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Hello,

We have had a fantastic week completing our Big Write on the famous Everest expedition in 1953. The children have been absolutely fascinated about our topic and it has been great to see such brilliant writing- please check out the St. Leonard’s twitter account if you would like to see some. In Maths, we have covered some key aspects of position and direction through reflections and translations.

 

The children are beginning to get excited about our trip to Dartmoor- please could we ask that you check the parent App for the information regarding this. A message should also have come to you about the children’s use of mobile phones. We are more than happy for children to bring them to school in order to let parents know that they have arrived/left safely, however we have reminded the children that viewing images and videos in the school car park before school is not appropriate. This could also be a great time to have some conversations with your child with regards to appropriate images and e-safety.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Year 6 Team

Hello!

 

This week has been jammed full of fantastic learning! The children have immersed themselves in Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s Everest expedition and have been applying the passive voice to this learning. Within art, the children had been looking at a range of landscape artists and how to mix colours, so that they can attempt their own mountain-inspired landscape painting. To end the week, the children were treated to a great presentation from Mrs Pinckney (5 Stoats) on her expedition to the Everest Base Camp.

 

The children are currently using schemas within RE, Geography and Science to support them in linking and articulating their learning- these schemas are attached below and your child should be able to talk you through how they use these.

Have a great weekend,

 

Year 6 team

Friday 7th January 2022

Happy New Year! The whole Year 6 team hope all of your families have had a restful break. The children have come back full of energy and eager to learn. Within Science, we have started to explore evolution and our scientist for this term will be Charles Darwin. We have also started our Big Geography Question for the term: Why are mountains so important? We are looking at the famous ascent of Everest in 1953 and we are keen to know if anyone has climbed any mountains around the world.

 

Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that the children should be reading and logging comments in their reading records five times a week, as well as completing their MyMaths task, practising their spellings and spending around 5-10 minutes on Timestable Rockstars. The children will have two PE sessions a week and their PE bags should come into school on a Monday and be taken home on a Friday- please can you ensure that all of your child’s belongings are named.

 

Have a great weekend,

Year 6 Team.

17th December 2021

Merry Christmas!

 

Year 6 have had a superb term. They have impressed every member of our team with their dedication, resilience and enthusiasm. We are incredibly lucky to have such brilliant role models at the top of our school and we are looking forward to some fantastic learning after Christmas. Our new Big Question is going to be: Why are mountains so important? We will be considering mountain ranges around the world and looking in greater detail at the features of mountains in the UK and why they are so popular. Please see the topic web below.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

Year 6 Team

Friday 10th December

Hello,

This week, Year 6 have continued to be fantastic. We have explored refraction and the colour spectrum within Science, as well as continuing our fantastic fraction work in Maths.

 

Next week, will be our final week of term and as such there are a number of Christmas activities:

  • Monday 13th- Year 6 will all have PE on Monday afternoon and will need their PE kits.
  • Tuesday 14th- Year 6 will be walking to church. Please can you ensure your child has a coat.
  • Thursday 16th- Christmas lunch day and Christmas Jumper day. Children can wear their Christmas jumpers all day.
  • Friday 17th- Year 6 Christmas Party. Please can the children bring some party clothes in a bag to get changed into for the afternoon. Children can bring an individual snack (packet of crisps or biscuits for themselves). We will provide squash. Please can you remind your children not to share food due to allergies and hygiene.

 

If your child is booked for a club in the New Year, the deadline for paying is Sunday night. You may have started to see tweets on the St. Leonard’s twitter account- we will be trying to share children’s work at least once a week.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6 team

Friday 3rd December

Hello!

 

We have had a busy time in Year 6! This week, we have completed a set of SATs papers, and all of the children should be praised for their superb perseverance and focus. We have also begun to feel Christmassy, as we created Christmas decorations to sell at the Christmas Fair, which we hope to see lots of you at tomorrow (Saturday 4th December 11- 2).

