Welcome to Kestrels Class - Year 6
WELCOME TO KESTRELS CLASS' PAGE
May we extend a very warm welcome to the parents and children of Year 6 2019-20. Despite it being the final year for children in their primary phase, we would argue it is THE BEST year in school. Yes, the children have SATs in May (more details to follow) but that's not the ONLY thing about being in Year 6.
Year 6 is all about celebrating the Primary phase, but also getting ready for high school.
Please keep an eye on our class page for all things Year 6. We will endeavour to publish regularly any important information we want to share with you.
Mrs Lewis and Mrs Lara
Learning for this term
We are incredibly excited about our learning this term. Our book, which we base all our English and SATs revision on is JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'; an immense read, which both children and adults are enthused about. Not only are we reading the book, using it as a creative stimulus for writing but we will be accumulating our learning with a trip to The Making of Harry Potter! This is a really fabulous trip - look out for the information regarding it!
In our topic work, we are finding out about the The Changing Role of Women and the expectations placed on their lives through the past. It's really fascinating! Alongside this, they are finding out about the artist, Frida Kahlo - watch out for some amazing artwork and creative making!
Homework is still set three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The children will write their homework pages in their homework diary - please check it!
Reading everyday is an expectation in Y6. Please check in on your child's reading to make sure they are recording it and actually doing it!
PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children must have a school PE uniform. This comprises of a Livingstone t-shirt, dark shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Anyother sportswear is discouraged - we want the children to have pride in our school, particularly if they represent us at sporting events. If there is any reason why you cannot get a school PE kit, please speak to us and we will try to help.
Spellings are handed out on Friday and tested on the following Friday.
Children will have homework 3 x a week up until Christmas. Homework will be set on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (4 pages Monday and Wednesday, 6 on a Friday). All homework is linked to preparation for SATs.
Children are expected to read daily.
All pupils should bring in their own water bottle each day, filled with fresh water (no squash!)
Pencil cases are permitted, but please make sure all items are labelled.
Avoid HUGE school bags - our corridor is very tight for space.
Friday 20th September
Year 6 were lucky to go to a fully immersive theatre production of 'The Day I fell into a Book'by Lewis Gibson. It was quite unlike anything we have ever experienced before! Please see the youtube clip below to get an idea of what it was like.
STOP-PRESS! Author Visit - Polly Ho-Yen visits Year 5 and 6 on Wednesday 25th September...
Polly Ho-Yen visits Livingstone!
We were incredibly fortunate to have had the amazing author, Polly Ho-Yen (Boy in the Tower, Fly me Home) visit Year 5 and 6 on Wednesday 25th September. She lead writing workshops in all UKS2 classes and the children were thoroughly inspired by her energy. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to get first hand experience on the writing process from a successful author. Some of the children were quite star-struck!
Year 6 loved The Boy in the Tower, which they read in Year 5. Currently, they are reading one of her other books - Fly Me Home. For more information, go to: https://pollyhoyen.com
Want to know more about the SATs?
Useful extra websites for children in Year 6
Maths and English Practise
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
A site with links to Maths and English revision materials, including worksheets to look at online or to print off and practise with.
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used
Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.