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Welcome to Year 6

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Summer term 2 - Monday 5th June to Friday 21st of July 2017.

Mrs Cordle has made some changes in year 5 and 6, which will be in place for the rest of the school year.  As you already know, the new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests.  In order to give our current year 5 children as much chance as possible to reach the new Age Related Expectations in English and Maths, Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington will be teaching the year 6 curriculum to our year 5 children. Both Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington have been working in year 6 preparing children for their SAT's for many years and are very experienced in this area. 

In the afternoons, Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington will return to year 6, where the children will be practicing for this years production.  In a morning, Maths and English will be taught by Mrs Bradwell to Mrs Stewart's old class and Miss Danks will be teaching Mr Horner's class.  In English, once they have completed their writing, they will be studying Shakespeare, and it will be project based learning in Maths, where the children will have to apply skills that they have learned throughout the year, plus learn new ones.  If you have any queries about this new arrangement, please contact Mrs Cordle.  

When we are not rehearsing for our production, we will be continuing with our Science topic of our Changing World, this is a challenging Science module in which children will build on their knowledge of living things from previous years and deepen their understanding of why and how organisms are classified. 

In ICT, we have been using Scratch, which is a computer programming language that is easy for beginners to use. It can be used to make all sorts of fun and interesting programs. They have been busy learning how to develop and implementing various sets of instructions to enable the computer to perform specific tasks and as a result have created their own games. 

    

We have a lot planned over the coming weeks, and the last 7 weeks is a very busy time in school, especially in year 6. As mentioned previously, in the afternoon, we are very busy learning lines and practising songs ready for our end of year production - Cinderella Rockafella. The show will take place on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th July, times to be confirmed nearer the date. Additionally, we have our school prom on the 13th July, kindly organised by our 'School Funders', which we are so excited about, and cannot wait to see all the children dressed up and enjoying this special time together.   Finally, we need to get our tissues ready, as we have our leavers assembly, which celebrates the children's time with us, taking place at St John's church on the 14th July at 2pm. 

We hope you enjoy this short compilation of photographs of just some of the things amazing things that we have done so far this year

A great year


 

Letters will be going out nearer the time with all the details, but the 4th of July, is a whole school transition day, this means that our year 6 children, who are going to Stocksbridge High School, will go there for the day. The children need to be at the High School for 8.30am, on arrival, they will be met by Mrs Bebbington or another member of staff from our school to ensure that they have arrived safely, However, it is parents responsibility to make the necessary travel arrangements to and from the High School.  Your child needs to wear their St John's uniform for the day, which will finish at 3pm. If your child is not going to the Stocksbridge, then they need to come to school as usual. 


Recently, we have been incredibly lucky to have a special visitor, Emma-Joe Hill from the 'Dogs Trust' in school. She joined year 6 for the afternoon and talked to the children about how to 'Be Dog Smart, which included learning how to be safe around dogs.


      

We have our whole school trip to 'The Great Yorkshire Show' to look forward to, and Outdoor Education Week and Sports Day all happening in the last few weeks of school. 

In our PSHE lessons, across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about sex and healthy relationships, at an age appropriate level. Sex and relationship education is an essential area of learning for your child. 

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 also communicate what our subjects are covering. 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 post important information and reminders for parents. 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. Reading records are expected to be signed by parents and brought in for Mrs Stewart and Mr Horner to check. Children who read regularly are rewarded-so get your child reading! We appreciate your ongoing support.

For more information on our Curriculum, Please go to '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.


Summer term 1 - 24th of April to Friday 26th May 2017.

Welcome to the world, Isaac Frederick Stewart, born on the 25th May, weighing 8lb12oz. Although tired, mum and baby are doing very well. We can't wait to have a cuddle. 


In a morning we are continuing with Maths and English, In our English lessons we have been busy concentrating on our writing for the last two weeks and in Maths there will be project based learning, in which we will be applyi
ng the skills that we have already learned and learning new concepts. In the afternoon, we have started practising for our end of year production of 'Cinderella Rockafella'.  The end of the school year is fast approaching and we lots planned, especially for our year 6 children. Please look at our diary page for all the important dates.  

We have had a fabulous time in London.  The performance of Aladdin was truly amazing, this was followed by a scrumptious tea in Zizzi's. On the Friday, we had a brilliant time at Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in the morning, after which we went on HMS Belfast. We hope you have enjoyed looking at all the photos we posted on our Facebook page of all the children thoroughly enjoying themselves.
 
       
     

             




Finally, after weeks of speculation, we have announced this year production. Cinderella Rockerfella. Parts and roles have been allocated and scripts given to the children, who are now busy learning their lines and practising the many songs ready for the big performance.

Mrs Stewart, who was determined to remain at school to support the children through SAT week, now commences her maternity leave. We are really sad to see her leave and she will be missed by the whole school community.  She leaves with all our love and best wishes and we cannot wait to hear to hear about her new arrival.  Mrs Bradwell will be teaching Mrs Stewart's class in the morning. 

