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Spring 2017

Curriculum Overview

Similarly to the Autumn term 2016, throughout the Spring term 2017, the children in Year 6 have been increasingly busy preparing for the upcoming SATs, which this year will be held between 8th – 11th May. In Numeracy, preparation has included brushing up on important concepts and addressing common misconceptions, as well as working through past SAT style questions to get an idea of roughly what to expect in this year’s tests. A major focus of Maths throughout the year has been the development of reasoning and problem solving skills. This is a direct result of analysis carried out on last year’s SAT results. In English, as writing is assessed through on-going teacher assessment, the children have spent a large proportion of their time focusing on the skills required to achieve in both the reading test paper and the Sp.A.G test (spelling and grammar).

 

Being streamed into three groups for both English and maths throughout the year has allowed for more intensive teaching to take place focusing specifically on filling the gaps in individual children’s knowledge and understanding. The impact of working in smaller groups is clearly evident in the work that the children produce daily which is tailored more closely to the needs of individual children.

Pleasingly, the efforts of all of the staff appear to have paid dividends as the assessments carried out before the Spring half term 2017 evidenced strong progress across the course of this academic year for reading writing and maths. An extensive amount of work has been done with the new RaiseOnline ‘Ready Reckoner’ to identify how ‘on track’ the current Year 6 are based on the 2016 SAT’s papers. In January 2017, for example, attainment for reading and maths was already higher than end of Year 6 2016 overall data. This work has informed target setting and provision mapping for the Spring and Summer terms 2017. The cohort remain ‘on track’ for end of year predictions as evidenced through pupil progress meetings and evidence in pupil workbooks.

 

In order to keep parents up-to-date on the progress of their children – and their targets, we will be holding our termly Parents’ Meetings day on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. Bearing in mind the positive praise received from parents for previous similar events, we fully anticipate a successful day.

 

As a way of alleviating the stresses of SATs (albeit only for a short time), the children in Year 6 once again took part in the ‘Young Voices’ event at the Manchester Arena on Thursday 9th February. The whole event went off without a hitch and the children, by their own admission, had “the best time ever”. The event involved 8000 plus children, from schools from across the North West, joining together to create a single choir to perform in front of a seven thousand strong audience. The children performed majestically and behaved impeccably throughout!

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact

As well as the work carried out during the regular timetabled lessons a significant number of children in the year group have also been attending regular booster sessions in both maths and English. These booster sessions have been held by all staff across the year group, both teachers and teaching assistants – proof, if ever it were needed, that this is real team effort. Monitoring of these children’s assessment data indicates that all are making pleasing progress.

 

Most Able Provision & Impact

In addition to the work going on in classrooms, a number of children have continued to take part in a Reasoning Group led by external maths consultant, Peter Dickinson. This is the second year in which the school has hosted these sessions, and they are, once again, proving to be incredibly popular amongst the children taking part. During each session the children work to tackle mathematical problems from a range of contexts and approaches in an effort to develop a broader level of understanding and using and applying of key skills.

 

A new addition to the provision for the term are a series of ‘More Able’ group sessions in English, maths and science, organised and carried out by Matthew Moss High School. These sessions involve 4 children, each of whom have been identified as achieving well beyond age related expectations. Albeit very early, the children have very much enjoyed the sessions and reported back positively.

 

British Values

As per the Autumn term 2016, the children also take part in weekly PSCHE lesson with Ms. Regan. During each of these sessions the children study a variety of the elements that make up the British Values guidance such as democracy and respect of others and their beliefs. These sessions are often reflected on positively by the children for the reason that it allows the children to discuss in an open and safe environment the issues that are seldom talked about elsewhere. A large part of the work that has been carried out in PSCHE has centred around e-Safety and staying safe online. As part of this the children looked at the use of social media and cyber-bullying. This proved to be an area of learning that the children were very involved in and thoroughly enjoyed as a result, raising a number of important issues, questions and areas for further exploration.

 

Also ongoing on from the Autumn term 2016, a group of 8 children have continued to work alongside children from Hamer Primary School and Rochdale Sixth Form College as Community Cohesion ambassadors. This has involved working with local councillors, police officers and other members of each school’s respective community to identify ways in which Rochdale can be improved for the young people within.