 

Next week, we are going to begin to answer our Big Question regarding the Trojan Wars. The children will be summarising all of their knowledge of Troy into a balanced argument, and will attempt to reach a conclusion as to whether the Trojan Horse is a myth, legend or fact. As the weather has begun to change, please can we ask that you remind your child to bring a coat and school jumper, as well as appropriate clothing for outdoor PE.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6 Team.

Friday 26th November

Hello!

This week, we have really focused on using grammatical features such as similes and metaphors, alongside higher-level punctuation to create suspense within our own version of the Medusa myth. Within Science, we have started to learn how light and the human eye work together to enable us to see.

 

Next week, we will be creating Christmas crafts ready for the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 4th December. We would like to please remind you to complete the photo permissions so that we can share the children’s learning with you.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6

Friday 19th November

Hello!

We have had such a great week in Year 6! The children loved our Greek day and all of the fantastic tasks provided to us by History off the Page. From intricate soap carving to beautiful mosaics, the children were truly immersed in their learning. We were also amazed by their brilliant costumes (you can see the teachers’ attempts below!). On Friday, we had our non-uniform day and Year 6 helped to raise money for Children in Need.

 

Another opportunity has arisen for children in Year 6 to take on extra responsibility if they wish to. We are looking for volunteers to be Reading Buddies for children in KS1. These children will need to give up a small amount of their lunch time each week to listen to and read stories with the younger children in our school community. If your child would like to apply for this position they will need to write a letter to Mr Churchill by Friday 26th November explaining why they think they would be suitable for this task.

 

Please can we remind you to ensure that you have completed the photo permissions form for the School Office so that we can begin to share our fabulous learning with you.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6 team

Friday 12th November 2021

Hello!

 

This week we have been getting to grips with our Greek writing. The children have thought really carefully about how Athens must have felt as they faced the mighty Persian army. From this, the children composed a letter to send to Sparta in order to persuade King Leonidas to come to Athens' aid. Within History, we have been learning the story of the Trojan Horse and the main characters involved.

 

The children in Year 6 showed real compassion and respect during our Remembrance Assembly, and many thoughtful conversations have taken place this week.

 

Next week we have lots of exciting events. On Thursday, it is our Greek Day where we will be doing some fantastic activities based upon life in Ancient Greece. The adults in Year 6 will be dressing up in Ancient Greek costumes and we would love it if the children did too. On Friday, it is Children in Need Day and the children may come to school in their own clothes.

 

Our Science topic this term is Light. If you have any spare torches that could come into school for this half term that would be most helpful- please do remember to label them.

 

Please can we ask that you continue to check the weekly Home Learning pdf, under the Home Learning tab, as this will provide information about the weekly Maths task and  appropriate spellings for your child to practise. Well done to all the children who have been able to record 5 entries in their reading records this week and contributed to their class' Times Table Rock Stars scores.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Year 6 team.

Friday 5th November

 

Hello!

 

We have had a great return to Year 6. The children have started our historical topic investigating whether the story of the Trojan Horse is based upon fact or myth and we are preparing to write a letter to the Spartans asking for help against the Persians. Within Maths, the children have been looking at efficient methods of division. On Thursday 18th November, we will be holding a Year 6 Greek workshop in school- please could you check the parent app messages about this.

 

Our Science topic is on light this term. If you have a spare, named torch that we could use in school please could you send it into school. This half term our PHSE topic is on celebrating differences, as such next week the children will be discussing how people are different, including transgender. This is from the Jigsaw PSHE syllabus (details available on the school website) and you may find it helpful to have a conversation with your child about this topic. 

 

Well done to all the children who have continued to read, practise their spellings and complete their Maths home learning. If you have any issues regarding this please do let us know.

 

Have a great weekend,

Year 6 team

Friday 22nd October

 

Hello! We have had a brilliant week to finish off our half term. The children have completed their steady hand games within DT and have answered our Big Question: Why is Fairtrade fair? Over this half term, all of the children have been fantastic role models for the younger children and are all showing great maturity.

