Half term update & important Windmill Hill info!

Project Outcome

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Project Outcome last week. We apologise that it couldn’t take place in the main hall as advertised – a slight flooring issue in there meant it was out of action! Nevertheless, it was a great success and we hope you enjoyed seeing the range of amazing work that the children have produced for this topic. We are so proud of how hard they have worked in their first half term of Year 6, especially with their passion towards reducing deforestation.

 

Parents’ Evening

Thank you also to all the parents who attended our parents’ evenings. It was great to properly meet you all! If you missed it, we are more than happy to arrange a meeting after school one day. Please don’t wait until the next lot to ask us any questions…our doors are always open!

 

Windmill Hill

Eeeeek! Only 4 sleeps children!

Arrangements for Monday morning:

  • Enter through 6P’s classroom door if your child has no medication for you to hand in.
  • Enter through the main Year 6 door if you have medication to hand in. Be prepared to wait in a small queue for this while Mrs Silvester and Mrs Boyle check medication against medical forms and confirm frequency/dosage etc.
  • Hand in £5 pocket money to Mrs Bayat and Mrs Lethaby in a small purse/wallet
  • Leave suitcases/bedding/coat/packed lunch in 6C on the correct side of the classroom – Activity Groups 1-4 are on Coach A and need to use the left side; Activity Groups 5-8 are on Coach B and need to use the right side.
  • Say goodbye to your children!
  • Children to sit in 6S

 

Throughout the week, we will be posting daily updates on the website so you can see the amazing things your children are getting up to! The password to access these will be emailed out to you before Monday.

 

Enjoy the rest of your half term holiday!

 

Windmill Hill Update

Thank you to everyone who has sent back the reply slip regarding cabin groups for Windmill Hill. Please rest assured knowing that these requests will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with other children. Your replies, along with the children’s requests of who they WOULD like to share with (which they completed today) will massively help us now in organising the rooms to ensure ALL children feel happy 🙂

We sent home a few extra letters today to those children who haven’t yet brought their slip back. Please simply send back the replies blank with your signature if there is no one your child shouldn’t share with. This way, we know you have definitely seen the letter.

 

Next week, the children will gather again for more Windmill Hill excitement. We will share with them the video from last year, have a quick look at the website and give them the opportunity to ask any questions that haven’t already been answered.

On the final day of half term, Thursday 24th October, we will tell the children their cabin number, the cabin number of the nearest adult and their activity group number. This will come home with the children on a little information slip along with the password for parents to access a special area of the school website where we will post updates while we are away. With this, the children will also bring home the activity timetable and hopefully, the canteen menu. For those children needing a little help with organisation, you can then help them pack clothes for each day according to the activities they will complete (e.g. an extra pair for any days involving muddy/water activities!). Additionally, the menu might help those children who are fussy eaters or who have allergies to plan their food choices with the help of you!

 

Quick reminder – All medical consent forms should now have been returned. If there is anything else that comes to mind that you haven’t included on these between now and the trip, please inform us as soon as possible. Equally, feel free to come and ask us any last minute questions!

 

24 sleeps to go!

Year 6 Team

 

 

There’s a Rumble in the Jungle!

Thank you! 

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended our Windmill Hill Chat on Tuesday evening and our Year 6 Curriculum morning on Thursday. We hope you found both of these informative. The PowerPoints for each presentation have been uploaded onto our website in case you missed either of them, but please feel free to pop in and ask us any questions about the year ahead should you require.

Bush Tucker Trial

The children have certainly got their teeth stuck into our first topic, Rumble in the Jungle, starting with an Amazon Rainforest inspired ‘Bush Tucker Trial’! They were offered jungle delicacies including Parrot Intenstines (strawberry laces), Frogs’ Eyes (peeled grapes and raisins) and Sloth Droppings (prunes and chocolate covered raisins)!

Lots of eager children keen to try the ‘Parrot Intestines’!

‘Worms in Mud’, anyone?!

The ‘Monkey Vomit’ clearly went down a treat!

Brandon’s face lit up at the sight of ‘Frogs’ eyes’!

The ‘Wild Fungus’ was all a bit too much for Sophie!

Smiles all round for ‘Forest Floor’!

After this, the children created their own descriptive Amazon restaurant menus, featuring some of these delicious sounding meals along with their own unique creations! Why not come along to our Amazon project outcome on Tuesday 22nd October, where you may be tempted to try some of these delicacies for yourself!

Amazing Artists!

Wow – we have been truly amazed by the incredible artwork the children have already produced since starting Year 6. We have used Georgia O’Keefe’s style to inspire our own ‘close ups’ of Amazon flora and fauna. Can you guess which creatures are lurking in the rainforest?

 

A Few Reminders

  • Windmill Hill consent forms need to be returned by Tuesday 8th October. Please inform us of ANY medical/sleep issues, even if you think it’s not worth mentioning, so we can all have a really successful and positive week.
  • CGP SATs Revision Books payments are due by Monday 4th November. These are a fantastic way to prepare your children for their end of KS2 SATs.
  • Social Media use amongst the children has already been brought to our attention. Are you aware of what apps your child is using and what messages are being sent? Most of these apps have a minimum age restriction of 13, if not older.

Year 6 Team

Times Tables RockStars

RockStars proved to be hugely popular last year and helped the children to make considerable progress in learning their times tables facts.

As it is a new school year, we have reset the children’s RockStars accounts. Teachers will be handing out their logins this week.

RockStars is continuously improving with new features; this year, it has some new tools which help to assess where your child is currently with their times tables knowledge in order to tailor some of the questions to suit their needs and also give feedback to their teacher.

When your child first logs in, they will first need to choose a new ‘rockstar’ name. It would then be beneficial for them to play the ‘Gig’ as this gives an initial assessment and a baseline speed so that they and their teachers can see their progress over time.

If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to the class teacher.

An excellent start to our new school year!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Y6!

We have been very impressed with how the children have come back after the holidays. They are already showing themselves to be excellent role-models to the rest of the school and are working hard in lessons.

There are many exciting activities to look forward to this term and we will keep you updated with website posts as often as we can.

Here are a couple of key points for the Autumn term:

PE kits

These must be in school on a Monday and will be taken home on a Friday. Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday but there could be extra lessons added in at any point which is why we ask them to be in school all week. Please make sure all items of clothing are named too.

Curriculum workshop

We hope you will be able to attend the Y6 workshop on Thursday 26th September 8:45am-10:00am which will give you information on our maths curriculum. You will be welcome to visit your child’s class to complete an activity with them after the presentation. If you are unable to attend, there will be an evening presentation on Wednesday 18th September at 7:20. You do not need to attend both.

Homework

We will issue homework twice a week. Maths will go home on Fridays and children will have until the following Friday to complete it. SPaG homework will be issued on a Wednesday and be due in on the following Wednesday. We aim to support with homework wherever we can and it will link to what we have been doing in class that week. Miss Pettitt is running homework club after school on a Monday – there may still be some spaces for children if you check with the office! Our first piece of maths homework will be issued this Friday. A revision spelling sheet will be issued weekly too. Please encourage your children to learn these as they will be tested on these each Friday.

Windmill Hill

On 24th September, at 6:15pm, the Y6 teachers will be holding a Windmill Hill information evening for all parents of children attending this year’s residential trip. It will be an opportunity to find out more about the structure of the week, ask any questions you may have, and to collect a medical form which will need completing before the trip.

We hope you are as excited about the year as we are! Please feel free to come and see us if you have any queries.

Year 6 Team