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We’ve made it to the last few days of the spring term!  It’s always the worst: plagued with coughs and colds, dark evenings and too much hard work L  But the brighter evenings are with us now, and the really hard work is all but done.  I know I’ve said it already, but the children really have worked their socks off.  They have remained focussed and driven towards the end goal, and I really hope that it will pay off during SATs week.

Over the holidays, the children should come home with login details for a website called Spag.com which focuses purely on revision questions for the grammar paper.  We are not expecting them to spend their holidays slogging away on this site; they are purely for revision purposes.  Two weeks is quite a long time for a break, however, especially as they have been so immersed in school work since January.  The idea is that the children can ‘keep in touch’ with what they’ve been working so hard on, and that they can maintain the high standard that they have reached this term.  We would ask that they spend a little time in the two weeks reminding themselves of the task ahead in May – there’s bound to be a rainy day or two when they are complaining they’ve got nothing to do: Well, they have!!

Don’t forget, they also have the three revision books as well.  The children are now free to complete whichever pages they would like to and whichever pages they feel would be of most benefit over the holidays.

On a much more exciting note, we have started to plan all of the exciting summer events that have become such a rite of passage for our Year 6 children.  They will find out what we’re doing at the end of SATs week and rehearsals for the show will start immediately.  And, in keeping with tradition, I like to make the production a little bit bigger and a little bit better every year – I’m not sure if the children know what they’re letting themselves in for, but I can guarantee it will be a busy, crazy, amazing last few months of the school year.  I wonder how much money I can get away with spending…!

The summer ball is also in the diary now, and we have booked a great trip to Paulton’s Park for the last day.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us for Parents’ Evening this week – it really is a great opportunity to catch up and let you know how lovely they can be at school!  We very much look forward to seeing you all again for the end of summer term fun, if not before…

Have a wonderful Easter break – pray for sunshine


A quick reminder…

PSHE with Mr Dickinson / Outdoor Classroom with Miss T – Thursday afternoons Baboons and Dolphins to alternate weekly

Outdoor GamesWednesday afternoon

Indoor GamesEvery other Monday afternoon

Library TimeEvery other Monday afternoon

 

Important upcoming dates…

SATs Week – Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May

March

March

The beginning of March always marks a special point in the calendar for Year 6 – the confirmation of secondary school places and the beginning of a thought that the children will be leaving us soon…

Hopefully the children have come home with their home workbooks and have shared them with you. Please let me reiterate that these are NOTHING to worry about – they are merely the opportunity for the children to do some further practice at home, and will ease them into the idea of homework, ready for Year 7. They seem very excited about them at moment, however – long may that continue…

Hard work is what we’re all about in the run up to the Easter holidays, and the children have already made a great start at this. We have some quite specific prep to be done so that we are ready for the SATs in May. It still sounds like a long way off but we actually have only 7 more working weeks until the big week itself. If the children carry on as they have worked this year, I’m sure they will all sail through it and come out the other side with an enormous sense of achievement!

Please keep an eye out for the Parents’ Evening letter that will be coming home shortly. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible, even if it is just for a chat about the summer production and summer ball (not long now ). Hopefully there will be plenty of appointments for you to be able to choose something that suits. We will, of course, be in a strong position to be able to discuss the SATs as well as any worries you might have regarding secondary school.

There isn’t an awful lot happening for us before Easter – just same pretty focussed work towards our end goal. The children can get a little anxious at this time of year; a combination of SATs, new secondary schools to contemplate and, of course, the dreaded onset of hormones! We will be doing our best to help the children manage all these elements, so please don’t worry unnecessarily about them – a few emotional outbursts at this time of year is completely normal. As always, though, remember we are always here if you need to talk to us about anything.

We look forwards to seeing you at Parents’ Evening in a few weeks’ time – hopefully we will be closer to ‘flip-flop’ weather by then!

Miss Rogers, Mr Rugge and Mr Pollard.


Home Workbook pages for completion 08/03/2018 – 15/03/2018

READING

Retrieving and Recording information p14-p19

Understanding non-fiction p38-p41

GRAMMAR

Statements, exclamations, commands and questions

Conjunctions

Main clauses

Relative clauses

Sub and co conjunctions p22-p29

MATHS

Multiplying by larger numbers

Square numbers

Short division

Long division

Prime numbers p17-p22


Merry Christmas

Well, what a busy half term we’ve had! I can hardly believe we’re wishing you a Merry Christmas, and talking about the spring term and the plans we’ve made.

The children have been completely faultless this autumn term and have worked harder than we could have imagined. Needless to say, we are incredibly proud of them – they certainly deserve a holiday!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, we’ve been reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and studying World War I. The children have absolutely loved this topic and have done some amazing work. The discussions we’ve had have been very thought provoking; we have been continually impressed with the children’s insight and maturity. In light of their love for this book, we really hope that they enjoy their Christmas present from us all this year!

Next week will see us relax the structure a little, what with Christmas concerts to perform. In amongst the singing, we will turning our hand to our DT project for this term. I won’t spoil the surprise but, all being well, they should come home with what they have created next Thursday.

The spring term will certainly be another busy one but I have no doubt that the children will rise to the challenge – it will Easter before we know it and the evenings will be bright again.

That’s all for now – we look forward to seeing you next week at the concerts. Make sure you come over at the end and take lots of embarrassing photos of them – after all, it will be their last Christmas concert at primary school before they embark on the big wide world…hankies at the ready.

As always, you know where we are if you need us for anything at all.

Take care and have a wonderful Christmas – see you in the New Year.

Miss Rogers, Mr Rugge and Mr Pollard.

Welcome Back

Hello – Welcome back to school life and welcome to becoming a Year 6 parent, perhaps for the second or third time!

We are looking forward to another full-steam-ahead year and I know that the children are ‘buzzing’ for Year 6 and all that that involves. They have started really well and seem really keen to make a good impression and to have a really good, final year at Warren Park. We very much look forward to spending time with them as the year goes on…

We have already got stuck onto reading Skellig which I know the children are really enjoying. And alongside this, we are looking into Evolution and Inheritance for our science topic. It takes in some quite mind-blowing concepts but the children have had some brilliant ideas so far. We will also be covering some Geography before half term, and investigating the Scandinavian region, as well as some RE in the week before half term.

I know it seems a little early to be mentioning it, but your child’s secondary school application must be submitted by Tuesday 31st October. You will be contacted, via letter, by the County Council about the process – it’s all online now and very simple to complete. You now have the not so straightforward job of actually making the decision as to where you will send them when they leave us. To help you in this process, and to start preparing the children for this big step, there are a couple of things coming up to help…

All the Year 6 children have attended a presentation by Havant Academy and have spent a taster morning there as well. If they haven’t already told you, ask them how they got on. It might jog their memory! Following this, we will be taking the children to Park Community on Wednesday 20th September for a taster day – they will need to arrive at school no later than 8:30 as we will be walking them down at 8:35, ready for a 9am start. They will then be returned here by coach at about 1:30pm ready for a normal 3:15pm home time. It is really important that we start preparing the children for their move to secondary school as early as possible; it’s such a big change for them, so the sooner we prepare, the more ready they will be in July.

Thank you to those parents who dropped in to see us for a very informal parents’ evening this week – it’s always nice to see you and nice for you to see us as the ‘not so mean, fire-breathing dragons’ that the children sometimes complain we are! Finally and as always, Mr Pollard, Mr Rugge and I are always on hand if you have any queries, concerns…or you just fancy a chat sometime. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, however small you may consider your concern. See you soon…