Welcome back your child’s final term in Parkgate Primary School!
First of all some important dates for Year 6
Key Dates for this half term.
|Monday 14th May||SAT's week|
|Friday 25th May||Personal Safety Training for Year 6|
|Wednesday 6th June||Whole school trip to Chester Zoo.|
|Monday 18th June||Plas Caerdeon Residential|
|Week beginning 9th July||Porridge Production|
|Thursday 19th July||2pm - 3pm Leavers Assembly|
14th May 2018 – KS2 SATs week.
During this week the children will be having their SAT tests in Reading, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and Maths. It is really important that the children have plenty of sleep that week, and arrive at school promptly. Please keep your child’s absences during the run up to SATs at a minimum. We are well into our revision program now and the teaching is focused on what the practise papers show we need to go over.
The dates for this year's Plas Caerdeon Trip are the 18th June 2018 to 22nd June 2018. Once again this trip will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6. This will be a joint trip with Bishop Wilson Primary School. The cost of last year's trip was £260. I anticipate the cost being similar this year. Now numbers have been finalised I will send out a letter with the final cost.
Each child will be given two homework books, one for English and one for Maths. The homework will be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on a Monday. Spelling will be posted on the link below, along with other homework when this is appropriate. Mr Hewson and I will be running a homework club on a Thursday lunchtime when children can choose to do their homework in school time. It is still extremely important that children continue to practise their tables and read regularly. As we approach SATs practise papers will be sent home for the children to do. More guidance in supporting your chidlren with these will be sent out at the time.
Next half term we will be looking at physical and human geography. We shall be studying ordinance survey maps of the local area and looking at the impact of humans on the physical world. We shall be linking this to our Zoo project that we are running linked to Chester Zoo.
For the first half of the summer term we are studying the Ancient Greeks. We will be using artifacts and archaeological remains to tell us about the lives of people at the time. We ill also be looking at the ways different societies in Ancient Greece were governed and the impact the Ancient Greeks have on our lives today. We will be linking our art and our English into our topic.
In Science we shall start by continuing to look at how our body works - looking at the circulatory system and how the heart and lungs work together. We shall look at how to keep ourselves healthy and the impact of drugs on our bodies.
We shall then move on to studying electricity and create parallel and serial circuits.
Our unit this half term is Myths and Legends, linking to our History work on the Ancient Greeks. e are basing our work on the story of The Minotaur and be retelling the myth in different ways. After half term we shall be linking our English to the Zoo Project with a focus on persuasive writing to support the preservation of Orangutans.
It is very important that the children continue to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction regularly. Please can you support them in keeping their reading record books up-to-date and sign the books when they read so that we can record this our Reading Challenge board. The children need to make sure that they have their Reading Record Books in school in on the days they have Guided Reading.
The focus of our spelling is to review the words that we have learnt and make sure that we are using prefixes and suffixes correctly. We will also be making sure that we are secure with homophones.
Much of our homework is focused on preparation for SATs. More details of this and how to support your child are in the homework section of the webpage.
The focus this half term is preparing for our SATs. We will be going over past papers and then using these to help us focus on our revision. Many of the mistakes the children make our careless errors so we will be looking at ways to support them to self correct.
Don't forget to keep trying the Diagnostic Questions - they will really help with your revision.
Check out the Homework part of the webpage for more help.
Art and Design Technology
This half term our Art links to our History and we will be making Greek Urns. These will be 3D paper mache sculptures and we will be decorating them with Greek Myths and Legends.
As part of the Zoo project we will be using ICT to create pop art pictures of orangutans in the style of Andy Warhol.
Our DT is a continuation of our World War !! topic from last half term. As part of Dig for Victory we will be growing vegetables in our allotment and then creating tasty soups from them.
Once SATs are over we will be having Samba lessons up until the end of term.
This half term we will be using Hour of Code to develop our programming skills by writing and debugging short programmes. Then we will be using ICT to create spreadsheets to help us interrogate data
In French we will be practising our vocabulary to learn talk about our families.
Mr Kelly is continuing to take PE on Wednesday, he will be taking games outdoors. Our second PE session will be gymnatics on a Thursday morning. Make sure that you have PE kit in school on these days. While the weather is colder make sure you have a hat, gloves and a water bottle. Please make sure that all your kit is clearly labelled with your name.
Up until May we will be joined by a final year B Ed student from Liverpool Hope, Emily Gresham, who will be working alongside Miss Phillips and myself in Year 6. On Monday afternoons the class will be taken by Mrs Webster. Mrs Webster will be delivering RE during these afternoons. One of our PE sessions will be led by Mr Kelly, who worked with us last year, our Music will be led by Miss Phillips.