Welcome to Year 6!
We can't believe we are here already but we are just a short way off our SATs now. Many thanks to all of the parents and carers who came along to our SATs Parents' Forum; if you didn't, we would be happy to meet with you and explain the timetable of revision and examination before and during the week itself.
NEW SATs Timetable:
Monday 14th May - Spelling; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (English)
Tuesday 15th May - Reading (English)
Wednesday 16th May - Arithmetic; Reasoning (Mathematics)
Thursday 17th May - Reasoning (Mathematics)
Tuesday 22nd May - Pizza Party
June (Date TBC) - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Monday 9th July - Dress rehearsal of Year 6 production
Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July - Year 6 Production (at Dean Trust Academy)
Thursday 12th July - Year 6 Prom
Thursday 18th July - Leavers' assembly and last day!
Until SATs week itself, our after-school boosters will continue to run every Monday and Wednesday. We are very fortunate in St Luke's to have a number of extra staff able to dedicate themselves to supporting the Year 6's between now and SATs week in May, and our boosters are a key part of our provision. Last year we were the top primary school in Manchester for progress in both Reading and Writing and were incredibly proud of the children's efforts to get themselves there. Let's see if we can put just as much effort in this year!
We have been offered the opportunity to be coached by some of the Dean Trust staff on a Thursday afternoon and have therefore altered our PE timetable accordingly. Children will now need their indoor kit in every Thursday, and their indoor kit (black shorts or leggings, white t shirt) every Tuesday.
Summer Term 1 in Year 6
For both 6G AND 6H, you will need your PE kit in school every Tuesday and Thursday
Tuesday = Gymnastics (white t-shirt, black shorts/leggings)
Thursday = Outdoor games (now that it is getting warmer, you must ensure you kit is appropriate for the weather)
You must bring the correct PE kit into school.
Homework will be passed out by your teachers every Friday. It must be handed in by the following Tuesday. If you struggle with your homework, you can bring it in on Monday and we will gladly go through it with you to give you some pointers.
With writing being one of your formally-assessed subjects at the end of Year 6, we have an extra-special focus on it this year, in order to help you to improve as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. This term, we are using a fictional historical story called 'The Valley of the Crocuses' to help us write diary entries in the voice of the protagonist, Caroc, a young boy who has to grow up quickly as the Saxons invade his village and threaten all he knows and loves.
Diary Entries - Within this unit we will look at what makes diary writing different from simply telling a story. Some of the objectives that we will cover will include exploring how to use the present-perfect tense, how to turn direct speech into reported speech (much more appropriate for diary writing) and how we can shift tenses to show where the author is at the point of writing the diary.
Another subject that you'll be assessed on this year is Numeracy. For the first five weeks of this term we will be consolidating and stretching what you know about the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Within this, we'll be working on improving your mental speed and accuracy. This should help us to build a solid foundation upon which we can introduce the new Year 6 objectives, of which there are many!
To get yourself started, you could have a look at fractions at home - these come up A LOT in Year 6! We will be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, both by whole numbers and by each other. The most important skill you have to master before this point is calculating equivalences. The fraction wall below will help you to visualize this:
As you look at the fraction wall above, you'll notice that two lots of 1/6 (so 2/6) is the same size as 1/3. This means that these fractions are equivalent (the same amount). Another easy way to consider this is to multiply or divide both the numerator and the denominator by the same number. This will give you an equivalent fraction.
3/4 is equivalent to 9/12 (because 3x3=9 and 4x3=12).
Ice skating November 2017
We had a fantastic time ice skating in the city centre back in November 2017. Although some of the children (and staff!) took to it quicker than others, a great time was had by all. Here are some of our highlights:
Hathersage September 2017
A huge thanks to everyone for making our Hathersage trips so memorable. We had a great time exploring this Peak District village and comparing it with our local area in Longsight. We also had a fantastic day out at The Heights of Abraham, riding the cable cars, exploring the caverns and playing in the woodland play park!
We were very proud of the way that so many Year 6's took initiative for fund-raising in response to both cuts to the school budget and crises around the world last year. Some of the fundraising that Year 6's undertook includes:
- Tuck shop
- Loom band station
- Tricky trail - keep your balance to win a prize!
The money made was split between the school fund pot and charities supporting Syrian refugees. We are confident that this year's Year 6 cohort will also show fantastic citizenship!