 

Across half term, it would be extremely helpful if your child could continue to read, practise their spellings and use TTR- you can find ideas and activities under our Home Learning tab: https://www.stleonards.devon.sch.uk/home-learning-1/ We would like to remind all the Year 6 parents and adults to check that they have completed an application for secondary school as the closing date is 31st October. This can be done here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place You should have received a message about photo permissions. Please can we ask that you complete and return this as soon as possible- without your permission we can’t take the children’s photos and share their amazing work with you. If your child is struggling to find a book they enjoy you may find a book for them here: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/100-best-books/ As some of these books are for children aged 11+ they may contain some more mature themes and we would recommend checking the content first or asking a librarian. 

 

The children will be returning to school on Tuesday 2nd November, which is the same day that our Black History Month competition and Exeter Chiefs Rugby competition finish. If your child would like to enter either of these competitions they must bring their entries in on the first day back. In Year 6, we will be returning to a new, exciting history topic: The Story of the Trojan Horse: historical fact, legend or classical myth?

 

The Year 6 team would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a restful and safe holiday, and look forward to seeing you in November.

 

Best wishes,

Year 6 team

Friday 15th October

 

Hello!

Unbelievably, we are nearly at the end of the half term. The children have been working flat out this week using their scientific knowledge within their writing of an explanation text. We have also learnt about the Fairtrade organisation and the role it plays around the world.

 

Next week is parents’ evening and we are looking forward to meeting you, and giving you the opportunity to see some of your children’s brilliant learning. On Friday next week, we will also be carrying out a sheep heart dissection within class- there will be an alternative activity for any child who might wish to do that instead. If you have any concerns about this please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

It has come to our attention that some children within Year 6 haven’t submitted their choices for secondary school. We would like to remind you to make an application through the Devon County Council website: https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place before 31st October.

 

Well done to all of the children who have been fantastic on MyMaths and TTR across the last few weeks- if you are struggling to access these we can help your child within school.

 

Have a great weekend!

Year 6 team

Friday 8th October

 

Hi all!   

We have had a brilliant week! Within our Geography, we have started to consider the impact of fair trade on farmers and spent time looking at a case study on banana farmers in the Caribbean.  Within RE, we have continued to consider how some people believe the world was created and to compare these with our own beliefs.

 

The teachers in Year 6 want to say a huge well done to all the children who completed their My Maths home learning and practised their spellings this week. If anyone is having difficulties accessing their My Maths account please let us know. We would also like to remind the children that the correct PE kit needs to be worn for PE (navy blue PE t-shirt, navy blue shorts - tracksuit bottoms may be worn when the weather is cold - and trainers). Long hair should also be tied back and stud earrings should be removed for PE (any child who can’t remove their earrings will be provided with porous tape to cover their ears). If there are any issues with your child wearing this uniform for PE, please do contact us.

 

As it is Black History month, the children have been learning about the contributions of different ethnicities and races within our country. Mr Doku is running a competition this month, which your child may wish to enter. If your child wishes to enter, they will need to have created a poem, song, dance or a piece of writing celebrating Black History month, which will need to reach their class teacher by Friday 22nd October. The winner in Year 6 will enjoy an afternoon of hot chocolate and fire making with Mrs Evans.

 

Finally, if you have any books at home that your child no longer needs or wants, we would love to use them to add stock to our Year 5/6 library. These can be brought to your child’s class teacher.

 

Have a great weekend,

Year 6 team

1st October 2021

Hello Year 6!

 

We have had a brilliant week. During the mornings, the children have shown fantastic engagement and perseverance when completing some baseline assessments. The teachers in Year 6 will use these to support the children’s learning and fill any gaps from KS2. It has come to our attention through these tests that some children are unsure of their middle names and their date of birth- please could you practise this with your child. In Geography, we considered what the UK exports to other countries, particularly China, and then had an enjoyable time considering what Devon could export. Within RE, we have started to consider different ideas about creation and focused this week on what some scientists believe.

