Y6 Isolation information - December 2020
As you are aware, Y6 has been asked by Track & Trace to isolate, so we will all be working from home until Monday 14th December 2020. We will be attempting some version of a school day, therefore we will still be having our daily check-in and check-outs via video calls using Microsoft Teams. As we are so close to Christmas, we have planned Christmas activities for you to complete during the day, which we will explain each day in our morning video calls. We will finish each day with a check-out and reading a story. Tasks are also available on Reading eggs, TTRS and MyMaths.
All work will be being completed online and returned to us via assignments in Teams, but we have left an envelope in the office for each child, containing replacement account logins. We have also included an exercise book and stationary, if your child wishes to complete the work by hand and upload a picture to Teams. We are always here if you need us, so please feel free to email us or message us through Teams. We will get through this!
Croeso i Blwyddyn 6!
Welcome back pupils! It's been a strange 2020, but we're so grateful to be welcoming you all back for the start of the school year - this your last one at Townhill! We know the return is going to be strange, so please remember we are all here if you need us for anything.
In order to minimise contact on the yards, start and finish times will be staggered. Y6 will be arriving at the "Red door" on the top yard at 8:55 and will be collected from this door at 3:25. Please ensure your child is on time to ensure all pupils remain in our "Y6 bubble". We will be using the yard as a year group for morning and afternoon breaks, with a break at lunch also. If you need any further information, please contact us at the school or via email:
Mrs Brodrick - BrodrickK@hwbcymru.net
Mr Stones - StonesJ1@hwbcymru.net
Despite the strange times, we are hoping to have as "normal" a year as possible! On this page you will find lots of important information about what's going on in Year 6 this term. As we go through the current academic year, we will be displaying some of our fantastic work, as well as photos of the fun activities and school trips (hopefully!) we've been on.
General Y6 information
Y6 is an extremely important year group, in order to prepare pupils for life in comprehensive school. Attendance is extremely important, as even missing just one day will mean missing a great deal with work. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring the highest attendance possible. We understand in the current situation parents may be concerned about ill-health; please contact us at the school if you have any concerns so we can discuss your concerns.
Laptops & IPads
We are extremely lucky to have laptops for each pupil and a bank of iPads in Year 6, to enhance the learning of our pupils. The pupils will be using their laptops to access Hwb, using a range of applications to complete their work. Pupils will be using a range of apps on their iPads such as Book Creator, IMovie, Popplet, etc. Pupils will also be able to use the internet to access their school Reading Eggs, Active Learn, Times Tables Rockstars and My Maths accounts. Screen time is monitored to ensure the health of our pupils.
This year we will be attempting something new with the pupils as we will be setting all spellings and homework through Microsoft Teams. This was very successful during Lockdown as it can be accessed either using a laptop or as an app on phones, meaning pupils can complete work on paper if they wish and upload photos of this.
Weekly spelling words will be given to the pupils every Friday, in preparation for a spelling test the following Friday. There will be 3 sets of words (1 chilli, 2 chilli and 3 chilli sets) and pupils can choose which set they wish to learn and complete during spelling test time, deciding whether to challenge themselves or remain in their comfort zone. Pupils are expected to learn these words as part of their weekly homework.
Homework tasks will be set at the beginning of term - there will be a complete list of 15 tasks available on Teams and pupils can choose to compete them in any order they wish, uploading/taking photos of these tasks as they complete them. Pupils will be rewarded with house points for completion or even Headteacher awards for superb efforts.
Any additional practice of times tables at home would be fantastic - all pupils have been given their login details for their Active Learn, My Maths and Times Tables Rockstars accounts. Please see your class teacher if you need these details.
Our pupils are reading continuously in class in their lessons, but also during a weekly guided reading session and weekly individual reading with the class teaching assistant. Reading at home with your child will not only improve their skills, but also sends a positive message that reading is an essential skill for life. Pupils can also access their Reading eggs accounts at home to practise their reading skills. On the 1st Monday of every month, pupils will be attending the local library to return and loan new books. This is a superb service which pupils can also use outside of school.
Y6 pupils have weekly PE on a Thursday afternoon. We have the use of the Phoenix astro-turf and fields, weather permitting. If the weather is poor then PE will take place in the school gym. It is extremely important that pupils are correctly equipped for their lessons with correct clothing, footwear and no jewellery being worn. Due to current regulations, PE kit is to be worn to school as children will not be able to get changed in school. PE is a part of the National Curriculum, just as important as all other subjects, so all pupils are expected to participate.
Our topic this term is 'Battles & Conflicts'. The pupils have been learning all about various battles and conflicts that have occurred over the years, in particular WWI and WWII, to more recent conflicts over use of nuclear weapons. They have explored key issues in society, such as women's protesting to be allowed to vote and racial divisions in our society through history. This is the 1st time we have explored this topic in Y6 and they have thoroughly enjoyed the work we have done!
Our topic this term is "Popular Culture", discussing the impact of sport, fashion, technology, film & theatre and music on our everyday lives. We will be exploring how to write reports using the theme of movies, creating graphs on the theme of the greatest music artists of all time and many more exciting activities.
Our topic this term is "Life", exploring the suggested beginnings of the Earth from different viewpoints, the human life cycles and environmental impacts on our Earth. We will be exploring animals and plants, their life cycle, endangered species and what we can do to protect our planet. Let's hope for some lovely weather to get outside as much as possible!
Trips & visits
Keep checking this section to see visits so far this year!
Freaky Friday activities
Every Friday the pupils are really enjoying using their "pupil voice" We have now replaced our traditional golden time with "Freaky Friday" where the pupils have the opportunity to plan in advance, the activities they would like to complete. It still takes place every Friday afternoon and is a behaviour incentive.