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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2 Parent Booklet - 2018/19

General Information:

 

Year 6 is an important year for our students and they are working extremely hard in class to achieve their potential. To support your child at home, please listen to them read as often as possible. The minimum expectation for a Year 6 child is to read 3 times per week. An adult’s input and questioning can really help your child to understand new vocabulary and comprehend the text in greater detail.

 

Year 6 also participate in the Accelerated Reader Competition. Each class is working as a team to read and embrace the Accelerated Reader scheme. An incentive is that the class with the highest word count at the end of the term will be able to nominate a Year 6 teacher for a forfeit. Last year saw Mr Tucker complete the ice bucket challenge. Mr Sohal had to dress up a as a woman and sing a nursery rhyme. Mr Thorpe had to eat as many dry crackers as he could in an allotted amount of time and Miss Giles was the recipient of a custard pie in the face! Please encourage your children to read.  Keep an eye out for a regular update of results!

 

In addition to reading at home, your child should be coming home with a ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ spelling sheet every Monday. There will be a spelling test towards the end of each week.  The spelling sheets for each week are available at the bottom of the Year 6 page.

 

Learning Logs will be sent out every other week as either two activities or one double-page spread. Your child can also supplement their learning by logging onto the Mymaths website.

 

With SATs tests on the horizon, many parents are asking how to support their child further. We kindly request that you DO NOT use the 2017 and 2018 SATs papers as these are the basis of our mock SATs and may skew results. We also use the CGP 10 Minute SAT buster book 1 for Numeracy. There are many useful revision guides available at local bookshops and on the internet including CGP, Rising Stars and Scholastic. There are also some useful resources which can be found at the bottom of the Year 6 page.

 

Finally, we’d like to give a quick reminder about school uniform. Winter uniform should be worn by the children, which includes: grey trousers or skirt; a white shirt and tie; a red jumper or cardigan; and black, sensible, school shoes (not boots). Leggings are not permitted.

 

In addition to this, children will need: a plain white t-shirt; black shorts; and plimsolls for indoor P.E. sessions as well as a black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E. sessions.

Coverage in Summer 2

 

Our Literacy will be split between Reading, Writing and Performance for our final half term, with a particular focus on Roald Dahl’s Boy. We will be studying the unique style of Roald Dahl’s writing and thinking of our own memories throughout Bushmead. This will culminate in our memories book which will be available to purchase.

Our Year 6 Production will be Shakespeare Rocks! – a funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare.

In Numeracy this half term, we will focus on reasoning and logic skills, with children completing mathematical problems and puzzles. There will be a heavy focus on explanation and mathematical vocabulary.


Our topic of ‘All About Me!’ will continue throughout the children’s final weeks at Bushmead. Memories, ambitions and transition will all be prevalent.

 

SATs Results

The children have worked extremely hard all year and have demonstrated a very mature approach to the tests.

You will receive test results for your child in English reading; English grammar, punctuation and spelling; and mathematics. There is no test for English writing; this will be reported using teacher assessment.

 

Transition Day

The transfer day for Luton high schools will be on Thursday 4th July. The children are expected to make their own way to and from their new school.  Those children who are not attending Luton schools are expected to be in Bushmead as normal.

Some schools may also have a second transition day on Friday 5th July.

 

Dates for your Diary in Summer 2

 

Summer Term:

Tuesday 4th June – Tuesday 23rd July

 

Class Photos

Thursday 20th June

 

KidZania trip:

Monday 1st July

 

KS2 Sports Day:

Wednesday 3rd July

 

Y6 Summer Production:

Thursday 11th July (am Darwin and Turing, pm Curie and Somerville)

Friday 12th July (am Curie and Somerville, pm Darwin and Turing)

Please note, the children are performing in 2 casts, please check which performance you would like to see.

 

Reports out:

Friday 12th July

 

BBQ (18:00 hrs):

Monday 15th July

 

Awards Evening (18:00 hrs):

Thursday 18th July

 

Coverage in Summer 1

 

Our core text for this half term is ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. This is a picture book with a large scope for inference. The children will be using these skills to understand the narrative and write the words for themselves. We will also continue to read Beetle Boy. With SATs very firmly on the horizon, we will have a strong emphasis on reading and SPaG throughout our Literacy lessons.

We will not have a specific reading focus this half term, with all the main areas of assessment being covered each week. The children will hone their retrieval, inference and word meaning skills as well learning to identify which kind of skill they will need to answer a question.

 

The areas of maths that will be covered over this half term are:

  • Arithmetic – written and mental methods for all four operations
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measurement including area, perimeter and angles.

We will also continue to focus on problem solving and reasoning skills.


Our topic for this term will be ‘All About Me!’ The children will be considering what characteristics they possess and what they want from the future.

 

SATs

The SATs will soon be upon us, starting on Monday 13th May and running until Thursday 16th May. 

Monday – SPaG

Tuesday – Reading

Wednesday – Arithmetic and Reasoning 1

Thursday – Reasoning 2

Please ensure that your children have a great night’s sleep beforehand and a good sized breakfast.  The children would benefit from having a water bottle this week in order to keep hydrated during the tests.

