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Welcome to Year 6

Teachers: Mrs A Mikalauskas and Miss K Burgess Teaching Assistants: Mrs A Nutter and Mr D Thompson
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Refugee Performance and Workshop

On Thursday 28th June, Be Arts arranged for the children to watch a performance of 'Refugee Stories' this was performed by a mixed group of refugees and local performers. The children then got to take part in some workshops to learn more about their journey and in some cases share their own stories. This was really interesting and enlightening and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Alton Towers

We had a fantastic time at Alton Towers on Wednesday! Despite it being super hot everyone had a really good day, we even managed to use our SPARKLE skills, especially our RISK-TAKING. There were some very nervous children who went on some pretty big rides but they overcame their fears and loved every minute!!

Events

Thursday 7th June: Michael Morpurgo at Emma Bridgwater.

Friday 8th June: A trip to Stoke 6th Form College. We will be discussing industry and options available in the future. Children will interact with some of the programmes the college use and create stop-motion animation, writing and filming their own short video and designing superheroes. 

Tuesday 19th June: Lichfield Cathedral - some children from Y5/6 have been selected to attend.

Wednesday 20th June: Y6 Puberty Talk

Monday 25th June: Y6 Father Day activity. Dads will be invited in to participate in an activity with the children.

Wednesday 27th June: Alton Towers (please ensure forms and money are returned by 20th June or your child will not be permitted to go).

Thursday/Friday 5th/6th July: Minster Town 'Minstonbury'

Thursday 19th July: Leavers assembly for parents.

 

PE

Please ensure PE kits are in school every day so children are always prepared for activities.

Reading

It is extremely important your children reads. They have all been given books and diaries to take home each night. If you could listen to your child read every night perhaps they could read while you make tea, sorting out younger siblings or before bed. If you sign their diaries daily after hearing them read, they can help the class as a whole achieve 100% in reading and we can earn new books for our classrooms!

Summer Term

Year 6 are working extremely hard revising in preparation for SATS. There isn't long now so we are packing in as much revsion as possible. SATS week is 14th-17th May 2018.

This is the schedule for the SATS tests is as follows:

Monday 14th May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Tuesday 15th May: English reading test.

Wednesday 16th May: Maths arithmetic and reasoning

Thursday 17th May: Maths reasoning

It is important that you support your child as much as possible during their SATS, not just in terms of revision, but ensuring they arrive at school promptly. There will be a letter home shortly about breakfast club for Year 6 during this week.

All children are working hard and it important they are confident in what they know. They need to show what they are capable of on the day. As much as this can be stressful, chldren need to relax and just do the best they can do.

 

Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother's Day our wonderful mums came in and celebrated with the children. They heard about a variety of women who have made a difference, were dressed up like the Superhero mums they are and enjoyed a spot of cake. The children really enjoyed having mums in and we hope the mums enjoyed coming in too!

Lobster Project!!

As part of a project with other Stoke 6 schools focusing on Science the Science club went on a trip to Heron Cross Primary School. They tried their hands at butter making, had a woodland identification walk and planted some seeds and tasted a variety of vegetables which can be grown at home. The children really enjoyed the day out and the Science club have lots of ideas!

Crucial Crew 12/02/18

After a busy Friday came a busy Monday. We headed off to Hanley Fire Station to learn about Anti-Social Behaviour, Fire Safety, Road Safety, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol awareness. This is something we do every year in Year 6 and is always beneficial for the children.

KidZania 09/02/18

The children had a fantastic day at KidZania and experienced the working world. Their behaviour was impeccable. Despite a very long journey there and back they made the most of their day. We had animators, mechanics, fire fighters, ambulance personnel and some people made some delicious food. The children all made the most of the food available to spend spend their hard earned money!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjyHPdN2OtE

SATs

Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting regarding SATs we hope you find it helpful and you are comfortable in supporting your children in the run up and during SATs. For other parents please find the presentation which has lots of useful information below.

Revision Tools

A really good resource here that has links to past maths papers, revision aids etc. Think it would be really useful as it splits the resources into individual topics. Please follow the link and have a go: https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/springcroft-primary-school/UploadedDocument/05e4b4a9fb0f4f37a5d946819425aaaf/ks2-ultimate-3-in-1-organiser-2017-maths-sats.pdf

Another good website is below it gives 5 questions a day related to KS2 SATs:

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/primary/

Spring Term 2018

Now that Christmas is over Year 6 will be shifting its focus towards preparing for SATs. There will be two SATs parents meeting taking place on Wednesday January 31st at 3.30pm to 4pm and 6pm to 6.30pm. It is really important parents try to attend these meetings to help their chiildren at home as best they can.

This term in Literacy we will be looking at Sinbad the Sailor before moving onto The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick. Our class poem will be The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.

In Science we will be looking at Light before moving onto Evolution and Inheritance.

RAF Cosford 20/11/17

On 20th November we headed to RAF Cosford as part of our studies on World War 1. It was a fantastic day. We experienced two simulators and it felt like we were pilots in a Red Baron and a Red Arrow! We also learnt about a pilot named Kevin who was a pilot during WW1 we saw some of his things and learnt about ways to communicate. We saw lots of amazing planes and also tried on some clothes that pilots would have worn in that time. It was fantastic. RAF Cosford staff made a point of commending us on our excellent behaviour which made the teachers very proud so you should be too!!!

This week....20/10/17

This week has been a really busy week. We have been doing lots of assessments and also had visitors and been for a trip out to church. We've had Pop UK in for a few sessions, learning lots of new songs and funky dance moves and we are definitely giving it everything we've got. There is a concert next week so please check bags for letters giving information about this. It would be fantastic if you could come along!

Tuesday saw Mental Health awareness day for which we had to wear yellow. Mental health issues are not something we can necessarily see from looking at a person so it is important to remember some people are struggling.

As usual Mr Henderson has been discussing Healthy Lifestyles and we explored food labels this week. We looked at a variety of products and their fat and sugar contents to determine if they were good choices or bad. We all know what we should be looking for so next time yo go to the supermarket don't forget to test the childrens food label knowledge.

We've also been to church this week to watch a Communion service. Rev. Geoff delivered the service and we saw some members of the community taking part in a service speaking and receiving communion. Some children chose to receive blessings from Rev. Geoff as well.

A visitor this week was Alison from the Dogs Trust who visited Year 5 & Year 6 pupils to talk about how to stay safe around dogs. The talk was very informative and fun as well as allowing the children to learn a valuable lesson. Some even suggested that they may like a pooch of their own. Our apologies for this :-) 

 

Victoria Ground development

In year 6 we have been discussing the use of our science and maths skills in everyday life. As part of this we have visited the old victoria ground to talk to the site manager about the development. He has agreed that when the site is properly up and running after the initial clearing phase we will be able to take small groups of children over to further understand how our scientific and numeracy skills are applied to building and site development. The children will follow the project through so look out for more updates coming soon!

Pop Uk

05/10/17

This morning Pop Uk have been into school to teach the children some brand new songs and dance moves for our worship and to help us to SPARKLE through song. They will be learning the new songs over the next week and there will be a concert for children and parents to attend at Stoke Minster (letter to follow shortly).

Please follow the link for more information and a video of the teachers at Stoke Minster welcoming POp UK http://www.popuk.org/

Healthy Living

Mr Henderson has been coming to talk to us about Heaalthy Lifestyles. He has been going into classes and talking to us about diet and fitness. This week we discuss fats and sugars in foods and we were all surprised to learn how much is in some of the foods we snack on. Some of our snack food we buy from the shop have more than our whole daily allowance! Afterwards we went outsides and got our bodies moving which warmed us up in the cold!

Stanley Head 2017

25th-29th September - Stanley Head

What an amazing week Year 6 had at Stanley Head 2017. Year 6 did us proud: team-working, listening, encouraging and challenging themselves. Every child (and adults) completed the high-ropes! From nervousness and apprehension to independance and risk-taking - there were so manyso many changes that these fabulous young people underwent over a few days. Well done and thank you for a fabulous week.

Love

Mrs M, Miss B and Mr T

P.S. You all truely SPARKLE'd

P.P.S Mrs N was unable to go Stanley Head as I had an operation on my finger which is now much better but i SPARKLE'd through it.

Author Focus

A new year and a new set of children into Year 6. This week we have been reading the Tupilak and will be making our own totem poles.

Wednesday 27/09/17

Today we spent most of the morning working with Mr Henderson on healthy living. In the classroom, we learnt about healthy eating. We discovered that all foods belong to a food group and that we need to eat foods from all food groups to have a balanced diet. However, we also learned that we need more food from certain food groups than others!

Afterwards we went outside to learn about how exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle. We then had lots of fun playing different team games.

In the afternoon, we continued with our Picasso projects. First we looked at some of his paintings and investigated how he used colours to show mood. Then we had a go at mixing paints to create different shades of colours to use on our portraits.

We chose one colour to paint our portraits with depending on what mood we wanted to show.

Tuesday 26/09/17

Our day began with an amazing performance from Key Strings. Some of our Year 6’s were even invited up to join in with the performances and did a fantastic job!

We then went into the ICT suite to create PowerPoints about our chosen Spanish speaking country.

In the afternoon, we learnt about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. We also had a go at drawing a partner’s portrait using correct proportions.

When we were happy with our portraits, we went around the outlines with charcoal because Picasso used bold lines. Tomorrow we will use colour to add mood to our portraits.

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