Craft sale fundraising. Year 6 pupils raised a total of £126.04 from the sale of their super bird houses, lunch bags, key-rings and bracelets. The children voted to support the local RSPCA and today, Ella accepted the cheque on behalf the grateful RSPCA humans - doesn't she look pleased! Well done Year 6.
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.
Year 6 will be working on the following numeracy units this term.
The year 6 pupils had a fantastic walk down Lord Street (until the torrential downpour!) taking photos of the buildings to use in their art work. Many had never looked closely at the varied and interesting architecture and asked about the history of the buildings. Information of the Town Tour is available from the Atkinson.
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!
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.
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.
Craig McCann is a British National Champion Paracyclist and wheelchair fencer and he visited school today! Every class undertook a 4 minute, 4 activity sports challenge, This was followed by question and answer assembly with Craig all about his amazing achievements. The photos are a little blurred because the children were moving too fast!
Does yeast seem alive to you? Well, it is. It just needs warmth and sugar to become active. Yeast are living things that are so small they only have one cell. They can't make their own food. So, if you don't give them food, they don't become active. It's almost like they are asleep. This is called being dormant. But when you make it warm for them and give them some food (yeast like sugar) they become active. To experiment with this, year 6 have been baking bread.
Year 6 experienced an enhanced curriculum day at Stanley High School. A wonderful time was had by all as they baked banana buns, wrote exciting stories using a magical mystery box, discovered they could play the keyboard and carried out a range of basketball skill development activities. Beautifully behaved, the pupils were a credit to Linaker Primary.
Recently, Year 6 pupils took part in the Rotary Club Writing Competition based on the topic ‘Serving Humanity’, this was open to several schools in Southport and we are delighted to have been awarded second place! Further to this, each school had three winners, however, the judges were so impressed with the standard of writing form our pupils they awarded five prizes! Each winner received vouchers ranging from £5 to £25 plus a certificate celebrating their achievement. All pupils who took part also received a certificate during a celebration assembly this afternoon. The Rotary Club were extremely impressed with the standard of work (at least year 9 standards they believed!) and felt that each pupil had carefully considered the topic and interpreted the theme in their own way. They felt that Abdullah’s consideration of the impact of charity on the community plus himself was especially thought provoking and worthy of special mention.
Healthy eating, Design and Technology project. Year 6 pupils looked at various recipes for soup and chose the most popular - vegetable! We talked about how this was a healthy, filling and economical food and the talk turned to soup kitchens and the essential support they provide for the less fortunate members of our community. The children really wanted to donate their soup to the local soup kitchen but strict food preparation regulations prevented this. However, the pupils developed their skills in handling equipment, considered health and safety for using knives and working on a stove. The results were fantastic and everyone was inspired to try more cooking at home.
The following web pages could support your child with the work carried out in school.
If you have any queries, please use the contact form and Ms Fraser will respond or re-direct your request as soon as she can.
SATs tests 2017
|Monday 8 May 2017||English reading|
|Tuesday 9 May 2017||English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions|
|English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling|
|Wednesday 10 May 2017||Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic|
|Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning|
|Thursday 11 May 2017||Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning|
As you are aware, the formal end of Key Stage 2 assessments are taking place from the
8th – 11th May 2017. These assessments will take place in the mornings under exam conditions. Pupils have formal assessments each half term so are fully used to the types of questions and format of the test papers. Children have been revising key skills for the last couple of weeks in school and should continue to do so at home using web sites or apps such as MyMaths or the BBC revise pages.
The most important piece of preparation advice we can give you is to make sure that your child is positive and relaxed about these tests.
Don’t let the SATs worry you, and certainly don’t let it worry your child.
- Make sure that your child has a reasonable bedtime so that they are not tired in the morning.
- Try to have a good breakfast and plenty of water to drink so they are refreshed for sustained concentration.
- Remember to let your child know that you are proud of them, a confidence boost works wonders!
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to pop in and see Ms Fraser or Mrs Suffolk or send an email using the form below.