 

Attendance

 

Group

Presents

AEA

Authorised Absences

Unauthorised Absences

Possible

% Attendance

UY6A

94.1

2.5

2.9

0.5

100.0

96.6

UY6B

94.1

2.5

1.4

2.0

100.0

96.6

UY6C

95.3

2.4

1.5

0.8

100.0

97.7

Totals

94.5

2.5

1.9

1.1

100.0

96.9

 

Again, as in the Autumn term, attendance in Year 6 has continued to be a cause for celebration! Weekly attendance percentages for the three classes in the year group have been consistently high throughout the term, something which is essential if children are to achieve their potential in May’s SATs test. From September to date, our overall attendance is 96.9% as a year group. A key factor of maintaining a high attendance percentage is the continued work carried by the school’s Inclusion Team

Autumn 2016

Summer 2016


Throughout the 2nd half of the Spring term and the early part of the Summer term, the entire focus of all of the Year 6 children was preparation for the end of Key Stage SAT tests. As SATs week approached, the children became more and more entrenched in last-minute revision and refining of the skills they would need to have in place in order to achieve the desired levels. It goes without saying that every child in the year group worked incredibly hard, despite the unforgiving timetable which was largely made up of Maths and English. As part of the preparation, a large number of the children took part in numerous before- and after-school booster groups resulting, for some in an 8 hour school day rather than the usual six. A reflection of the effort and dedication put in by staff and children alike.


In addition the many before- and after-school booster groups, Mr. Hudson also ran a numeracy extension club each Wednesday morning throughout the Spring term aimed at those children working beyond age related expectations. The group was made up of approximately 20 children from Year 6 and proved to be a huge success. So much so that as word spread that ‘actually maths isn’t that hard!’


All of the additional opportunities put in place by the school were very enthusiastically accepted by all children, with this Year’s attendances being amongst, if not the best ever, culminating in Miss Bingham’s and Mr. Hudson’s class both winning termly attendance awards.


SATs week itself passed smoothly, largely down to the fantastic attitudes of the children and preparation put in by the staff involved. As part of attempts to ensure that the children arrived on time, as usual, each was offered a free place at Breakfast Club, which offered the additional incentive of a fully cooked breakfast on the first day of the week. This proved to be a great success. As well as Breakfast Club the children also took part in a short Dream Journey style activity before registration each morning to calm them down before the day’s tests. Throughout the week, all of the children worked incredibly hard and showed an amazing level of commitment. Hopefully, the results, which should arrive in late early July will reflect the effort that the children have put into their revision and studies. 
In addition to the SAT tests that the children completed, 10 randomly selected children were chosen to take part in this year’s national sample science test.  The tests, which are administered by the NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) at chosen schools across the country, assess the children’s understanding in areas of chemistry, biology and physics with the results being collated to give an overall image of how well science is being delivered in primary schools. These tests will take place on Monday 13th June.


Currently the children are maintaining the hard work with a continued focus on numeracy, literacy and science with the intention of ensuring that our children move onto high school with the strongest possible foundation from which to build.


Besides the work being put into literacy, numeracy and science, there is also the ‘small’ matter of transition to be considered throughout the Summer term and this has been ongoing since the completion of SATs week. With our children moving onto no less than nine high schools across the borough, this year’s transition timetable has, and continues to be a very busy with children being involved in visits to their new schools and teachers from said schools visiting to gather information. Despite being incredibly busy, the children are thoroughly enjoying the experience and are relishing the opportunity to spend a day at their high schools on June 28th. It goes without saying that we wish all of our children the very best of luck for their futures. 


In Topic, in anticipation of her birthday, the children have been looking at the timeline of the Queen’s life, reflecting on how her life has changed in accordance to the roles and responsibilities involved in being a figure head. This led on to work in RE in which the children considered their own roles and responsibilities and how these will change over time. This unit of work has proven to be very


As a means of release, given that this year’s residential visit took place in September, the children in Year 6 were given the opportunity to vote on an end of year trip and, as a result, it was decided that the year group would like to spend a day at the park. Although plans have not yet been finalised, the idea is that the whole year group, at some point in July, will visit Springfield Park for a day of games and fun. This will no doubt prove to be a very enjoyable and fitting end to what has been a very full and eventful year and one that will hopefully be remembered by the Year 6 children.
 