     



We are unbelievably proud of every single one of our year 6 children, who during the course of their SATs, have worked so hard not only during the week of the tests but during the months before. During the tests themselves, their determination to succeed shone through as they used every second to try and complete as much of the test as possible and to check their answers. Every one of them has tried their best, but whatever the results, just remember, that they all have their different strengths and weaknesses and every one of them has their own talents; we have artists, designers, footballers, athletics, gymnasts, dancers, story writers, comedians, singers and and musicians. They are all kind hearted, caring, good mannered, confident and courageous individuals, who we have had the privilege to watch grow and get to know over the years. 
 
We need to say thank you to Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Needham, Mrs Haywood, and Mrs Pearce, who all volunteered to come into school early to prepare our free SATs breakfasts for the children. From your comments on Facebook, we know that a lot of parents said that this had made a real difference for your children and how much they had enjoyed it, thank you for your feedback. Additionally, we would also like to thank our school governors, Mrs Helliwell, Mrs Bullock and Mrs Lees, who all gave up their time to come into school to help during SAT week, we really appreciate all their help, and finally, thank you to, parents for supporting their child at home during what, for some children, can be a stressful time. 

         

After taking the last of the maths papers, it was time to reward the children for all their hard work, and as it was such a lovely day, we decided to take them outside to have some fun in the sunshine and enjoy some quality time together as a year group,finishing the afternoon off with a yummy Ice cream. 

              

Our theme of Volcanoes will continue later this half term, we have now chosen a well known volcano, mountain or earthquake and have carried out our research, over the coming weeks we will preparing our own information texts. 

Similarly, we will be recommencing our Science module of Nature Library, now the SAT's are over. They will continue to explore the process of classification in some detail and how it differs from, but relates to, the identification of living things. 

We are really proud of two of our year 6 pupils, who have won the 'Tour de Yorkshire' land art competition.They were joined by their parents and family members at Stocksbridge Golf Club, where they were presented with a framed aerial photograph of their designs which are located at Underbank Reservoir and Stocksbridge Golf Club. Well done both of you.

      

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Another proud moment was when Alan Law, Lord Mayor of Stocksbridge, joined us in assembly and announced the winner of the 'Tour de Yorkshire flag competition was a year 6 pupil. Well done. 
   


The game of tennis involves a lot of physical activities. It needs speed, agility, endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, it is a great way to build hand eye co-ordination skills.  There are six fundamental tennis strokes which children will be learning in their PE lessons this half term. 

Mrs Needham will be helping the children understand the importance of relationships and their ups and downs in her PSHE lessons during this half term. 
 

Spring term 2 - 27th February to 7th April 2017. 

As this term comes to an end, we are incredibly proud of both classes, they have consistently been working hard right to the very end of term, knowing their all important Statutory Assessment Tests (SAT's) are now only weeks away. Additionally, as well as preparing them educationally it is also important that they are prepared emotionally.  The Statutory assessments Tests (SAT) start on Monday 8th May until Thursday 11th May 2017.  

KS2 SATs papers explained

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first 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 last year. 

In May, 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


Monday 20th March to Thursday 23rd, was mock examination week. The children have sat mock papers with exactly the same conditions as they will experience on the actual week. The purpose of mock week is for the children to become familiar with the exam environment so they are as relaxed and comfortable as possible for the real thing. Every single year 6 pupil has tried so hard, having a very professional attitude, pacing themselves and taking care over their work. Their determination and perseverance 'Shining' through. We are very proud of them all.

We will be spending time going through their papers and working hard to fill in any gaps in their knowledge over the coming weeks.  Additionally, we are spending time in an afternoon, working on reading comprehension and have a number of booster groups in operation. 

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The biggest single influence on your child’s SAT marks will be their reading ability. Good readers can read questions quickly, and understand what they need to do. Continue to encourage your child to read every day, looking at both fiction and non-fiction.  Please also ensure that your child continues to complete their Maths and English homework that is set each week.  If you, or your child have any concerns or questions, please, either give us a call or call in and see us.  

After our SAT's we are really looking forward to our residential to London on the 18th May. We cannot wait to go and see Aladdin in the West end of London and spend the day at the Ripley Museum. 

     


In English, we have been reading '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 also watching clips from the film 'Hugo' we will now be writing our own descriptive writing based on the story.

We are looking forward to continuing to learn about 'Earthquakes and Volcanos' as we continue with our current theme. Over the coming weeks, we will be making our own exploding volcano and undertaking research to understand why and how they happen.  Our new theme will also be linked to our music lessons, in which we will be composing our own music about 'Natural Disasters'. We will keep you posted via our Facebook page. 

Over the half term holiday, children were asked to look at different mechanisms and create a design or plan for their own 'Automaton' - A moving mechanical device. The children created some amazing designs, which we have now started to make.  In order to make their designs they have covered the following curriculum milestones; cut materials accurately and safely by selecting appropriate tools, measure and mark out to the nearest millimetre, apply appropriate cutting and shaping techniques that include cuts within the perimeter of the material such as slots or cut outs, select appropriate joining materials, choose suitable techniques to construct products or to repair items, strengthen materials using suitable techniques, refine their work and techniques as work progresses, continually evaluating the product design and making necessary changes. There is still work to do, but their models are starting to take shape, and already look fantastic. We will share more pictures with you once their Automata are finished and put on display in school. 


