year, the skills we have been practising in preparation for the tests are still important for their transition to secondary school and beyond. We hope that you find the range of optional home learning tasks useful. We will be in touch soon with other ideas to help support children's learning at home.
Please feel free to contact your child's class teacher if you would like any advice or support with the suggested home learning activities. Where possible, we will endeavour to respond to any emails within 48 hours during the normal working week.
Our Key Worker children at school have been inspired by Andy Goldsworthy's nature art. They have created some fantastic nature-sculptures.
Year 6 have been busy making 'blood' this week! We used cheerios, marshmallows, raisins and food colouring to represent the different parts that make up blood. The children had a great time being scientists!
Year 6 had a fantastic day at Horton Kirby! We became evacuees for the day and had the chance to experience a World War 2 classroom, take cover in an air raid shelter, play traditional playground games and explore the town that many children were evacuated to during the war!
Last week, Key Stage Two children had a spooky surprise in the form of a zombie flash mob! The special occasion to mark Halloween involved all 91 Year Six pupils transforming into zombies and performing Michael Jackson's Thriller dance on the playground at lunchtime. The children really worked as a team to perform the dance moves in unison - adding to the spooky effect. All children thoroughly enjoyed the performance - Well done Team Year Six!
The whole school has taken part in Cultural Week this week! Here is what Year 6 have learned this week:
Year 6 have been on a super secret mission! This week the children have made and used periscopes to hunt down clues and crack the code! This links our science learning to our WW2 history learning.
They had to look all around Discovery Walk for the clues without being spotted!
We have taken part in the fantastic, international music festival - Music @ Malling! Children enjoyed composing and performing with Chamber Domaine Orchestra to Paul Patterson's Three Little Pigs.
We had a very exciting mission from Winston Churchill this week! Children solved the clues from a treasure hunt to find the title of our new topic - On The Home Front!
Being in Year Six comes with a lot of responsibility; the children are expected to be role models and ambassadors for the school. Year Six pupils are the children that the rest of the school look up to and the students that define our school vision and values. As such, we expect exemplary behaviour from all the children in Year Six at all times during the day.
Although there is a lot of hard work in Year Six, there are lots of things to look forward to as well, including fun and exciting topics, the residential trip, the end of year production and (most importantly) sitting on the benches during assembly!
Remember to keep up-to-date by checking the sections below regularly!
Galileo Class is located in Pavilion One, on the right hand side as you come into the door. Miss Marle, Mrs Colegate and Miss Lee teach the class. This class was named after the famous scientist, polymath and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Winston Class located in Pavilion One, on the left hand side as you come into the door. Miss Wilce, Mrs Grieves and Ms Ahmed teach the class. This class was named after the famous scientist Robert Winston (not Winston Churchill!).
Peake Class is located in Pavilion Two, on the right hand side. The class was established in 2016 when The Discovery School finally reached full capacity with three-form entry across the school. Peake Class was named after Major Timothy Peake, the first British astronaut in space for over twenty years. He blasted off for the International Space Station on 15th December 2015 and spent six months in space carrying out experiments. He even ran a marathon on the Space Station! Miss Verma, Mrs Brown, Mrs Steer and Ms Fincham teach in this class.
Should you need to contact any member of the Year 6 team, please use the following email addresses:
Miss Wilce (Year 4, 5 and 6 Assistant Headteacher): email@example.com
Miss Marle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Verma (Year 4, 5 and 6 Phase Manager): email@example.com
PPA time and covered lessons
PPA time is time set aside for teachers, during their timetabled teaching day, to allow them to carry out planning, preparation and assessment activities. PPA time is covered each week by the Year 6 Teaching Assistants. The lessons are planned by the class teachers and delivered by a TA. This term, PPA cover lessons in Year 6 take place every Thursday afternoon and lessons are as follows:
Winston Class - Music and French with Ms Ahmed
Galileo Class - Music and French with Mrs Colegate
Peake Class - Music and French with Mrs Brown
You can download a copy of an example class timetable below. Please note that this is subject to change in the case of themed weeks, celebration days, school trips and other events such as the Music at Malling festival concerts.
