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Year 6 - Blwyddyn 6

This half term, we will be continuing with our geographical theme. We will be looking at:

  • countries further afield and how to get to them.
  • the most convenient way to travel.
  • how far each place from home by measuring using a scale on a map.
  • map symbols.

As part of our science, we will be looking at sea-life and fresh water creatures. The children will be carrying out their own research using reference books and cards, iPads and lap tops as well as watching documentaries on the smart board.


In maths and English, we will be working our way through concepts the children need reminding about.

Rehearsing our Year 5 & 6 play, 'Dragon Days' will also be taking up quite a lot of our time but we are sure it will be worth it.


Dates for your diary




Weds 5th- Dragon Days-Y5 & 6 concert. 9.30-10.30am

Thurs 6th-Transition Day for St Illtyd's & EHS

Thurs 13th-Sports For Champions-Commonwealth gymnast visiting to do a sponsored fitness activity.

                   Reports go home

Fri 14th-Whole-school Sports day

Thurs 20th-Leavers assembly & Y6 party

Fri 21st-Break up




Welcome to Year 6! Croeso i Ddosbarth 6

Teacher: Mrs Anderson

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Ryall

Our topic for this half term is

Smarter Journeys



This is an environmental theme all about increasing awareness, building skills and coming up with practical solutions to encourage our school to be a supportive environment for pupils, parents and staff who want to choose

more active and sustainable journeys every day.





We feel that there are many benefits of the project:

  • Using cars for short journeys to school increases congestion and safety risks around the school entrances
  • Increased physical activity levels of children is good for their health as well as being shown to improve alertness and attainment at school
  • Walking, cycling & scooting are free, using the car each day for the school journey has been calculated to cost around £350 a year!
  • Pupils who walk or cycle to school are more familiar with their local area, and have more opportunities to talk to their friends and members of the community.


During Eco Week, we would like to encourage all our pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school and for our staff to park some distance away from the school and walk the rest of the way or to come on their bikes.


Would you like to get involved?


Dates for your diary


Mon 24th-First day of the Summer Term



Mon 1st-BANK HOLIDAY-School closed

Wed 3rd-Reading test

Thurs 4th-Maths Reasoning test

Fri 5th-Maths Procedural test

Weds 10th-GREENWAY BOOK DAY-Dress up as a boo character

Thurs 25th-Eco Day-walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Fri 26th-Break up for half term



Mon 5th-Fri 9th-YEAR 6 Camping in West Wales
































This term’s theme will cover:

  • Positions & functions of our body organs-Research and power point presentations.

  • Heart-heart rate & exercise-Science investigation into how our heart rate changes throughout the day and how to have a healthy heart.

  • Independent investigation-Is height related to distance jumped?

  • The role of our skeleton in humans & animals. -including teeth. (We’ll take a closer look at the effect of sugar of human teeth and what we can do to develop good dental hygiene.

  • Our senses-taste, smell, touch sight & sound-various experiments to show their importance.

  • How to follow a healthy Lifestyle and making the right choices.


As always, we value reading very highly and especially now in Year 6, the more varied books you read, the better your vocabulary will be. This will help enormously in High School. Groups of children have already been trained to work with the younger classes using our new Connector books. We will continue with this every Tuesday. We have been looking at Haiku poems. I've made up a special one all about reading
                                                      Here are a few helpful words
                                                      something we all need,
                                                     To get the best; READ! READ READ!


The books we will be studying include:

  • From Egg to Penguin-non fiction

  • SOLO by Paul Geraughty-Fictional story of an abandoned penguin.

  • The Day the Crayons Quit-Fictional letters with persuasive theme.

  • The Dragon Egg-Welsh themed fictional story for Welsh Week.

  • Aesops Fables


Our focus in Yr 6 remains to study a variety of texts and to write in a range of genre. This will include fictional letters and stories, poems and non- fictional reports, accounts and information leaflets or brochures. We will edit our work and mark with a friend-that's helpful!
We shall continue to progress through the Abacus scheme and reinforce the skills learnt when we are faced with real-life mathematical challenges each week. We have already started using Building Blocks which give us an opportunity to learn maths in all our subjects-it's really fun!


Maths (Building Blocks) Project

The children will be researching the ‘Measles outbreak in South Wales’ as part of their numeracy and literacy project. They will research the information and decide how to present their findings in an informative leaflet for the Medical Centre. Their leaflet will include some or all of the following: tables, charts, graphs, maps and factual information.


After half term we shall be starting a 5 week fitness programme.

The children will be doing a circuit of exercise once a week such as skipping, sprinting and bench jumps. They will also be running a two (or three) lap of the field for cross country (weather permitting) on a Friday morning. We will be taking a pulse rate after these activities.


Mon 5th-School starts-Welcome to Year 6
Weds 14th-Library visit
Fri 16th-INSET


Fri 14th-Y5 & 6-Rugby Festival at St John's College
Tues 18th-Harvest service
Weds 19th-Disco
Fri 21st-Photograph day


18th-Trip to Cardiff Castle-WW2 exhibition
23rd-First Aid Training & Conflict Management training
25th-Enterprise Fair
29th-Crucial Crew activities at Boulders
1st-Class Assembly on Anti bullying-all invited
Litter Pick- Our class and a few of our parents went on a litter pick to help raise awareness of the problem of litter in our neighbourhood. We started at the school gates and cleared the pavements as we walked to Greenway Park. At he park we collected over 5 bags of rubbish. We found all sorts of litter and many unusual items including a complete tyre! We brushed up the glass from near the swings and discussed the hazards. Our message to people who use the park would be to 'always put your litter in the bin' .
We were very proud of ourselves and hope we've made a valuable contribution to keeping the community tidy.  As it was such an icy day, we were very grateful to Mel for the hot chocolate and cookie after finishing our litter pick. Photos from the day can be found in the Gallery.



Upbeat continue to work with us on the new 'Hack' app to be launched this summer.

26th - Presentation and workshop with Food Agency



7th Safer Internet Day - Activity with Purple Mash.

9th Rugby match.

13th Disco 4-5:30pm.

Welsh week - Preparation for St David's Day.

28th Parents evening. I will be sending out letters soon



2nd Parents evening.

3rd Author visit to School.

Things you need to know this term:
  • Reading book and homework given on Monday - Return by Friday
  • PE kit every Tuesday & Thursday

Remember you can use Purple Mash at home.  Ask your teacher for your personal login details.  Click on the logo to go straight to the login page.



Practice your maths skills by playing against other children all over the world.  Ask your teacher for your personal login details.  Click on the logo to go straight to the login page.


Ask your teacher for your HWB password.  On Hwb and Hwb+ you can...


  • access your personal Hwb email
  • use online Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc)
  • use J2e 
  • write blogs and have online discussions with your classmates.
  • and much, much more.


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