World Book Day Friday 8th March 2024

World Book Day is taking place on Friday 8th March. As a school we are going to be celebrating this day and have chosen the theme “Snuggle up with a good book!” On this day, we are asking pupils to come into school wearing their favourite pyjamas and snuggly clothes. This is so we can all snuggle up with a good book and immerse ourselves in the world of literature. Children are invited to bring their favourite book from home.

Throughout the day, pupils will take part in a range of exciting hands on and virtual activities to enhance their reading and ensure they are continuing to grow their love of reading. There will also be some challenges such as guess which staff member is snuggled up with a good book.  

 

Parents are invited into school to share a book with their child on Friday 8th March, from 2:50pm. Please enter via the main office where you will be shown to your child’s class. At the end of the shared reading session, please leave the school via the office to sign out.  

 

Children will be given a £1 book token to be spent at our school Book Fair or in a local bookstore on a range of identified World Book Day texts. You can find your local bookstore and have a look at the books available by visiting: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/  

 

From Friday 8th March – Wednesday 13th March we will have our annual book fair. The book fair will be held in the South Hall on these dates from 3:30-4:00pm. This an opportunity for you and your child to browse a range of exciting books from a range of genres and purchase one or maybe more. Further information regarding the book fair will be sent nearer the time. 

Year 5 and 6 are visited by Local PCSOs

Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful visit today from two local PCSOs who explained about internet safety, being in possession of a bladed article and the law around this.

All found it very informative and learnt the following:

  • 50% of all crime happens online or through technology.
  • Passwords need to be different for all sites and need to be a range of numbers, letters (upper case and lower case) and special characters to ensure they are safe.
  • Inappropriate searches are not allowed and may be deleted by the user but it is still stored in a cloud.
  • Viewing information and using apps/sites that are not appropriate for their age can affect them in lots of ways – being affected mentally, being influenced in the wrong way and not understanding what they are viewing.
  • Possession of a bladed article is illegal and anyone over 10 can be arrested and placed in custody if one is found in their possession.
  • Do not follow what we see online or on TV as some of this may not be legal or safe.
  • If we know or see someone is in possession of a bladed article we need to tell somebody straight away.
  • A criminal record stays with your forever.
  • 90% of the time, if you are carrying a bladed article it will be used on yourself.

Please do support your child in understanding this information by asking them what they learnt from the PCSOs today.

We thank you for your support in this.

Year 5 and 6 Team

Final call – Friends (PTA) Wear What You Love Disco

💃💃💃…Final Day…🕺🕺🕺
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket, to join us this Friday 9th February for our “Wear What You Love” Disco, children are welcome to come to school in their disco clothes, spending they day in what they love to wear 🥳.
Disco tickets are £3.00 – Payable beforehand on ParentPay, by the end of Today (6th Feb), this is to ensure safeguarding ratios are met and sufficient supplies.
Volunteers – Safety is paramount, if you/ grandparent/ uncle/ aunt/ friend can help, please do get in touch, we could really do with some more volunteers.

Spellings – 02/02/2024

Please practise these spellings at home:

league
tongue
vague
fatigue
intrigue
plaque
grotesque
picturesque
antique
unique
Revision of Years 5 and 6 spelling lists:
government
guarantee

Can you think of any other words that end with -gue or -que?
There will be a spelling test on these word on Friday.

Homework 02/02/2024

Click on the link below to see your child’s homework for this week.

Homework should be returned to school by the following Thursday. If it is not returned on time, children may be asked to complete their homework during their lunchtime.

All homework set supports the learning that we have been completing in class. If you have any questions, please just ask, especially if there is anything your child is not sure about.

Year 6 Homework Handed out on 2nd February 2024

Our Week in Year 6 – 02/02/2024

Another busy week!

In English, pupils have been challenged to show their knowledge of biographies and their different features by writing, independently, a biography of Charles Dickens. They really applied themselves well, working hard towards meeting their writing targets.

In Maths, we are continuing our work on decimals. It has been delightful to see children using their knowledge and understanding of decimals from previous years and they have made super progress in demonstrating their fluency, and also their ability to solve problems and reasoning questions involving decimal numbers.

In Science, we have investigated ways in which different animals have adapted to their habitats. We know that these adaptations have happened gradually over a long period of time. To record our findings, we created PowerPoint presentations, using search engines to help us find information as well as images and videos to include in our work.

