Welcome to Year 6
It seems only yesterday, when we welcomed 28 young, eager faces into Year 6 - now we have 29 young, eager faces - and yet, all of a sudden, we are now about to embark upon the end-of-key-stage national assessments. We've said it before, but time really does seem to have flown this academic year.
The children are as prepared as can be for tackling their tests next week. We have revised and practised as much as possible, in a variety of ways, and they are now armed and equipped with the knowledge to allow them to shine in their assessments.
Today, the pupils have brought home a timetable with their tests on, so that they know which test is on which day. Some days are very busy but they will keep calm and composed throughout the week.
They are encouraged to bring to school a healthy snack and a healthy drink each day. Snacks might be fruit or vegetable/salad snacks, or energy bars (no chocolate or crisps). Drinks such as juice, smoothies and energy drinks are allowed, but again, no "fizzy pop". Thank you.
In addition, an essential item is a lucky mascot or charm of their choosing. Over the years, we've seen a wide and colourful variety of teddies, charms, pixies, photos, cards etc. and every year, it seems to have worked. Let's continue with this tradition.
After the week ahead, the children will celebrate with an "end of SATs" party on the Friday afternoon. We hope that the weather will be good to us, in which case, we will go over onto the field for a picnic. The children will be allowed to bring in picnic blankets and a small snack & drink for themselves to enjoy. It's easier for them to bring their own choice - we ask that they don't just bring sweets!
We then "chill out" with football, rounders, chatting, or simply whatever the children like to do. We do finish with some whole class photos which make a nice addition to their Yearbooks. If the weather is poor, we simply celebrate indoors.
Finally, they are allowed to bring in a change of clothing for the afternoon - yes, Year 6 a CHANGE of clothing. Come in your school uniform, and you can change at lunchtime.
Year 6, YOU have worked so well towards your assessments. Lots of adults at home and at school have supported and guided you through. Please come back into school on Monday in a calm and collected manner. We will all continue to support you through this important week, and before you know it, it will all be over.
MAKE US, MAKE YOUR FAMILIES, MAKE YOUR FRIENDS, BUT MOST OF ALL, MAKE YOURSELVES
Diary Dates for Year 6
Monday 13th May - National Assessments Week (SATs)
Friday 17th May - End of SATs Party
(see above for further details)
Monday 20th May - Visit from a "Head of House" from HCCS
(Pupils will bring home paperwork which is requested by HCCS by Friday 24th May)
Thursday 23rd May - STOCKLEY FARM WITH BUDDIES - YAY!!!
For parents of pupils attending HCCS in September, your child did bring home a letter with details regarding their two Transition Visit days. Please be aware that their second date - the Pastoral Visit - has been changed from Thursday 27th June to Friday 28th June. This is beyond Goostrey's control. It is the last school day before Kingswood, but the children will be briefed clearly on the Thursday regarding Kingswood expectations).
Tuesday 4th June - Kingswood Meeting - Year 6 classroom @ 5:00pm
Thursday 6th June - Buddy Music Concert
(details of times and tickets to follow nearer the time)
Tuesday 18th June - Y6 to visit HCCS - Curriculum Visit
Tuesday 25th June - HCCS Parents' Meeting for current Y6 pupils (at HCCS)
Friday 28th June - Y6 to visit HCCS - Pastoral Visit
Sunday 30th June - Y6 Residential to Kingswood
Tuesday 9th July & Wednesday 10th July - Year 6 Exit Interviews (dates and times to follow nearer the time)
Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th July - Year 6 Performances
(details to follow nearer the time)
Wednesday 24th July - Leavers' Assembly
Pupils' Weekly Review - week ending 10.05.13
Kate - I enjoyed the food chains with Mrs. Cowell.
Harvey - I enjoyed doing the indoor cricket at 'the comp'.
Georgia - I enjoyed the girls' football against the staff.
Leanne - I got a great score in my science test.
Nicole - I enjoyed preparing for our SATs.
Will - I improved my science test score by 8 marks!
Bekki - I'm looking forward to SATs (and getting them over and done with).
Thomas - I'm looking forward to our 'end-of-SATs-party'.
Max H. - Since September, I've moved up 20 marks in my science test.
Lucy - I enjoyed playing 'Buffet' with Mrs. Cowell.
Joe - I reached my target in science.
Heather - I did well on a practice reading test.
Caolan - I really enjoyed the maths tests.
