Welcome to Year 6!
In Year 6 at Lakeside Primary we will be covering numerous, engaging topics. We are excited to be teaching your children this year and hope that all of our pupils have a happy and successful Year 6!
Being a prefect is an extremely important role at Lakeside, as pupils are expected to be excellent role models for younger children in the school. It is important that all prefects wear their badges every day and take their roles seriously.
During the summer term, children are given the chance to visit the activity centre at Stackpole to further develop their team building skills and independence.
To conclude a highly successful year in Lakeside Primary, they will celebrate and share their many talents in the Leavers' Concert.
Autumn - 'A Child's War' - How did World War 2 affect Wales?
In the project, the children will explore:
- What it was like to be an evacuee
- The impact of evacuation on children and their families
- The daily life of a child in wartime Wales
- The effects and devastation of the Swansea Blitz
- Why some parts of Wales were more vulnerable to bombing than others
- The life of Anne Frank
- We will also be visiting Cardiff Castle
Spring 1 -'Frozen Kingdom' - Welcome to the Planet's coldest lands!
In this project, the children will:
- Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and eco-systems
- Compose evocative poems about the Northern Lights
- Learn about the life of Robert Falcon Scott
- Construct food chains to show how species are interdependent on each other as food sources
- Discuss and debate whether it is ever right for humans to hunt animals
- Find out about the bio-diversity of the Arctic or Antarctic ocean
Spring 2 - 'Darwin's Delights'
Ship Ahoy! We're off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle.
In this project the children will:
- Trace his route across the ocean
- Understand his theory of Evolution
- See how animals adapt to their environment
- Learn about some of the World's greatest explorers and naturalists
- Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years (it's a scary thought!)
Summer 1 - 'Gallery Rebels'
Pack up your pencils, pick up your paintbrushes and prepare to be amazed by the wonderful work of 19th and 20th century artists.
During this half term, we will:
- Visit a local art gallery to view an exhibition.
- We’ll talk about features of the artwork and sketch our favourite pieces.
- We’ll research important artwork of the 19th and 20th centuries online, choosing a favourite piece of art to describe in more detail.
- Using maps, we’ll locate art galleries around the world and calculate how much it would cost to get there.
- When we’ve gathered a range of materials, we’ll make beautiful sketchbooks and use them to collect ideas and inspiration.
- We’ll create pieces of art inspired by well known artists and use search engines to source images of modern art to put into a digital portfolio.
- We’ll express ourselves through poetry, stories, music and painting.
- Art can affect our feelings and emotions, and we’ll investigate whether everyone responds in the same way.
Homework will not necessarily be set each week, it will be set when we feel consolidation of a skill is needed or when a home task is required for our topic. Please remember that not all homework needs to be printed out! As long as you can see the activity online, you may write your answers on paper. Paper is available from your classroom should you require it. Alternatively, children who still wish to print a hard copy may do this from school. Thank you to all of the Year 6 parents for your support with homework activities. This is such an important year for the children, and we know how busy everyone is.
We would be grateful if you could encourage your children to read for enjoyment, as regularly as possible at home. We do appreciate that many children have evening clubs to attend, but as it is a skill that is used across the curriculum, regular practise is highly beneficial. Children must remember to bring in their own reading book every day. These can be their own books, or can be borrowed from the class reading corner.
In Year 6 we subscribe to a weekly publication called First News. It is an excellent newspaper that has many interesting articles about current world events, written in a child friendly way. The children have regular opportunities to read these newspapers as part of our Guided Group Reading sessions (GGR). However if you are interested in subscribing to the newspaper at home, please click on the following link' https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/?utm_source=neutral-homepage&utm_medium=topnav&utm_campaign=neutral-homepage
We continue to teach and use 'Alan Peat' sentences in Year 6, so if your child enjoys writing at home, please could you encourage your children to include them in their work. These top tips for sentence writing will really help you improve your writing skills. Click here, or find the link at the bottom of the page.
PE will be on Thursday afternoons for both Year 6 classes. This year we have the exciting opportunity to use Cardiff Metropolitan University's facilities and coaches for our lessons. We will leave school at 12.40 pm and return by 3.15 pm.
In order to allow plenty of time for lunch, please could the children come to school dressed in their Lakeside Primary School P.E kit, every Thursday morning. A navy t-shirt and shorts are required, and trainers or similar footwear. Navy t-shirts may be purchased from YC Sports. If your child does not arrive in appropriate P.E kit, they will be asked to wear spare school kit. If for any reason your child cannot take part, we must have a signed letter from a parent/guardian.
Thank you for your support,
Year 6 teachers - Miss Fry & Mrs Bird
Year 6 TAs - Mrs Cole & Mrs Butler