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Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly

Year 6 - Summer 1

Mr Holt

Welcome back to school for another great term of learning!

On the class page this year, you will find lots of information to keep you updated on our day-to-day, weekly and half-termly news and routines.

Please use the class page as a source of information and utilise all of the resources, activities and links on here to support your child and their learning this year.

Below, you will find links to homework activities, resources to support with reading and maths and lots of other information regarding our Year 6 routines.

The class email address will continue to be in use this year: year6@vinetree.org.uk

Our Learning Challenge this term has a History and Geography theme:

Mayans and Vikings

 

Year 6 Curriculum Plan

 

Year 6 Class Newsletter

GetEpic

The website getepic.com is a great online library resource.

You can access books, e-books, audio books, quizzes, videos and lots more. 

Please use this as much as possible at home to support your child's reading. 

Logging in instructions can be found at the front of your child's homework book. The class code is below.

 The terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June.  There are now 2 options to explore the website:

  1. During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm  for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code.  They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.  

 

Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version. I will amend the assignments so that children still have acess to some assigned books after 4pm. Apologies for this confusion - this is a very recent change on GETEPIC! 

Please click on the link below for in depth instructions on how to sign up for EPIC FREE. 

Our Class Novel at the moment is ...

Our first text for whole-class reading will be ...

This term's whole-class reading overview:

Weekly Spellings

w/c: 14th March

Children will receive their new spelling list on a Wednesday and we will be testing this list the following Monday.

Year 6 Class Timetable

Reading Record Books and Reading Books:

To ensure we are not crossing class bubbles and so books can be cleaned, reading books will be changed once a week, on a Friday. 

Your child can take more than one book and can still read books from home. Books must be brought to school everyday in a plastic wallet (which will be provided by the school). 

Reading diaries can also come to school each day, in the plastic wallet and they will be stamped on a Friday.

Please read with and sign your child's diary at least 3 times a week.

MyMaths

TimesTables RockStars

Report inappropriate use here

The Y6 children have decided to grow some plants to sell to raise money for a new outside courtyard area in school. So far, the seedlings are doing well and should be ready for transplanting soon. The sale will be some time after half-term (we will let you know).

Many of our Y6 children have begun to explore the world of social media. In class, we look at the great benefits of using social media and also some of the things to look out for to ensure that we are staying safe online. We often discuss things that have happened online during our weekly circle time, when children bring concerns to talk about. At home, it's a great routine to get into to regularly give your child the space to talk about anything they have experienced online and to ensure that the parental controls that you have set are filtering out the content that you don't wish them to be exposed to. Please see the poster below, which details the age-restrictions that different platforms have for using their sites unsupervised:

Every Tuesday, we have a 20 minute session, which helps us to learn more about our own mental health and making and maintaining healthy relationships.

This half-term, Y6 will continue a weekly session to develop mindfulness techniques. At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as ‘being alive and knowing it’. Please follow this link for more information about this:

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness-in-education/what-is-it/

Our English writing will be based on our current class book.

We will be writing;

  • a narrative piece

PE Days:

Tuesday & Thursday

Your child will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days.

  Homework

Until the statutory assessments in May, our usual homework has been replaced by weekly revision of topics that our class have found most difficult over the course of Y6.

 

Each week, a grid of tasks will be sent home on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has attempted these tasks and brings their homework book in on the following Monday.

 

We are continuing to run Bingo Books throughout the year – details of this can be found on the inside cover of your child’s homework book. If you have any questions or would like to send any pictures of your child’s work, please email year6@vinetree.org.uk.

 

Homework Grid

Homework links and resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/enigma_01.shtml

25 books to read before you leave Vine Tree

(Bingo Books)