Monday 24th February - Start of Term 4
Monday 2nd March - Secondary school offer day
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day
Friday 13th - Thursday 19th March - Travelling Books book fair
Monday 16th March - Deadline for secondary school acceptance/ refusal
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March - Class photos
Thursday 26th March - SATs Parent Information Session, 3.30 - 4.30pm
Friday 27th March - Deadline for secondary school appeals
Friday 27th March - Excellence Awards
Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March - Parent Consultations
Wednesday 1st April - Inset Day - school closed
Thursday 2nd April- Easter holiday
Thursday 16th April - Start of Term 5
Monday 27th - Thursday 30th April - Mock SATs
Thursday 7th May - Year 6 PGL Residential Parent Information Session, 3.30 - 4.30pm
Friday 8th May - Bank Holiday - school closed
Monday 11th - Thursday 14th May - SATs week
Friday 15th May - Y6 post-SATs celebration day
Friday 22nd May - End of Term 5
In line with the school's Homework Policy, children in Year 6 are expected to complete homework tasks in English and maths which should take approximately one hour. Reading is in addition to these tasks. If children do not complete the tasks on time, they will be expected to complete them during a lunch hour.
Regular reading is of vital importance to support children's academic progress so please encourage your children to read as much as possible. We expect children to read at least five times per week and - if they can - for at least 20 minutes. Children should record their reading in their new Homework/ Reading Diary and bring this in with their reading books on a daily basis.
Children should complete the task given to them by their teacher - this will usually be a paper-based task which consolidates learning from the week's lessons. If children use the 'Maths Whizz' online programme, this must be done in addition to the class homework. The task will be due every Wednesday.
Children should complete the work set by their class teacher. Please remind children of the importance of neat and clear presentation. Children should be writing in blue ink, using cursive handwriting and checking their work carefully for errors.
A SPaG task will be set on www.spag.com weekly. Children are expected to complete this every week, as part of their homework.
Children should have their PE kits in everyday, even if it is not a designated PE day, as we often need to be flexible with our timetables.
Please make sure they have the correct, named kit for outdoor and indoor lessons, especially a warm navy tracksuit and trainers for the colder weather.
If children have their ears pierced, they will be expected to take out their earrings or cover them with medical tape for PE lessons.
Term 1 and 2: On the Home Front
English: key texts - The Little Ships (Louise Borden) Friend or Foe (Michael Morpurgo)
Writing genres: Diary writing, letters home, a flashback story, balanced argument, instructions.
Mathematics: number skills, place value, calculations (written methods), fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Term 3: Extreme Earth
English: Non-fiction information texts about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Newspaper reports and instructions. Survival stories and Michael Morpurgo's 'King of the Cloud Forests'.
Mathematics: Fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, scaling, measures, area, perimeter and volume.
Term 4 and 5: Mayans, Myths and Monsters
English: Key texts - Mayan myths. Extended narrative, descriptive diaries, formal letters and persuasive writing.
Mathematics: Measures, geometry, statistics and revision in preparation for SATs.
Term 6: Entertainers and Entrepreneurs
English: Playscripts, drama, oral presentations, persuasion and character monologues
Mathematics: finance, spreadsheets, event planning, using a calculator.
To support the children in reading this year, we have implemented the exciting Reading Plus online programme. Reading Plus targets the children's fluency and comprehension, directly improving their reading skills. As a result, we hope that the children will become quicker, more efficient readers.
Reading Plus has a variety of texts for the children to choose from and their progress can be monitored by us. This is an amazing benefit, as it means that we can see if the children are reading regularly and offer support where needed. The texts and comprehension questions are tailored for each child, making this accessible for everyone!
Reading Plus can be accessed on: https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login#
Our school's site code is: rpthedi2
Your child will be given their username and password soon.
Following on from previous success, Year 6 will be using SPaG.com to aide the children in learning Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. This website is enjoyable for the children and we have found it to be highly effective! SPaG.com homework will be set by the class teacher and children will be told on a Friday if they have SPaG.com homework to complete.
Your child will be given their username and password soon.
Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school. If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.
Please see the information on the 'Transfer to Secondary School' page for current advice and information on the secondary school offers, acceptance, refusal and appeals process.
Key Dates for Parents
This year, our Y6 Residential visit will take place from Friday 5th June - Monday 8th June 2020. Details of the trip will be available in this section soon.
Well done to the following children for becoming Prefects this term:
The prefects' duties will include: