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Year 6 Blog 2018-2019

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Year 6 Blog Update

Friday 12 October 2018

Dear Parents

After nine weeks it’s hard to fathom that we have reached mid term already. It has certainly been an eventful start to the year. We have had a class assembly, a swim gala, parent teacher conferences, ISA testing, a character strengths day,  sports meets, a few holidays and a typhoon.

On top of that, the students have inquired into what it means to be an individual within a community, they have learnt about digital citizenship, seen how there are patterns in numbers and practiced predicting outcomes to future terms in patterns, seen how authors can put voice into their work and practiced doing this themselves.

During September we started our second unit of inquiry; ‘How we organise ourselves’, which has the central idea; systems of governance influence lives of individuals. The students have inquired into a variety of political systems and looked at the range of character strengths that people use to ‘lead’ in areas of their lives. In maths we have been learning to understand and order decimal numbers into the thousandths, add and subtract decimal numbers and solve decimal related number problems.

After the break we have the much anticipated camp, we will start our new unit; ‘Where we are in place and time’, which looks at significant events in history, this connects to our language unit which looks at research and reports and will start to look into multiplication and division with respect to decimals.

Camp – Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November

You should have received a hard copy this week with the finalised details for our upcoming camp which has information and reminders on what clothes and ‘equipment’ to pack, food arrangements, medical details, adult supervision as well as the general itinerary for the four days.

Please be reminded that the students do not need to bring mobile phones or electronic games with them, but they can bring a digital camera which they will need to be responsible for.

The whole year group will have a briefing about camp on Friday 26 October where they will find out what groups they are in as well as receive some information about how Halloween may be recognised.

Can we also take a moment to acknowledge all the parents who have volunteered to assist us on camp this year as we could not make the experience as rich as it is with out their help.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to your child’s class teacher who will be more than happy to try to answer them.

We look forwards to seeing everyone back on Monday 22 October but in the meantime have a great mid term break.

Upcoming dates

Y6 Camp – Tuesday 30 October – Friday 2 November

6ASD Assembly – Tuesday 20 November (6ASD parents only)

6KHN Assembly – Wednesday 5 December (6KHN parents only)

Below is the Year 6 Programme of Inquiry 2018 -2019

Y6 DC POI 2018_19.docx (1)

Year 6 Blog 2018-2019 – Be the best you can be!

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Year 6 Blog 

Friday 24 August 2018

Dear Parents

Welcome to the first posting of the Year 6 blog for the upcoming academic year 2018 – 2019. On the blog, you will find updates on the life and learning of the students in Year 6 as well as reminders for important dates and information concerning a variety of curriculum areas.

Start of the School Year

It has been great to see the students returning to school ready to learn and full of enthusiasm for their new classes. During the past two weeks, we have been building relationships amongst peers and teachers as well as establishing some routines and expectations.

Who We Are

The first unit of inquiry with which the students will engage is ‘Who we are’, this has the central idea: ‘Understanding who we are as individuals and as a community can help us grow, discover, dream’, and we will inquire into this big idea through two lines of inquiry which are

  • Influences on people’s self-worth
  • How people build and manage relationships to support each other

By the end of this inquiry, the students will have discovered that there will be a range of external factors throughout their lives that will affect their sense of worth and individuality. They will also learn strategies and build resilience in dealing with these in a positive and constructive manner.

Language

In language, the students will be looking to develop writing that allows their reader to understand how a character feels about a topic, event or an issue and they will aim to do this through their choice of words and dialogue. To help support this we will be looking at stories that have a moral and looking at how authors get their feelings and emotions across through in their writing.

 

Mathematics

We have started the year looking at how important it is to have a growth mindset when learning maths and realising that mistakes are great opportunities from which to learn. We have looked into how mathematicians use BEDMAS to order the solving of problems and will start to look at how patterns are a part of not just maths but also the world around us.

 

Laptops

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Year 6 is when the students receive their own laptops. The use of laptops is incorporated across the curriculum and at the moment the apps Padlet and Canva are being used to enhance collaboration and help with design and presentation.  The students are also working through a programme of Digital Citizenship which will be led by Mrs Sercombe and Mr Leithhead.

 

Homework

Year 6 students will receive homework once a week, where the instructions will be posted on Google Classroom. The work will generally consist of consolidating or practicing knowledge and skills already introduced in class, as well as a weekly reading log. Parents should have received an email about the homework notifications so that you know when it has been set.

 

Extra information and upcoming dates

PE/Swimming

Mondays and Wednesdays – 6JES and 6ECN

Tuesdays and Friday – 6KHN and 6ASD

Thursday 30 August – Parent Information Fair

Tuesday 11 September – 6JES Assembly (6JES parents only)

Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October – Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November – Year 6 Camp

Tuesday 20 November – 6ASD Assembly (6ASD parents only)

The Year 6 teachers Mr Jason Edwards, Ms Anna Seward, Ms Kylie Harrison, Ms Emma Cameron and our ever dependable EAs Mr Urquart and Mrs Trimmingham are looking forward to an exciting year ahead with the Year 6 students and all the challenges and successes that we will face along the way and as always if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Here’s looking to be ‘the best we can be’ in Year 6.