Dates for your Diary in Summer 1

 

Summer Term:

Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday 23rd July

 

SATs week:

Monday 13th – Thursday 16th May

 

Possible KidZania trip:

TBD

 

Y6 Summer Production:

Thursday 11th July and Friday 12th July – more information coming soon.

 

BBQ (18:00 hrs):

Monday 15th July

 

Awards Evening (18:00 hrs):

Thursday 18th July

 

End of  half term:

Friday 24th May

Front Cover - Summer 1

Coverage in Spring 2

 

In Literacy this half term, we will be using the book ‘Beetle Boy’ by M. G. Leonard as a stimulus for our writing. We will be considering the impact of formal and informal speech as well as studying the features of newspaper reports.

Our reading focuses will continue to be on: word meaning; retrieving and recording information; making inferences and explaining these using evidence from the text; predicting what might happen from details stated and implied; author’s language choice; and making comparisons within the text.

 

In Numeracy, the areas of maths that will be covered over this half term are:

  • Fractions

  • Ratio and Proportion

  • Volume

    We will also be focusing on problem solving and reasoning skills.


    Our topic of ‘Natural disasters’ continues this half term, culminating in a trip to the Natural History Museum to answer any remaining questions and investigate what it feels like to be in a real earthquake!

Dates for your Diary in Spring 2

 

Book Week – Week beginning Monday 4th March

 

Dress Up Day for Book Week - Thursday 7th March

 

Natural History Museum Trip – Friday 22nd March – returning at 5:30

 

Parents Evenings – Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th March

 

Easter Holidays – Friday 5th April – Monday 22nd April

 

Summer Term Begins – Tuesday 23rd April

Front Cover for Spring 2

Outdoor Learning Day! 23rd May.

On Friday 29th March, Darwin and Turing visited Stopsley High School where they took part in a workshop run by Vauxhall. This was to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

NEARLY THERE!

 

Well done to all of our Year 6 students who gave it their all during mock SATs week.  A mixture of feelings and emotions were evident and all staff are so proud of how the children conducted themselves and what they have achieved so far.  Of course, there is always room for improvement!  Please find attached (at the bottom of the page) revision guides for maths, reading and spelling and we urge you to encourage your child to engage with the material provided.  Many thanks for your continued support!

Bushmead's Brilliant Book Week!

Year 6 have been engaging in lots of activities based around their class reader, Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard. After some in depth research on beetles, each class created their own collection of Coleoptera specimens using potatoes, paint and pipe cleaners!

Coverage in Spring 1

 

In Literacy this half term, we will be looking at non-fiction texts with a focus on discussion, persuasion and grammar.

Our reading focuses will be on: word meaning; retrieving and recording information; making inferences and explaining these using evidence from the text; predicting what might happen from details stated and implied; author’s language choice; and making comparisons within the text.

 

In Numeracy, the areas of maths that will be covered over this half term are:

  • Place value and sequences

  • Calculating with fractions

  • Mental and written multiplication and division

We will also be focussing on problem solving and reasoning skills.

 

Our topic this half term is ‘Natural disasters’ and we will be focusing on volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, alongside fossils.

Dates of your Diary in Spring 1

 

Humanities/International Week – Week beginning Monday 21st January

 

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 5th February

 

Half Term – Week beginning Monday 18th February

MyMaths

 

The Year 6 teachers have set up multiple MyMaths homework tasks to be completed by the end of the half term holidays. We will be covering all the content over the next few weeks, but you can complete the homework before the lessons if you like - don't leave it all to the last minute! You'll need your MyMaths username and password so check with your teacher. The website is: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Don't forget to ask if you're stuck!

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Linking with our work on Internet Safety Day, in year 6 we have been creating our own games to support the be safe online message.

Have a play...

Thank you Year 6 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!

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Newsletters and Topic Sheets

Accelerated Reader Challenge! Just before the Christmas holidays 6 Darwin nominated our dearly missed Mr Thorpe for the forfeit. He was asked to dress up as a woman and complete a lap of the playground and subsequently floss his way back to class. He completed this with complete dignity as you can see! Thanks for being a great sport Mr Thorpe! The challenge has begun again with the latest results from last week (week ending 18th Jan) posted below. Good luck Year 6!

Week Ending 8th Febraury

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Week ending 25th January

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Week Ending 14th Dec. The whole of Year 6 have been reading well this term but the champions this time around were 6 Darwin! They will now have the opportunity to choose a teacher from Year 6 to complete a forfeit. Watch this space for special photos coming up!

Week Ending 14th Dec.  The whole of Year 6 have been reading well this term but the champions this time around were 6 Darwin!  They will now have the opportunity to choose a teacher from Year 6 to complete a forfeit.  Watch this space for special photos coming up! 1

Week ending 30 November. Well done Turing!!!

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Week ending 23rd November

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Week ending 16th November

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Week ending 9th November

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Week ending 2nd November

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Science - Air resistance. Out in the playground, we used different sized parachutes to experience the effect of air resistance.

Year 6 paying their respects by laying pebbles painted with poppies for Rememberance Day on the school grounds.

Revision Resources

Lists of words that children should be expected to spell by the end of Year 6.

SPAG Resources. As part of our on-going literacy, Year 6 have been incorporating spelling, grammar and punctuation activities within literacy lessons as revision and preparation for SATs. Please have a look at the following powerpoint which includes these activities and would be a great staring point as revision for your child.

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