Lydd Primary School

Lydd Primary School
Village Academy

Year 6: Panthers - updated September 2017

As Year 6 is the final primary school year it is inevitably the most eventful year for the pupils. Eventful in terms of their learning, responsibilities, clubs, trips, performances, booster contingencies, transition to their secondary schools among many other opportunities. The first two terms, up to the Christmas break, will include a trip and a pantomime (dates to follow soon).

The class is taught by Mr Southgate, with Mrs Ireland supporting. The role of intervention and booster groups cannot be underestimated and these will be utilised throughout the year. (Small group work further enhances their skill sets and addresses misconceptions in a much more dynamic setting.)

Homework is set every Friday and expected back, completed, by the following Wednesday. Spellings are set on Mondays and tested on the Friday of the same week - note: spellings are not set for homework in terms 5 & 6. Reading and mental arithmetic skills are also essential skills that each pupil needs to have – anything you can assist with at home is genuinely beneficial and will always be of benefit to your child’s education. (As is a good night’s rest!).

For those parents that have enrolled their child to sit the 11+, the Kent Test will be conducted on Thursday 7th September at school.


An overview of the year…

English

English is taught daily in sessions covering a multitude of skills and genres including grammar, spelling, punctuation, comprehension, writing and poetry. Within the curriculum, there is plenty of scope to include English in other subjects and this is wholeheartedly embraced. Our class books usually relate to the History topic area being covered in that term; however, key author's, particular acclaimed Children's Laureates, are incorporated into the literary diet of the students too.

Maths

Our maths, like English, is taught daily and covers the full range of concepts from the National Curriculum. Additionally, pupils are given confidence building tasks such as 5-a-day maths problems, the Big Maths programme and of course the termly times tables challenge to help improve their efficiency. Maths is often brought into other curriculum subjects, particularly science and P.E.

  

 

Subject

 

Terms 1 & 2

Terms 3 & 4

Terms 5 & 6

 

Science

 

Properties and changes of materials; Forces.

Earth and Space.

Animals including Humans; All Living Things.

History/Geography

 

Conflict: Turning points in British history; World War II.

Maps; Topographic of world regions and the UK; Continents.

 

Empires: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

Geographical studies of differences and similarities across the globe. Human and natural impacts on the environment. 

The End: The changing impact and roles of the monarchy.

Tourism and climates.

Art & Design Technology

Nets of shapes; Construction including reinforcement. Textiles: Fraying, knotting and dying.

Food tech: Cleaning and Hygiene.

Painting with inks; collage, papier mache. Textiles: Applique.

Food Tech: Measuring and planning a family meal.

Observational drawing; editing digital photography; Food tech: savoury recipe.

 

Physical Education

 

Netball/Basketball; Dance.

Hockey; Gymnastics.

Orienteering; Cricket; Athletics and other summer sports.

 

Computing (inc. cyber safety)

 

Devising and developing an interactive game;

Cracking a code.

Fusing geometry and art;

Creating a webpage about cyber safety.

Sharing experiences and opinions;

Creating a virtual space.

 

Religious Education

 

Judaism; Christianity

Sikhism; Christianity

Sikhism; the moral life

Music

 

Composing and improving; Singing and performing.

 

Appraising, describing, comparing and evaluating music.

Improvising melodic and rhythmic phrases as part of a performance.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education + Citizenship

 

New beginnings; Friendship building/Anti-bullying.

Appreciating ourselves; Dealing with conflicts.

Setting goals; Relationships and Changes; Transition to secondary school.

 

This year, our pantomime will be Cinderella. Every child in Year 6 will be given the chance to feature in the production. Towards the end of the school year, Panthers will put on a Shakespeare production too. After all, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." 

 

SATs Week Timetable

These are nationwide tests, set by the Department for Education. The pupils will be well-prepared for these and will sit them, like other year six pupils up and down the country, in the week commencing 14th May.

Monday 14th May - English reading test

Tuesday 15th May - English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 1: spelling; English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 2: questions

Wednesday 16th May - mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic; mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 17th May - mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

This concludes the testing as writing is assessed at a county level with other schools within the Kent authority remit.

Breakfast Boosters are available in Term 4 and Term 5 - invites will be sent out to targeted pupils in January; however, further spaces may be available. If you wish your child to attend a booster session (Wednesday: Comprehension, Thursday: Maths, Friday: Grammar) please contact me closer to Christmas. 

 

Keep popping back from time to time to check for updates and more of our news. 

Mr Southgate