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6 WILLOW - Miss Allatt

Miss Allatt - mallatt@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

 

You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.

 

A big hello and welcome back to school! I hope you have all had a fantastic, safe summer and I look forward to a hard-working and exciting year ahead!
Just a note to parents/carers that if there is anything at all that I can help with throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

In Year 6, we encourage the children to be organised and prepared for each school day. We aim to further develop their independence and organisational skills in order to help prepare them for their next step in education. Your continued support in every aspect of your child’s learning is always very much appreciated.

 

Important Information

 

Homework

English and Maths homework will be set on a Friday to be due back in school the following Friday.

New spellings will be given out each Friday and tested the following Friday. Every child has a log in for Spelling Shed where spelling tasks will be set weekly to aid in your child’s learning of the set spellings.

It would be really appreciated if you could encourage your child to complete their homework at home to support their learning journey.

 

Maths

Every child has a log in for Mathletics and TT Rock Stars. They will be set weekly Mathletics activities to complete and should try to access the activities set as often as possible. As a school we have a focus on ensuring all children know their times tables up to 12x12 and your help will be much appreciated with this as times table knowledge is essential and relied upon in many aspects of maths. The children can access TT Rock Stars to help practise their tables at home.

 

English

Reading plays an important part in children’s learning and therefore we ask that your child reads for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. It would be great if you could read with your child and for them to read on their own as well. Please don’t forget to fill in and sign their reading record and ensure reading records and books are in school every day! Each Friday, reading records will be checked and raffle tickets awarded for reading 5 lots of 20 minutes a week.

Every child has a log in for Reading Eggspress. This resource can be used alongside your child’s reading book to enhance their reading for pleasure and comprehension skills. It would be fantastic to see 6Willow at the top of the scoreboard this year!

 

PE

Our PE sessions will be on a Monday and Wednesday. These lessons will take place outside. Please make sure that your child comes to school for the day in their outdoor kit (white round neck PE top, black/dark jogging bottoms or shorts, trainers and a school jumper or cardigan) so that we don’t need to get changed.

 

Half-term Overview

This half-term we have adopted a cross-curricular approach to inspire and engage our children - Gods and Mortals. We will be studying the life of ancient Greece; understanding it's history as well as the myths and legends. We will also be learning about the importance of keeping fit and healthy: What does it mean to be fit and healthy? How does exercise affect heart rate? Can I adopt a healthy relationship with myself and others? 

 

North Yorkshire Water Park

You can view all our photos here.

 

Red Nose Day

World Book Day

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We have loved our DT project this term - designing, making and evaluating a product for a year 2 child to improve their hand-eye co-ordination and knowledge of WW2. It was great to be able to test our products and gain the opinions of our intended user.  

 

PE - Gymnastics

This half-term, we are developing our understanding and learning in Gymnastics. So far, we have focused on: jumping, ensuring that our toes our pointed and our knees are bent; balancing, focusing on creating tension in our body and we have developed our own starting and finishing positions to add into a sequence.

 

English - Debate

This week, we have written a persuasive speech to answer the question “Which was the better city state in ancient Greece, Sparta or Athens?” We were involved in a debate to share our opinions and voted fairly on the subject. It was decided, by 6Willow, that Sparta was by far the better city state in ancient Greece. Do you agree?

 

What do religions say to use when life gets hard

Year 6 visited church to explore the question 'What do religions say to use when life gets hard?'. We had a fantastic morning: working in small teams, reflecting on what we could do when life gets hard and lighting a candle to share with the church community. 

 

Eden Camp

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English - editing

This week, we finished writing our mystery story on Sukie's disappearance from our class text - Letters from the Lighthouse. We worked really hard to edit and make changes to our work, with help from our peers, before publishing our stories into a book.   

 

To mark Remembrance Day this year, we joined the rest of the school to create poppies that were placed around our school grounds. We also experimented with different media to produce a final piece of a poppy.  We hope you like our fantastic display! 

 

PE - Cross Country

We have taken part in our first Horbury Cluster Event of the year – Cross Country. Miss Allatt was extremely proud of everyone’s determination and effort when participating. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we qualify for the next round!  

 

PE - Tag Rugby

This half term we have been taught by a coach in our rugby sessions. We have worked really hard to remember never to pass the ball forwards and have enjoyed putting our dodging skills to the test!

  

During our first half-term in Year 6, we have been exploring the drawing technique of ‘Blind Contour’ to capture portraits. After researching the work of Allison Kunath, we used her process to draw not only ourselves but our partners too. We are very proud of our art journey and can’t wait to show you our final pieces soon.  

 

 

Maths

We have been extremely busy in our maths lessons embedding our knowledge of place value and the four operations. To help secure our understanding of answering multi-step problems, we became teachers and helped not only our partners but also the class to solve questions accurately. 

 

The Circulatory System

In Science, we have been learning about the components of our blood. Using a range of ingredients to represent the components we had lots of fun making blood smoothies. Please ask us what ingredients we used to make our smoothies and what they represent!  

 

PE - Hockey

We have had lots of fun in our PE lessons this half-term learning how to play hockey! We have worked hard in hockey to ensure that we are: holding the stick correctly; passing the ball, using both a push pass and a sweeping pass and not being ‘bees around a honey pot’, whilst playing in a match. We are looking forward to taking part in a year group tournament next week. Come on 6Willow!  

 

National Poetry Day

To celebrate this we learnt and performed a poem written by Julia Donaldson. We learnt the importance of projecting our voices as well as speaking slowly and clearly in order to perform well!  

 

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