Welcome to Year 6.
Welcome to our page and thank you for visiting! Here, find out what Year 6 are up to, view some of our amazing work and keep up-to-date with notices and dates important to our year group.
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Thank you to those who attended the Y6 SATs Information Evening (10.1.22). If you were unable to attend, the PowerPoint Presentation has been uploaded at the bottom of the page. You child should have brought home a paper copy, together with a permission slip for revision club, starting after school on 7th February. Please return these ASAP so we have an idea of numbers and can staff the club appropriately.
Reminder: Children will need their PE kits on a Tuesday and Thursday this half term. Tuesdays are likely to be outdoor and Thursdays indoor PE, but please ensure children are prepared for all weathers. Thank you.
Welcome back everyone and a Happy New Year! It feels like we have blinked and suddenly we are in 2022 and ready to begin our final calendar year as learners at Leasowes!
Last half term seemed to pass in a blur, especially as so many of us isolated in the final weeks before Christmas. Across the half-term, Y6 got to grips with the amazing story 'Once' by Morris Gleiztman. This novel tells the story of Felix, a young Polish boy who escapes from his Catholic orphanage (where he is hiding his own Jewish identity) to set off in search of his parents who left him there 3 years and 8 months before. Interestingly, the story is told through Felix's very naive perspective, and more than once we all felt like screaming into the book to have him wake up to the realities of living in Nazi-occupied Poland. By the end of the novel, a pin drop could be heard across both classrooms before a real clamouring for the next in the series began! Lots of children are currently working their way through Then, Now, After, Soon, Maybe and - the last in the series - Always.
This term, we are changing direction and our topic focuses far more on our developing skills as Geographers. Rooted in David Long's amazing anthology text 'Survivors', our new topic based on Survival and Extreme Earth promises to be a favourite across the year group. So far, we have read the story of Aron Ralston (the cannoneer who cut off his own arm) and the tale of Leonid Rogozov (the doctor who operated on himself). For homework, we are also currently reading another story of our choice in preparation for writing biographies on our chosen survivors. Elsewhere in the curriculum, our geography lessons have kicked off with understanding the climate zones of our earth; how different biomes can be situated around the world and how differing weather systems can influence the environment in different places. We can't wait to get stuck into further related learning, including a study on an exceptional artist, Christa Rijneveld.
Key date for your diary
We are holding our annual KS2 SATs information evening on Monday 10th January 2022 at 5pm in the KS2 Hall. Please refer to the letter sent home on 6th January for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.
Miss Reeves & Mrs Bennett
Reminder: Year 6 are participating in Forest Schools between 1st November and Christmas on Friday afternoons. Children will need their Forest Schools kit on a Friday each week, and continue to need their regular P.E kits on Thursday afternoons for PE with Mrs Moores/Mr Williams or Miss Reeves.
Wow! What a first half term Year 6 have had. From launching the year with our fabulous Writing Celebration (please read below), to an exciting week away at Condover Hall for our residential visit to a positive round of Autumn parents evenings, we have been busy!
Our first novel study in Year 6 is the wonderful 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo. This thrilling tale of brotherly love and conflict follows Tommo and Charlie Peaceful from the sleepy Devonshire countryside to the battlefields of Europe. While we are drawing this amazing text to a close, we have had a wonderful time exploring character through the sickeningly awful Grandma Wolf, the grotesque Colonel and - as a challenge and a change of pace - the beloved Big Joe. If you were to take a stroll down the Year 5/6 corridor of an afternoon, you would be greeted by gasps, rapt silence or even screams of 'Noooooooooooooooo!' as Miss Reeves and Mrs Bennett snap the book shut at the most frustrating of cliffhangers. Before half term, we learnt that one of our favourite characters had secured a most distressing fate. We are certain that children will be returning after the half term insisting we read on then and there so we can find out what happened! For now though, our lips are sealed...
Conflict and Courage
To add meaning and context to our novel, we have begun our history unit based on the world wars. So far, children have grappled with the tricky concepts of empire and alliance, learning how the landscape of Europe was pre-1914. Having established who was involved, we looked then to the catalyst of the war: the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in September 1914. Hilarity ensued when the classes realised that had the killer not been hungry and gone in search of a sandwich at the precise moment the royals' motorcade fled a previous explosion into a side street, the Great War may not have happened to the same timeline. From there, we followed the world into war and spent some time considering how different primary and secondary sources can teach us - sometimes reliably and sometimes with bias - about Trench Warfare. On the final afternoon of the half term, we worked collaboratively to show off our knowledge on WW1 weaponry, health & safety issues, the typical timeline of a soldier's day and more.
