Friday 5th June 2015
I’m sure you will join us in the relief that our SATS tests are over and all our assessments are completed. The children were magnificent throughout the week, and their attitude towards these tests was great. Year 6 enjoyed their bacon sandwiches for breakfast, and chatting to staff in the coffee shop before the school day started. The SATS results are normally sent to the school at the beginning of July, and we will pass this information onto you.
This half-term is all about completing primary school and transition to high school. High schools have been in contact with us and will be coming in to meet the children, as well as arranging days where the children go up to their new high school. We understand that this very exciting as well as a bit daunting for our pupils, and have a lot of discussions about moving on.
We have lots of activities planned for this half term. Our trip to Urban Altitude is on the 14th July – this is a very important final trip in Year 6, so if your child hasn’t already signed up for it, please talk to us. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss it. You can send money in for the trip over the next few weeks to spread the cost.
Also, we have sent out Bikeability letters today, another activity based in school and the surrounding area. If you would like your child to take part, please send back the consent form.
Year 6 will be performing their end of year play on the 9th July. I will send more details out closer to the time.
We would also like to invite you to an end of year picnic. We will arrange the details and send them out as soon as possible. In the past it has been a lovely way to say goodbye to children and their families leaving the school.
Once again, thank you, for supporting your child and Richmond Hill Primary School throughout their time here.
We look forward to seeing you at our end of term events.
Hurray, it’s summer.
Just as the weather gets better, the closer we get to SATS for Year 6. The children have come back to school with a great attitude, and I’m sure we are all eager to get SATS out of the way and on with something else.
A big “thank you” to everyone who has assisted with the home learning pack we sent out before the holiday. As I explained, it was up to children to do what they felt they needed to practise, and most children have had a really good go over the holidays. Breakfast club is still free for Year 6 up until SATS are finished and this provides more independent revision opportunities.
With the end in sight, we have a couple of revision weeks planned:
Next week is our last Mock SATS week. The children must be in school by 8.50am. The information from these tests informs our teacher assessments as well as giving the children feedback of how well they are doing. We will also have lots of relaxing opportunities throughout the week.
The Bank Holiday week is a week with a difference! We will have themed days which are:
Tuesday – Sums and Smoothies
Wednesday – Fractions and Frisbees
Thursday – Proportion and Pizza
Friday – Division Disco
We will make sure there are lots of photos on the website so you can share the fun.
SATS Week – 11th May – 14th May
It is essential that all children are in school on these days, and we would ask parents to bring children to school from 8.00am if possible so they can enjoy breakfast with their friends and teachers. We will have a special SATS menu. If your child is ill, or there is a family emergency which may cause a problem with your child being at school, please let us know as soon as possible. Please tell us anything which may affect your child during this time. We want to make sure the experience is a positive one, and have gone to great lengths to ensure your children are confident and happy during this week.
If you have any concerns or anything you would like to ask us about the remaining time in Year 6, please see me or Miss Clunie in the playground after school, or you can ring the office and arrange a time when I am available.
I can’t believe that we are now over half way through the year and are only weeks away from the children sitting their SAT exams. It is fantastic to see how much progress the children have made since September and I am sure they will continue to work hard to ensure they achieve their potential.
We are already well underway with our new topic ‘The World’s Kitchen’ and children across Year 6 are studying Japan. We have already made (and tasted!) sushi and Japanese green tea and are going to prepare much more Japanese cuisine between now and Easter. We will also be working to write instructions for how to make various Japanese dishes and will enjoy making videos for you to try to follow at home.
Preparation for SAT exams is well underway and many children are enjoying the challenge of improving upon their scores on Sats Tests Online. Children can also access these at home by clicking the following link www.satstestsonline.co.uk
We are also running various SATs booster sessions for the majority of children. These sessions take place both during the school day and after school. These sessions are specifically tailored to the children’s needs to enable them to fully achieve their potential. I would like to thank children for their efforts in these sessions and can definitely see an increase in confidence when tackling exam style questions.
PE is still on a Thursday and lessons may be indoor or outdoor so please ensure your child has appropriate kit for all weathers. Please remember to label any new kit with children’s names as some children still haven’t yet mastered the art of keeping their belongings in one place!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to speak to any member of staff in our class. Alternatively, please feel free to raise any issues/concerns at parent’s evening on Thursday 26th March.
Many ThanksMr. Horsfield
Welcome to Class 6M2!
Welcome to Year 6.
Year 6 is an extremely busy time for our pupils as they begin preparations and transitions for their move to secondary school. To help us, we have started using our planners, to encourage children to be independent learners, and to help remind children of the equipment they need to bring to school for different lessons, such as PE kit. Our mornings are spent focusing on Literacy and Numeracy work, although our afternoons include lessons from across the curriculum delivered through our topic including Art, History, Geography and Design Technology as well as subjects such as PE and Music.
SATS tests – we will regularly test children throughout this year in Numeracy, Spelling and Grammar. This is to ensure that pupils are used to test conditions and have opportunities to challenge themselves, as well as see how well they have improved since their last mock-exam. Most children are responding well to these challenges, and have been very excited with their improvements in scores.
Our current topic for Autumn 2 is Henry VIII, and the children have been investigating the reason he married so many times and what happened in the country as a result of those marriages.
Our pupils have been drawing self-portraits in the style of Court Artist to Henry VIII, Hans Holbein the Younger. Photography hadn’t been invented in Tudor times, neither had electricity, so portraiture was the only way to find out what someone looked like – especially a possible marriage with a lady from other parts of Europe. Please check out our gallery for our own portraits.
We will be visiting the Royal Armouries at Leeds to investigate the types of weapons and armour used by Henry VIII as well as finding out about the types of sport he engaged in as a young man and later in life. We will be designing our own armour and weapons and also produce a class activity book which will be available for other children who visit the Royal Armouries. Some of this work will also be available on the website at a later date.