Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to the webpage for Year 6 at Linaker! Please do check back often and we will try to keep you up to date with the very busy year that we have ahead.
During this first half term, we will be basing our English around the text ‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner. the pupils will be producing reports in the style of the book.
The whole school is taking part in the history topic, ‘Southport – now and then’ where we will be investigating various aspects of our local history. The children will be researching the Mexico disaster of 1886 and will be producing writing in the genres of poetry, narrative and recounts.
Art work will centre round the iconic buildings of Lord Street and will be produced in 3d in the style of artist Lisa Lorenz.
In geography, the children will read maps in a range of scales plus produce their local maps using keys.
We will also be exploring the classification of the animal kingdom and evolution and inheritance for our science studies.
If any parent or grandparent has memories of Southport they would like to share, we would love to hear from you! The pupils are hoping to create memory books and would welcome interviewing willing volunteers. Please contact Ms Fraser to arrange a convenient time.
The Year 6 Team
Ms Fraser, Mrs Suffolk, Mrs Iljica, Mr Tilley and Mrs Jackson.
Homework - Maths and English homework is set every Thursday and is due to be handed in on Tuesday. Spellings are also sent home on Monday and are tested on Friday. If there is any issue with homework, please feel free to contact us. In Year 6, children are given the opportunity to go on a school trip for completing their homework at the end of each term. In the past, Year 6 have been to the cinema, played ten pin bowling and have taken part in water based outdoor activities.
PE Days - PE is every Monday and Friday afternoon through the term and whenever the weather permits, the Friday lesson will be outside so suitable PE kit will be essential - tracksuits for an extra layer may be useful as it gets colder. We find it best for children to keep their PE kit in school all week rather than trying to bring it in just on the days it is required. Please remember that tights are not permitted so a pair of socks in the kit is recommended. Also, for health and safety, earrings should be removed for PE and hair should be tied back.
Reading - As in previous years, all the children have a school reading book and a reading record. They are encouraged to bring these home daily and regular reading remains the greatest support that parents can offer their children. As children progress in reading, discussion of the books becomes more important than listening to them read - by Year 6, the children need to be able to talk about the writer's choice of vocabulary and create assumptions from subtle clues.
To promote reading, each year group is running a reading challenge, each session of reading with an adult should be recorded in the child’s diary and signed. These are recorded with targets of 10, 20 and 30 reading sessions with rewards of increasing fabulousness!
If any parent, carer or grandparent would like to volunteer to read with children in year 6 we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ms Fraser or Mrs Suffolk to arrange convenient times.
The children have, for the first time, a diary which includes their reading record. We are encouraging the children to take these to each lesson to record any key information they may need such as homework hints. Please encourage your child to fully utilise these, adding the term dates, trips, PE days etc to help your child take responsibility for their day to day requirements in preparation for secondary school.
Following an exciting walk, taking photographs, along Lord street, the children printed out their images and decided which building they would like to sketch. Once they had chosen their favoured image, the children sketched out the building again, this time in the style of artist Lisa Lorenz. Her work is quirky and whimsical, using primary colours and often including a small cat somewhere in the image!
Once the children had chosen their design and colour palette, they drew out the building on card and added 3d elements. Following this, the pupils used 2 layers of papier mache to secure the features and provide a solid base for painting.
Finally, the buildings were painted and small features (don't forget the cat!) added.
Winter is coming!
The temperatures have plummeted outside the year 6 classrooms, if you are prepared to battle your way through the coats in the wardrobe you will eventually emerge in the enchanted land of Narnia.
Year 6 have been studying the classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in English and are writing in different genres with this as their stimulus.
Entering into the spirit of the text, pupils gave up their lunchtimes and playtimes to create characters from the story and to decorate the year 6 foyer to look like an enchanted winter land. Group reading, comprehensions, role play and hot seating activities are carried out in the area to help the children 'get into character' ... it must be said that the best activity so far has been drinking hot chocolate and eating Turkish delight to help see things from Edmund's point of view!
Our pupils have been taking part in the reading challenge and had a splendid afternoon's reward making and eating pizza then watching a film. Several children far exceeded the challenge target and they visited the local fire station for a tour as an extra special reward.
What a fantastic homework trip!
Year 6 pupils are expected to complete two pieces of homework each week (maths and English). If pupils meet the homework criteria they are rewarded with a super special treat at the end of each term. This term a number of children went to the Premier Bowling and Laser for the morning. They each had a game of bowling followed by a laser tag battle! To round off a splendid morning, the children dined on pizza and chips provided by the venue before heading back to school. To top off a perfect day, the weather stayed clear for the walk there and back - almost unheard of for year 6 outings!
Ms Fraser and the year 6 staff were extremely impressed with the wonderful behaviour of the pupils so she was not surprised when this email arrived from the Premier Bowl management, Ms Fraser is very proud of the year 6 pupils.
I am writing in regards to a group of your pupils that visited us here at Premier Bowl & Laser this morning.
Myself and the staff all commented on how wonderfully behaved all the children were and would like to let you know that they were a delight to have visit us.
Please could you pass on our thanks to the teachers and the pupils as they were a credit to your school.
Deputy General Manager
Remember, if you cannot complete homework at home, there are lunchtime homework clubs twice a week to support you. There is no excuse for not doing homework.