Spring Term 2016

Curriculum Overview

Throughout the term, and indeed the year, the children in Year 6 have been increasingly busy preparing for the upcoming SATs, which this year will be held between 9th – 13th May. In Numeracy, preparation has included brushing up on important concepts and addressing common misconceptions, as well as working through past SAT papers to get an idea of roughly what to expect in this year’s tests. This has always proven to be an extremely effective way of getting ready for the SAT tests and will hopefully be as successful this year. In Literacy, as writing is levelled through on-going teacher assessment, the children have spent a large proportion of their time focusing on the skills required to achieve in both the reading test paper and the Sp.A.G test (spelling and grammar).

 

Being streamed into three groups for both Literacy and Numeracy throughout the year has allowed more intensive teaching to take place focusing specifically on filling the gaps in individual children’s knowledge and understanding. The impact of working in smaller groups is clearly evident in the work that the children produce daily.

 

Pleasingly, the efforts of all of the staff appear to have paid dividends as the assessments carried out before the Spring half term showed an impressive amount of progress being made across Numeracy and Literacy.

 

In order to keep parents up-to-date on the progress of their children, we will once again be holding our annual Parents’ Meetings day on Wednesday 23rd March. Bearing in mind the positive praise received from parents in previous similar events, we fully anticipate a successful day.

As a way of alleviating the stresses of SATs (albeit only for a short time), the children in     Year 6 once again took part in the Young Voices event at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester on Thursday 3rd March. The whole event went off without a hitch and the children, by their own admission, had ‘the best time ever’. The event involved 8000 plus children, from schools from across the North-West, joining together to create a single choir to perform infront of a seven thousand strong audience. The children performed majestically and behaved impeccably throughout, something that they received praise for from staff from another school.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact

To maximise potential, Ms. Claire Foster has continued her one-to-two work with selected children during which chosen pupils receive additional tutoring to address areas and concepts that they may have struggled with in the whole class setting. Again, this has proven to be something that not only benefits the children in terms of their understanding and achievement, but also something that the children enjoy and report on fondly.

 

Aswell as the work carried out during the regular school day the vast majority of children in the year group have also been attending regular booster sessions in both Numeracy and Literacy, often outside of the regular school day. These booster sessions have been held by all staff across the year group, both teachers and teaching assistants – proof, if ever it were needed, that this is a real team effort

 

Most Able Provision & Impact

In addition to the work going on in classrooms, a number of children have continued to take part in a Reasoning Group led by external maths consultant, Peter Dickinson. This is the second year in which the school has hosted these sessions, and they are, once again, proving to be incredibly popular amongst the children taking part. During each session the children work to tackle mathematical problems from a range of contexts and approaches in an effort to develop a broader level of understanding and using and applying of key skills.

 

A new addition to the provision for the term are a series of ‘More Able Mathematicians’ group which is organised and carried out by Matthew Moss High School. These sessions have involved 4 children, 3 of whom are from Year 6 with the fourth child currently in Year 5. Albeit very early, the children have very much enjoyed the sessions and reported back positively.

 

British Values

As throughout the Autumn term, the children also take part in a three weekly (as part of cycle of History and Outdoor Pursuits) PSCHE lesson with Mrs. Reagan and  Miss. Bingham. During each of these sessions the children study a variety of the elements that make up British values such as democracy and respect of others and their beliefs. These sessions are often reflected on positively by the children for the reason that it allows the children to discuss in an open and safe environment the issues that are seldom talked about elsewhere. A large part of the work that has been carried out in PSCHE has centred around e-Safety and staying safe online. As part of this the children looked at the use of social media and cyber-bullying. This proved to be an area of learning that the children were very involved in and thoroughly enjoyed as a result, raising a number of important issues, questions and areas for further exploration.

 

Also on-going on from the Autumn term, a group of 6 children have continued to work alongside children from Hamer Primary School looking at Community Cohesion. This has involved working with local councillors, police officers and other members of each school’s respective community to identify ways in which Rochdale can be improved for the young people within.

 

Attendance

Again, as in the Autumn term, attendance in Year 6 has continued to be a cause for celebration. Weekly attendance percentages for the three classes in the year group have been consistently high throughout the term, something which is essential if children are to achieve their potential in May’s SATs test. A key factor of maintaining a high attendance percentage is the work that is carried by the school’s Inclusion Team. This work has allowed a greater insight into the patterns that emerge in regards to children’s non-attendance. 

