Well, they were a long time coming, but now SATs week is over. Many of the year group enjoyed breakfast club which enabled the children to "chill" with their friends before sitting their tests. Needless to say, all concerned are very relieved that they are now over. However, we still have lots to do before the end of the year and we know we can count on your continued support as we carry on working to make sure your children are as ready as they can be before they head off to pastures new. We also have PGL coming up and we are looking forward to working with the children in a different environment. Also, we have to prepare for the Year 6 production. Watch this space for more details re what we will be doing. Rehearsals will begin in earnest once we are back from our week away.
Please remember we are here to support you in any way we can and if you have any concerns don't hesitate to come and see one of us.
The Year 6 Team
SATs Week - 8th March - 11th March 2017
As you are no doubt aware, next week the children of Year Six will be sitting their End of Key Stage SATs in Reading, SPaG and Maths. We know this week can be a stressful time for your children, and as a Year Six staff we are on hand to help out in any way we can.
SATs are a necessary part of Year Six, and key for transition from Primary to Secondary school, but we are all aware that they don't in any way provide a whole picture of your child. SATs don't show everything that the loving, caring, responsible, friendly, fun and enthusiastic children in Year Six have to offer, but they provide a key benchmark for transition and ongoing assessment. We are set on ensuring that your children are as prepared as they can be, and have made sure, over the past few weeks at school, that we have spoken to each of your children and helped them get as prepared as possible.
We all believe that your children are much more than statistics on a page, and there is so much more to discover and share with them. Their SATs scores will not reflect their loyalty, their positivity, their close-knit bonds of friendship, their knowledge of Pokémon, ability with a Fidget Spinner or love of West Ham United. They won't show all the magical little moments we have with them every day, talking about playground games, football and JoJo Bows, or sharing silly nicknames and hair-plaiting competitions. They won't show the incredible storytelling, drawing, cooking, acting, sporting, singing, music and dancing skills your children have, and all the responsible ways they've represented each other, and the school, over the past four years. But they will provide an invaluable academic record to help chart their progress across their time at Ditton and set them in the best stead for September, wherever they may be.
All we ask of you this weekend is that your children get a good, well deserved rest, and arrive at school on Monday morning having had a solid night's sleep and with a readiness to go and do their best. Our breakfast club opens at 8.15, and should allow the children some time to socialise, chill out and prepare themselves readily for the job at hand.
With all best wishes,
Mr Payne, Ms Clancy, Mrs Dennison and Miss Lowery.
Term Five - April 2017
Welcome back to Term Five. I hope you all had a fantastic and restful Easter Break, and are ready to head back to school with a positive attitude for some final revision before the SATs week begins on May 8th. Today I will be sending home some revision booklets for the Reading Test Paper - it would be much appreciated if you could read through this with your children as a revision aid. If you would like any further information regarding SATs and revision support, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Also, as an additional support for my literacy set, packs have been put together showing the terminology used in the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) paper as well as some practice questions to use in conjunction with these. Please help your child work through these. If there are any problems associated with any of this, please ask for clarification.
Next Week -
Next Week (Week Beginning Monday 27th March) is our Mock SATS week. Year 6 will be undertaking 5 Test Papers in the hall across Monday-Wednesday mornings. This is in order for us to assess their learning so far this year, prepare them for their SATS week in May, and enable us to assess any learning gaps that need to be filled in before their end of Key Stage assessments.
In the afternoons Next Week we will be continuing our Science Block on Electricity. Part of this unit covers Design Technology objectives in model making, for which it would be very much appreciated if your child could bring in a cereal box or piece of sturdy cardboard packaging (eg Amazon parcel, side of a cardboard box etc) to use in their project.
Mathletics homework has been set for this weekend, and will be expected to be completed by Thursday 30th March if not before. Some children in Ms Clancy's Maths Set still have incomplete Mathletics from last week which will need to be completed first.
I will send a letter home next week regarding preparation for SATS and homework tasks for the Easter Holidays.
