Together Everyone Achieves More
Here we would like to tell you all about Year 6 and the exciting things we do.
Please check the website regularly for updates on what we have been learning, special days and any reminders.
The children have a spelling test each Friday morning (unless otherwise stated) and we ask that they practise their spellings at home in order to consolidate their learning. At the moment, the children are learning their own personalised list of spellings and we ask that they bring these in ready for the test each Friday.
Homework will be set weekly - English, Maths and spellings with occasional topic work. Children should look at their homework over the weekend (even if it is not completed then) as we would like to help any children who feel they need a little more guidance or support. If children do need help, asking on a Monday or a Tuesday would be ideal because homework is due in on a Wednesday and will often be marked together as a learning activity.
Week beginning 13/05/2019
There is no homework set this week.
Mrs Fenney's maths group -
Mrs Keeley's maths group -
Times Tables Rock Stars for all children - N/A for this week
Spellings - Children should complete the relevant week's spellings and bring in their spelling books on a Friday morning.
Reading - Children should read for a minimum of 20 minutes each day and complete their assigned reading tasks.
Reading records - These should be kept updated and signed regularly by an adult at home. Adults can also write comments if they wish.
Year Six Updates
Our Year Six children breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as the SATs came to an end but we were so impressed with how hard they all worked and their positive attitudes during the tests - many of the children even told us that they enjoyed the experience - we suspect the breakfast snacks helped ;) Well done everyone!
We are pleased to announce that our Year Six production this year will be Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies. The play was introduced to the children today and already most of us can't get the songs out of our heads! Parts will be allocated soon and we hope to send out copies of the script before half-term.
Next week, the SATs will take place from Monday to Thursday. We have invited the children to come into school at 8:30am on these days to join us for a light breakfast. This will help us to ensure that all children are as relaxed and prepared for each day as possible (letters have gone out about this). Please note: the children should come in through the main Key Stage Two gate as usual and go to their own classrooms when they arrive.
Mr Brogan read this lovely poem during his assembly and we would like to share it with all of you:
SATs don't measure sports, SATs don't measure art,
SATs don't measure music, or the kindness in your heart.
SATs don't see your beauty, SATs don't know your worth,
SATs don't see the reasons you were put upon this earth.
SATs don't see your magic, how you make others smile,
SATs don't time how quickly you can run a mile.
SATs don't hear your laughter, or see you've come this far,
SATs are just a tiny glimpse of who you really are.
So sitting at your table, with a pencil and your test,
Remember SATs aren't who you are, remember you're the best.
We wish you all a great weekend!
It's been another short week this week but what we have lacked in time, we have certainly made up for in effort and enthusiasm! We would just like to say a huge well done to all of the children who are working so hard at this busy time of year - their positive attitudes and levels of maturity have been a delight to see. We are proud of you, Year Six!
We have been working incredibly hard this week but we have also been having a big push on completing our daily mile. There has been a huge increase in effort by the children with their running, earning them a number of class dollars. Well done Year Six! Keep it up.
Overall, we are very pleased with the work the children have put into their Easter homework. Thank you to all adults who have supported their children with this; at this time of year, support with homework is more important than ever. We would also be grateful if children could be encouraged to speak to a member of the Year Six team if there is something they are struggling with at home. Thank you again.
Happy Easter, everyone! We will keep our fingers crossed for nice weather over the long weekend.
Can you believe we are already two thirds of the way through the school year? Once again, this term feels like it has passed by in the blink of an eye. We have seen some excellent work produced by the children and we have had some wonderful experiences, too. Our York trip was a real success and we know the children have made some memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for being such amazing Woodheys ambassadors.
We hope everybody has a lovely, restful break over the Easter holidays.
What an 'excycling' week we have had! The children have been absolute superstars during their Bikeablity sessions and have significantly improved in terms of their road safety awareness. From whatever their starting points, all of the children have developed their cycling skills and the instructors were highly impressed with their positive attitudes and ability to follow instructions carefully. Well done everybody!
As we are away on our York trip on Monday and Tuesday, we only ask that children continue with their reading and learn their spellings this week. We will ensure that the children have plenty to do over the Easter holidays. ;)
This week has been another action packed week and Mrs Fenney's class had a fabulous time watching the BBC Philharmonic performance of a selection of the Ten Pieces. Edvard Greig's 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' was Mrs Fenney's favourite as the story behind the music of the troll in pursuit of its next meal was brilliant (and hilarious!)
We have been writing formal letters of persuasion this week and have been blown away by the quality of the work that has been produced. I think we have some future lawyers on our hands!
Comic Relief was a big success and we saw lots of funny outfits and makeovers throughout the year group. We also thoroughly enjoyed the jokes that were told in the assembly by children across the school (and a few thrown in by Mr Brogan).
