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'Opportunity For All To Succeed'

Welcome to Kestrels Class - Year 6

Autumn 2019

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Kestrels. 

 

 

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. Over the course of the next few weeks, children will have the opportunity to meet and visit prospective high schools. If you have an opportunity to go to an open day - do go. It will be incredibly insightful for making your choices.

 

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, Mrs Brown and Mrs Lara

 

 

Important Information

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.

 

EXCITING NEWS! Author Visit - Polly Ho-Yen to Year 5  and 6 on Wednesday 25th September...

Polly Ho-Yen to visit Livingstone!

We are incredibly fortunate to have booked the amazing author, Polly Ho-Yen (Boy in the Tower, Fly me Home) to visit Year 5 and 6 on Wednesday 25th September. She will be leading writing workshops in all UKS2 classes and we are very excited! 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to get first hand experience on the writing process from a successful author. Please stay tuned and look out for pictures on our facebook and twitter acounts.For more information, go to: https://pollyhoyen.com

 Want to know more about the SATs?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBVHlF1SvNk&t=81s

 

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.

https://uk.ixl.com/promo?partner=google&campaign=1187&adGroup=Key+Stage+2&gclid=CPPa8teS_8kCFQbnwgodgOIB6A

 

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

 

A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/maths/

 

A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!

http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/children_sats.htm

 

A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/

 

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.

http://www.online-maths-tutor.com/

 

A site with links to Maths and English revision materials, including worksheets to look at online or to print off and practise with.

http://sats.highamstjohns.com/

 

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

http://www.emaths.co.uk/index.php/student-resources/past-papers/key-stage-2-ks2-sat-past-papers

 

Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.

http://www.mad4maths.com/

 

This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.

http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html

 

Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.

https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm

 

A range of English games and activities.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

 

Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.

http://www.keystage2literacy.co.uk/spellings-menu.html

 

A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.

http://www.spellzone.com/games/index.cfm?wordlist=2255