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In Flander's Field by John McCrae

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Welcome back to a new term, and your child’s last year at Parkgate Primary School. Year 6 is an important year for the children and one focus will be helping them to transfer smoothly to their next school. A part of this will be preparation for SATs, however we shall also be encouraging the children to become more independent and take more responsibility for their personal organisation to help them when they get to Secondary School.


There are many roles that the Year 6 carry out around the school such as being ‘buddies’ to the new children in reception, volunteering as playleaders and taking on jobs around the school. This year some jobs will be rotated so that all children who want a role can have one. The Year 6 also run their own stalls at the Christmas Fair. More details will be sent out about this after half term.


As a school we appreciate that some year 6 children are being allowed to walk to and from school o their own to develop their independence. If your child is walking home alone, please can you confirm this in writing. Some of these children are also bring mobile phones to school. These must not be used on school premises, including in clubs at the beginning and end of the school day, and will be collected first thing in the morning and kept in the school office and then collected at the end of the day.


We have two trips planned for the Autumn Term. The first is a trip to Rivacre, when we will be carrying out field work to support our Geography topic on Rivers . The cost and date of this trip will be confirmed in the next few weeks. We are also taking part in a day run by Cheshire West and Chester Crucial Crew. Crucial Crew is a multi-agency safety event aimed at Year 6 children (10 to 11 year olds) designed to provide children with life skills that will enable them to keep themselves and others safe. The trip will take place in November. There will be cost around £7 for this trip to cover the transport. I letter covering both trips will be sent next week.


Key Dates for this half term.


Wednesday 26th September 5.30pm SATs Meeting
 Thursday 18th October Rivacre Trip
Tuesday 13th October Crucial Crew



13th May  2019 – KS2 SATs week.

Academically there is a focus to ensure that the children are as well prepared as possible for the end of KS2 SATs. The curriculum in the Autumn and the Spring Term builds up to this and we will start our Revision Programme after February half term. The dates for the tests are Monday 13th May 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019. There will be a parents meeting to discuss this further on Wednesday 26th September at 5.30pm which will last about half an hour and more detailed information about the revision timetable will be sent out during the Spring Term.


SATs Information Evening

Plas Caerdeon


The dates for this year's Plas Caerdeon Trip are the 17th June 2019 to 21nd June 2019. Once again this trip will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6.  The cost of last year's trip was £260. I anticipate the cost being similar this year. A letter will be sent our this half term asking for a deposit and once numbers have been finalised I will send out a letter with the final cost.



Plas Caerdeon Parents Information


Each child will be given a homework book for Math and English and a new spelling homework book. 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.



This half term we will being looking at Rivers. We will be looking at how rivers are formed and the different stages in the development of Rivers. We shall also be looking at the impact of floooding on humans and the environment. To do this we will contrast flooding in Bangladesh and the UK. Parkgate has unique flood prevention systems in place as part of it's Resilience Plan so we shall be discussing these.




After half term we shall be looking at the Early Islamic Civilisation. This is a fascinating period of history that influences much of our scientific undertsanding today. There are lots of opportunities for science and design technology in the project as we have-a-go at trying out some of the technological ideas developed at this time.



This term we shall be looking at Islam in RE. We shall be investigating two important aspects of Islam, The Haddith and Ummah. The focus of our work will be on understanding the values of other religions through discussion, and relating these to similarities in our own lives. 



Our first unit of science is will be studying the classification of living things. We shall look at the different systems scientists have used over the centuries to classify animals and how animals have adapted to their environment. After half term we shall be studying light and linking this to our history topic.





This half term we are focusing on non-fiction writing with an emphasis on non-chronolgical reports. We will be starting our work looking at a text 'Can we Save the Tiger?' and use this to develop our own writing. Later in the term we will apply these skills to writing about Rivers.


After half term, to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, we will be looking at poetry, based aroung the poem 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae.


Following this we shall be studying narrative, basing our work on 'The Breadwinner' by Deborah Ellis, a book based on life under the Taliban in Afganistan.


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.


We are changing the way that we teach spelling this academic year. There will be more details sent out at the start of term.



This term we will be concentrating on ensuring that we are confident using the four rules of operation, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be honing our mental skills as well as looking at when we need to written methods. Look at the homework part of the website for ' How to' videos to help you.


Being fluent with our tables will really help us, so we shall continue our weeking Rainbow Tables challenge.

Art and Design Technology

In Art we will be looking at the work of Picasso and having a go at creating our own cubist paintings.


After half term we shall looking at textiles and be designing and making our own mobile phone covers.



Miss Phillips will be delivering our Music this term and will be basing our work on ' Ten Pieces' by the BBC.



This half term we will be looking at multimedia packages and using them to present different information. This will include using animation packages and Adobe Voice.



In French we will be practising our vocabulary to learn talk about our families.


On Wednesday we will be swimming for 6 weeks. This will be taken by Mr Hutchings and Mr Kelly.. Our second PE session delivered by S4YC on Tuesday. 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.

Dance - Myths and Legends

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Look in the class gallery for other video clips of our work.


This year a schools direct student, Mrs Jones, will be working alongside me in Rhinos class. Miss Phillips will de delivering Music and PE will be delivered by Mr Kelly and S4YC.