Welcome back to school and the beginning of Year 6!
What a successful start to the year so far! It has been wonderful to see the children settle into their new classes so quickly and enjoy being able to play with their friends from the other classes as we reunited as a whole year group bubble!
We have begun our brand new topic ‘Ola Brazil!’, a geography based topic studying the diverse and unique culture of Brazil. On Tuesday, the children certainly had a taste of Brazil as we tried some of the country’s favourite foods: pineapple, mango, bananas and brigadeiro (Brazilian Chocolate Truffles!) This was a welcomed treat after decorating Carnival masks for our bright and beautiful display board where lots of our work this half term will be celebrated.
Just a little reminder that PE begins next Wednesday 15th September and they need to come into school in their PE kits. Please also remind your children to come into school with raincoats each day as this morning’s shower certainly caught a lot of them by surprise!
Please find our Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Information for this half term below.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year with our superstar Year 6 children! If you have any questions throughout the year, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Silvester, Mrs Chapman and Miss Barnett
SATs Information Evening
Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for our 2020 SATs information presentation. It was great to see so many of you with us! In case you missed it, we have attached a number of useful resources below. Just click the links to download them.
- Powerpoint presentation – SATs-Information-Evening-Presentation
- 2018 SATs papers for you to see what the exams look like – we use these in school along with other previous SATs papers so please avoid using these with your children at home:
Questions asked during the evening
- Q: Can you provide us with information detailing exactly what my child needs to know by the end of Year 6?
- A: We have attached below the SPaG poster which will be coming home ASAP – this shows all the SPaG terminology required for the test. We have also attached the White Rose progression map, which follows the National Curriculum, outlining what your child should know in maths by the end of KS2.
- Q: How will you assess my child if SATs don’t happen due to Covid-19?
- A: We will use our Teacher Assessment, just like we do for writing and science as there are no SATs in these subjects. We will practise using many previous SATs papers throughout the year which will show the children’s progress and attainment. This will be a strong indicator as to where the children are at academically.
- Q: Will the children be doing normal learning in the afternoons after their SATs?
- A: Definitely not! We try to make the afternoons as relaxed and fun as possible. Most ex-Year 6 children have loved the whole week because of this!
- Q: What is the Year 6 email address in case we have any questions or concerns regarding SATs?
- A: email@example.com
- Q: If I send my child to bed at 5:30pm every evening from now until SATs to prepare them, will you support us?
- A: Absolutely! You have our full support ;)
We hope this covers everything!
Evacuation Day – Next Tuesday 1st December!
Just a little reminder, Year 6 have got their Evacuation Day next Tuesday. Hopefully, you have all seen this date on the calendar for a little while and received the email we sent out with more information. We have attached it below in case you didn’t. Children just need to come to school dressed like a 1940s child, with their gas mask box, ready for ‘an evacuation’.
As always, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about SATs, Evacuation Day, or anything else!
Year 6 Team
During the week beginning Monday 16th November, we will be celebrating Anti-Bullying Week at St Mark’s! The theme this year is ‘United Against Bullying’. To kick the week off, we will be starting with an Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November!
WHAT IS ODD SOCKS DAY?
Odd Socks Day is a key part of Anti-Bullying Week! To celebrate that we are all unique, we ask that children wear odd socks to school on Monday 16th November. Last year over 13,000 schools took part in Odd Socks Day and this year, we are joining them!
Andy Day (Cbeebies/CBBC) and his band Andy and the Odd Socks are supporting the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help bring Odd Socks Day to life again this year. Have a listen to the brilliant song they have recorded especially for Anti-Bullying Week – The Kids Are United!
WHY IS ODD SOCKS DAY IMPORTANT?
The day sends an important message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying and helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way. We will be reading a great fiction book under the Odd Socks theme this year and also completing other fun activities during the day, which will help us celebrate both our differences and our unity within our St Mark’s community.
WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?
Just make sure your child wears odd socks to school TOMORROW!
We look forward to seeing our wonderful Year 6 children back at school tomorrow after hopefully having a well-deserved rest. We hope you have all had a brilliant half term break and are staying safe and healthy.
There’s a Rumble in the Jungle
We were so impressed with the children’s enthusiastic attitude towards our project last half term. Learning about the amazing Amazon rainforest provided us with lots of fun writing opportunities. The children created their own descriptive Amazon restaurant menus and fictional tales of unbelievable survival in this vast and inhospitable place. Their maturity really shone as soon as we discussed the global crisis that we face due to unsustainable deforestation. After careful planning, the children produced some very persuasive arguments for and against deforestation. Watching David Attenborough’s ‘A Life on Our Planet’ * towards the end of our project showed us some of the devastating effects that deforestation is causing, but more importantly it highlighted the changes that we can easily make to ‘rewild’ our planet again. From this, the children created their own poems to capture all that they had learned. We were blown away by their passion towards this and can’t wait for to you see all off their published work.
*We skipped large chunks of the documentary as we felt some parts were not appropriate. It would be great for you to watch the entire film with your child if you are able to.
Creative juices also flowed in art! Using a range of media, the children produced pictures of some of the Amazon’s flora and fauna.
Here are a few snippets of some of their written pieces and photos of their beautiful artwork from this half term. We think you will agree that we have quite a talented bunch of writers and artists among us!
SATs Information Evening
Please remember we are holding a virtual SATs Information Evening on Tuesday 24th November 5:30-6:30pm. We will talk you through everything you need to know about these KS2 assessments including showing you what they look like, how we prepare the children and what you can do at home to support them too. Further details about how to access this will be emailed out soon.
Please get in touch!
Please remember, if you have any questions or just need to get in touch with us, our email is email@example.com
Year 6 Team