Year 6 Update Week 8



Tuesday 23rd October – Year 6 Trip to a screening of “A Plastic Ocean”.  Please make sure you have completed the eNotice granting your child permission to attend

Thursday 25th October – Immunisations

Tuesday 30th October – Y6 Bake Sale

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November – Arts in the park

Monday 5th November – School Photos

Tuesday 6th November – School Photos

Friday 9th November – Sibling Photos

Monday 12th November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Wednesday 14th November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Monday 19th November to Friday 23rd November – Outward Bound Camp


The children need to keep themselves clean to remain healthy and to feel good about themselves. Good personal hygiene will help boost their self-esteem and confidence. You may have to help your child practice good personal hygiene habits. These will become even more important as they grow older and approach puberty. Being able to talk openly and honestly about keeping clean will help them to manage the more difficult personal hygiene issues that are likely to come up when they are teenagers.
Questions you can ask your child instead of ‘How was your day?”
Often when we ask children ”How was your day?”, we are given the answer ”good” or ”fine”.  More than just finding out how their day was, we want to help children become problems solvers and independent learners. Good conversations help them see that we care about their lives, we are there to support them, and to help them develop strategies for solving problems themselves.
Here are some questions you could ask your child after school.
What made you smile today?
Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
What did you do that was creative?
What is the most popular game at break time?
What was the best thing that happened today?
Did you help anyone today?
Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
Who did you sit with at lunch?
What made you laugh?
Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
Who inspired you today?
What is something you heard that surprised you?
What is something you saw that made you think?
Who did you play with today?
Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
What is something that challenged you?
Did you like your lunch?
Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
How were you brave today?
What questions did you ask at school today?
Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
What are you reading?
What was the hardest rule to follow today?
Teach me something I don’t know.
If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
What made you feel happy? 
What made you feel proud?
Did you learn any new words today?
If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about you?


We know the first few weeks back at school can be tiring, so please make sure your children are all getting enough sleep. If your child is not getting at least 10 hours of sleep a night then they will not be able to reach their potential the next day. Please get plenty of rest.
Fruity Friday
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Every Friday your child should bring a healthy and fruity snack. The Eco Squad needs the peel to create compost. Year 6 should be setting the example, so please, please, please bring in fruit to eat on Friday and pop the peel in the green bucket outside the butterfly garden.



Year 6 have had a very busy week in the lead up to the October holiday. They enjoyed the opportunity to work with Mr Melsom in the butterfly garden to continue their hard work composting using bokashi.

We have made a great start to our new unit ‘Conflict’, familiarising ourselves with the key vocabulary around conflict and being able to decipher between the different types of conflict. The children have had some great discussions around internal and external conflict and enjoyed taking part in kahoot quizzes to broaden their knowledge.

The children have begun to look at the features of a balanced argument within different issues such as Hong Kong Zoo and school uniforms. They are learning to explore both sides of an argument in order to identify different opinions and back up reasons with evidence.

Golden Book Certificates
6Y: Sera Yang
6D: Karl Loynd
6H: Jeremy Wong
Well done to Shafay for his impressive presentation to the school about his beliefs within the 5 ways to well being!
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This week we continued up-cycling old cans into fancy desk tidies. We will be giving these to teachers as gifts to improve their wellbeing and spread the message of re-using and up-cycling.



Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea- Reaching a resolution during periods of conflict is influenced by the actions and reactions of all involved.

Lines of Inquiry  – We will inquire into…

  1. Causes of conflict (causation, perspective)
  2. Conflict resolution and management (responsibility)
  3. Our responsibility as a member of a community. (Responsibility)


After the holiday we will explore conflict resolutions and how people go about attempting to solve conflict on a daily and global scale. We will look at different types of conflict in more depth and talk about the actions and reactions of all involved.


Number Maths – Operations

Central Idea –We use the same rules for the computation of decimal fractions as for whole numbers

How are the four rules related to each other?

In what ways can we record the rules for a pattern in addition and subtraction?

Now that we are focusing on mental and written strategies when solving addition and subtraction problems we are encouraging the children to trial new strategies to solve multi step problems and share their thinking and working out to find the answer.

Strand Maths – Measurement

Central Idea – Conversion of units and measurements allows us to make sense of the world we live in.

In strand math, we will explore area and perimeter of a triangle and identify the properties which will help us to calculate the measurements. 


We will continue to draw inferences when we read by looking at a variety of passages from texts. Year 6 will be focusing on the story ‘Half A Man’ by Michael Morpurgo using the illustrations and descriptions to apply their learning of inference.

The children will identify topics or issues relevant for writing a balanced argument. They will use exemplars from class discussion and joint construction to write up their success criteria to write an exposition including two sides.

UOI : This week we started the W.I.P. book. Please cover your book this weekend, front and back in a collage style. If you want to cover it in wrapping paper/brown paper/newspaper first that is fine but you must use a collage of anything that interests you. Use magazines, print outs and newspapers to cover your book. Please complete this by Monday 22nd October.
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Reading: Home readers

Number Maths 

  • Miss Younie – Mathletics
  • Ms. Mak – Mathletics
  • Mr Hoskins – Mathletics
  • Mr Hubbard – Mathletics


Mandarin (All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.)

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