Bikeability is starting on Monday next week. Please make sure your child brings their bike and helmet to school. If you would like your child to leave their bike at the school overnight, we can arrange for these to be stored in the quad area so that they are not on display to those passing by. As per the original letter, please can you ensure that children bring suitable, waterproof clothing for their sessions. We would like children to come to school wearing their uniforms and they can change into more comfortable clothing prior to their training (tracksuit bottoms, leggings, etc.).
Here is a copy of the York information letter that was sent out with children yesterday.
We have had a lovely week in Year Six, World Book Day being a particular highlight. It was fabulous to see so many children embracing the spirit of the day and we saw some astoundingly creative costumes.
Mrs Keeley's class had a wonderful time on their visit to the Bridgewater Hall to watch the Halle in action. Thank you again to Mr Byrne for organising such a lovely trip. Mrs Fenney's class are looking forward to their trip to watch the BBC Philharmonic Schools' Concert.
We are aware that we have come to the end of our spelling booklets and will be sending out new spelling booklets next week. The children have also been undertaking lots of additional spelling tasks during the school day and seem to be enjoying our new 'No Nonsense Spelling' scheme.
A huge well done to our BBC Live Lesson superstars! The show was watched throughout the school on the day and we could not have been more proud. Great job guys!
Wow! Well done to the children for their brilliant efforts with their 500 Words stories - we were incredibly impressed! For those children who shared theirs with us today, we really enjoyed hearing your creative narratives. Best of luck for the competition!
We enjoyed our geography work this week, looking at how physical geography can affect human activity within an area. We chose Aspen as our area to investigate and thought carefully about how the physical features there have impacted tourism, job industries and the lifestyles of the residents within this location.
We have been working particularly hard to develop our spelling skills this week. We have been making tailor-made spelling lists to for use in class and learning them in a variety of ways, such as creating our own word searches and writing them in an elaborate, 'fancy' styles. Keep up the good work, Year Six!
Thank you to everybody who was able to attend parents' evening this week. The meetings were extremely positive and it nice to be able to share lots of the wonderful work the children have been doing. For any parents/carers who were not able to attend this week, we will be in contact soon to arrange an appointment.
Just a gentle reminder that we would like parents/carers to sign reading records as regularly as possible. The children in Year Six have the responsibility for keeping their reading records up-to-date but it would be helpful if this could be encouraged at home. Thank you for your continued support with this.
What a fabulous end to the half term we have had! This week, the children have been on a mission to crack the code and rescue Miss Turner's beloved dog, Lottie. Each day, we have had a series of challenges delivered to us by a double agent from the criminal team responsible for taking Lottie. Thank goodness one of them had a conscience! By solving their encrypted challenges, we were able to find a digit each day, which was part of the co-ordinate reference of where Lottie was being held. The challenges consisted of questions linked to BODMAS, factors, multiples, percentages, decimals and co-ordinates. Working together as a team, it was mission accomplished for our Year Six spies. Well done! Thank you to all of the adults who were able to join us - the children really enjoyed their morning.
Our Valentine's disco was a huge success; thank you to all who attended. The teachers are still trying to recover from busting a move during the Macarena!
Bikeability information will be sent out today. We would also like to remind you that the medical forms for York need to be returned to us as soon as possible as the trip will be upon us before we know it.
We wish you all a lovely half term.
This week we have been putting our letter writing skills to the test as we have been writing informal letters from a character's perspective. It is great to see the children's individual writing styles and personality coming through into their written work. We can't wait to see the finished pieces!
We appreciate that it has been quite a busy time in Year Six with regards to letters going home. Thank you to everyone who has already returned their York trip medical forms. We have sent out the letters for the Valentine's disco and a note to those who requested a morning slot in the I.C.T. suite, confirming their allocated day.
Just a reminder that the Year Six parents meeting regarding SATs is taking place on Monday at 6pm. This may now be taking place in Mrs Fenney's classroom due to technical issues.
This week we have been really utilising the school's I.C.T. resources during our geography sessions. We have been researching, comparing and contrasting different locations in North America in the computer suite and we used the virtual reality headsets to see exactly what it may look like if we were in some of those locations. Isn't technology amazing?
We are pleased to share that we have been contacted by the organisers of Bikeability and that they are going to be running their course with our Year Six children in March. Letters will be sent home with further information, soon.
SATs Meeting for Year Six Parents and Carers
On Monday 4th February, we will be holding a SATs meeting for Year Six parents and carers. This will be an opportunity to explain how the SATs week will be organised; look at the format of the test papers; and answer any questions. The meeting will take place at 6pm in the studio. Thank you again for your continued support.
Year Six Parents' Evening
The parents' evening for Year Six has been brought forward to Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st February. This is due to feedback we have had in previous years where parents have expressed they would like to meet earlier in order to have ample time to address their child's areas for development, in the lead up to the SATs. Further correspondence will be sent regarding booking appointments.