Spellings

Today, all children have been given a spelling list of the Year 3 / 4 and Year 5 / 6 spelling words. These are words that they are expected to know how to spell by the end of Year 6. We are incorporating them into the spelling homework, but any additional support you can give at home to secure these is very much appreciated. For practising spellings, this is a useful website; just click on the link, choose the year group and choose the spelling pattern or tricky words needed:

https://ictgames.com/mobilePage/lcwc/index.html

Dates for the Diary

Friday 9th February – ‘Wear what you love’ Day – to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week.

Friday 9th February – Spring Disco (South Hall), Year 6 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Disco tickets must be bought in advance through ParentPay by Tuesday 6th February.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Gladwin and Mrs Lawman-Smith

Our Week in Year 6 – 26/01/2024

What a week!

We have had a fantastic week in Year 6.

We have continued to work on biographical writing, again, focusing on Charles Darwin. We have worked on developing our writing through the use of semi-colons, marking parenthesis using brackets, dashes and commas, as well as looking at creating cohesion (a smooth flow of writing) in different ways, including through the use of adverbials. For more information about parenthesis (this week’s homework is about using parenthesis), please click on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhpt7yc

Here are some examples of writing that pupils have produced, applying their knowledge and understanding of the punctuation and grammar that we have ben using:

In Maths, we have now finished our work on converting measures. Children have really got to grips with both metric and imperial measures, including ounces, pounds and stones, pints and gallons. We are now moving onto decimal numbers up to 3 decimal places. We have been reading, writing and partitioning these numbers, as well as developing our skills on reasoning and problem solving.

In PSHE, we are continuing to work on the Jigsaw Piece of Dreams and Goals. While we have already considered what our own goals are and the steps we need to get there, this week we have been thinking globally. We have considered the different situations that people might find themselves facing and what could be done to help. we also thought about how it made us feel and how others might feel about it.

Homework

Homework has been sent out today (due in by Thursday at the latest). The work sent home links to what we have covered in class this week, helping to support and consolidate learning in Reading, Writing and Maths. Any pupils not handing in completed homework, will be asked to stay in on Thursday lunchtime to finish it. If there are any issues, please let us know.

Y6 SATs

Thank you to everyone who was able to join our meeting about the Y6 SATs in May. Children should all have brought home the information pack from this meeting on Thursday. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get on touch. Spelling lists and questions to ask about their reading will be sent home next week.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs Gladwin and Mrs Lawman-Smith

Newsletter – Friends (PTA) 26.01.2024

Friends Association (PTA) Newsletter – 26.01.2024

Dates for the diary:

Wear What You Love Disco 09.02.2024.

We are holding a Spring Disco, children are invited to join us Friday 9th February for a “Wear What You Love” Disco, children are welcome to come to school in their disco clothes, spending they day in what they love to wear.

Disco times will be as follows:

  • Reception, Years 1 & 2 – 3:15pm to 4:00pm
  • Years 3 & 4 – 4:15pm to 5:15pm
  • Years 5 & 6 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Disco tickets are £3.00 – Payable beforehand on ParentPayby Tuesday 6th February, this is to ensure safeguarding ratios are met and sufficient supplies. Entry fee includes Chocolate buttons/ Haribo (vegan options available). For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we must abide by a “no ticket, no entry” policy. Please have your ParentPay receipt handy at drop off (KS2).  KS1 staff will have a list of who is attending, if your child is not attending the disco, please collect as normal.

Drop off:

  • KS1, staff will deliver children with tickets to the South Hall.
  • KS2, queue at the South Hall doors at allotted time, please have ParentPay receipt handy, tickets cannot be purchased on the day, entry will be refused.

Collection – all children must be collected; no child will be permitted to walk home alone:

  • KS1 usual pick-up points.
  • KS2, enter through South Hall doors, collect child (they will be lined up ready), then exit via Year 5 doors, rejoin South Hall queue for next Disco if required.

PLEASE NOTE – When dropping off & collecting children – please collect your child and then leave the hall (via Year 5 exit). DO NOT drop older children in the hall at the same time, we need to register their attendance. Please go back round and wait for the hall to be empty and us to call for the next disco before dropping off older children. This is to reduce congestion and make it easier for staff and volunteers to ensure that the right child is with the right parents/guardians, that all children have been. Thank You for your help with this..!

