What's been going on in Y6?
Thursday 8th August - Any budding photographers in Y6? The link below is for an animal photography competition with lots of different categories and some great prizes. Closes on the 16th August though!
Monday 5th August - The 99 Club is a programme used in some schools to support children in developing their times tables skills, although at the higher levels it extends beyond this and makes links to fractions,percentages and place value. Basically, all children start off on 11 Club and work their way up, moving on each time they achieve 100%.
As a school, we use something similar in our weekly 'Superhero'challenges. However, from September we will be running weekly'50 Club' challenges and fortnightly '99 Club' challenges with our Y6s to really develop those mental maths skills. I really think they are going to enjoy them as they are a real challenge and enable the children to compete with themselves week by week.We love a bit of challenge and competition in Y6!
Anyway, there are lots and lots of websites and apps available to support children with their times tables, etc. but the one below I only came across this week and think could be very helpful. It follows a similar (although not the same) structure to what we will be following in September and is free via the Apple Store.
Sunday 21st July - In a world where children (and adults!) spend increasing amounts of time on technology and before the start of the summer holidays this week, here are a couple of brilliant ideas of summer projects for the whole family. The library's summer reading challenge is always popular and every child who reads 6 library books over the holidays will win a medal and certificate, plus entry into the prize draw. More information can be found here: https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/reading-information/childrens-library/summer-reading-challenge/
The National Trust's 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 and 3/4 is also fantastic. A few of our children have done it this year, getting started over the summer holidays and have really enjoyed it. The activities are generally very low cost and simple, but really make memories for the children and they love the process of 'collecting'them all and ticking them off! The list is attached for free in the 'Letters and Other Documents section of our year group page, but there are some lovely books and journals available on Amazon to support it too.
Sunday 14th July - Just a glimpse of what the children will be up to this time next year - https://www.chad.co.uk/education/mansfield-pupils-wow-audience-in-ali-baba-and-the-bongo-bandits-production-in-pictures-1-9873312?fbclid=IwAR2M117Fpy-Bazji-eDTQmMaJeq-5yVrbbXGRX2eAwOa-a0r3WhDm31X9dc. Remember, details about next year's performance will remain top secret until the Thursday of SATs week!
Thursday 4th July - That concludes a fantastic 3 mornings with our new classes. We've had a brilliant time getting to know them all and have been so impressed by the children's maturity and attitude to learning; they really are ready for Y6! Some beautiful writing has been produced, incredibly thoughtful answers were given during our inference and prediction task and lots of laughs were shared during today's rounders game. Roll on September!
Wednesday 3rd July - Thanks to all those who attended the 'Welcome to Y6' meetings today @ 2pm or 5pm. It really was brilliant to see such a large turnout before the year has even begun! Copies of the PowerPoint presentation have been handed out but if anyone would like electronic access to a copy, it can be found in the 'Letters and Other Documents' section of our Y6 page.