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Mountain Lane School

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Class 13 - Dosbarth Miss McElmeel

Tymor yr Gwanwyn / Spring Term - 2019

 

During this term, much of the work carried out by Year 6 pupils will be used to inform End of Key Stage Teacher Assessments. This is therefore a very important term for the pupils, as information gathered will be passed onto their chosen High Schools.

Police Liaison Officer Mark Jones will be visiting our Year 6 pupils during the term to raise their awareness of Drug and Substance Misuse; this will then be followed up with work in class. The pupils will also be focusing on the topic of ‘Growing Up’ in their Personal and Social Education lessons during the second half of the term and therefore may wish to discuss issues raised in school with you at home. Further information regarding the delivery of Sex and Relationships Education will be shared before the half term break in preparation for these lessons.

This Term’s Science topic is Earth and Space.  We have asked pupils for ideas and suggestions for activities that they could complete this term and so far they have come up with some fantastic ideas from making rockets to creating space themed poetry to compiling a timeline of space travel!

In English lessons this term our work will be based upon the novel ‘Cosmic’ by the author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.  Throughout this aspect of the work pupils are encouraged to think about differences between adults and children and the changes which take place as children become adolescents.  In particular, pupils will consider the expectations that people have of them as they become young adults. 

In Geography we will be examining the National Parks in Wales and abroad and pupils will have the opportunity to ask and answer lots of geographical questions as well as develop their drama skills by participating in activities based upon real life contexts. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop and refine their geographical skills such as using atlases and maps.

 

Homework

Please ensure that when reading targets are provided i.e. number of pages, pupils do not exceed these targets. If your child is keen to do more reading, then please encourage them to read their own books, magazines, newspapers, internet sources etc and remind them that they may use books and newspapers from class libraries to further develop their reading at home. May I also remind you about the importance of hearing your child read out loud. Even as pupils reach the Upper Junior department, it is still important to hear them reading and to discuss texts with your child. This not only helps to develop reading fluency, accuracy and expression, but also plays an important part in developing understanding and enjoyment.

 

Here is a reminder of the Year 6 homework timetable:

By Tuesday - All homework due in (including reading books and reading walls)

Friday - Home / school reading books / Reading Walls sent home and homework set

  

Christmas Activities

May I take this opportunity to thank all of the Upper Junior pupils for their behaviour and conduct during the Christmas period. The children performed admirably during the Christmas Carol concert at St Matthew’s Church and worked in a very mature and focused way when preparing for the performance. May I also thank yourselves for all of the support you gave to the children whether it was by helping them to learn their lines or by attending the performance itself. It is greatly appreciated and I am sure you all enjoyed the performance.

Our Christmas Craft Day was again a great success. Pupils were given opportunities to take part in a range of Christmas themed activities; the day was finished off with pupils watching a movie.  Thank you to all parents for the lovely Christmas gifts, cards and kind words that were kindly given to staff. 

 

Important Dates at a Glance

 

  • Cardiff Residential visit information evening for Parents and Pupils – 12th February at 6.00 p.m.  
  • Half Term – 22nd February 
  • Year 6 Residential visit to Cardiff – 4th to 6th March  
  • Pandemonium Theatre Company – 22nd March a.m.  
  • Year 6 Cycling Proficiency Course – week beginning 25th March (details to be sent home closer to the time)  
  • Parent Teacher Interviews – 2nd April at 4.30 p.m. and 3rd April at 3.30 p.m.  
  • School closes for Easter Holiday – 12th April

P.E. Kit and Extra Curricular Activities

Our Year 6 pupils need their indoor P.E. kit in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for gym and dance sessions this term.  Although lessons this term predominantly take place indoors, it is advisable that pupils also bring their trainers as they will be taking part in cross country running sessions after the half term break.

 

I have sent an Extra-Curricular Bulletin to all Upper Junior Parents, detailing all clubs available to pupils during the Spring Term. Once again there are a wide range of extra curricular opportunities and as ever we encourage pupils to attend the different clubs to further develop their skills in the different areas whilst also developing their personal and social skills. It is also important that all pupils are reminded that inappropriate behaviour during the school day and / or during clubs may disqualify them from taking part in extra-curricular activities. You can also find the bulletin on the Extra-Curricular display board in school or the Extra-Curricular page, here on the website.

Monitor Roles

Following the Christmas break, pupils have applied for their second monitor role in school. These responsibilities give the pupils the opportunity to complete different jobs and tasks, from helping with recycling to delivering post to staff.  The roles have all been designated following applications that were handing in on time and I am sure that the monitor roles will be carried out with enthusiasm and to a high standard.

Photographs of Recent Events

 

Video Clips...

Check out some of our own versions of Macbeth's 'The Witches' Chant'. In our English lessons we have all written our own poems. We then grouped up, learnt a verse each of our own poems and combined our ideas to make a group poem. We then downloaded mp3 backing music, a background image and used the green screen app in order to complete our Witches' Chant interpretations. We hope that you enjoy them.  

WWII Day

We recently had a great time celebrating our World War II day. We developed our knowledge and understanding of the war years through lots of engaging activities such as role play, singing, dancing and putting out incendiary bombs. Please take a look at some of the photographs and videos from the day. 

Latest Mountain Lane Calendar Events

Nursery Applications for September 2019 - Closes22Feb2019

12:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Closes for Half Term22Feb2019

3:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Year 6 Cardiff Residential04Mar2019

7:00 am - 06 mar, 6:00 pm

School Opens04Mar2019

8:45 am - 8:45 am

Year 5 Science and Numeracy workshop06Mar2019

1:40 pm - 3:00 pm @ Elfed High School

Year 4 Gym Festival07Mar2019

9:30 am - 12:00 pm @ Elfed High School

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