Moving into Year 6
Hello to all the current Year 5 pupils who are will be moving into Year 6 in September 2020. I am so excited to teach Year 6 again and I hope you are starting to feel excited about starting Year 6 too. It’s going to be totally brilliant and I am busy planning lots of exciting lessons to get you gripped from the start!
You’ll be the oldest children in the school and great privileges and responsibilities come to you as a result! I’m sure you’re already looking forward to things like becoming a buddy to the new FS2 children and taking on the roles in assembly like Golden Book stickers, assembly IT technicians, house points, etc. There are so many new roles for you around school and you will rise to the challenge and be very proud to be Year 6.
I love teaching Y6 because we make the most of every single day you have left at primary school by giving our very best efforts to aim to be as prepared as possible for the next step after Year 6 which is secondary school. If you try your best and be your very best self, you will excel!
By now, you will have already watched my little video which I sent to you to on Showbie so you will know a little bit more about me. I know you have seen my face around school, for as long as you have been in school, but I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little more. I am really looking forward to getting to know you properly too. Here are a few of my favourite photos. Can you guess why?
I know some of you will have some ideas about what you would like to learn in Y6, and many of you have peered around my classroom door or put your noses against the window during the year to see what Y6 have been up to. When we meet for a transition session in a few weeks time, you will be able to give me lots of your own ideas about what you would like to learn and I will feed these into my planning across the year.
However, in the meantime and in my video, I said I would reveal some clues about what our first topic. I like to keep you guessing so don’t expect easy clues! Get your thinking caps on…
Your first clue is this song.
The second clue is this word:
The last clue is this picture:
Good luck with the clues; all will be revealed later!
What learning looks like in Year 6…
Hello Year 5. This week, I know Miss Waite has directed you to my transition page and I have included some activities for you to complete in preparation for starting in Y6. These activities will help you to reflect on your time in Y5 and all the knowledge and skills you have learnt which will help you when you start Y6. It would be useful if you could also talk about these activities with an adult at home while you are completing them, and please bring your completed activities with you on your transition session (Tuesday 14th July) where you can hand these in, and I will enjoy reading them and getting to know you a little more.
Your first task is a ‘Positivity Jar’. I would like you to reflect on all the positive things that you have achieved so far in your learning journey up to the end of Y5, and also all the positive qualities and attributes you have which you will be bringing into Y6 which will help you to have a great year.
I will be making one too, so I will share with you now a few of my initial ideas which will be going in the jar:
- I am a very positive person; I can always find something good in any situation, even when things are tough. My glass is always half full NOT half empty! So I will be able to help you find positive things in situations when you are finding it hard to do this yourself.
- I have lots of energy so this keeps me going and will support you when you are feeling lower in energy.
- I love teaching children, and particularly Y6, and you will see this in your classroom next year.
- I am positive about learning new things, particularly vocabulary which I am very interested in, and this will help you as I will share new words with you and I’ll always be interested when you find new words to discuss too.
This is just a start to the task and I am aiming to put in my jar at least 12 positive things about myself which I will share with you on our transition day. Please bring your jars with you on transition day too and hand them in so I can read them during the holidays.
Your second tasks is to complete the All About Me Booklet. It’s not too big but it’s a really good chance for you to give me a little more information about yourself. Please bring this into school to give to me on transition day too.
Your third and final task is to set some goals for Y6. Chat with a family member first and make sure they are realistic goals which can be achieved. Long term goals which take a longer period of time are great, but I’m looking for some short term goals which you should be able to achieve within the first term of being in Y6. Here are some examples to help you get an idea:
- I aim to settle quickly in Y6.
- I aim to be more independent with my school diary and reading record.
- I aim to walk to school on my own.
- I aim to try my hardest in all lessons.
- I aim to read more.
Once you have decided on 3 short term goals, record these on the bunting and decorate them. We will display these in class so please make these look really colourful.
Finally, thank you for the time you have taken on these tasks. I can’t wait to see you for transition day and I will look forward to reading all your positivity jars, All About Me booklets and short term goals over the summer holidays. See you soon!
Summer Holidays Learning Grid
Lots of you have already been asking what you can do to be ready for Year 6, so I have prepared a summer holidays learning grid for you to dip in and out of if you choose to. This links to your new topics, new class or some key skills you need in Year 6. I hope it will really help you, not only in your learning in Year 6, but also to feel ready for your new class. These are perfect activities for you to do on rainy days or if you have a quiet day and fancy doing something different.Click here for the Summer Holiday Grid
Summer Learning Grid Links to Guide You:
Music: This useful website will let you listen to the sounds of lots of different instruments in different sections of the orchestra. You will be able to listen to the instruments being played on their own and in a piece of music with other instruments too. Year 6 really found this helpful this year so give it a go and see what you think.
French: This website will be a great place to visit if you have chosen to polish up on your counting skills. I suggested you try to learn to count up to 100 which sounds high, but once you’ve mastered up to 30, the pattern just repeats so you’ll pick it up quickly. Try hard to say the words accurately and this tutorial will really help with this. Keep repeating this regularly and you’ll soon master it!