Autumn Term 2015

Curriculum Overview
Throughout the Autumn Term, the topic for Year 6 has been The Vikings. As part of their studies around this topic, the children have used their understanding of chronology to place the Vikings into British history and used their findings to focus more carefully on the key events of the Viking era. Over the remainder of the term, they will look into a variety of aspects of Viking life including features of Viking settlements, Viking farming, agriculture, invasions and battles.


As is to be expected in Year 6, despite being early in the academic year, the children are already heavily involved in the preparation for this year’s end of key stage assessments (SATs). In Numeracy, as well as learning new concepts, in line with the new National Curriculum which came into force for Year 6 in September 2015, the children have been busy revisiting and refining the concepts learned during previous years including place value, calculation, covering the four operations, and properties of 2D and 3D shape. In Literacy, the children have looked at a variety of text types including narratives, recounts and instruction writing. Another key element of the work taking place in Literacy is grammar which, once again, the children will be tested on during their SATs. As part of the school’s implementation of the Assertive Mentoring assessment system, each week the children complete a ‘Grammar Hammer’ basic skill test which is used, in turn, to fill any gaps or misconceptions that  they may have in terms of their understanding.


Along with the use of Assertive Mentoring in writing and grammar, the Autumn term 2015 also saw the introduction of the new whole school reading scheme which is used daily as part of guided reading. Despite some minor teething problems, this system is now up and running and the impact will hopefully be evident in the end of term assessment data.
As in previous years, one of the highlights of the Autumn Term calendar is World Studies week, during which the children focused their studies on South Africa. Throughout the week, the children developed their geography skills by using atlases and maps to locate and highlight both the U.K. and South Africa. They also carried out research to compile a fact-file on the two countries which, in turn, allowed them to compare and contrast the information they had found on each. In History and PSCHE, the children looked at the stories of the Soweto race riots and Hector Pieterson, the first black child to be killed during the riots. The children looked in detail at and discussed the possible causes of the riots and evaluated the roles of all involved. Literacy offered the opportunity to focus on the life of one of South Africa’s most inspirational figures, Nelson Mandela. Using a range of sources of information, the children created biographies of Mandela’s life.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
As a result of the positive impact of introducing a third teacher to the year group in the last academic year, we have once again split the cohort into three classes with Mrs Smith joining the Year 6 teaching team from Easter 2015. This has continued to have a hugely positive impact on both the teaching and learning taking place due to the fact that the children now receive teaching that is much more focused on individual children’s needs and targeting each child’s working level.


In addition to Mrs Smith’s introduction, Mrs Foster has continued her one-to-two work with selected children during which targeted pupils receive additional tutoring to address areas and concepts that they may have struggled within the whole class setting. Again, this has proven to be something that not only benefits the children in terms of their understanding and achievement, but also something that the children enjoy and report on fondly.


Most Able Provision & Impact
Over the course of the term, all staff involved with the year group have been actively involved in ensuring that the level of challenge stretches ALL children, however, with a particular focus on the most able children. This is achieved through both the standard of classroom teaching and the quality of marking and feedback in the children’s books. In Maths, in line with guidance offered by the government, the children are often challenged to demonstrate ‘master’y of the concepts that they have been studying through regular challenges, set as both extension activities during lessons, or as additional tasks given as a part of daily marking and feedback. These challenges often encourage the children to use and apply their understanding of various concepts, often cross-conceptual, to solve problems from a less standard angle. In Literacy, the children are challenged, often on a daily basis to use the learning that has taken place alongside the feedback offered in marking to ‘up-stage’ their own writing. This is done using a ‘purple polishing pen’ which makes clear any amendments that the children have made to their work


In addition to the work going on in classrooms, a number of children have also been taking part in a maths ‘Mastery Reasoning Grou’p led by external maths consultant, Peter Dickenson. This is the second year in which the school has hosted these sessions for the IPLCN schools, and they are, once again, proving to be incredibly popular amongst the children taking part. During each session the children work to tackle mathematical problems from a range of contexts and approaches in an effort to develop a broader level of understanding and using and applying of key skills.


