Y6

Welcome to Year 6/Blwyddyn 6

Croeso i flwyddyn chwech

Homework 

Homework is given on a Monday (Spelling) and Wednesday (maths) and is based on activities or concepts that the children have been working on throughout the week. Both pieces of homework need to be handed in every Friday. Times Tables Rock Stars and Bug Club homework will be set on alternate Fridays to be completed over the weekend. Please could you provide your child with a homework book or an A4 file for their homework sheets.

Reading books 

The children need to ensure that they bring their reading books and personal reading record books to school every day. The children participate in Guided Reading Sessions through the week, and we encourage the pupils to read at home to an adult on a regular basis, at least once a week. We also encourage parents to write comments in the reading record books when your child has read either their school reading book or other materials such as magazines, newspapers, library books etc.

Library 

Year 6 visit Pembrey Village Library every other Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their book to change on this day.  

P.E. lessons 

P.E. will take place every Tuesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor) – please would you ensure that your child has their gym kit on these days (plain white T-shirt and navy shorts/tracksuit trousers). For your child’s safety, no jewellery is to be worn and long hair should be tied back.  Trainers are not allowed in during dance and gymnastics lessons in the hall. Lightweight black pumps are permitted.  Please ensure that sensible footwear is provided on Thursday i.e. netball - trainers, rugby – togs (preferably) or trainers.

Weekly timetable 

Monday 

Reading Books 

 Spelling Homework (to be handed in on Friday

Spelling/Mental Maths Test 

Tuesday 

Reading Books 

P.E. Kit (Indoor)

Wednesday 

Reading Books 

Maths Homework (to be handed in on Friday

Thursday 

Reading Books 

P.E. Kit (Outdoor)

Spelling/Mental Maths Test 

Friday 

Reading Books 

Homework (to be handed in on Monday

Times Tables Rockstars or Bug Club homework (alternate weeks)

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s work and/or wellbeing at school please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your co-operation,
Miss A. Docherty (Year 6 Teacher)
(assisted by Miss Candice)

 

Come and see what we have been learning this term! 

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We have been really busy in Year 5/6 this term! Our theme for the first half of the term was ‘Energy’ and we learned all about the different types of energy and how it is transferred from one form to another. We then learned about global warming and its effect and consequences; we were really shocked when we used our numeracy skills to create different graphs to show the links between the rise in carbon dioxide emissions from human activity (e.g. fumes from cars and power stations), rise in global temperatures, lower ice levels and the rise in sea levels – there was a definite link between them which proves that humans are responsible for global warming. We then investigated non-renewable sources of energy and visited the wind turbine in the Landfill Centre in Nantycaws – it was amazing! We couldn’t believe how big it was – much bigger that the wind turbines that we made with Mr Conway!! We learned how it generates electricity to power their new recycling plant as well as houses in the locality – we were amazed at how quiet it was. Did you know that wind turbines now have special sensors which detect the direction of the wind? The blades then move in the direction of the wind so that it makes maximum use of the wind to make electricity – fascinating!! We then attended a lecture in Trinity College, Carmarthen where we saw some AMAZING investigations demonstrating how light and sound is transferred.

All of our hard work on energy made us realise the importance of our class eco target to monitor energy use in school – and our hard work paid off when the school was awarded our Platinum Eco Flag this week !

We have also been learning all about the Seven Wonders of the World with Mr Edwards this term, which has left us full of wonder! We researched different places of interest in Carmarthenshire and we discovered that there are lots of different wonders on our very own doorstep! We visited two of these wonders in Pembrey – Cwrt Farm and St Illtyd’s Church. It was a truly amazing day which made us really appreciate the history and the importance of these two buildings in our community.

Following our return to school, we created our very own Seven Wonders of Carmarthenshire. We have also been learning persuasive writing techniques and we will be putting these to the test by creating leaflets to promote our Seven Wonders of Carmarthenshire – who knows, we may even make it on Trip Advisor!

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We have been really busy in Year 5/6 this term! Our theme for the term is ‘The Blitz’ and we have been learning all about World War II and how this period in history affected children’s lives. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about how children were evacuated to the Countryside as part of ‘Operation Pied Piper’ and can’t begin to think how difficult it must have been for them to leave their families behind; we looked at entries in the actual log book of Pembrey School during this time and were fascinated to discover that lots of children were also evacuated to Pembrey.  We also found out that an Air Raid shelter had been built on the school grounds during the summer of 1940; the headteacher at the time, Mr Jones, campaigned extremely hard for the shelter to be built and in July 1940, the school was awarded a grant of £100 towards the cost of building the shelter. Volunteers form the community worked tirelessly to build the shelter during the summer of 1940, which was finally completed on September 29th , just in time for the first air raid siren warnings on the 1st October – they even had lessons in the shelter!!  We have been developing our journalistic writing in English this term and have used this information to develop our literacy skills by writing newspaper articles about Pembrey’s air raid shelter. We also built our very own Anderson shelters in the school gardens with Mr Conway – although, I don’t think that they would have kept us as safe as the original one in the school grounds!

