Elder Class (Year 6) 2022 - 2023

The history of the elder tree: From deities and dryads to Shakespeare and  J.K. Rowling - Country Life

Welcome to Term 2!

This term we are learning all about our local environment. We will be studying Burgoyne Heights and its surrounding areas as well as completing a history project after our trip to Dover Castle at the end of last term. Please see our class newsletter below for further details about term 2 and to find out more about what your child will be getting up to this term.

Some helpful reminders…

PE

PE will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoons this term. Please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school on these two days (school PE t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls or trainers, sunhat and sun cream too as well as warmer clothes i.e. sweatshirts and joggers for outdoor PE - we will be outside for PE as much as we possibly can), thank you!

Reading

In year 6, we LOVE to read!

We ask that you please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and then sign their reading record (or encourage your child to) so we know that they have read. The children will be responsible for changing their own books (under the watchful eye of Mrs Hughes and myself) as well as completing quizzes linked to what they have been reading to assess their comprehension skills. We ask that all reading books are brought into school daily for reading time in school too and we will be looking at their reading records every Friday to see how they are getting on at home.

Thank you for your support.

Home Learning

I will be sending out activities to consolidate and/ or extend the children's learning during this term. Purple Mash, TT Rock Stars and MyOn are all available online for extra learning opportunities too, all logins are in the back of your child's reading record.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child brings their own (named) water bottle to school each day. We will send them home at the end of every day to be washed and refilled.

Thank you :-)

 

If you have any questions throughout the year you can contact me on:

elder@guston.kent.sch.uk

 

Thank you :-)

~Mrs Hixon and Mrs Hughes~

 

Here are some useful resources to support your child at home too:

We are delighted to offer the whole school a brand new resource to use in school and at home. MyOn is a bank of digital books of variety of genre. 

Encourage your children to login with their user names and password and get reading. There will be projects for them to enter into for their homework linked to the reading they can do in the program.

myON is a complete literacy environment that personalizes the learning  experience for pre-K–12 students | the Learning Counsel

Websites that can help with your maths and other subjects:

BBC Bitsize: has numerous videos linked to the Maths National Curriculum objectives. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

 

 

 

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