Check back in a couple of weeks to see where we take our learning next!
Miss Reeves & Mrs Bennett
Hi everyone and welcome back! It has been lovely welcoming a new cohort into the top year at Leasowes, and we can already see that we have a strong, enthusiastic and responsible group on our hands. We have both been really impressed by the excellent attitudes and strong work ethics children have brought with them this week.
Please note that this half-term Y6's P.E days are Tuesday and Thursday. Miss Reeves and Mrs Bennett's planning time out of class will initially be covered by a member of the P.E team and Miss Quimby.
Year 6 will take part in Forest Schools in the half-term before Christmas.
Homework days remain as in Y5, with homework issued on Wednesday and due in the next Monday. However, there is an increase to two pieces - one English, one Maths - to begin the preparation for secondary school. All homework will be set either remotely through Microsoft Teams or through the use of the children's Year 6 CGP resources. Children will be encouraged to record homework in their reading diaries each week. Spellings will be given out on a Monday and the test will be the following Monday.
'The Secret of Black Rock'
For our September 'Hook Book', this year we are all working on Joe Todd Stanton's The Secret of Black Rock. This exception story tells the tale of Erin, who yearns to explore the ominous Black Rock near her seaside home. The adults around her warn her of the danger the area holds, but that won't stop her from investigating for herself...
At Leasowes, our curriculum is rooted in reading and in the past we have explored the Convention on the Rights of the Child through last year's text For Every Child. This year, we wanted to welcome back our young people with a fantastic story with a subtle nod to the newest addition to our Leasowes' Charter: Protect Today to Preserve Tomorrow. Perhaps consider asking your child what elements of the story might align with this sentiment.
As part of our learning, Y6 will be delving into the darkness of urban legends and considering what terrible event might have prompted the fear that the townspeople of Erin's home display. Why shouldn't she go to Black Rock? Why is everyone so scared of it? Is it really such a terrible place? We can't wait to see where the children's imaginations take them as they learn to manipulate their readers' emotions and create deliciously dark atmosphere through their language selection. To accompany our writing, we will also be working on creating moody, atmospheric artwork using a little-used medium, charcoal. Apologies already for the grubby sleeves!
If you have any queries, please utilise your child's reading record (and encourage them to show us as these are not checked daily). If your concern is more urgent, please call the school office. Please note, the class email addresses utilised during isolation and lockdown periods are not active while children are attending school as normal.
Miss Reeves & Mrs Bennett
Meet the Teacher meetings - Tuesday 14th September
Please note that differently to the rest of the school, Y6 will hold only one Meet the Teacher presentation. This will be in the Key Stage 1 Hall starting at 5:15pm and will last around 45 minutes to allow us to conduct the usual Meet the Teacher presentation followed by a short presentation concerning the Y6 residential to Condover Hall. We encourage parents with more than one child at Leasowes to attend the younger child's year group presentations in the 4:30pm slot first. Thank you for your flexibility.
Condover Hall residential - Monday 4th October - Friday 8th October
All information will be communicated through school.
Key Stage 2 Harvest Festival - Friday 15th October
Timings to be confirmed.
Autumn Term Parents Evenings - Wednesday 20th October and Thursday 21st October
Correspondence will follow with arrangements closer to the time.
PTFA Christmas Fayre - Friday 26th November
KS2 Carol Concerts - Monday 13th December
Timings to be confirmed.
BBC Bitesize KS2 - English, Maths and Science videos, games and more.
Spelling Frame - A simple website for practising the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists.
Espresso Learning - A site school has bought into; see your teacher for your login.
Compare4Kids - Some free activities, including Year 6 SATs 'online boot camps'.
Sumdog - Online maths games. Please see your teacher for your login.
Parkfields Links - Links to a raft of helpful sites for revision.
iXL Maths - a subscription site, with limited free activities. Great for focusing on specific maths skills.
Clarity Maths - 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.
Mad4Maths - Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
Crickweb - A range of English games and activities.
KS2 Literacy - Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
Spellzone - A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.
For printable resources, please access our Parent Secure area for Year Six. Click the Parent News tab at the top of the page. This will give you access to TT38 (times table) resources, arithmetic/reading/grammar test resources and more, that we can only offer to parents if uploaded in a password protected area. If you have lost yours, please see someone in school for the username and password.