Mrs. Timmins' Weekly Review - 7th to 10th May 2013
Well, what more can I say. Our National Assessments are upon us next week, and we have completed our final preparations through this four-day week. I set the pupils the 2012 papers for maths and reading comprehension. Whilst that might seem a tough task, it has allowed the pupils access to the most recent tests, and it has given them a real boost in seeing just how well they can perform and how they can really "show off" their knowledge and learning. Well done, Year 6, for not grumbling about this and simply "getting on with it".
Next week is more or less covered in the information above - it's test week and the pupils will be absolutely fabulous and will do their very best which is all we can ask of them.
We would ask that the Year 6 continue to remain focused on the work ahead in the next week and continue to try their very best to show off their knowledge and skills in their assessments. Not long to go now, and Mrs. Cowell and I are looking forward to sorting out the end-of-year show. We will, as in previous years, be holding auditions in the last week of term, so once the title of the show is announced, you'll need to be practising for impressing us both (think "Britain's Got Talent" only with less judges - but more pretty!)
Mrs. Timmins' Weekly Homework (10.05.13)
We have now completed our CGP homework activities. Today, I have not set "formal" homework tasks, but I would ask the children to use their CGP study books, BBC Bitesize website, and any other particular resources to help them through the next week.
"Diary Watch" - This week, we HAVE been counting, and we did earn a few marbles, but not as many as we'd like. Next week, "Diary Watch" is on hold, but please do your best to bring them into school for messages and "stuff".
So, we're still aiming for 29 diaries each day, let's try this again.
Monday: 29 diaries = 20 marbles.
28 diaries = 10 marbles.
27 diaries = 4 marbles.
By Thursday, if you've managed a minimum of 20 marbles, (min. 4 per day) then I'll add 20 more in. If you manage more than 20 marbles, I am open to negotiation.
Diary "gauntlet" thrown down. If you choose to accept it, you could easily be on your way to a half-filled jar in one week.
If there are any queries at all, please do contact me by phone, calling in, or using the email link at the top left of the page.
xx -- Mrs. Timmins -- xx
This half term on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon we are going to be looking at-
Science – Adaptation and Interdependence
Objectives for this unit • that green plants need light in order to grow well
• to make careful observations of plant growth and to explain these using simple scientific knowledge and understanding
• that green plants make new plant material using air, water in the presence of light
• that for this to take place the green plant requires leaves
• that fertilisers are often added to soils to provide plants with the nutrients they need
• to use keys to identify animals and plants in a local habitat
• that animals and plants in a local habitat are interdependent
• how animals and plants in a local habitat are suited to their environment
• that food chains can be used to represent feeding relationships in a habitat
• that food chains begin with a plant (the producer)
• that different plants grow in different soil conditions
• that water and nutrients are taken in through the root
• that roots anchor the plant in the soil
• to make careful, relevant observations of soils
• to draw conclusions from observations and to explain these using scientific knowledge and understanding
• that different animals and plants are found in different habitats
• how animals and plants in a second habitat are suited to their environment
• to construct food chains in a particular habitat
In Science this week
We are going to...
Adaptation and Interdependence
Buffet - Adaptation
Today the children grouped in a flock and used their beaks to get food from the feeding ground.
Madness, Noisy feeding frenzy.
Ask Year 6 about it - a lot of fun had by all and tonnes of learning about adaptation.
Purple Book - revise materials section
We spoke about the importance of using the study books. Revise the section first and then answer the questions in the Question Book.
Homework for next Wed - complete the remaining pages in your question book.
PE - Gymnastics
Mirror and Canon sequences of movement or if the weather is good
we will go outside to work on our Lacrosse skills and possibly a game of the 'capture the flag'.
On Tuesdays the children are completing an Music composition unit with Mrs Benson with a little help from Mr Hext, as well as PE (rounders and cricket) with Mr Thompson.
Our Kingswood residential ...
The Stockley Farm visit with buddies ... a milking experience not to be missed.
Buddy Music Week ... a feast for the ears!
The Year 6 musical extravaganza ... what part will you be trying out for?
Archived Weekly Pupil Reviews
Ellie: We planned our "Hatwalk" with Mrs. Benson and we are going to do this next week, which is exciting.
Mia: Yesterday, I attempted line dancing backwards, but I fell over. (She's OK though!)
