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Year 6-SATs Update

Dear Year 6 Families,

We hope you are keeping well and safe. As you may have heard, there was an announcement last week that SATS have been cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

In a year of disruptions, and especially at such a pivotal time in the primary school journey, we wanted to assure you of a few things:

Firstly, our aim, regardless of any national testing programme is to ensure pupils leave us with all the necessary skills and knowledge they need to thrive at high school.  This is particularly challenging this year, but in order to ensure pupils have the best chance pf achieving this aim, we are committed to:

  • continuing to deliver the full and rich quality education that Burley St Matthias provides according to all national curriculum guidelines, classroom expectations, and repeated patterns and methodology that has proven successful and beneficial for children;
  • continuing to give three core lessons a day during the period of national restrictions, communicate often with students and ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed;
  • ensuring that we have the technological equipment to provide all students with access to different lessons and online meetings;
  • ensuring robust end of year assessments of pupils’ abilities and achievements and to communicate these with high schools. To this end, we will undertake some past SATs papers in the Summer Term so students can still experience all that the experience itself provides, as well as to inform teacher assessments

As we continue to learn this year, thanks for your patience and support during this time; our combined teamwork is already having fantastic effects.

Best,

Ms Cameron

Miss Grabowski

 

Get Going in Year 6

If you are at home self isolating and you are well enough to do some learning we would like you to go onto Google Classroom to see what work your teacher has set for you.  If you can't, or it doesn't work for you, below this section is what your class are learning this week so see if you can match what you are doing to on here.  if you are REALLY stuck and your can't do either of those things, here is your 'Get Going' sheet with ideas of things that are always good to work on.

What are we learning in Year 6 this week? W/B 01.03.21

Since many of us are at home during this time, we will ensure that students have access to teacher feedback, regular core work, and the opportunity for help with work.

Maths-We will be moving forward with the White Rose resources. This week, we will be continuing our Area and Perimeter portion of the Unit (Block 4). We will focus on finding the area of different traingles, and will be finishing up the unit with work on volume. This coming weekend, students will be given a mini-assessment, as we often do at the end of our units, to consolidate and demonstrate what they have learned.

English-We will be continuing our non-fiction articles and discussions surrounding the environment (specifically, plastics and their role in the future, renewable energy and materials and impact on different animal life cycles) and reading some informational texts about the current state of global environmental affairs, our trajectory as a species, and new innovations created to combat the ill effects of climate change. Students will be asked to find and research an invention later in the week.

SPaG-We will be doing some Oak Academy lessons this week, continuing with the  national Curriculum objectives surrounding English Grammar: Punctuation Level Objectives. We will be revising punctuationg speech and using simple tenses in writing. Students will watch the virtual lessons and do the work on their custom Google Documents in our English class (Google Classroom). 

Afternoon Work-Each day, there will be a different assignment for work at home. It will be more practical than core subjects, and will lend itself to Foundation subjects that would be otherwise taught in school.

Every school day, the class will meet online with Google Meet at 9:30 AM. We will discuss the work of the day and troubleshoot any issues students may be having.

Twice a week, we will also meet at 3:00 PM to review the day's work, share any important announcements, or just to have a catchup. These will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All students now have the option to submit work using Teachermade or Google Docs. During our online lessons this week, we will review the process of submission.

New work in all these areas is posted daily.

Information for parents and carers

Online Safety

Leeds Prevent: Online Safety Information for Parents

'With many of our children currently off school and staying home due to COVID 19 the potential for online exploitation will be at its highest.
Although rare, there is a risk that with increased online activity, feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited. An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.' 
Click on the Leeds Prevent link above for more essential information.

Online communication and safety 'Being able to send messages and talk to other people is an important part of modern life.  The internet has opened up lots of new ways for us to communicate.'  Use the link below for useful information and games for your children to be reminded about being safe online.  ​KS2 internet safety.

Also, for those that have it, the safer schools app has plenty of information and advice for parents.

Online communication and safety

'Being able to send messages and talk to other people is an important part of modern life.  The internet has opened up lots of new ways for us to communicate.'

Use the link below for useful information and games for your children to be reminded about being safe online. KS2 internet safety.                                 

E-Safety

Image result for tiktok logoAs we break up for the summer, it's crucial that we consider our online presence. During the lockdown, we have been fortunate to have an online community to stay connected with friends and family. It's easy to forget that we must consider our safety online in all areas. Please take a look at this article regarding the TikTok App, and stay safe!

Image result for safer schools app logo

Here is another fantastic link to the 'Safer Schools' app.

Information for parents and carers

Online Safety

Leeds Prevent: Online Safety Information for Parents

'With many of our children currently off school and staying home due to COVID 19 the potential for online exploitation will be at its highest.
Although rare, there is a risk that with increased online activity, feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited. An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.' 
Click on the Leeds Prevent link above for more essential information.

Online communication and safety 'Being able to send messages and talk to other people is an important part of modern life.  The internet has opened up lots of new ways for us to communicate.'  Use the link below for useful information and games for your children to be reminded about being safe online.  ​KS2 internet safety.

Also, for those that have it, the safer schools app has plenty of information and advice for parents.

Online communication and safety

'Being able to send messages and talk to other people is an important part of modern life.  The internet has opened up lots of new ways for us to communicate.'

Use the link below for useful information and games for your children to be reminded about being safe online. KS2 internet safety.                                 

Ideas and things to do

Non-Screen things you could do regularly:

Write something!

Read, read, read!

Get active!

Try to learn a new skill.

 

Online links

Here are some great links and websites to help you:

Purple Mash is a fab resource that we use as a school, so I will be setting weekly tasks on here https://www.purplemash.com/sch/burley-ls4

Class Dojo is a great platform for staying in touch: https://www.classdojo.com/en-gb/?redirect=true

Timestable Rockstars a good tool for learning those all important timestables, whilst having fun: https://ttrockstars.com/

Here's the entire list of education companies that are offering free subscriptions due to schools closing. 

Mental Health

Looking after your mental health is really important. In year 6, we have recently been trying lots of ways to rest and relax. Here are a few ideas for doing this at home:

-meditate using videos in youtube such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnPlqQFPKs

-try some mindfulness colouring (some examples are included in your exercise books)

-use your exercise book to start a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can really help you to feel more positive

-do a wordsearch or crossword to help distract yourself

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