History: It would be really useful for you to learn about Highwaymen before you enter Y6. Here is a link to a website which will guide you to learn some basic facts behind these mysterious and dangerous people. Remember, in history it is important that you check your sources of information by using a range of sources, so try to find your own source of information too and cross check to make sure you are getting a similar picture. You’ll be dressing up as Highwaymen too in Y6 so maybe you could start to make your costume!
Maths: It’s crucial that you know your times tables and division facts for these up to 12 x 12 as it makes all areas of maths SO much easier. You are bound to be a bit rusty with these now as you haven’t used them for a while so please practise little and often and they will soon come flooding back. You should be aiming for an answer in 2 seconds. So, if I say 7 x 8 = ? You should reply within 2 seconds really without having to think; the answer should fly out of your mouth without hesitation! It’s the same for the division facts. If I say 56 divided by 7 is? You should reply with 8 without thinking. Please, please practise these and see how you get on. You can do this anywhere: in the car, washing up, walking the dog, etc.
Maths: If you have chosen to polish up on your time-telling skills, here are some resources to support this.
Science: If you have chosen to polish up on the parts of the human body, here is a great video for you to watch which will help. There is also another really interesting video for you to watch which helps you understand more about how the body works to fix and protect itself.
Geography: If you have chosen to give your geography learning a boost ready for Y6, here are some resources to help you learn and locate the continents and oceans of the world.
There is also a map of Europe for you below which is a really good way to learn all the countries in Europe. One of the Y6 pupils this year could recall them all within 2 minutes whilst locating them on a blank map too. Y6 really enjoyed this and it’s great for your geography skills so why not give it a go?
English: If you have chosen to polish up on your writing skills and keep them ticking over during the summer holidays, these resources will really help you to write good diaries. Diaries are perfect ways to keep writing as you can just retelling your day: the best bits, the worst bits, the funny bit, etc. It’s up to you. Below are some examples of diaries and a checklist to keep you on the right track.
Art: If you have chosen art on the summer learning grid, here is a fantastic tutorial to help you start to understand the basics of adding dynamic action to your drawings. You’ll be amazed at how you can bring characters to life with dynamic action so have a go!
Other Activities to Boost You Ready for Year 6
If you have tried all the summer holiday learning grid activities and you are looking for more direction, here are some resources to continue boosting you ready for Year 6.
The most important thing during the summer holidays is to feel good about yourself. There are so many ways to do this but a combination of exercise to keep your body and mind healthy along with things that give you a good sense of well-being are perfect. Try to do little things everyday which may you feel good. This could be spending time with people you love, being helpful to those around you, saying kind words to your family for the little things they do; spreading goodness is a great feel good thing to do! Here are some other ideas to boost your confidence and remind you how valued you are.
In addition to this, take time to pray. Be close to God and develop your faith. This is a wonderful way to know how special you are and grow in faith and confidence too. Here is one of the most beautiful songs and a favourite of mine. I love to close my eyes, take slow breaths and listen to the words. Enjoy this alone or with your family. We will be singing this in class worship in Y6 very soon!
Here are some mini tasks and answers for a range of different areas of maths. They are short and will give you a refresher on many areas of maths.
Here is a really good English summer booklet to keep your skills polished and ready for Y6.
To keep your SPAG fresh in your mind, you could try some of these quick SPAG mats for revision of things you should know by the end of Year 5. Don’t worry if you don’t know it all as I’m already planning some activities for September to help you. These are a good starting point for you and only take a couple of minutes each.
Spellings are something quick and easy to brush up on in preparation for Y6. Here are the KS2 statutory words which you need to be able to spell by the end of Y6. These are split into Y3/4 and Y5/6 so why not check the Y3/4 ones first to make sure you’ve got these nailed! Then check out the Y5/6 words. There are also some high frequency words and common exception words.
In addition to this, please keep reading lots of different books from different authors. Reading is one of the greatest things you can do to stretch your mind. It will help you with reading in Y6 and even writing too as the more you read, the more language you soak up and apply when you come to write yourself. It is a brilliant way to boost you ready for Y6, so settle down every day with a good book and lose yourself. It’s great to know that as you relax and read, you are learning too!
You could always take on a summer reading challenge too. I’d love to see you getting involved with this. Don’t worry if you run out of books at home or you can’t get to the library as there is a great link below to a wealth of online books for FREE.
To boost your RE skills, you could revisit Parables and see if you can name and retell a variety of Parables. Then think about what you can learn from a Parable to apply to your actions today.
If you are interested in music and want to learn more, you could research the origins of Samba music. What is it like? Where did it start? What kind of rhythms does it involve? What kind of instruments are used to create Samba music? How does it make you feel? You could even make your own percussion instruments following the tutorials below. When we learn Samba rhythms in school, you could bring your own instruments in if you have made one.
If you fancy learning a little bit in preparation for our geography topic, you could learn about how a waterfall is made.
For an extra challenge, you could try to write an acrostic poem using the word waterfall. In the poem, try to include key ideas about how the waterfall is made using key vocabulary you pick up from the video, for example, erosion, soft rock, abrasion, resistant, plunge pool, splash back, etc. There is also a waterfall research task for you if you are really interested in locating waterfalls around the world. Ask your parents have they seen any spectacular waterfalls on their travels?