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Welcome to Year 6

2017/18
Summer Term 5 - Monday 16th April to Friday 25th May. 

This half term, we are moving on to a new Science topic of 'Body Pump.' Over the coming weeks we will learn how to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood, In a recent Science lesson, we have made 'blood soup'. This practical activity has helped us find out about how the different parts of blood enable it to carry oxygen, waste gases, nutrients and water around the body. Plasma – yellow liquid; red blood cells – lots of small red jelly sweets; white blood cells – a few small white marshmallows; platelets – white rice.



Don't forget the Big Pedal starts on Monday 23rd April for 10 days until the 4 May 2018. Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.  On each day, we will compete with other schools in South Yorkshire to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff, parents, or siblings cycling or scooting to school. We have won this event in the past and would like to win again this year, as there are some amazing prizes up for grabs for the winning schools!  All you need to do is to encourage your child/children to come to scoot or cycle to school every day during the challenge and join them on their way as parent and siblings journeys count too. Children cycling to school must wear a helmet.

Thank you to all the parents, who came to see us at Parents' evening, where we had a chance to discuss your child's strengths and weaknesses, share concerns, and how you can help their learning at home.


Up to the 14th of May our focus will be preparing your child for the Statutory Assessment Tests.  SATs are mandatory tests from the National Curriculum assessment programme, which test children on what they have learnt between Year 3 and Year 6. All state schools are required to provide the tests. 


Week commencing 14th May 2018, children will sit tests in:


 English: Reading Reading booklet and associated answer booklet 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Short answer questions  

 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 2: Spelling 

 
 Maths: 

 Paper 1: Arithmetic  
 Maths: 

 Paper 2: Reasoning 
 Maths: 


 Paper 3: Reasoning                                            



We are really looking forward to taking the children to London, for 2 days on the 24th of May. We have been to London for a number of years now, and always have a fantastic time. 

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school. Mr Priest will be teaching us cricket for this half term. With Mrs Haywood, we will be working in small groups, designing and creating our own games, which will then be played by the rest of the class. 

We are continuing to set two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension.  Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework is marked with the children in class, so it is essential that it is returned on time. 

Under the new National Curriculum, children should know all their times tables by the end of year 4. We are working very hard at this in school but we need your help. Please help your child by practising their times tables at home. We have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. In addition, there are many online resources. 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars
         

Spellings are set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school, it is a well-known fact, that good readers are good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

  

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support with their learning at home. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 6 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 


We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 6 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards,  

Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington 


Spring Term 4 - Monday 26th February to Thursday 29th March. 

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch our traditional egg rolling competition, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  Enjoy the Easter holidays, see you all on Monday 16th April. 


The standard of entries to our 'Best Decorated Egg' competition were exceptionally high, making it very hard for us to choose just one. Well done to all the children who took part.

   

M and M Productions returned to St John's on Tuesday 27th March, this time with their amazing production of The Hobbit.  A brilliant show, full of energy, imagination, action and fun. We loved staying behind after the performance to meet the cast and ask questions. Thank you M and M Productions. Just amazing!


Earlier in March, we shared a video of us starting learning a Haka, a traditional dance of the Maori people and the New Zealand national rugby team, the 'All Blacks.' A few weeks later and they've nailed it - Well done year 6.

The Haka


A huge WELL DONE to all of our hard working Year 6 children, who sat their Mock SATs tests this week. We are extremely proud of their positive and mature attitude, growth mindsets and dedication to their learning they have displayed since September. They all got a special mention in our Sparkle and Shine assembly this morning. Keep on 'Shining' year 6.


On Wednesday, after sitting a Maths Mock SAT paper, we were able to relax and have some fun when Andy from Destination @ British Judo came to St John's. Judo helps children develop fitness, gain new skills, build confidence, make new friends, learn respect and discipline. It is also a great way to have fun!  Loved it! 



Thank you to our parent volunteers for organising this years Easter Disco, we also appreciate the amount of time our office staff invest into sorting out ticket sales and to our staff who stayed behind to help out on the night. All the children had a fabulous time. 

      

British Science Week, was a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This year, the theme was Exploration and Discovery, which aimed to encourage children to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring Science in the world around us; from their home to school and to the wider environment. As a school, we dedicated Tuesday 13th March to Science. After a special Science based assembly, children returned to class for a day of 'Exploration and Discovery'. The day finished with the launch of our poster competition. Children can make their poster about anything related to exploration and discovery. The posters will be judged in school and five winners will have their poster entered into the British Science Week School Poster Competition. The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd March. 

