Well done to the children for their hard work leading up to and during SATS week and, of course, to you parents for all your support. Our learning continues after half-term, but we get a lot more time for fun stuff, such as the school journey, the end-of-year production and making battery operated cars and animal print slippers in D and T.
Of course, we still need to maintain academic and behaviour standards to prepare the children for secondary school, and I know that if everyone demonstrates their usual high standards in everything they do, this term is going to be a great end to the school year.
Below is the powerpoint which was shown at the school journey meeting on Monday. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the trip, please get in touch with me or Mrs Booth.
Spelling - SATS preparation for weeks 3 and 4
In preparation for the exams, we will be doing SATS spelling tests on the next two Fridays.
This exam tests children's knowledge of words in the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists.
Please ask your child to test themselves - or even better, you could test them - using the lists below.
We hope you and your family have had a great Easter break.
This week it's straight back to work as we have SATS in just a few weeks (the week beginning May 14th)!
In a way it's like a footballer or gymnast getting ready for their big match/contest. The training continues right up to the last minute and for Y6 this means tremendous concentration while in class and doing homework. It means constantly trying our best and challenging ourselves. Just like athletes, with constant training, we can prepare ourselves so that we can feel excited and ready to do our best on the big day!
For Y6 this also means being honest about what we find difficult and asking parents and teachers questions like, "Please show me how to do long division," or, "Can you tell me what a clause is?"
Just like athletes, Y6 need their rest and over the next few weeks it's a good idea for children to be in bed on time so they are refreshed and raring to go in the morning.
On your marks....get set.......
Easter holiday homework - SATS
This Easter holiday we would like you to practise your SATS skills. This will mean that you come back to school next term full of confidence, knowing that you are well on the way to getting your best possible score.
You need to spend around an hour a day on your work. It might sound like a lot, but why not do half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening?
Please look at the spelling lists below. One is the spellings you're expected to know at Y5/6 and the other is a list of the words that come up most frequently in the tests.
Please finish the practice exercises in your revision packs by the end of the holidays. If you get a chance to read your book as well that's great but you really need to develop your skill in answering SATS-style questions.
If you've bought a grammar practice book please continue to work hard on the exercises. If you haven't, there are some excellent books on Amazon or in WH Smith. The CGP books are really good. Make sure that whatever book you use it's for the SATS KS2 test.
Use the arithmetic checklist and look at your maths papers to find out the areas that need work. In the arithmetic paper, all the methods have been covered in class. Most of them have videos explaining the methods on youtube. If you do really really well in arithmetic you make sure you stand a really good chance in the whole test, so make sure you know exactly how to do long division, adding/ subtraction, multiplying/dividing by 10,100,1000 etc - all those tricky calculations you kind of know how to do but are not quite sure about. Now's your chance to really get to grips with them!
Enfield Dance Festival
On Wednesday, 6L performed their dance routine as part of the Enfield Dance Festival at the Millfield Theatre. The atmosphere backstage and in the auditorium was electric and the children danced amazingly. It was wonderful to see so many confident smiles and such determination to give 100%. They should feel very proud of themselves for giving such an impressive performance.
I think there was a really important lesson to be gained from this experience: try your hardest at everything you do (even if you think it's not your thing) and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
Special thanks should go to Mr Cooper for supporting Y6 in their preparation and to Elaine for doing such a brilliant job. She worked with 6L and 6G for several weeks in her own time and I think the children were truly inspired by her dedication and passion - I certainly was!
Y6 Trip to Epping Forest Field Studies Centre
Last Friday's trip was a great opportunity to learn about the types of creatures that live in woodland and pond habitats. We went pond dipping and also looked for mini-beasts in the forest. We were able to classify them using what we'd learnt from our science lessons. It was a fun way to see how we can apply science theory to real creatures while also learning about why it's so important to try to conserve and protect natural environments.
Epping Forest Trip
Next Friday, 16th March, is Year 6's trip to the Epping Forest Field Centre. The coach must leave no later than 9am so please could pupils be in school by 8:45am.
Please keep an eye on the weather forecast for the day. Children need to wear wellie boots, if they have them, but old shoes/trainers should be fine - depending on the weather -so fingers crossed!. Pupils should attend school in their normal school uniform, wearing their normal school shoes, and have their change of footwear in a bag. Coats and/or a waterproof are also required.