In maths this term, we have been doing lots of work on length and weight and we have used the skills that we have developed in our maths lessons to investigate keeping safe and healthy during WWII. We converted the amounts of rations that adults and children were able to have from imperial to metric units and investigated how these rations were used in wartime recipes – we even tasted an eggless cake and shortbread (thank you Isabel and mum!!) which were given the thumbs up by the majority. We also investigated the Blackout and used our numeracy skills to calculate how much blackout material would be needed to cover the windows in Pembrey School. We were really shocked to find out that more people were injured and killed as a result of bumping into things and road traffic accidents than the bombs themselves – unbelievable! They even painted white lines on cows to stop them from being run over!

We also enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters and ‘strutting our stuff’ on the catwalk on World Book Day. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this period in history and are looking forward to a very exciting summer term ahead!

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We have been really busy in our last ever term in Pembrey School! Our theme this term has been ‘Potty Potions’ and we have been investigating the chemical and physical changes that happen when solids and liquids are mixed. The best part of the topic has been carrying out science investigations to find out the factors affecting the rate of sugar dissolving – we had great fun dissolving different types of sugar in water at different temperatures to see if our predictions were correct.

We have been developing our explanation writing skills this term and have written explanations of how we hear sounds We then used this skill to write explanations of the different stages of the water cycle, which also allowed us to show off our knowledge and understanding of reversible changes and why water is special because it exists as a gas, liquid and a solid.

We love a challenge in Year 6 and this term was no different! We have been using our numeracy skills to investigate ratio and proportion and have been using this skill to solve some very difficult problems – Miss Docherty was certainly making our brains work hard this year, even at the very end of our time in Pembrey School!

All of us have now completed our transition days in our new schools and although we will miss Pembrey School, we are really excited for the new journey and challenges ahead of us. We are working really hard to make our Leavers Service special for everybody and to show our thanks to Pembrey School.

 

“Hwyl Fawr Ysgol Penbre! We will miss you!”

 

 

 

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We have been really busy in Year 6 this term! Our theme for the term is ‘The Blitz’ and we have been learning all about World War II and how this period in history affected children’s lives. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about how children were evacuated to the Countryside as part of ‘Operation Pied Piper’ and can’t begin to think how difficult it must have been for them to leave their families behind; we looked at entries in the actual log book of Pembrey School during this time and were fascinated to discover that lots of children were also evacuated to Pembrey.  We really enjoyed our class trip to Swansea Museum and The Waterfront Museum, where we learnt all about different aspects of WWII before going to watch a production of ‘Rosie’s War’ in the Dylan Thomas Theatre. This was a real treat! We met Rosie, a young girl from Liverpool who was evacuated to Swansea at the start of the war. We followed her adventure as we found out how people living in Swansea’s lives were affected by WWII – we even experienced what it would have been like to be caught up in an air raid – the sound effects were very realistic, not to mention terrifying!

In maths this term, we have been doing lots of work on number, multiplication and division, skills that we have also developed in our topic lessons on WWII. In English, we have been learning how to write soliloquies. We had great fun writing soliloquies as Jack from the traditional story Jack and the Beanstalk. We put our skills to the test by writing soliloquies from Carrie’s point of view, a character from our class book, Carrie’s War. As well as helping us to develop our reading skills, it also enabled us to showcase everything that we had learnt about evacuation and WWII. 

We have had a new addition to our class this term – Percy!! Percy is our class spider who has been helping us to develop our perseverance skills. We have been using the 5Bs to help us when we are stuck with our work and Percy is always there to remind us never to give up and to keep on trying!

We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this period in history and are looking forward to a very exciting spring term ahead!

 

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We have been really busy in Year 6 this term! Our theme for this term was ‘Frozen Kingdom’ and we learned all about the Arctic and Antarctic, looking at the environment, animal life, plant life, climate and how it has changed over the years. We then learned about global warming and its effect and consequences; we were really shocked when we used our numeracy skills to create different graphs to show the links between the rise in carbon dioxide emissions from human activity (e.g. fumes from cars and power stations), rise in global temperatures, lower ice levels and the rise in sea levels – there was a definite link between them which proves that humans are responsible for global warming and the rapidly disappearing Arctic.