Letters will also go out next week regarding the Upper Key Stage Two Valentine's disco which will be taking place on Thursday 7th February. This always proves to be a popular event. We will ask Mr Flynn to get the disco lights ready! Children will be allowed to come into school in non-uniform (please note: they will also have their usual P.E. and forest school sessions on the day).
We had a great time on our Crucial Crew trip this week. The children learned a lot about how to stay safe and how to conduct themselves in a responsible manner when in public. We were incredibly proud of the mature manner in which the children conducted themselves throughout this event - well done Year Six!
Mrs Fenney's maths group recommenced their times tables challenge today. It was great to get back into the swing of this and although some of us felt a little rusty (particularly Mrs Fenney!) we made a really good effort. Special mentions go to the following children:
Happy New Year!
We hope that everyone had a lovely and restful break. The children have come back to school ready and raring to learn and we certainly have a busy term ahead of us. Next week (Wednesday 16th) we will go on our Crucial Crew trip and we would like to remind anyone who has not yet brought in their permission slip to please bring it in on Monday.
Letters will be going out next week regarding the York trip and final payments. Please do let us know if there are any issues regarding paying off the final balance.
This week we had our Stars in Your Eyes extravaganza and what a fantastic show it turned out to be! We had singers, dancers, comedians, magicians – what more could we ask for? We could not be more proud of all of the children who performed; similarly, we were also very impressed with those who chose not to perform but supported their peers beautifully. With over 30 acts, the children had a tough choice to make with their voting but we would like to congratulate everyone who participated, as the level of talent was exceptional this year.
Just a gentle reminder that the remaining balance for the York trip will be due soon. We understand that this is an expensive time of year and have asked the booking company if they can push the payment deadline back to later in January. They have agreed to let us pay the remaining balance during the week beginning the 21st January, meaning that we will need to receive the payment by the 18th. As always, please do let us know if there are any problems with this. We will send out a letter after the holidays with further information about payment and the trip itself.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Well done on a brilliant first term, Year Six. We wish you all the very best for the holidays.
Ho, ho, ho! T’is the season to be jolly and festive and it is certainly feeling that way at Woodheys right now. Once again this week, we have been treated to a range of music assemblies and the talent we have witnessed is just incredible. Well done to all of our Year Six children who have been showcasing their musical abilities – it has been an absolute pleasure to witness. A number of Year Six children also performed at Manchester Cathedral with the Woodheys choir and put on an absolutely stunning show. Great job Year Six!
Using the Internet to Support Homework
There seems to be some confusion amongst a number children with regards to using the internet to help them with their homework. We do believe that the internet is a valuable tool to help children research any concepts of which they may not be sure; therefore, we do recommend that they use it as one of the strategies to help them if they are stuck with their work. We have also provided maths and S.P.A.G. booklets to help with homework and, in addition to seeking help from adults at home, we encourage children speak to an adult in the Year Six team (preferably before Wednesday when homework is due in) as we are very happy to help.
We have been reminding children that they must have their P.E. kits in school at all times. Occasionally, special circumstances mean that the time table for the week has to be adjusted, meaning that P.E. lessons could take place on a different day. Therefore, it is important that all children have the correct kit so that they can fully participate in their lessons. We appreciate your support in this matter.
What a fabulous couple of weeks it has been! Not only have we been in not one, not two, but three incredible music assemblies, we have also been having lots of fun with our craft activities: making fabulous, festive cards and finishing off our decorations for the fair. Thank you again to all of the Year Six children who have volunteered to help out at tonight’s Christmas fair. We are sure it will be a cracker!
In English this week, we have been looking at ways in which we can improve our vocabulary, using an authentic Dickensian style, and were introduced to the main character in A Christmas Carol – the odious, nefarious, cantankerous miser, Mr Ebenezer Scrooge. We are really looking forward to seeing the character descriptions the children are going to start writing next week.
We did not have our usual times tables challenge this week due to other assessments taking place. We will try our best to get this up and running again next week.
The spellings for the next few weeks have also been updated on the main class page today.
We have been working very hard in English this week, using a range of sentence structures to help us to develop the description in our writing. Mrs Keeley and I were thrilled at the ways in which the children were incorporating a variety of exciting new vocabulary into their work.
As we are rapidly approaching the festive season, we have also been busy making our decorations to sell at the Christmas Fair. Next week, we will be putting our finishing touches onto our designs and we can already tell we are going to have some stunning pieces.
Year Six were the winners in their Times Tables Rock Stars competition again this week. All children who took part were given their extra play time yesterday. We would like to encourage all children to take part next week so that they can share in this reward, should we win again. Once again, we would like to give a huge congratulations to Helen who scored over 15,000 points and was the M.V.P. of the week.
