Tymor yr Gwanwyn/ Spring Term - 2020
This Term’s topic is called ‘Out of this World’. 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 fact files based upon famous astronauts to comparing the diameter of the planets in our solar system.
Our class novel this term is ‘Cosmic’ by the author Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Through a study of this text, pupils will be 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 through Mantle of the Expert. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop and refine their geographical skills through the use of atlases and maps.
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.
P.E. Kit and Extra - Curricular
Our Year 6 pupils will 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.
Black shorts, black Mountain Lane T-Shirt (or the new green style shirt), trainers and shin pads. In the winter months, the new Mountain Lane tracksuit may be worn for P.E. lessons too.
An Extra-Curricular Bulletin has also been sent out 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.
This term, pupils will re-apply for their Year 6 monitor role in school. These responsibilities provide the pupils the opportunity to complete different jobs and tasks, from setting up for P.E. lessons, helping with recycling and delivering post to staff. The roles will be designated following applications that are handing in on time and I am sure that the monitor roles will be carried out with enthusiasm and to a high standard.
Important Dates at a Glance
- Half Term – Friday 14th February
- Year 6 Photograph (Tempest) – 25th February
- Year 6 Residential visit to Cardiff – 16th to 18th March
- Pandemonium Theatre Company – 20th March
- Year 6 Cycling Proficiency Course – week beginning 30th March for approximately 3 days (details to be sent home closer to the time)
- School closes for Easter Holiday – Friday 3rd April
Year 6 have had fun in the forest eating marshmallows and biscuits and drinking hot chocolate! Pupils also created Christmas themed structures and completed a mathematical number challenge. We hope that you like the photographs!
Here are some photographs and videos of the children's recent trip to Elfed High School for their final transition afternoon. We enjoyed learning a Samba dance with a carnival vibe and using the boomwhackers to recreate music. There are also some photographs of our Dangerpoint trip.
Blwyddyn 6 celebrated WWII day on November 8th and enjoyed their day's celebrations with Company K.