Useful Information For Helping Your Child At Home
Over the next few months, your child will be undertaking some assessments in school to see how they are progressing and identify strengths and areas for development. Your child has sat similar assessments over the last few years and they have been working hard in class to develop both their literacy and numeracy skills. There will be three separate assessments (National Tests - Reading, Numeracy Procedural and Numeracy Reasoning) as well as our school based assessments. The format of the National Tests are as follows -
The reading tests are made up of short questions based on two or more texts. Some of the questions check how well the text has been understood, others aim to find out if children make judgements about what they are reading Before the start of the test, children can try out some practice questions so that they will know what the different types of question are like and what they may be asked.
Each test takes up to an hour but younger children can take a break part way through.
There are two kinds of numeracy tests.
1. The procedural test measures skills in number, measuring and data skills.
2. The reasoning test measures how well children can use what they know to solve everyday problems.
To help you child with these assessments, you are able to download some 'Sample Tests' from the Learning Wales website - Follow the link below -
Here are some websites that year 6 pupils might find helpful with KS2 Revision
Spelling and grammar:
This is a really excellent website. It has useful definitions and self-tests.
The English area of the Bitesize website is split into different sections. The spelling and grammar area has some really useful resources.
These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to help students with their revision.
(be aware that some of these activities will be too easy but some are suitable)
Skillswise aims to help improve reading, writing and maths skills.
You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site
This website has lots of ‘read the passage and then answer the questions’ style activities, which will be really useful practise. It is an American website, but replicates National Test style questions pretty well.
More questions about texts on this website. Choose the reading comprehension exercises.
The English area of the Bitesize website is split into different sections. The reading area has some useful resources, especially the deduction and finding information section.
Skillswise aims to help learners improve their reading, writing and maths skills.
Remember you have your access to Reading Eggs, which will be helpful for revising reading and comprehension.
Here is a link to the ks2 bitesize area for maths
Practise your tables with the games and activities on this fun site.
Woodlands Junior School has several fun online interactive activities to help not only improve your mental maths skills, but also to help you with National Test Revision too!
And, don’t forget you have your access to Mathletics, which will be helpful for revising concepts.
Please also remember to get in touch with Mr Thomas at school if you need any help or assistance to help support your child's learning!
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Questionnaire
In class we have been studying the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and we have put together a questionnaire for you to tell us what you think.
Please follow the link below to answer the questionnaire.
This link will take you to a Microsoft Forms page on our HWB site.
If you could take just a few minutes of your time to complete this, we will then analyse the information and tell you whether families in our community think the Lagoon is a good idea or not.
Thank you again.
Welcome to Year 6 OT!
Year 6 Newsletter Spring Term 2017
Dear Parents / Guardians, Annwyl Rhieni
Welcome back to school following our break. I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year. I trust you all had a really enjoyable time (apart from the weather of course)! The children must be congratulated on their efforts over the last term and I really hope they are going to maintain the work ethic and appetite for learning they have shown over the next two terms in school.
The children will be undertaking national tests during the early part of the summer term linked to the new National Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Useful guidance on these tests and the framework itself can be found on the front page of our school website or by clicking on the links below.
Please follow the links below to navigate to the Learning Wales Website.
Download the different parts of the LNF here - http://learning.wales.gov.uk/resources/nlnf/?lang=en
The Learning Wales Website - http://learning.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en
Useful Downloads from the Learning Wales Website - http://learning.wales.gov.uk/news/sitenews/top-10-resorces-lnf-nsp/?lang=en
Download the complete LNF Here (Microsoft Excel Version) - The Literacy and Numeracy Framework
Based on the pupils continued enthusiasm and motivation for their learning, we are continuing with our thematic based approach to our teaching and learning through the development of 'Rich Tasks'. Through inspiring a skills based curriculum, pupils manage their work towards purposeful end products for a range of audiences. Pupils will continue to develop their thinking skills, key skills and effective learning skills. We are very excited about our topics and we're sure your children will share in our enthusiasm.
Our Topics for this term will be -
Literacy - Tales From Wales. Argument and Persuasion Writing. Reading Behaviour - Analyse and Connect.
Mathematics - Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures, Handling Data and Using and Applying Mathematics
Science - Materials And Their Properties.
Welsh - Development of language patterns. Themes linked to Rich Tasks.
History - World War 2 and Swansea, The 20th Century.
Geography - Contrasting Localities - Swansea and a Distant Locality.
Design Technology - Creation of a game for an evacuee.
Physical Education - Gymnastics and Games Activities.
Music - Music Express.
P.S.E - Rights For The Child.
Religious Education - Judaism
Art and Design - World War II Art.
ICT - Databases and Spreadsheets. Use of HWB and J2E to develop ICT skills
Pupils should bring their P.E kit to school on their PE days. For Year 6, we encourage the children to bring in their PE kits in on a Monday and Take them home on a Friday. Please ensure that appropriate P.E. kit is provided (dark coloured jogging bottoms, white t-shirt and trainers if possible). All jewellery needs to be removed and long hair must be tied back.
Please ensure that reading books are sent to school every day. Reading will be done as often as possible in class, not only by pupils reading their books but through everyday activities in the form of daily guided reading sessions as well as class based reading and group/paired reading to support classroom activities. As we are sure you are aware, your support with reading at home is greatly appreciated, as it is also very important that pupils develop independency. Children also participate in silent reading sessions every day as we greatly encourage building independence and developing a mature approach towards becoming fluent readers. As we have incorporated the 8 reading behaviours into our teaching across the curriculum it is important that reading is not seen as a stand alone activity. We focus on activating prior knowledge, visualisation, summarising, self monitoring, questioning, making connections, analysing and inferring and analysing and evaluating.
Maths homework activity sheets will be sent home every Friday. Completed work needs to be returned by the following Friday. Spelling homework will be sent home every Friday, in preparation for the following week's class-based practical activities. Last year we really concentrated on developing the children's multiplication skills. It was proven that pupils who know their times tables have a secure grasp of most, if not all concepts of maths. For 5 minutes every day the children will be encouraged to complete mental maths activities to help promote the fluency of children's times tables as well as developing their skills in addition, subtraction and division, I hope you will co-operate in reinforcing this at home and participate in a short burst session, be it in the car or walking home or whilst cleaning teeth, pupils can recite in their heads. By the end of Year 6, pupils are expected to know all of their times tables from the 2 times tables to 12 times tables. The children's literacy based homework will focus on themes that are being studied in school and which will assist with the development of reading skills to help inference and deduction in preparation for the National Tests.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to pop in for a chat. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to the year that we will share.
Mr O Thomas