The special mentions for the times tables challenge in Mrs Fenney’s maths group last week go to the following children:
What superstars they are! Let’s keep this up.
We have had a great week of reading in Year Six as not only have we been enjoying our class reading book, Wonder, we have been gripped by our short story for our work in English, The Watertower. The nail-biting plot kept us on the edge of our seats throughout and we were able to make so many inferences about the hidden meanings concealed within the text (and the pictures). We cannot wait to read the descriptive flashback stories the children are going to write about the strange goings on in the eerie town of Preston…
Times Tables Rock Stars – After another close battle, the girls held onto their title as Time Tables Rock Stars champions. Helen proved to be a formidable opponent once more as she held on to her title of M.V.P. – an amazing accomplishment, Helen! Well done. J This week, the battle is between Years Five and Six. Come on Team Six!
Special mentions for the times tables challenge in Mrs Fenney’s maths group last week go to the following children:
Keep this up, Year Six! This is tremendous.
It was lovely having the opportunity to meet so many parents and carers this week during parents’ evenings; we found the meetings extremely positive and productive. Thank you! We will be making appointments for next week to meet with any parents / carers who were unable to attend during this week’s sessions.
Times Tables Rock Stars – It’s baaaaack! The competitions have now resumed and this week (due to popular demand) it’s a rematch of girls vs boys. Will the boys be victorious this week or will the girls keep their title of undefeated champions? I am sure this will be a very exciting battle!
Mrs Fenney’s maths group are continuing to make improvements with their times tables. Here are some special mentions for last week’s challenge:
Well, the holidays now feel like a distant memory (where does the time go?) and we have settled straight back into the new half-term. We have had a very exciting week as we had a special visit from a scientist who led an investigation with each year group. Our investigation involved forces, rollercoasters and working in teams to solve the mystery of the fairground explosion. It was pretty tough but we got there in the end!
We have also seen some lovely Viking projects in this week. Mrs Fenney still has some to see in her class but is very excited based on the quality and the creativity she has seen so far. Well done!
Thank you to everyone who has made their parents’ evening appointment. If you have not yet made an appointment, please note that the booking system will be closing today (Friday). We will contact any parents who still need an appointment, next week.
We were very lucky to have a visit from the fire service this week who talked to us all about keeping ourselves safe during these darker evenings and how to behave responsibly when attending bonfires or firework displays. Mrs Keeley got right into the spirit and looked particularly dashing as she modelled a firefighter’s uniform!
Congratulations to the Year Six girls who won the Times Tables Rock Stars competition this week. It was an extremely close contest and I am sure the boys will make a spectacular come back in their next battle. Well done to Helen who, once again, scored the most points in Year Six, making her the M.V.P. for the second week running. Amazing!
The only way was up again this week during the times tables challenge in Mrs Fenney’s maths group; 18 children managed to improve their time and / or score. Looking back across the half-term, every child has made significant progress with their tables scores. This is fantastic news! Special mentions this week go to Tegan, who got full marks for the first time (132/132); Jensen, whose score increased by 19 points; Ben, who improved his speed and his score by 8 points; Adam, whose score increased by 9 points; Oscar, whose score increased by 24 points; Zoe, whose score increased by 13 points; and Chloe, whose score was a whopping 28 points more than last week.
We would like to wish you all a lovely half-term. Be safe, have fun and enjoy your rest.
A list of 100 Recommended Books for Year Five and Six Children
This is a list of suggested Year Five and Six texts. Please note: some of these texts are meant for the more mature reader. We would advise you to read an online synopsis of each book before purchasing or borrowing to ensure that you are happy for your child to child to read it. If your child would like to discuss any of the themes within these books, they are very welcome to speak to a member of the Upper Key Stage Two team.
Photographs taken from our leaf scavenger hunt.
Here are a few suggested learning resources that the children can access at home:
An online version of the numbers game from Countdown. There is no timer so the children can practise using their number knowledge in a fun way.
A great resource which can help to improve the speed of calculations and knowledge of their times tables.
This is a great resource for recapping your mathematical knowledge. Mr Brett's favourite page is the puzzle page.
This website is particularly good for checking mathematical processes as it contains a large number of video explanations and examples.
A fantastic resource for practising techniques used in the SATs arithmetic paper.
We have a new subscription to Times Tables Rockstars which will help to improve tables skills. We hope you like it as much as we do!
A great resource for practising some of the more tricky aspects of Year Six S.P.A.G.
On Education City, children can access a range of activities linked to the English Curriculum.
Reading eggs is a super website, you can use it on any device and it can really help develop comprehension skills.
Education city is a fantastic resource where the children can access a range of challenges and lessons from the whole breadth of the Curriculum.
The BBC Primary website also has a great range of topic material, including video clips and various fun activities.