Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back where they belong and we are sure we will all settle quickly back into a routine. We are sure Year 6 will bring challenges as we begin our SATs year but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed! Despite it not being the summer we’d planned, we hope that you had an enjoyable one and that you have all stayed safe and healthy.
Supporting us in Year 6 this year will be our Higher Level Teaching Assistant Miss Thompson who the children all know very well.
Purple creative homework books will continue this year and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information about this. It is vital that all children complete their homework; we aim to be able to offer homework club every week in the near future.
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. We will be assessing the children this week and will send home an appropriate reading book – colours of books may have changed slightly so please do not worry if it is a different coloured book to what they had previously. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue – please check out the new layout of these as we have amended them for this term. This term we will focus on ‘inference’. We will go through all of the activity types with the children in class over the next couple of weeks to ensure they are secure with the expectations of these. Like in previous years, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again. Written responses will become ever more important this year with our minds on the reading SATs paper. To continue to raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class and certificates will be awarded. Please return any school reading or library books as soon as possible that your child would have received prior to our school closure.
Phonics will continue to take place twice per week however due to the current circumstances, will take place in our class bubble. In year 6 we will have more of a focus on SPaG and therefore children may not receive spellings to practise at home on a weekly basis as we will feed in spelling tests which the children won’t have had prior access to. Additionally, children will receive 10 age related spellings on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to practise these at home as it is a fundamental part of their learning and will support them with the spelling part of the SPaG test.
PE will take place on a Monday and Friday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. Both PE lessons will be taught by Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.
We have some fantastic topics planned for Year 6 this year and this term our learning will be based around the Aztecs and the Mayans where we will be taking a thematic approach with history, geography, art, DT and computing all linking to our topic which will allow us the opportunity to really explore the unit. Our topic will be called: ‘It’s chocolate but not as we know it…’
Please note that year 6 will be able to enter via the main gate at the revised time of 8.40am and should be collected from our external classroom door at 3.10pm. If you wish for your child to walk home alone, please complete the attached letter and return to school as soon as possible. We cannot allow children to walk home alone or with a different adult without verbal or written consent from you as their parent.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a valuable year. Year 6 is a very important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We will continue to act upon Government guidelines and will adapt our methods as and when necessary. Thank you for your continued support.
We created designs inspired by the Mayans. We then created printing blocks using lino and polystyrene. Finally, we printed onto a canvas bag and were really impressed with the finished products!
We created Mayan inspired headdresses for homework - we were so impressed! Children and staff voted for their winners! Well done everyone!
Year 6 had a fantastic time visiting Cadbury World. There were plenty of opportunities to bring their learning of the Aztecs and the Mayans to life during our trip, in particular during our educational talk where some of us even got to dress up! We travelled back in time to learn about the history or chocolate as well as enjoyed a tour of the factory - not forgetting opportunities to taste the chocolate too! One of our favourite parts was experiencing the 4d cinema! Super behaviour by all!
Great to see year 6 debating this morning during English! They worked hard to listen to different points of view! ....Should children do household chores? They will move on to writing their balanced argument!
The children developed their skills over a 6 week block, gained confidence, learnt new skills and learnt about how to keep safe on the roads. Some children even learnt how to ride a bike! The final sessions ended with a Go Ride race where the children were awarded medals and certificates in a ceremony. The sessions are sponsored by HSBC and Chris Hoy.
Year 6 were delighted to receive a card from Buckingham Palace in response to cards they sent on the birth of the royal baby!
Year 6 enjoyed developing their cycling skills with Richard from British Cycling using Chris Hoy bikes.
Fun at the disco!
Year 6 enjoying end of SATs celebrations - paper aeroplanes, mini sports day, chippy lunch and ice creams!
Look at some of our fantastic homework!
Y6 has a fantastic time at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre watching Sleeping Beauty. Super behaviour as ever - lovely comments from the public. They laughed and laughed and enjoyed every minute of it! (Apart from getting soaked with the water pistols!)
Well done to our girls who took part in the Diversity performance at Aldersley Stadium.
Year 6 making shadow puppets as part of their light topic in science.
Y6 visited Morrells Wood Farm where they were given a guided tour of the farm which involved a close encounter with the cows (which Taylor was able to name one of them Valentine due to a heart shape on her head!) as well as learning where the different parts of beef come from. We identified different berries in the hedge-row, as well as learning about the straw/hay and silage, and the everyday running of the farm.
We were also lucky enough to work with a professional chef, where we learnt different skills to use in the kitchen as well as knife techniques. We prepared and cooked our own lunch which consisted of vegetable soup and apple & rhubarb crumble. It all was delicious!
Finally, we were able to get up close which 5 day old chicks and quails! A special experience.
Behaviour was impeccable throughout the day - very proud teachers!
Photos from 2017/2018
Thank you to Year 6 who helped to sell daffodil pins to raise money for the Marie Curie charity.
Y6 children were invited to Coppice Performing Arts School to watch their production of ‘School of Rock’. The performance was fantastic and the children loved it! Some of them even managed to get a quick photo with the main character!