         

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As Nature Library is a challenging Science module in which children will build on their knowledge of living things from previous years and deepen their understanding of why and how organisms are classified, they will be continuing their work in this area over the coming half term.  They will continue to explore the process of classification in some detail and how it differs from, but relates to, the identification of living things. The structure, function and purpose of classification systems will be explored with specific reference to living things. Children will become aware of the types and characteristics of organisms that belong in each of the five kingdoms of living things (animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and Protista) and the major sub-groups the kingdoms include. Although they will devise their own systems of classification, children will learn about how Linnaeus developed the system for classifying all living things using their observable characteristics. They will be introduced to the idea of how scientists use ‘conventions’ in order to ensure that everyone means the same thing when they refer to, for example, an organism by its scientific name.

Additionally, 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 (approximately once a term). 

British Science Week was a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. To celebrate this, here at St John's we had a day dedicated to Science, Monday 13th March.  With out SAT's in May, we felt that it was important that children in year 6 had their Maths and English lessons as normal but we didn't want them to miss out.  So, this afternoon we have used a 'Branching Key, to initially get the children to classify themselves and then confectionary. 

    

This half term, in PSHE, the theme is 'It's good to be me'. With Mrs Needham the children will be exploring how every individual is unique and special. She will also be helping the children to focus on the positive aspects of themselves and develop a sense of self worth and self esteemWe also have the Police joining us on the 14th of March, as part of our PSHE lessons, to help the children understand the need to keep themselves safe whilst on line.

With Easter approaching, this Christian festival will be our made study in our RE lessons across school. 

In PE, we are learning the rules of cricket and practising our fielding, bowling and batting skills. Additionally, in PE across the school children are practising their skipping skills. Skipping gives the body a full work out, using abdominal muscles to stabilise the body, legs for jumping and shoulders and arms for turning the rope. Learning to skip teaches the children a lifelong fitness activity. Once the children have accomplished the basic skipping skills, they will move on to learning more complex ways of skipping. 

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 also communicate what our subjects are covering. 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 post important information and reminders for parents. 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. Reading records are expected to be signed by parents and brought in for Mrs Stewart and Mr Horner to check. Children who read regularly are rewarded-so get your child reading! We appreciate your ongoing support.

For more information on our Curriculum, Please go to '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. 





Spring term 1 - 3rd January to 16th February 2017.

500 Words is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world. It’s very simple. Children write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer. If they win, their story will be read live on BBC Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity. Nearly half a million pupils have taken part in this competition over the last 7 years. In 2016, 123,436 children entered the competition, some of which were pupils from St John's. In English, across year 6 the children are busy drafting, editing and typing their stories ready to be entered into the competition. 

                

We are looking forward to learning more about 'Earthquakes and Volcanos' in our new theme. Over the coming term we will be making our own exploding volcano and undertaking research to understand why and how they happen.  Our new theme will also be linked to our music lessons, in which we will be composing our own music about 'Natural Disasters'. We will keep you posted via our Facebook page. 

Our long term Science project is 'Our Changing World,' in which we will be monitoring and protecting hedgehogs' habitats following their awake from hibernation in the Spring.  In addition to 'Our Changing World' we will also be looking at 'Body Health' and 'Nature Library'. 

In our 'Body Health' lessons we will be looking at healthy eating, the importance of exercise and how many calories are in food. We will also be researching the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the impact they have on our bodies. We had an excellent learning day at  'Crucial Crew' on the 18th of January,  where the children learned how to keep themselves safe in certain situations. More photographs can now be found on our Facebook page. 

   


Nature's Library involves understanding classification in plants and animals. 

Our PE lessons with Mrs Bradwell, have involved the children using their core body strength  by making a human obstacle course.

                 

In our PSHE lessons, with Mrs Needham, we have now finished looking at bullying and have now moved on to teaching the children how to keep safe whilst online. The internet offers an amazing environment for children to be creative, explore their interests, play with friends, learn or socialise, but there are risks. Alarmingly, we have been notified of a number of cases recently of children putting themselves at risk whilst on line. No one thinks it will happen to their child, but sadly adults who want to harm or exploit children can be extremely devious in the way they manipulate those they target. Therefore, please check what sites, apps, chat rooms and games your child is using and who they are talking to. Information for parents on how to keep your child safe whilst on line can be found on the 'thinkuknow' website. This message will be reinforced by the police, when they join us on the 14th March and explain the dangers of You Tube and the internet to year 6 children. 
 
Hockey will be our focus in PE. Children will be learning how to pass, dribble and shoot before going on to play matches in small sided teams. 

All year groups across the school have taken place in the Big Schools' Birdwatch. Prior to going outside each class discussed the different types of birds and how they can be identified. They then completed a survey on what birds they saw within a given time scale, all the results across the school have been totalled and forwarded to the RSPB. 





Kind regards, 

Mr Horner and Mrs Stewart


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