   

This academic year at St John's we have introduced Design Technology Days. Each day covering a different aspect of the DT curriculum and providing the opportunity for all children to design, make and evaluate various products throughout the year. In a recent DT day, children made an automaton (a moving mechanical device). The day was extremely successful with children enjoying the day hugely. We are extremely proud of of their creativity, resilience, and problem solving.

   

  

What is it with World Book Day and Snow? Well, try as it might, it didn't stop us today.  Although later than initially planned, the day started with all the children gathering in the hall to share a story, brilliantly read by Miss Danks, and then we all took park in the World Book Day Book Bonanza quiz before heading back to class. At 2:45pm, it was time for the children to cuddle up with their teddies and enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, whilst enjoying a story with their teacher. We have had a fabulous day.


The decision to not open school due to the snow has not been an easy one to make. The decision to close was made after regular discussions with Head Teachers from schools in our local area. The weather conditions have been severe and the safety of our children, their parents and staff are paramount. Thank you for your understanding and we are sorry for any inconvenience our closure may have caused you. Let's hope we have seen the last of the snow!




Week commencing 26th February was a week dedicated to reading, Drop Everything and Read week. At different times each day, we dropped everything we were doing and read! 






During this term and up to the 14th of May our focus will be preparing your child for the Statutory Assessment Tests, which take place in May.  SATs are mandatory tests from the National Curriculum assessment programme, which test children on what they have learnt between Year 3 and Year 6. All state schools are required to provide the tests. 

Week commencing 14th May 2018, children will sit tests in:


 English: Reading Reading booklet and associated answer booklet 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Short answer questions  

 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 2: Spelling 

 
 Maths: 

 Paper 1: Arithmetic  
 Maths: 

 Paper 2: Reasoning 
 Maths: 


 Paper 3: Reasoning                                             

In Maths we are looking at shape, measure and statistics. 

We will be reading the 'Invention of Hugo' by Brian Jelznick. In the book, orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks -- like the gears of the clock he keeps -- with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. After reading the book and watching clips from the film 'Hugo' we will be looking at the descriptive techniques used in the story.

A Haka is a traditional dance of the Maori people of New Zealand and the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks. Performed by the national side before every kick off, the dance involves the stamping of feet, slapping of hands and several facial contortions. In PE, linking to our Tag Rugby lessons, we are the learning the Haka. As we practised, our cries could be hear all around the school. 

Please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. 

In our French lessons, we are learning directions, common household words and how to get about round town. 


Our Changing World is a unit of work that is looked at each year and monitors the changes in the environment around school; we will be revisiting this unit before looking at the human body.  


With lots of children using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. Across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about the dangers of  sharing personal information online, befriending or agreeing to meet people that they do not know and posting pictures and videos on Social Media.   

 The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following; 
https://youtu.be/lGIEKGJRWEo  additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/


We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days. It is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 6 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington.  


Spring term - Monday 8th January to Friday 16th February. 

We hope you've all enjoyed the festivities and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. 

During this term and next our focus will be preparing your children for the Statutory Assessment Tests, which take place in May. 

In 2016, children in Year 6 were the first children to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system, which has replaced national curriculum levels, which also came into force in 2016. 

Week commencing 14th May 2018, children will sit tests in:


 English: Reading  Reading booklet and associated answer booklet 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: Short answer questions  

 
 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Paper 2: Spelling 

 
 Maths: 

 Paper 1: Arithmetic  
 Maths: 

 Paper 2: Reasoning 
 Maths: 


 Paper 3: Reasoning                                             


Week commencing 19th March 2018 is mock examination week. We will sit mock papers each day with exactly the same conditions, as they will experience on the actual week. The purpose of mock week is to help them become familiar with the exam environment so they are as relaxed and comfortable as possible for the real thing. 

We are starting the term by looking at percentages in Maths, then Pie Charts before moving on to Ratios.  In English, we are looking at News Articles, Narratives and then we will be writing a Discussion Text.  

In ICT, we are learning programming. Recently, they had their first lesson using 'CodeBug'. CodeBug provides an easy but fun and extremely engaging way for children to learn more about programming and is a perfect starting point for their creative journey into the world of computers and electronics. Now they've had their first lesson, we cannot wait to see what else they programme their device to do!

    

In PSHE, across the school, Mrs Needham is working with the children teaching them all about perseverance - The importance of continuing to try to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Initially, they have started by learning about the difficulties that some famous people encountered on their journey to stardom and how they persevered to achieve their dream. 