We then investigated non-renewable sources of energy as part of our collaborative task to find out how we can help the situation in the arctic regions; we thoroughly enjoyed the task and all had our own roles within our groups to ensure the task was completed. We researched the advantages and disadvantages of wind energy and used this information in our class debate to decide if it would be a good idea to site a wind farm in Pembrey. Did you know that wind turbines now have special sensors which detect the direction of the wind? The blades then move in the direction of the wind so that it makes maximum use of the wind to make electricity – fascinating!! Some excellent points were discussed and the majority believed that it would be beneficial.

However, one of the highlights of the term has got to be the WE Day workshop earlier this month. Alice from Free The Children visited Year 6 to explain to us how we can help to improve children’s lives around the world. We were shocked and saddened to hear in a special assembly all about the lives of children around the world who are not as lucky as us in Pembrey; some children live in extreme poverty  without food, shelter and a family to look after them and some children are even sold into slavery. We then had so much fun during our workshop where we learned all about what we could do to help – we even planned our events to raise money for the charity! We voted for our favourite event and it would seem that everybody would enjoy a charity netball game ... watch this space!

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We have been really busy in Year 6 in our final term in Pembrey School! We have been learning lots of new skills which will prepare us for our next adventure in Secondary School. We have enjoyed writing explanation texts in English and have been learning how to write stories with flashbacks – not an easy thing to do at all! However, we persevered and, although challenging, enjoyed exploring the various methods used by authors to show shifts in time. In maths, we have been developing our skills in finding ratio and proportion of amounts and applying this skill when solving problems. We have also enjoyed planning and conducting lots of science investigations – we particularly enjoyed proving Miss Docherty wrong that tall people jump the highest!

One of our favourite activities this term, however, has been making our models of buildings of the future as part of the Teenquest STEM transition challenge in Glan-Y-Mor School. We had so much fun researching, designing and making our models – they really were homes for the future and we would love to think that one day, we could be living or working in such amazing buildings! We then went to Glan-Y-Mor where we built our city of the future; we had great fun working alongside all the children from the other schools and some of us even won the competition for our buildings, we were so proud of ourselves!

We also had great fun at the Olympics Day in Park Stevens where we had the opportunity to learn new skills from experts in a variety of sports, including golf, rugby, football, tennis, hockey and athletics – we smashed the sack and the egg and spoon race! However, soon we were back in school rehearsing hard for our end of year Leaver’s Service – what an amazing experience that has been!

We will all be sad to leave Pembrey School but are also excited for the new challenges and adventures ahead. So, thank you Pembrey School for giving us the best foundations on which to build on and prepare for our futures – just as it states in our school motto! Diolch yn fawr ac hwyl fawr, ffrindiau!

 

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We have been really busy in Year 6 this term! Our theme for this term was ‘Pits and Ponies’ and we learned all about the history of the coal mining industry in Wales. We were amazed to discover that coal has been mined in Wales since the 5th Century and that the first mines were being worked as early as the 15th Century. We researched what life down the mines was like for the miners and were appalled at the conditions that children as young as 5 years old had to work in down the mines. We also investigated the distribution of coal mines in Wales – did you know that there was a coal mine in Burry Port? We were amazed to discover that the Achddu Colliery was opened in 1902 and brought employment to the area until it was closed in 1918; many of us wondered if any of our ancestors worked there – imagine that! We also looked at mining disasters in Wales and the effect on the miners, local communities and legislation. We have been learning how to write soliloquies in our English lessons and we enjoyed using all of the information that we found out about coal mining to write a soliloquy summing up our thoughts about life in the mines in the 20th century. 

In maths this term, we have been doing lots of work on number fact, multiplication and division. We absolutely love doing our Times Tables Rockstars in class everyday – it has improved our times tables speed as well as our air guitar skills no end!! We love it and are all aiming to be Rock Gods by the end of the year … watch this space! 

We have also been learning Spanish this term as part of a ‘Listening to Language’ project. Members of the BBC Welsh Orchestra and a linguist have been teaching us how to learn new Spanish words through listening to music; this also gave us the opportunity to use our listening skills that we have been working so hard to develop as part of our Building Learning Power project. We have even learned a new Spanish song! As part of the project, we have researched the first Welsh emigrants to Patagonia and their struggle to build a new Welsh colony and in the last session with the musicians, we recreated the sounds that they would have heard at different points during their journey on the Mimosa ship to Patagonia. We can’t wait for our next visit during the Spring term! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We have been really busy in Year 5/6 this term! Our theme for this term was ‘Frozen Kingdom’ and we learned all about the Arctic regions and what it would be like to live there. We then learned about global warming and its effect and consequences; we were really shocked when we used our numeracy skills to create different graphs to show the links between the rise in carbon dioxide emissions from human activity (e.g. fumes from cars and power stations), rise in global temperatures, lower ice levels and the rise in sea levels – there was a definite link between them which proves that humans are responsible for global warming. 