2017 Key Stage 2 Tests - SATS Revision - SPAG.com
As the SATS loom ever closer, another opportunity to help your child revise and deepen their learning at home is here. The school has renewed its licence for the website SPAG.com (www.spag.com), a great online resource for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar revision. The SPAG test has been one of the biggest changes in SATS week over the last few years, and the children in Year 6 have been working hard in school to deepen their SPAG knowledge. This website works a little like Mathletics - the children are assigned a task by their teachers, in this case a set of SPAG questions in the style of a test paper, which they need to log into at home and complete. Login details will be shared with children tomorrow (Friday 10th Feb), and their first paper has been assigned for them, which we would like to be completed by the time they return after half term.
Your support with this would be very much appreciated, as we need to work together to ensure your children are as prepared as possible for their SATS in May. For more information on the structure of SATS week, have a look at the Sapphire Class Page, where Mr Payne has uploaded a YouTube link that explains the tests in a lot more detail.
Thanks very much for all your help,
Mr Payne and Ms Clancy.
Check out the mathletics site also for some more tasks based on what we have been doing recently. Enjoy your half term and we will see you all rested and raring to go on the SATs countdown after your week off.
Mr P and Ms C
Welcome back to Term 3 and a Happy New Year. Time is flying and the work rate is racing on as always. This term, we are reading "Goodnight Mister Tom" linking this with our History topic on World War 2.
The children completed a very good Homework project on Charles Dickens just before Christmas (pictures to follow) and the standard had definitely gone up several notches as the children competed with each other to come up with some original information which they presented in a number of interesting ways.
Please keep up the good work with supporting your child with reading and learning spellings...this is definitely showing in the progress children are demonstrating in their work.
I am looking forward to meeting you all next week at parents' evenings where we will discuss the progress your child is making and talk about any support that they need to ensure they are Secondary ready when they leave us in July.
Welcome to Opal Class and the new school year. This term sees the start of the last year at Primary School and we hope they work hard, yet still enjoy themselves so they can create many happy memories to take to Secondary School. The children have started the term in a very focused and positive manner and hopefully this will continue as they take on board the new and varied challenges of Year 6. I was pleased to meet so many parents during our recent parents' evenings and look forward to working with you over the coming weeks and terms.
To support your children at home, please continue to encourage them to read every day, and to learn any spellings they receive. For maths, the ever important times tables are equally important, as knowing these mean that your children will be able to access the maths curriculum more easily. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns regarding your child, as the earlier that issues are dealt with, the easier they are likely to be resolved.
Your Children have brought home a Mental Maths revision page, personalised to them. It would be really helpful if this could be stuck up somewhere around the house after Christmas, to help them to revise their Maths skills regularly and keep improving their scores in Mental Maths Tests.
Science week is progressing well. We are learning about micro-organisms...viruses, bacteria, fungi. The children are enjoying the "nastiness" of how microbes spread and cause disease (no practical activity there though you'll be pleased to know). We are also learning about useful microbes and we will be investigating how yeast works.
Homework - Charles Dickens - 16.11.16
Please research and compile an interesting presentation about the life and works of Charles Dickens. Be prepared to share your work, which can be completed in any format. Include in your presentation a summary of one of his books, explaining why it is relevant to the place and period of time in which Dickens lived.
With your work, we would also like you to provide a Bibliography, showing a list of the books or websites you have used in your research. Remember, we would like you to entertain as well as inform your audience.
Due in Tuesday 12th December
Spellings are given each week. Children write their spellings into their contact book so they can learn them at home. A range of activities are completed at school during the week, helping the children to see where these words are used in context. We would greatly appreciate your help with reinforcing these contextual settings for the words they bring home.
Victorian Homework 07.10.16
Please research the family tree of Queen Victoria, showing how she links with Queen Elizabeth II. Be prepared to present your work to the rest of the class, using whichever format you'd like.
Completed work should be brought to school on Tuesday 1st November