WATER PARTY - Leaver's Party
This Monday 16th the Y6 will have their Leaver's Party. The children must come dressed in school uniform as usual. At 1.30, they will get changed into their water party clothes and at 2pm we will head outside to play and get wet! The children MUST bring a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards. We will change and then have an hour to play team games on the field, have a light snack (BBQ - burger or vegetarian option) and an ice lolly. The Leaver's Party will finish at 4pm.
KS2 RESULTS EXPLAINED
On Monday 16th, your children will come home with their KS2 Test scale score marks. All the papers the children take at Key Stage 2 are marked externally and the results are used to measure the school’s performance.
From 2016, National Curriculum levels were abolished and instead children now receive a scaled score. Their raw score (the actual number of marks they get) will be translated into a scaled score. Tests are set each year to the same specification, but because questions must be different, the difficulty of tests may vary slightly each year. For this reason, raw scores are converted into scaled scores to ensure accurate comparisons of pupil performance over time.
A scaled score of 100 or more means a child is working at or above the expected standard, while a score below 100 indicates that a child hasn’t reached the government expected standard. The maximum scale score possible is 120, and the minimum is 80.
To meet government expectations, pupils must achieve 100 in their scaled scores.
However your child has done in the Key Stage 2 national tests, it is worth reminding them that these tests are only a snapshot taken of one week in May. The tests don’t assess the richness of the wider curriculum – music, art, sports, historical or geographical knowledge; nor do they assess the many other attributes that are so important to success at school and in later life – empathy, hard work, resilience, kindness.
Education is a long road and everybody reaches their destination at different speeds and by slightly different routes. And of course, at different times children will need some extra support on that journey. No child’s education should be defined by a test score at primary school.
What’s missing from the statement ‘not working at the expected standard’ is one small word. When the results come in, some children are not working at the expected standard yet.
What are the children learning this half term?
This half term we will be learning:
SCIENCE: evolution and living things and habitats; the human body and change (puberty).
JIGSAW: relationships and changes (Sex and Relationship Education)
PE: cricket and rounders; athletics
DT: textiles: design and make a glove puppet for our buddies
TOPIC: British Values through art and drama
RE: British Values – living in a multicultural society
Diary Dates (that are left) of Summer Term:
Thursday 19th July – Sports day
Tuesday 24th July – Last day of term. Leavers’ Assembly 9.30am.
Wednesday 25th July – INSET Day
Year 6 Staff
Class Teachers: Miss Wise, Miss Hulland, Mrs Griffiths.
Teaching Assistants: Miss Fiolaki , Mrs Gill, Miss Richards, Mr Pask, Mrs Parker.
Like all of the teachers in the school, we do consider parental contact and support very important. If you wish to speak to us about any matter raised in this newsletter, or on any other subject please let us know. We will arrange a convenient time to see you if we can’t organise it straight away.
The digestive system - science
Zoo Lab visits
We had a visit from Zoolab to learn about animals and help us to classify them. Jessica brought in:
Ron, the cockroach.
Fluff, the Salmon Pink Bird Eater tarantula.
Dave, the crested gecko.
Rex, the bearded dragon.
Terry, the snake.
Bubble and Squeak, two pet rats.
We had a fascinating day learning about these animals and we even got to hold and touch them!
ART this term
We've also been printing our own scarab beetles and have made a colourful border of designs around our classroom.
Each class has selected Articles from the United Nations Rights of the Child and worked collaboratively to identify how these Articles can be agreed and implemented at school.
YEAR 6 expectations
Homework is set weekly on a Monday and to be handed in on the Friday. The children will be given a small maths homework and small grammar homework. We would like to ask that all children also read daily, practise their spellings from the lists that will be issued, and practise their times tables. The children will be investigating and practising spelling throughout the week in school; they will have a spelling test each fortnight (selected from a list that will be issued fortnightly).
We feel it is vital that children in Year 6 continue to read at home. We encourage children to read their school reading books as well as material which they find interesting e.g. The Echo, a magazine or a book on a topic of interest to them as well as their school reading book.
The children have been issued with a spelling log book, which can also be used for messages to and from home.
Literacy Homework 11th June Word Puzzles
Maths Homework - 11th June Logic Puzzles
Spelling Y5/6 Lists
In Years 5 and 6, the following spelling rules and patterns will be taught:
- Words ending -cious and -tious such as 'delicious' and 'superstitious'
- Words ending -cial and -tial such as 'special' and 'partial'
- Words ending -ant, -ance and -ancy such as 'hesitant', 'hesitance' and 'hesitancy'
- Words ending -ent, -ence and -ency such as ‘patient’, ‘patience’ and ‘frequency’
- Words ending -able / -ably and -ible / -ibly such as 'comfortable' / 'comfortably' and 'horrible' / 'horribly'
- Adding -ing / -ed to words ending -fer, for example: 'prefer', 'preferring' and 'preferred'
- Use of the hyphen, for example: 'co-ordinate', 're-enter'
- Words containing ie / ei, for example: 'piece' and 'ceiling'
- Words containing ough and looking at the different sounds this grapheme makes in different words, for example: 'enough', 'through', 'although', 'plough'
- Silent letters in words such as 'doubt', 'thistle' and 'knight'
- Homophones (words which sound the same but are spelled differently) for example: 'principle' and 'principal
The lists below are words that your child will be learning to spell throughout their time at Chickerell School. These lists are a mixture of words that we encourage children to use in their writing and words they can often misspell. The words run alongside other spelling objectives that we cover as part of our spelling lessons.
Year 6 Curriculum
Our first ideas and questions:
We have been reading the picture book: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. It's a fantastic story. Before we read the story, we predicted who we thought the main character would be: it was someone who collected bottle tops! We described this character using expanded noun phrases.