We are continuing with our Science topic, this half term of Nature Library, looking at body systems. This module has close links to 'Everything Changes' and we will build on our prior knowledge as we look at body systems. 


We had a fabulous day at Crucial Crew, a multi-agency event aimed to raise awareness of safety issues to children. During the course of the day, we got to take part in a series of events, which took the form of interactive scenarios. In each scenario they had the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience of what to do in the event of a fire, how to make an emergency call, how to do basic first aid, road safety, using buses confidently and responsibly, internet safety and stranger danger. Additionally, they get to experience what life is like in a magistrates' court and undertake a number of role-plays. The staff running the court were taken aback at our children's excellent role-play skills and how they gave real consideration of the issues involved and said that they were 'A credit to our school.'

       
We have at least two PE lessons a week; please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. Learning Dance is a requirement of the new PE curriculum. In previous years, Street Dance has been a firm favourite amongst the children, Mrs Haywood has chosen to teach them a Street Dance routine this year.  We are learning Basketball in our other PE lessons with Mr Priest. 

Please note, Friday 16th February is an inset day and school will be closed to pupils. 

Kind regards 
Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington. 
 


Autumn term 2- Monday 6th November to Friday 22nd December.

Great fun was had by all at our Christmas party this afternoon. 

     
A delightful carol service in front of a packed congregation at St John's church brought the whole school together ahead of the Christmas break. It was lovely to be joined by so many family members, carers and friends of the school, who enjoyed carols, prayers, poems, and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven' towards the end. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

A great turn out this afternoon for our year 6 assembly, thank you to all the parents, carers and family members who attended. Taking us back in time to Ancient Greece and using this as their theme, they shared what they had been learning in Maths, French, Music, DT and ICT. The assembly finished with them sharing their creations from our Art Day, when they learned various types of stitches to sew an Ancient Greek Urn out of felt.


     


What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous panto. This year, we heard all about poor Aladdin, who worked all day and night with Wishee Washee in Widow Twanky’s laundry. Unknown to them all, the evil Abanazar has a plan to send Aladdin into the cave to find the magic lamp that contains the Genie. With a little bit of help from the Fairy of the Ring, Aladdin sets out on his journey to find the lamp and earn the riches that will enable him to marry the Emperor’s Daughter, Princess Jasmine. With Wishee Washee always in a mess, we couldn't help but laugh, sing and clap along with them. 


        
Great fun was had by all at our Christmas Disco, which was kindly organised by our School Funders, thank you. We also need to thank our school staff, who stayed behind on the night to help out and also helped out with ticket sales prior to the evening. 

       

 

On Friday 8th December, we had a great hands on learning day, in which we got to practise our sewing skills. Linking to our theme of Ancient Greece, first we practised our designs on paper before going on to created a Greek Urn out of felt. Some of the designs looked. 

  


The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5th December to make sure that our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe taught our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Their specially trained staff sensitively discussed issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary language or adult words, they presented an assembly to all children as well as a workshop for children in year 6.  If you would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe campaign please visit the following website nspcc.org.uk/schools 

    



It was great to see so many children wearing spots, helping us to raise funds for Children in Need, our cake sale was a huge success too. Thank you for all your donations. 

  


Our theme of Ancient Greece will be continuing this half term. We had a great day at Weston Park Museum, where we got learn all about Athena and how Athens got its name. Additionally, we got to build a Parthenon model, the Temple of Athena, learned how and why the Parthenon was built and how the Ancient Greeks left an amazing legacy in architectural design. A fantastic hands on learning experience. 



      

 


We are linking our theme of Ancient Greece to our English lessons, where we will be taking on the role as an historian, when we write about the role of women in Athens.  


Fractions and decimals will be our main learning in our Maths lessons this half term, we will be using egg cartons and ping-pong balls to help children understand the process of adding fractions. 

Over the coming weeks, in Science, we will be finishing off our work on 'Everything Changes', this is a challenging subject, in which we build on our knowledge of living things and how they have adapted to particular environments. Once finished, we will be moving on to our new Science topic of Nature Library. This module has close links to 'Everything Changes' and we will build on our knowledge of living things to deepen our understanding of why and how organisms are classified. We will use observations and secondary source material to help classify living things, record plants and animals in the school environment and use evidence to support or refute ideas. Using a range of approaches, we will then present and communicate our findings to the rest of the class. 

Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. We will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

In PE, Mr Priest and Mrs Haywood will be teaching the children netball and athletics. 