We then used our numeracy skills to investigate the effects of global warming on the animals in the Arctic regions and were appalled to discover that global warming is destroying the habitats of many animals, with the result that many of them are now becoming endangered. Did you know that there are only 25,000 Polar Bears living in the wild? 

All of our hard work on energy and global warming made us realise the importance of our class eco target to monitor energy use in school and we have been working very hard to make sure that everyone is being energy efficient in Pembrey School! 

We have also enjoyed learning Spanish through music again this term and were delighted to be taught by Phil and Rob, members of the BBC Now Orchestra. We were joined in our lessons this time by Walter who was born in Patagonia. As well as teaching us Spanish, he also talked about life in Patagonia and we were fascinated by its connections to Wales.

One of the most memorable activities, however, was our trip to the Ski slope in Pembrey Country Park, where we had great fun during our skiing lesson and we even managed to stay on our feet, well most of us did! We also visited Coleg Sir Gar where we learned all about the film making industry; we made our own short films by writing and performing the script and then filming the scenes. We learnt how to control the lighting and sound and even did the filming ourselves! We then edited our own music videos using professional editing software – the very same software that was used to edit the film Deadpool! Imagine that! It was amazing! Steven Spielberg, eat your heart out!

 

 

stars Summer 2016-17

We have been really busy in Year 5/6 this term! Our theme for the term is ‘A Child at War’ and we have been learning all about World War II and how this period in history affected children’s lives. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about how children were evacuated to the Countryside as part of ‘Operation Pied Piper’ and can’t begin to think how difficult it must have been for them to leave their families behind; we looked at entries in the actual log book of Pembrey School during this time and were fascinated to discover that lots of children were also evacuated to Pembrey.  We also found out that an Air Raid shelter had been built on the school grounds during the summer of 1940; the headteacher at the time, Mr Jones, campaigned extremely hard for the shelter to be built and in July 1940, the school was awarded a grant of £100 towards the cost of building the shelter. Volunteers form the community worked tirelessly to build the shelter during the summer of 1940, which was finally completed on September 29th, just in time for the first air raid siren warnings on the 1st October – they even had lessons in the shelter!!  We have been developing our discussion writing in English this term and have used this information to develop our literacy skills by writing a newspaper article to discuss whether or not Operation Pied Piper was a fair system. We visited the 1940s War Museum in Swansea Bay and had great fun seeing all of these things in reality – some of us dressed up as evacuees, we sat in a public bomb shelter, walked through the streets of Swansea as they would have been during WW2 and even saw the secret control base for all the war planes!

In maths this term, we have been doing lots of work on length and weight and we have used the skills that we have developed in our maths lessons to investigate keeping safe and healthy during WWII. We investigated the Blackout and used our numeracy skills to calculate how much blackout material would be needed to cover the windows in Pembrey School. We were really shocked to find out that more people were injured and killed as a result of bumping into things and road traffic accidents than the bombs themselves – unbelievable! They even painted white lines on cows to stop them from being run over! We also designed a Victory garden, worked out the perfect size of boxes needed to carry gas masks and created propaganda posters to help keep people safe during this terrible time. We also loved taking part in Entrepreneurial Week – we made a profit of nearly £60 by selling fruit and yogurt and although we didn’t win the competition, we had great fun and learned lots of new skills on the way! Scan the QR codes to listen to the adverts we made to promote our product.

We have also enjoyed learning Spanish through music again this term and were delighted to be taught by Phil and Rob, members of the BBC Now Orchestra and Walter, a Spanish teacher originating from Patagonia. We have been learning new songs and have even learned how to do the tango! This term, we have brought all of the skills that we have developed during our lessons so far to create a short film that will actually be sent to children in Patagonia – we are so excited! Please scan the QR code below to watch our video, the result of a fantastic project that really developed our creative skills – diolch, Rob, Phil & Walter!

We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our friends and teachers at Pembrey School – we are so excited to be moving on to our new schools and the next chapter in our lives but we will never forget everything that Pembrey School has taught us, we will cherish the memories made here forever! Diolch ac hwyl fawr ffrindiau!