Packed lunches can be brought in carrier bags or rucksacks. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Miss Georgiou & Mr Lurie
There's no literacy homework this week or next as the children should be working on their geography projects. As we've allowed over three weeks for this we're expecting to see a high standard of work which reflects just how much effort your child has put into the task.
We also hope you and your child are now well into practising their reading and maths skills using the revision pack. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the tests.
Mr Lurie and Ms Georgiou
Please review all your spelling from this term (scroll down to find each week's). There will a spelling test on Monday 19th February.
Parent Consultation Evenings - timetable
Please check this time is suitable. If it isn't please contact me so that we can arrange an alternative date/time.
Please note that these appointments are for ten minutes only. During our last consultations the knock-on effect of slight delays earlier in the evening meant that by the end we were running over an hour late. If you miss your slot you will need to re-schedule another appointment.
Thanks - Robin Lurie
Tuesday 30th January Thursday 1st February
2:00 Arun 4:30 Safiyya
2:10 Ariyan 4:40 Aamir
2:20 Sotiria 4:50 Mia
2:30 Matthew 5:00 Alexia
2:40 Elena 5:10 Finlay
2:50 Haris 5:20 Ervin
3:40 Maahi 5:40 Kalan
4:10 Moses 6:00 Bora
4:30 Malachi 6:20 Stefan
4:40 Gleni 6:30 Eliza
4:50 Zara 6:40 Oljana
Here's a copy of our curriculum newsletter for this term, outlining what we'll be studying.
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for the great class present and card and also to the children and parents who gave me even more presents - I am now on a get-fit regime!
The children came into school this morning raring to go, which has been really nice to see. Mrs Warhurst and Mrs Booth have both taught the class today and each commented on how lovely the children were to teach.
We're looking forward to a busy (and short) term as we lead up to the SATS. However, this term is not just about preparing the children for this test - it's also about continuing to encourage them to develop the creativity, critical thinking and independence which will stand them in such good stead for secondary school and life in general.
Please encourage your child to read daily and to do their homework to the best of their ability and on time.
I look forward to discussing their work with you at our parent teacher's meeting at the end of this month.
Hello Year 6,
You have been given two SATs practice papers to complete (Paper 1 arithmetic and Paper 2 reasoning) as homework for over the Christmas Break. Please remember the following:
(However, for more of a challenge, try to complete the papers within the specified times.)
Have a lovely break and see you in the New Year!
Miss Georgiou and Mr Lurie
Please remind your child that their homework, including holiday assignments, is an opportunity for them to show you, and us, how much they have learnt and can challenge themselves.
In assignments, we expect that a Y6 child should be able to research using at least two websites and write a text based on their notes. Copying and pasting a text and then changing some of the words is not enough of a challenge as this does not encourage reading and summarising, note-taking and sentence/text construction.
Weekly homework should be done as neatly as possible and we ask that your child shows you their work when they have finished it to demonstrate that they have completed the task appropriately.
Y6 trip to Lincolnsfields WW2 Centre, October 6th
This was a great day trip, which provided a fascinating insight into what life was like for children and adults in the 1940's. We learnt about how very different things were back then; teachers and parents were very strict (teachers could even hit children!); food was rationed; there was no TV; and you didn't throw away broken toys and torn clothes - you made do and mended! We can't even imagine what it was like to live like that AND know that at any time you could be bombed out of your home or even killed during an air raid.
One of the many highlights was listening to a WW2 veteran, Stan, talking of his experiences as a 19-year-old soldier.
The Walker children were a credit to the school. Thanks to you and to your parents for making such an effort with costumes - you looked fantastic.
I think it's fair to say that the children not only enjoyed themselves immensely but, that they also learned so much through such a hands-on experience.
Some parents have mentioned that the children are only given three evenings to do homework and have asked for this period to be extended.
We would like the system to stand as it is because it helps to prepare children for similar deadlines when they attend secondary school.
We were asked to consider giving children a book for them to write down their working out when doing MyMaths homework.
We feel that as this work is a consolidation of class work, where correct working out and presentation are closely monitored, it is up to the children and/or parents as to how this is carried out at home.
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