In PSHE, we have been talking about the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday and Children in Need. Week commencing 13th November is Anti-Bullying week, as part of this, on the 15th,  Fire House Productions came to St John's. Fire House Productions produces educational drama for children, drama being a powerful and flexible tool to develop and enhance children's understanding of social issues.  Within their production of 'Just Joshing', we got to meet Josh, a friendly, upbeat school boy. We also got to meet his nemesis Jack, the school bully, who seems intent on making Josh's life a misery, and finally Dotty, Jacks not so innocent sidekick and bystander. Just Joshing delivered the anti-bullying message, in a fun way, balancing humour with reflection.

       

Over a number of weeks, Mrs Needham, will also be talking to the children about bullying. In their PSHE lessons they will be discussing what is bullying, different types of bullying and what to do if they find themselves or their friends being bullied. 

            


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work, the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces and their families. Thank you to everyone, who made a donation and purchased a poppy. 




With Christmas fast approaching, we have many events planned, a theatre production of Aladdin on the 15th December and Christmas Lunch and Junior Carol Service taking place on the 19th. Starting at 2pm, parents, family members, carers and friends are all welcome to join us at Deepcar St John's Church for what is a beautiful carol service. In the event of bad weather, the service will be held in the school hall. We will notify you via text and Facebook should the venue change. 

       




We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days, it is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in our school on a daily basis. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and will also post this on our page, a regular one being our 'Sparkle and Shine' winners each week.  As well as posting information about learning we also use the site to keep you upto date with important information and reminders. If you haven't already, like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 6 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington. 



Autumn term 1 - Monday 4th September to Friday 27th October.

We have had a fantastic summer break, we hope you have all had a fabulous time too. It is great to be back at school and seeing the children again, it was great to get to know them before we broke up for the summer holidays.

Thank you to all the parents, who joined us for our curriculum evening, we hope you found the session useful and it gave you an understanding on what we will be teaching the children this year. 

Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. As part of this topic, we have been making hedgehog footprint tunnels. These were then placed at strategic points around the school grounds and we have been monitoring them over the last few week and established that they have been visited by Hedgehogs, cats and other small rodents.


In a recent science lesson children in year 6 have started to investigate ways in which the environment can affect how plants grow. Using cress, they have planned and set up a fair test to investigate the effect that the environment has on plants. In the next lesson, they will analyse and explain their results.

     

Children will be taught PE by Mr Priest, who is our new PE and Sports Coach, who will be teaching Gymnastics. Mrs Haywood will be taking the children outside for Outdoor Adventurous Activities. As we do still go outside during the Winter months, it is essential that children are prepared for cold weather with tracksuit bottoms or joggers, a fleece and trainers. Please ensure that your child's name is clearly written, not only on their PE kit but on coats, jumpers and cardigans, this makes it so much easier to reunite children with any lost garments. 




Bikeability, is a course run by professionals, based on the National Standards for Cycle Training, which teaches children the necessary skills to ride safely and confidently on the road. Unfortunately, the weather was not great but that didn't stop them having a great time and learning the necessary skills in order for all that took part to pass. Big well done. 

     
Mrs Needham teaches PSHE across the school once a week. This half term, the topic is 'New Beginnings', which is all about helping our children explore new things with confidence.


Ancient Greece, is our theme for this term. As part of our theme, we have organised a trip to Weston Park Museum on Wednesday 29th November 2017, where we will be taking part in 'Ancient Greece - Offerings for Athena' workshop.  This involves learning about the goddess Athena and how Athens got its name; building a model of the Parthenon and looking at how the Ancient Greeks left an amazing legacy in architectural design. 

We really enjoyed our visit from M & M Theatrical group, who visited us on 18th September.  They are regular visitors to St John's, all of their shows are packed with fun, laughter and excitement, their performance of The Wizard of Oz was one of the best with great music and larger than life characters, amazing costumes, scenery and special effects all helping to bring the stage to life from beginning to end.




Our Macmillan Coffee afternoon, was held on Friday 29th September, thank you to everyone who attended and helped us raise valuable funds for this worthwhile charity. 



We thoroughly enjoyed our Harvest Service, which takes place on Friday 6th October, we hope you enjoyed it too. Thank you for all your kind donations of food for The Stocksbridge Food Bank, which we are sure will be greatly appreciated by people in Stocksbridge and surrounding area. 


 
It was good to meet many parents at both our parents evening and curriculum evening. Our doors are always open should you have any queries or questions in the future, please contact our school off and arrange a convenient time to come into school to discuss this with us.

Kind Regards, 

Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington. 

                                                                                                             
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