Year 6

Heatree 2018
 
Monday 24th September
We all arrived at Heatree safely and we were eager to start our first activities. The afternoon was full of team building and problem solving and learning about the Bronze age. Necklaces, clay pots and porridge were made in our 'trip back in time'.
 
Tuesday 25th September
Our first full day was fantastic. Some children spent the day exploring Hound Tor, scrambling through rocks and learning about some Dartmoor myths. Others spent the day on site getting thoroughly wet learning to kayak and conquering fears on the climbing wall and abseil tower before enjoying a delightful chicken pie and a game of bingo with Miss Harrison and Miss Bullen.
 
Wednesday 26th September
What a day! Mud ,mud and a bit more mud! The children have had lots of fun on the low adventure course which involved getting stuck in a bog. Others went kayaking or did a stream scramble while two groups explored Dartmoor and tested their skills scrambling over the rocks.
 
Thursday 27th September
Well, what another action packed day! We have been stream scrambling, climbing, abseiling, kayaking, bog walking and conquering the low adventure course! There are quite a few sleepy children (and sleepy teachers!) but a good time has been had by all. We look forward to seeing you back at school tomorrow with suitcases full of very muddy clothes! 

Welcome back

We hope your holidays have been a happy and relaxed time and that you and your child feel refreshed and ready to start the new year. Our team this year consists of Miss Cooper, Mr Perkins, Mrs England and Mrs Rose. We also have Mrs Bruford and Mrs Marsh supporting us with our learning. We are all very excited to be starting this new chapter with you.

This term’s topics will be ‘Dartmoor Detectives’ where we will study National parks, why they are important and what they need protecting. Our trip to Heatree will really help our understanding as we will be seeing the wonders of Dartmoor first hand. In Science, we will be looking at ‘Light’ and ‘Evolution’. Each class will also visit Narnia in an exhibition run by the Exeter ICE team.

Key dates! 

Heatree – 24th – 28th September

Heatree Assembly – Tuesday 16th October at 3pm

Shakespeare Performance at the Phoenix Theatre – Thursday 15th November

Narnia Experience

6P – Thursday 1st November

6C – Friday 2nd November

 

Remember:

Please make sure your child has a full and named PE kit including; yellow t-shirt, shorts for inside and tracksuit bottoms for outside, and plimsolls and / or trainers. As the weather is colder, you may wish to provide a tracksuit too. Each child will need to keep their PE kit on their peg in a bag.

 

Outdoor PE with Andy – Football/Tennis

Every Monday

Indoor PE – Gym/Dance

Every Tuesday

 

Homework

Homework and spellings will be given out on a Tuesday and are due back the following Monday. Spellings will be tested on a Tuesday. Homework is a valuable piece of learning and contributes to your child’s growth. Please feel free to write notes in the books if your child has struggled with something so that it can be reviewed in school.

Reading books

Reading continues to be a key focus in Year 6. In Key Stage 2, we will look at a range of comprehension skills as well as encouraging independent reading in and out of school. When reading at home, encourage your child to discuss the meaning within their story, their opinion and why they think this with reference to the text. This will support your child's reading comprehension skills. Please prompt your child to change their reading books and read at home daily. We will regularly review their reading and ask them to change their books at school (or band colours, if appropriate).

Schools Shakespeare Festival

This year’s production at the Phoenix Theatre will be Twelfth Night. We will be holding auditions at the beginning of next week and rehearsals will then get under way. There will be an after-school rehearsal session for the cast on a Thursday between 3.30 and 4.30. I will send out a letter once parts have been decided as not all the cast will be needed for every rehearsal. If your child would like to participate in this amazing opportunity then they will need to be available on the evening of Thursday 15th November as that is our performance night. More details will follow for those taking part, in due course.

Forest School/Art/DT (Mrs Burnard/Mrs Marsh/Mrs Haggerty)

Forest school is having a transformation this year. Your child will spend a few weeks completing an art topic, a DT project and forest school activities on a rotational basis. Your child will be informed if they need to bring in waterproofs, wellies etc. when their group is in the forest.

Be everything you can be! - Our school motto
 
 
Please remember to pop in after school or leave a message at Reception if you have a question or worry.
 
Thank you,
Miss Cooper and Mr Perkins