Our last term together!  I cannot believe how fast this year has gone.  The Summer term is an exciting time for Year 6.  Not only do we have the KS2 SATs but also our residential to Winmarleigh Hall and some really exciting projects planned: an enterprise week, a history project about the ancient Mayan civilisation, a visit to Newcastle Central Mosque and a summer show ‘Hansel and Gretal’ to lead!!

Year 6 also get the unique opportunity of running the whole school sports day.  This is a very special privilege and takes a lot of strategy and helps to develop the children’s organisational skills.

Finally, we will be planning our ‘Y6 Celebration (Leavers) Assembly’ which always provides a very poignant and memorable experience celebrating the fantastic experiences and talents of our wonderful Year 6 children.

As well as SAT revision, we will be working hard on our normal school curriculum. Our work this term will be based around the topic of ‘The Mayans’.   We will also be engaged in the following activities in each subject area:

  • History – Study of a non European society that provides contrast with British history – Mayan civilisation
  • Science –  Investigative Science tasks  – living things and habitats
  • Art – Mayan art – clay pots,  Mayan Gods sketching, mask making
  • DT – Designing and making Mayan temples
  • Computing – Coding
  • RE                – Islam – The Qur’an
  • PE – Athletics, Badminton
  • French – Verb forms
  • Numeracy – We will be concentrating on mathematical problem solving and reasoning
  • Geography – Using maps and atlases, understanding similarities and differences through the study of physical  and human geography of NE England to the Americas
  • Literacy – We shall be covering a wide range of genre during Literacy lessons and through topic work.  Previously taught spelling rules and grammar and punctuation will be revised.  There will be no spelling tests.

Homework will be given out on a Friday to be completed for the following Tuesday.  Guided reading sessions will recommence and children will be given a reading task to complete in their reading journals about the chapters read each week.

Can I also take this opportunity to say the children have all worked so hard this year and have been an absolute delight to teach.   I am sure you have noticed their commitment – I am very proud of them and it continues to be a genuine privilege to teach such a wonderful class.  I will truly miss them in July when they fly our nest to pastures new.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, should you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child.  My door is always open.

Yours truly

Mrs Ailsa Holden  – Deputy Head Teacher

Important Year 6 diary dates:

  1. SATs:

Monday 14 May:           English Spelling Punctuation and Grammar – Paper 1 & Paper 2

Tuesday 15 May:          Reading Test

Wednesday 16 May:     Mathematics- Paper 1 Arithmetic  &    Paper 2 Reasoning

Thursday 17 May:         Mathematics – Paper 3 Reasoning

We will be providing the children with a breakfast on those 4 days and they will be invited to come to school for 8:20am.

We recommend that the children have early nights and lots of sleep. Please offer them praise and encouragement – try to remind the children the tests are not something you can fail.

  1. Enterprise Week: Monday 4th – Friday 8th June


  1. Mosque Visit: Tuesday 12th June


  1. Winmarleigh Hall residential: Wednesday 13th June – Friday 15th June


  1. Whickham School – School Experience Days: Monday 2nd-Wednesday 4th July


  1. Whickham School – Awards Night (selected children only) Tuesday 3rd July 7pm


  1. KS2 Show –Hansel & Gretal: Tuesday 10th/ Wednesday 11th/Thursday 12th July – 1.45pm


  1. Year 6 School Treat: Friday 13th  July –  Odeon Cinema and lunch (further details to follow)


  1. Year 6 Celebration Assembly: Thursday 19th July – 9.30am.  You can invite as many family members as you’d like and we’d love you to stay afterwards for coffee and cakes.   Time to chat and catch up with other parents and staff and reminisce about ‘where the time has gone’!!!   Further details to follow.
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