Croeso i’r Dosbarth Magpies!
Welcome to the Magpies Class!

Meet the team

Whilst things are a little different at present, we want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that your child has the very best experience during their final year at primary in an environment that is both safe and enjoyable.

Our topic this term is entitled ‘Here We Are’ and will focus on activities based around the book entitled ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. Through this topic we aim to support the children to re-connect with each other and re-engage with school life, encouraging them all to reflect on and make sense of the world we are all living.  Together we will explore many areas of life as we know it; The sky, sea, land and much more and will focus our attention in particular on our impact on planet Earth and how we can live more sustainably.

As always the children are encouraged to ‘’Be the best that you can be” and together we will strive for excellence as we live up to the schools motto to ‘Learn, laugh, grow and achieve.’

Please feel free to come and see us if you have any questions or queries throughout the year.

Diolch,

Year 5/6 Team

Here is some general information about our class.

Year 6 Expectations

Year 6 is very much a transitional year, as the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, their time in Primary Education and take their first steps towards adulthood. As the oldest children, there is an expectation that they will set the example to the rest of school, in terms of their appearance, behaviour and attitude towards school life. Each morning we expect the children to arrive at school on time, in full school uniform and organised for the day ahead. It now needs to become very much their responsibility (not yours!) to ensure that this is the case so, if you need to, take a step back and let them learn to organise themselves, even if it goes wrong to begin with!

The Year 6 curriculum is a very tightly packed one and the children will be encouraged to develop resilience and a Growth Mindset to reach their goals. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and are expected to complete each piece of work to the best of their abilities organising it clearly, and in accordance with the expectations of the school’s policy for pace, presentation and performance.

As the older children in our school, children are expected to embrace their roles and responsibilities as ambassadors to their peers, by setting an excellent example in their behaviour and attitude to school life. Within the classroom and school the children have been awarded jobs and responsibilities, which they will be expected to complete autonomously and to the best of their abilities.

Language, literacy and communication

Writing

When completing homework tasks, please encourage your child to write in the cursive style that the school has adopted. We also expect pupils in year 6 to present work clearly and effectively. Pupils should consider layout and overall presentation that is specific to the writing genre they are focussing on.

Spelling

In KS2 we follow the ‘Read, Write, Ink’ Spelling scheme, which focuses on the sounds and blends of letters. Pupils will complete a range of activities throughout the week to reinforce the pattern and will be tested on a weekly basis – see timetable. The spelling words provided can be cut up and placed around the house so pupils can check their spellings as and when they encounter them -be creative in where you place them!

Reading

It is paramount that your child reads every day at home in order to develop fluency and understanding of a variety of text types (30 minutes daily reading is recommended). We encourage pupils to read a range of literature that are challenging, including texts linked to real life. Please listen to your child read every week, even if you deem them to be ‘fluent,’ as discussion about the text will help your child’s vocabulary to expand, and aid with developing their writing. Pupils will read in a focus group at least once a week and will complete a range of tasks to improve reading skills daily. In year 6, pupils receive a ‘HomeSchool Diary’ which they are responsible for updating on a weekly basis, noting ‘Things to Remember’ for the week ahead and any homework they need completed. The Diary also has a space for a teacher/parent reading comment and should be completed on a weekly basis.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In line with the new curriculum, pupils have been placed maths group within the classroom that will enable them to develop their maths skills at a pace that is suitable to them. Pupils will often be allocated games and tasks via the ‘Active Learn’ site and are expected to remember their login and complete any homework set on time.

Help encourage your child to rapidly recall number bonds to multiples of 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s, as well as multiplication facts to 12 x 12 at random – TTRockStars is a great way to help develop these skills!

Home School Learning –

Seesaw and Microsoft TEAMS

In year 6, pupils will be using TEAMS through HWB to complete tasks in and out of school. This platform enables pupils to access assignments set by the class teacher; complete and submit their work; receive feedback; and re- submit work if necessary.

In addition, this year, we will be introducing an online tool called Seesaw,
which is a secure online learning journal where children can create and
upload their work to document their learning. Your child will add photos,
videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings to their individual Seesaw journal. You can also sign up for a free Seesaw family account by
downloading the Seesaw Family app, giving you access to your own child’s
learning journal. Seesaw journals are private and only accessible by the
teacher, students, and parents. It is a requirement of Seesaw’s terms and conditions that we gain parental permission to use their platform. Seesaw has a thoroughly robust privacy policy and has committed never to share your child’s personal information or journal content. We hope that your child will enjoy using Seesaw to document and share their learning this year. You can learn more about Seesaw by visiting
http://web.seesaw.me/
Please note, this is not a platform for parents to discuss any issues or concerns they may be having. This can be done through contacting the school by phone or email.


Whats on when?

Today is…What must I remember /take home?
Monday
Dydd Llun
– ‘Walliams Readers.’
Reading books
Reading diaries

-Spelling Test and new weekly words sent home
Tuesday
Dydd Mawrth
‘Rowling Readers.’
Reading books
Reading diaries

– Home School Learning Journals to be handed in or homework online submitted via one of our online learning platforms: Hwb/TEAMS/Seesaw
Wednesday
Dydd Mercher
– ‘Colfer Readers.’
Reading books
Reading diaries

Thursday
Dydd Iau
– ‘Morpurgo Readers.’
Reading books
Reading diaries

-Forest schools
Friday
Dydd Gwener
– ‘ Horowitz Readers.’
Reading books
Reading diaries

– Appropriate PE Kit required

– Homework diaries required.
Homework issued inc. Active Learn weekly (Online Maths) and Half termly topic homework grid (Choose at least 1 activity weekly)

What’s been happening in Magpies class…

Dates for the diary

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