Harvey: I enjoyed writing about Dinsdale the hedgehog.
Max: We watched a Monty Python sketch - it was hilarious.
Nicole: I enjoyed doing the line dancing on Wednesday with Mrs. Cowell.
Joe: We had a race off - Georgia won!
Pupils' weekly review (4th Feb.~8th Feb. 2013)
Tom H. I enjoyed writing the discussion texts
Lucy - With Mrs. Cowell, we've started making copper with vinegar, nails and special rocks.
Liam - I enjoyed the line dancing - it was quite difficult, but I kind of got the hang of it!
Max - On Tuesday, we did netball with Mr. Thompson and we won 3-0 in a snowy blizzard.
Harvey - I enjoyed working on the book fair. I earned a Housepoint for it.
Thomas - We listened to the Islamic Call to Prayer with Mrs. Benson in RE.
Caitie - We couldn't do PE because of the snow, so we made sports PowerPoint presentations about the importance of warm-ups. My group chose running.
Leanne - I enjoyed the swimming gala - Goostrey came third overall.
Pupils' Weekly Review - Mon. 11th to Fri. 15th February 2013
Will - In football, I did an amazing bicycle kick.
Hannah - I have enjoyed doing the "Fruity Thinking" pictures with Mrs. Cowell.
Caitie - I enjoyed playing the netball games with Mr. Thompson in PE.
Lucy - I quite enjoyed writing the discussion texts about "The Island".
Bekki - I liked doing netball in PE with Mr. Thompson.
Charlotte - I liked working with the Year Five class on "Fruity Thinking".
Max - I scored an amazing curve in football.
Nicole - I've enjoyed doing the topic about the zoos.
Erisa - I liked learning about three dimensional shapes in maths.
Pupils' Weekly Review (25.02.13 - 01.03.13)
Emilia: We had netball with Mrs. Cooper, preparing for our match on Monday.
Max G: Tomorrow, we are going to a football match at Crewe Alex.
Ellie: We had French Day on Thursday and it was really fun. I was a waitress in the cafe.
Georgia: Tonight, I'm going to Film Night.
Harvey: I enjoyed the Mosque trip.
Heather: The French Day Lunch was very nice.
Joe: I liked the French Day cafe.
Katie: Instead of gymnastics, we played "Capture the Flag".
Phoebe: We did a timeline of World History and had to figure out when the Aztecs came. It was really good.
Pupils' Weekly Review - 18th to 22nd March 2013
Emilia - We made paper "fortune tellers" in French.
Ellie - On Monday, we played in the netball tournament and Goostrey 'A' and Goostrey 'B' came joint first with Chelford (YAY!)
Kate - I really enjoyed the Aztec art.
Leanne - I had fun playing in the Spring Concert.
Lucy - I've enjoyed studying the explanation texts in English.
Oliver - I've enjoyed doing the Aztec art.
Georgia - We did a test on grammar.....and it was OK!
Heather - I painted a peacock for my Aztec art.
Max - In the Aztec art session, I painted a double-headed snake.
Charlotte - I enjoyed the lacrosse lessons with Mrs. Cowell.
Pupils' Weekly Review - week ending 19.04.13
India - I really enjoyed the yeast experiment that we did with Mrs. Cowell on Thursday.
Caolan - I enjoyed the rounders with Mr. Thompson.
Joe - I like the reading revision.
Lucy - I tried a challenge paper.
Leanne - I earned good marks on a challenge paper.
Mia - we've written lyrics for a song with Mrs. Benson and Mr. Hext.
Pupils' Weekly Review - week ending 03.05.13
Tom - I really enjoyed the pond dipping with Mrs. Cowell
(p.s. from Mrs. Timmins - I don't think they actually "dipped Mrs. Cowell in the pond!")
Bekki – I thought the PE with Mr. Thompson was really fun - we were practising our skills for rounders
Leanne - We did some Level 6 English papers with Mrs. King - they weren't as hard as I thought.
Joe - I enjoyed rounders club with Mrs. Cooper and the Tag Rugby tournament with Mrs. Flint.
Caolan - I really enjoyed the first lacrosse match with Mrs. Cowell
Nicole - We did some sample GAPS test and I quite liked them and I'm really happy with the score I earned.
Heather - I liked the Level 6 maths papers we did with Mrs. King this week and they weren't as hard as I thought.
Harvey - I really enjoyed our "Star Wars" day.