Volunteers:

We are appealing for volunteers to come along and help supervise the discos and make sure the children are safe and have fun. We need helpers at all 3 discos to ensure they run successfully. Please contact Friends (PTA) johnfletcher.friends@taw.org.uk, if you can help,  if we do not have enough helpers we may have to cancel, please help make this a wonderful event for the children.

Thank you for reading.

Friends (PTA)

Our Week in Year 6

Another busy week!

It has been another busy week in Year 6.

In English, we are developing our biographical writing, finding more about Charles Darwin.  We have been working on using the passive voice and colons. To help consolidate the difference between the active and passive voices, click on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkttng8#zmpbvwx

In Maths, everyone has been working hard on converting units of measurements. We have mastered converting metric units of measurement and can also solve problems using these. We have also begun to look at using imperial units of measurement.

In Science, we explored the meaning of evolution and different beliefs. We know that it happens gradually over a very long period of time. We have also considered the different ideas and opinions that different people have about evolution.

In RE, we have begun to consider how different people make different decisions. We know that everyone makes choices based on their values and beliefs, but we wondered whether everyone things about the impact that these choices can sometimes have on people around us, whether negative or positive.

Homework

Homework has been sent out today (due in by Thursday at the latest). It is on paper to allow us to finish reviewing the homework books and progress that pupils have made in them. The work sent home links to what we have covered in class this week, helping to support and consolidate learning in Reading, Writing and Maths. Any pupils not handing in completed homework, will be asked to stay in on Thursday lunchtime to finish it. If there are any issues, please let us know.

Dates for your Diary:

Year 6 SATs information meetings:

Monday 22nd January at 6pm.

Tuesday 23rd January at 3:30pm.

We hope you can attend one of these meetings as we will be sharing important information about the Year 6 SATs. Both meetings will be held in the South Hall, please enter through the South Hall doors.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs Gladwin and Mrs Lawman-Smith

Y6 SATs Information Session

Dear Parents / Carers,

A SATs information session will be held on Monday 22nd January in the South Hall at 6:00pm and on Tuesday 23rd January at 3:30pm in the North Hall (please attend whichever meeting is convenient).  This meeting will offer parents an understanding of the forthcoming SATs tests in May 2024:

– the tests your child will complete

– access arrangements your child may be eligible to receive

– booster sessions

– homework

– how to interpret your child’s results in July 2024

There will also be an opportunity to look at past SATs papers.

We look forward to sharing this information with you in order to further help and support your child over the coming months.

Yours sincerely,

The Year 6 Team

Lunch

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are writing to inform you that, with recent staff changes and in order to keep children safe, we are making some adjustments to the timings at lunchtime.

From today, the timings for lunchtimes will be as follows:

6LS and 5CC will have their lunchbreak from 12:15pm – 1:00pm

6G and 5R will have their lunchbreak from 12:40pm – 1:25pm

This will not disrupt learning in class but will help towards the smooth and safe running of the school day.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Lawman-Smith

Our Week in Year 6 – 12/01/2024

What a fantastic start to 2024!

We have had a brilliant start to the new term. Children have come back to school, full of enthusiasm and ready to work.

In English, we are beginning to work on biographies. As well as finding out about a range of different people, we will also be focusing on Charles Darwin, linking it to our work on evolution and inheritance in Science. Children have been identifying features of a biography and have also begun to select more formal and sophisticated vocabulary to use in biographical writing.

In Maths, we have started the term with a dive into converting measures. This week, we have considered which units of measurement are most appropriate to use, as well as converting metric units of measurement.

We have started our work on evolution and inheritance in Science, thinking about how Charles Darwin contributed to these theories. We used his travels on the HMS Beagle as a starting point, investigating how different types of beak are used to collect different types of food. We found that the beaks of finches in the Galapagos Islands varied depending on the food that they ate. We spent sometimes as birds with our own ‘beaks’ trying to pick up ‘food’, before collating our results to find out which beaks were the most successful and, therefore, the most likely to thriive.

In History, we have started to investigate the Ancient Mayan Civilisation, looking at timelines to see when it fits into the history of the world in general, as well as some significant dates within its own time period.

Finally, please look out for a letter coming home at the beginning of next week, giving dates and times for a parent meeting in school to share information about the Year 6 SATs. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us in these.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs Gladwin and Mrs Lawman-Smith

Welcome to 6G and 6LS!