 

Next to the Blog tab is a Home Learning tab. On a Friday, the teachers in Year 6 will produce a sheet of activities that we would like your child to participate in across the next week. These activities will include: reading, spellings, times tables and Maths. We will be using the electronic platform of MyMaths for the Maths tasks. Please visit: www.Mymaths.co.uk. Your child will have their login details stuck inside their reading record. Alongside each task set, will be a lesson that can be used to support your child if they are stuck. Please do pop in or send an email if you have any issues logging in.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6 team

Hello!

 

We have had a brilliantly productive week. In Science, we have considered how the heart works and started to learn the new vocabulary. In Maths, we have begun to look at rounding numbers up to the nearest 100,000, whilst in English we have really focused on how adverbs can be used to change the feeling of our sentences.

 

On Wednesday, lots of children put themselves forward for the school council with three being democratically selected by their peers. We wanted to say a huge well done to everyone who was brave enough to put themselves forward for this role, and for being so supportive of their peers.

 

On Friday, the teachers checked all of the reading records and we are pleased to see that so many children have been reading regularly. Hawks achieved 24/26 children participating with Times Tables Rockstars this week and won our competition. Please support your child in accessing this at home if possible, we will continue to provide opportunities in school.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 6 team

Hello!

We have had a brilliant full week in school. The children have started to look at the human circulation system, place value up to one million and the structure of clauses within The Tear Thief. We have also looked at the historical links that trade have, and discovered the importance of the Silk Road in joining Asia to Europe. If any adults have any expertise in the human heart and would like to answer questions from the children please let us know!

 

There are several opportunities for Year 6 to take on further responsibility around school. Each class will have 1 elected member of the school council, who will support staff by raising ideas and giving all the children in school a voice. If your child would like to take part in the election process they will need to have prepared a short (max 2 mins.) speech without any props/slides on why they believe they will be successful in this position. The speeches will be delivered to their class on Wednesday 22nd September.  Mrs Lopez has written a letter to every class in Year 6 asking if any children would like to support the running of the main school library. Any child who would like to be considered will need to have written a letter to Mrs Lopez explaining why they believe they have the skills to support the library and younger users. This letter needs to be addressed to Mrs Lopez and must be returned to class teachers by Friday 24th September. There will be opportunities within school for the children to complete these tasks if they are unable to at home.

 

Your child will have brought home a letter outlining the new reading records. There is an expectation in KS2 that children are reading regularly and that this has been recorded in their reading records- class teachers will be checking and signing reading records at the end of the week with the intention of praising children who are doing a lot of reading. Your child also has a Times Table Rockstars login- this is a great resource and class teachers will be encouraging and checking participation. Below there is the Accelerated Reader quiz link, which children can use to answer questions about the book they have just finished, and receive points and certificates. There will be a lunch time slot for children to take part in too if they wish.   We have also included below the statutory spellings for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 for your information.

 

Have a great weekend.

Year 6 team.

 

AR Quiz link     https://ukhosted115.renlearn.co.uk/2151481/default.aspx

Hello!

 

The whole year 6 team would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our families and children, and we hope you have had a fantastic summer break. This half term we will be trying to answer the topic question: Why is Fair trade fair? If any opportunities arise to explore this at home please do- we would love to hear about it in school.

 

Your child will have come home with a reading record across this week, which will need to accompany your child into school each day. Please can we take this opportunity to encourage you to read as much as possible with your child and to log this in the reading record. A Times Table Rockstars’ login will be placed within this across the next week. This is a great resource that the children can access at home. We will also take time in class to remind the children how to use this effectively. Two PE sessions will take place across each week, so please can we ask that PE kits come in on Monday and go home on Friday.

 

In today’s celebration assembly all three classes were celebrated and awarded a certificate. Hawks for fantastic teamwork, Kestrels for taking responsibility for their learning and Eagles for displaying a fantastic work ethic. All of the children should feel very proud of how they have returned to school.

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic year. Please don’t hesitate to contact any members of the team if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Best wishes,

Year 6 team.

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'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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