Croeso i flwyddyn 6
Mrs Williams' Class
Welcome to the Year 6 website pages 2018-19
Read the Year 6 page to find Newsletters, Photos and other useful information as the Term progresses. Please feel free to come to see us if you have ideas about what we can include.
D&T - Making Pen Holders
Today, Year 6 worked on a D&T project, designing a pen/pencil holder made from plastic. They had to design, make prototypes in paper and card, then modify their designs, before moving on to the final plastic version.
A wide range of tools and equipment were safely used, including a hot wire strip heater and hole punches. The children built individually designed pencil holders which ended up being a wide range of shapes and sizes. Skills needed included very accurate measuring and cutting, great listening skills and some teamwork when using some of the tools.
Thank you Mr Williams of TechnoEd (see Twitter: @technoeduk) for such a fun day.
Bikeability Cycle Training
22 pupils from Year 6 completed their Bikeability Cycle Training course over three days last week. This very important course teaches children about how to control their bikes safely and about how to ride on the road using correct position and signals. They are also trained to be aware of pedestrians around them. All 22 pupils passed their Level 1 training with the vast majority also passing the much more challenging Level 2. The trainers were very impressed with the hard work, great listening skills and the progress made by all the children. Congratulations to them all.
What an amazing time we all had at Nant BH this year! 28 children from Year 6, along with Mrs Williams, Mrs Harrison and Mr Williams, spent 3 days at the outdoor centre in Snowdonia, battling wind, rain, some sunshine and sometimes their own fears, to climb, balance, take leaps of faith, canoe, slip and slide and explore! It was Mrs Harrison’s first visit to Nant with us and she enjoyed taking part in the exciting challenges and activities.
Despite some 'challenging' weather on the first night, where we all got completely soaked whilst tackling the ‘blindfold course’, we were able to take part in Gorge Walking, Canoeing, the High Ropes course and Orienteering over our three day vist. Evening activities included the blindfold challenge and a Picture Review Quiz, where after finding questions hidden around the centre grounds, the quality of the answers about their Nant experience earned points!
All of the children were, once again, a credit to both themselves, their families and the school. The staff at Nant BH were most complimentary of their teamwork skills, how they encouraged and supported each other and the persistence and resilience they showed when they met an unfamiliar challenges.
Well done Year 6, I was very proud of you all!
Year 6 have launched into their science work this week, exploring light. These first explorations will lead into more detailed and precise investigations and researching learning about science of light: where it comes from and how it travels.
We are looking forward to our trip to Nant BH next week.
Please find below copies of letters sent out and a kit list for your reference.
Reading in Year 6
Reading in Year 6 is such an important aspect of learning as the demands of the curriculum have moved so much further beyond just reading the words and finding direct information from text.
Below are some resources and links you may find useful and some further information can be found in the Parents/Curriculum/Reading section of the website.
Accurate spelling is a life long skill that we need to help our children develop. We will be using the same system of spelling this year, with two books, one with lists to learn, and one for the tests. the children will need to have BOTH books in school on a Friday.
Spelling lists may vary from child to child, will sometimes include words specifically identified from daily work and we will build on these spelling patterns or include related words. They may often have lists of specific topic words that will be used in our classwork. Overall the children will learn patterns as well as individual words, key words and topic vocabulary lists.
Although we will have regular spelling tests, the true reflection of whether a spelling has been retained is when it is used accurately in classwork.
To help your child learn their spellings, we recommend the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method. Each part of this technique helps the child to learn the spelling in a slightly different way, adding to the retention of the word through identifying the sounds (say), learning the pattern of the letters through movement with joined writing (write) and matching what they have written to the correct spelling (check). We advise that this is repeated 5 times for each word on a daily basis which encourages the spelling to be fixed in the long term memory. Naturally, you will find the way that works best for your child.
Thank you for your support in helping your child to become more confident in their spelling.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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