Welcome to 6MD's Class Page
Updated Summer 1 2018/2019
Welcome back to the first part of the Summer Term at King Edward Primary School and your child's final year at KEPS! Hopefully, everyone's had a lovely Easter break and is coming back ready to continue working hard and making lots of special memories. Please read on for useful curriculum information as well as details about additional adult and key dates over the next half-term.
Important Dates Coming Up
Tuesday 23rd April - First day back after Easter holiday
Thursday 2nd May - Nursery closed (polling day)
Monday 6th May - 'May Day' bank holiday - school closed
Thursday 9th May - class photos
W/C Monday 13th May - Y6 SATs week
Friday 24th May 2019 - INSET day
Tuesday 11th June - Y5/6 Sports Day (pm)
Friday 21st June - HSA Summer Fayre
Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July - Brunts transition days
Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July - Manor transition days
Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July - Y6 performance dress rehearsals in the afternoon
Tuesday 9th July - Y6 SATs results day
Wednesday 10th July - Y6 performance @2pm and 6pm
Thursday 11th July - Y6 Inflata Nation day trip
Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July - Garibaldi transition days
Tuesday 16th July - Y6 visit to Mansfield Superbowl followed by Pizza in the Park
Wednesday 17th July - Y5/6 awards presentation @ 9:15am
Monday 22nd July - Y6 leavers party
Tuesday 23rd July - King Ed's Got Talent
Wednesday 24th July - break up for Summer holidays (non-uniform day)
Adults in the classroom
We are very lucky to have Mrs O'Keefe, Mrs Hufton and Mrs Newton as our teaching assistants this year.
In preparation for SATs, the Y6 team has also been joined by Mrs Roberts, an additional teacher who has been supporting the Y6 teachers by taking additional booster groups and/or teaching the class so that we can run our own targeted groups.
On Friday afternoons, I have my PPA planning time with Ms Parsons.
During this time, the children will participate in some revision activities before engaging with their choice of TGI sessions.
Topic overview for this half-term
This half-term, our Topic sessions will continue to be based around the topic of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
Within our Topic sessions this half-term, we will be exploring the science behind evolution and inheritance with an emphasis on the geography and history of the incredible Galapagos Islands and the ideas and theories of Charles Darwin, whilst familiarising ourselves with the style of Mary Ellen Taylor, who combines watercolour painting and sketching to create images of plants and animals from the Galapagos within our art lessons.
Additionally, we will be developing our understanding of living things and their habitats including classifying animals and grouping species based upon their characteristics. Throughout, we will maintain a strong focus upon the work and legacy of David Attenborough, as well as the various debates surrounding animal rights.
In the second half of the half-term, we will also be taking part in a mini-project based around the topic of 'The Great Plague'.
Within this mini-project, we will be exploring this significant time in history, in terms of what 'The Plague' was, what caused it, how it spread and how it was treated. We will be carrying out our own research into this area, as well as using it as the basis for creating our own non-chronological reports within our English lessons.
English overview for this half-term
Our English learning for the first few weeks of this half-term will focus heavily on the revision of key SPAG concepts and skills, whilst the pieces of writing that we create using this understanding will focus on a wide range of genres including diary entries, narrative story-telling, non-chronological reports and explanation texts amongst others. This should then put us in the very best position possible for final writing assessments
The children all worked particularly hard last half-term developing their writing skills and produced some excellent pieces of work – especially their brilliant 'Fantastic Beasts' narratives - and must now continue this excellent level of written work throughout this final term!
Maths overview for this half-term
This half-term, we will be focusing heavily on revising our previous learning in preparation for SATs and secondary school.
Throughout our maths learning, we will continue our emphasis on solving number and practical problems, including both single and multi-step word problems, as well as reasoning and test-style problems, as it is crucial that we can apply our understanding in a range of unfamiliar contexts.
PE overview for this half-term
Indoor PE will be on Monday afternoons with class teachers this term.
Outdoor PE will be on Thursday afternoons with Miss Goddard this term.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that this meets the school requirements (e.g. white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls). Earrings should also be taken out/left at home on PE days. Any school clothes should also be clearly labelled, to support us in quickly returning misplaced items to their owner! P.E. is statutory and children will need a medical note if they are unable to take part.
Computing overview for this half-term
This half-term, we will be continuing to use a range of online programmes such as IXL and Mathletics to revise our key mathematical and SPAG-related knowledge in preparation for our up-coming SATs tests. We will also be using online quiz platforms, such as Kahoot! to facilitate our revision in a fun and engaging way.
RE and PSHE overview for this half-term
We will be continuing to promote ‘can do’ attitudes and growth mindsets to learning in Y6, as well as to develop resilient learners who persevere when ‘in the pit’ and thrive on a challenge.
Within our PSHE lessons and class assemblies, we will be revisiting and expanding on our knowledge of puberty and the associated physical and emotional changes.
We will also be continuing to support the children in dealing with, and moving on from, disagreements with friends and peers in the most effective ways possible so as to avoid any unnecessary upset or impact on learning.
In addition, we will be continuing to support the children with the upcoming transition from primary to secondary school, whilst also exploring and respecting the beliefs of others, in line with our whole-school work into British Values.
Weekly spellings are tested and set on Thursdays, with new spellings thus stuck in reading records ready for the weekend. Children have 20 spellings a week in the Y6 format, giving them opportunities to explore Y5/6 National Curriculum spelling patterns and word lists, as well as recapping those from Y3/4.
Children have personal reading diaries which should be in their reading wallets with their book-banded school reading book and be brought into school every day. They should read with an adult as much as possible and record this in these diaries, in addition to taking time to record their own independent reading experiences, reading at least 5 times a week. They also have your own personal reading rewards booklets, within which they're working towards collecting 60 parent/carer signatures for reading at home in order to win a book from our class selection!
Homework operates a little differently in Y6 in order to ensure that we are best prepared for SATs and secondary school. We have been very lucky to be able to provide each child with their own personal set of CGP revision books. Each week, we will carefully select a reading comprehension, a maths task and a spelling or grammar task from these books for them to complete for the following week, linking these to our learning in school wherever possible. Homework is then due in by Wednesday. In order to support us in understanding where and why we are going wrong, as well as how we can improve in the future, we will be marking and reviewing these weekly tasks together, so it really is crucial that homework is completed and brought in.
Last but not least…
Thank you very much for all of your support over the course of this year!