All class photos will now be uploaded to the 'Gallery'. Please click '2018-19' and go to 'Year 6'.
Under each set of class photos, will be a written overview of what the children have been doing in class during the week. This replaces the weekly newsletter. We hope these changes make it easier for you to follow your child's learning journey.
The four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales inform our teaching. Our learning experiences enable our pupils to be:
In the Spring Term, we will studying our transition project called, 'Flight.' The text we will be reading is 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar' written by Michael Morpurgo. As part of our literacy we will be exploring letter writing, instructional writing, story telling, recount and discussion. This will all the taught in relation to out topic. Each week we will study a variety of skills related to the genre of writing. This skills will then be showcased in an extended piece of writing which will take place on a Friday. To encourage a wide use of vocabulary and accurate spelling it is advised that your child completes their spelling and vocabulary homework on a weekly basis. This homework is sent home on a Friday and the children are then tested every Monday morning.
As part of our context we will be learning about the life and career of the pilot, Amelia Earhart. We will be exploring a variety of cross curricular skills such as, co - ordinates, planning and construction, poetry and public speaking. Our main focus will be on planes. As a class we will be using pupil voice to plan a variety of lesson which are of interest of the pupils. We will also have two weeks of 'Curriculum Cymraeg', which will take place during the two weeks prior to half term. During this two weeks we will be reading part of the 'Mabinogion' and creating our own welsh folk stories.
We understand the importance of literacy skills and their use within the wider world. As part of your child's literacy lessons, they will be learning to spell words relating to specific patterns each week in class. We have listened to your feedback and have made available lists of words that you can study with your child at home. The lists compiled are words that your child will come across as part of their reading in school and are age appropriate. These can be found under 'Resources and Useful Links'.
The children will also be tested on their spellings throughout the year. Spellings and test dates are shown at the bottom of the page. The children are expected to learn their spellings in preparation for each test.
Guided Group Reading
The aim of Guided Group Reading is for learners to develop skills to help them read independently and fluently. It enables students to have a conversation about the text and to think in a critical way. It encourages students to use their prior knowledge and experience and apply it to their understanding of the text.
Guided Group Reading is carried out in all year groups, from Reception to Year 6. It takes place daily, in twenty minute sessions. Short sessions aim to capture and maintain the attention and interest of all learners while accessing a variety of reading skills. The class is split up in to groups which rotate activities throughout the week.
PE will take place every Thursday. Please make sure you bring your kit and suitable footwear.
It is expected that the children use Bug Club to support to developing their reading skills at home. Books have been assigned to each child and can be accessed using under the 'Useful Links' section below.
Children also have access to Mathletics. which is an online learning resource which supports the development of mathematical skills at home. Children are expected to make use of this resource on an weekly basis and work their way through the challenges assigned to them. A link to the site can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
At St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School, we use Hwb, which is a collection of online tools provided by the Welsh Government, to develop digital skills. Hwb also provides the children with access to Encyclopedia Britannica, should they need to carry out research at home. Tools which support the children in developing their maths, literacy and programming skills are also accessible via the site.
Elements of the ‘My St. Josephs’ umbrella, which was introduced in 2018, are completed using one of the tools available within Hwb. The umbrella comprises of ‘My Profile’, ‘My Targets’, ‘My Voice’, ‘My Way’ and ‘My Challenge’. These are known as the ‘5 MYs’ and every child’s learning journey in Key Stage 2 will be evidenced through these.
‘My Profile’ and ‘My Targets’ are both completed independently by the children on Hwb, using Microsoft Teams. These are to be updated throughout the year as part of their homework.
Microsoft Teams (accessed within Hwb and Office 365) is used as our main tool for developing digital skills and facilitating online collaboration within our school. Homework will often be set via the 'Assignments' tab.
A link to Hwb, can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
Information For All Parents
I have added extra reasoning papers below for year 6 children to complete over the Easter Holidays. It would be beneficial if your child could work their way through as many of these as possible in preparation for their tests. It would be a good idea for them to get in to the habit of being timed as they do them. The children will be given 45minutes to complete the Reasoning Test.
The first test is a Reading Test which will take place on Wednesday 8th May 2019. The second test is a Maths Reasoning Test which will take place on Thursday 9th May 2019. The date for the Maths Procedural Test will be confirmed after Easter.
Thank you for your continued support.
Hope you all have a well deserved rest over the Easter Holidays!
Spellings and Test Dates (2018-19)
Half-termly Homework Projects