British Values
As part of the work on British Values and Community Cohesion, in early November 2015, the children from Year 6, along with Year 6 counterparts from Hamer Primary, visited the Town Hall to carry out a series of activities looking at how Rochdale as a town could be improved to better the lives of the communities living within. One of the activities that they took part in required the children to think about the various traits of people living within the community and decide which of these they would class as desirable and non-desirable. The children then had to prioritise the traits that they suggested would be desirable before explaining to the remainder of the group the reasons behind their choices. A second activity looked at redeveloping the town centre to include the types of amenities that the children would like to see in the future. As well as the somewhat predictable football stadia, shopping centres and 97 lane bowling alley and cinema complexes, the children worked incredibly hard and reflected on a much deeper level than anticipated to include essential facilities such as hospitals, fire stations and transport networks. This activity proved to be a huge hit with the children, who were more than confident in explaining their ‘new towns’ and fed back extremely positively on the day as a whole.

 
As well as the visit to the Town Hall, the children also take part in a three weekly (as part of cycle of History and Outdoor Pursuits) PSCHE lesson with Mrs Regan and Miss Bingham. During each of these sessions the children study a variety of the elements that make up British values such as democracy and respect of others and their beliefs. These sessions are often reflected on positively by the children for the reason that it allows the children to discuss in an open and safe environment the issues that are seldom talked about elsewhere.


Attendance
W/E               Class A      Class B       Class C
05/11/2015      98.6          98.9          95.5
22/10/2015     98.6           100            99
15/10/2015      99             100            99
08/10/2015     95.2           98.4         100
01/10/2015      94.6          100          97.5
24/09/2015     98.2          100         94.4
17/09/2015     98.6          100           99
10/09/2015     98.1            97.9        100
Average       97.61     99.4     98.05

 

Pleasingly, the start to the new academic year has seen an impressive rise in attendance figures throughout Year 6. This is a direct result of both the efforts made by the school’s newly formed Inclusion Team and the implementation of the recently implemented Dojo reward system, a part of which rewards children for 100% attendance over each week. The impact of the increased attendance is evident in the progress that has been made by all children throughout the early part of the year. Whereas in previous years, they showed little interest in attendance, other than the award of the weekly attendance trophy, this year has seen a dramatic upturn in the children’s awareness of the importance of regular attendance, with children now eager to be in class earlier than 8.55am. One of the key indicators of the success of the renewed commitment to attendance is the fact that Miss Bingham’s class, during the first half of the Autumn term won the attendance award, and free Friday tuck shop ticket, on five out of seven occasions!!!

Year 6 Archery Autumn 2015

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2015 SATs Week

 

As we're sure many of you and your children will be deeply involved in the ongoing preparations for the upcoming SAT tests, we thought you might find it useful to know that this year's SAT tests will take place on the week commencing 11th May, with the level 3 - 5 papers being carried out during the morning sessions and level 6 papers during the afternoons. The link below provides a provisional timetable for SATs week so that you are aware of what's happening and when. During SATs week and the week prior to, as in previous years, all Year 6 children will be invited to breakfast club free of charge. Doing this ensures that your child eats a healthy breakfast, essential for thinking power, and is in school on-time and ready to go.

Top Tips For Revision

 

1.  Create a revision timetable, and, whenever possible, stick to it.

2.  Choose a place to revise where you will not be distracted.

3.  Revise the concepts that you find more challenging or don't fully understand. Don't waste precious time recovering the topics that you feel secure on.
4.  Drink plenty of water.  Water stops your brain dehydrating and will help you 
concentrate for longer.
5.  Get plenty of sleep.  If you are tired, you will never perform to the best of your 
ability.
6.  Take a short break every 20 minutes.
7.  If you get stuck on something, come back to it later or ask a teacher / parent to 
help.
8.  Reward yourself for working hard.  It might be playing out, watching a favourite TV
programme or having a biscuit.
9.  Study in short sessions, but often.  Don't spend hours working away!

Ashworth Valley

 

Don't forget, our hugely popular residential visit to Ashworth Valley Scout Campsite takes place between Wednesday 10th June - Friday 12th June. As in previous years, we're sure the experience will be one that the children never forget and certainly one they wouldn't want to miss out on! In preparation for the visit, we will hold our annual Ashworth valley parent's meeting after SATs week (date to be confirmed). The total cost of the visit is £65, which is to be paid before 15th May. If you have any questions or queries about the residential or payment, please make arrangements to speak to your child's class teacher as soon as possible.

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