Mrs Lawman-Smith and Mrs Gladwin are very excited to welcome you to 6G and 6LS!

We have got a busy term ahead of us, with lots to do, learn and explore.

Please remember that homework will be sent out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Thursday. This will also include spellings that you will need to practise and learn, ready for a weekly spelling test.

Keep on practising your times tables and number bonds. A useful link for this is:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

PE days are on Thursday (outside) and Tuesday (inside). Pupils should come to school wearing the appropriate PE kit on these days. On other days, children should be wearing the correct school uniform.

Thank you for your support!

Our Week in Year 6 – w/c 11th December

Both classes had a lovely time on our trip to Morrells Wood Farm this week. We explored the farm, made (and ate!) some mince pies, and decorated some Christmas wreathes. We hope the children are in a festive mood now!

In English this week, we have looked at showing emotions through body language and speech, and writing the start to a story, focusing on dialogue.

In maths, we have found fractions of amounts and completed an assessment to show our understanding of the last few weeks.

In science, we have looked at the parts of the eye and their roles in enabling us to see. We also investigated light reflecting off mirrors and realised that light reflects at the same angle that it hits an object.

In history, we explored the end of the war, looking at how the USA used two atomic bombs in Japan. We discussed the morals on both sides, and came up with own answer as to whether or not it was justified.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 6 Team

A huge thankyou!!!!!

Today we have had our last school trip of 2023 and so I just wanted to say a very big thankyou to my amazing volunteers who have helped support our educational school visits this year. Thankyou so much for giving up your free time to help support our fantastic children and teachers, we really do appreciate all that you do.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please pop and see me in the office and I can give you more information.

Best wishes

Miss Harrison

 

Our Week in Year 6 – w/c 4th December 2023

Happy Advent! With Christmas closing in, it’s great to see plenty of festive cheer in Year 6. We still have two weeks of hard work to go before the holidays and hope the children keep up the high levels we expect from them.

We send our best wishes to Mrs Welsh this week: she has been under the weather and unable to be in school. We have missed her and hope to see her back next week!

In English, we have looked at how stories start, and how to punctuate dialogue accurately.

In maths, we have explored multiplying and dividing fractions. The children have really got to grips with it which has been great to see!

In science, we completed our investigation into how a light source can affect a shadow. We found out that the further away a light source is to an object, the short and thinner the shadow.

School Trip:

Just a few reminders about our lovely school trip next week:

  • 6W are going on Monday 11th December. 6A on Friday 15th December.
  • Children need to come to school wearing: trainers, jogging bottoms, a Christmas jumper/school jumper, warm coat, gloves/hat/scarf (if necessary).
  • Children will need to bring with them: wellies/walking boots (in a bag), packed lunch (unless you have already ordered a school packed lunch via ParentPay) drink (no energy or fizzy drinks please including Prime). CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MORNING ACTIVITIES WITHOUT WELLIES OR WALKING BOOTS. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL.

Homework:

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 6 Team

Year 6 Trip Final Information

A little message from the Year 6 team

Just a few reminders about our lovely school trip next week:

6W are going on Monday 11th December. 6A on Friday 15th December.

Children must to come to school wearing: trainers, jogging bottoms, a Christmas jumper/school jumper, warm coat, gloves/hat/scarf (if necessary).

Children will need to bring with them: wellies/walking boots (in a bag), packed lunch (unless you have already ordered a school packed lunch via ParentPay) drink (no energy or fizzy drinks please including Prime). CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MORNING ACTIVITIES WITHOUT WELLIES OR WALKING BOOTS. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL!

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

 

KS2 Christmas Performance at St Michaels Church

Please look out for a letter coming home with the children in KS2 this afternoon detailing plans for their Christmas Concert.
This year, KS2 (years 3-6) will be holding their Christmas Concert at the beautiful St Michaels Church, Madeley on Wednesday 20th December 2023. There will be two showings. One at 2pm and one at 5:30pm. We ask if you can kindly try and stick to 2 tickets per child, to make it fair for everyone to be able to attend. If there are tickets left over, they can be re-distributed nearer the time.
For the evening performance, we ask that children are dropped at St Michaels Church no later than 5:15pm for a prompt start at 5:30pm.
Children should wear their school uniform as normal but with a Christmas jumper, this can be worn all day in school.
This event is free 🙂
Thankyou very much for continued support and we look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you.