Welcome to Year 6! I am Mrs Payne and I am really looking forward to teaching your children as they continue their learning journey with us in Sapphire class. Year 6 is a fantastic year group with lots of fun and exciting opportunities. It is lots of hard work but we like to work hard and play hard! Your children will continue to grow in confidence, resilience and independence and have opportunities to work on collaborated projects together and build on their interests and experiences.
Below is some information you may find useful. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any questions.
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Class Teacher Mrs J Payne
I have been a teacher for 23 years and worked in Pentrebane Primary School for 20 of those years. I love my job and working with children. I have two of my own children at home; Joshua, who is 13 and Daniel who is 11. They are both football mad like me! I help to coach a local U12s football team and support Arsenal and Cardiff City! I love to travel and go on adventurous weekends away with my family. I love listening to Music. I enjoy artists like Coldplay, Ed Sheran, 21 Pilots and the Imagine Dragons. My family and friends are hugely important to me and I work really hard to have loads of fun filled experiences with them.
Hi, I am Mrs Bailey. I have been a teaching assistant at Pentrebane Primary School for 6 years. For 2 of those years I have been qualified as an ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, which is something I love to do. I have 3 children of my own. Joshua who is 22, Olivia, 15 and Skye who is 9. In my spare time I love watching films, especially Marvel ones. The Avengers films are among my favourites. Thor is definitely my favourite character. I also love getting stuck into arts and crafts. If someone is looking for me in school, all they have to do is follow the trail of glitter and paint. I am also a big animal lover and particularly love giraffes!
Autumn Term – The Titanic - A trip back in time to 1912 to discover and learn about one of the biggest disasters ever to occur at sea. We will take part in a debate where we discuss who was to blame, look at the different class system - how has it changed today? What was learnt from the sinking of the Titanic? How did the people affected feel? Were there any links with Wales? During this term, if we are permitted, we will A trip back in time to discover learn about one of the biggest disasters ever to occur at sea.
During this term, if we are permitted, we will try to take a trip to Penarth Lifeboat station. If circumstances allow, we will also take a trip to a Mosque as part of our R.E topic on Islamic faith.
Our class reading book this term that we will be studying during our whole class guided group reading sessions is 'The Titanic Detective Agency' by Lindsay Littleson
Spring Term – Contrasting Localities – During this term we will be comparing life in Wales and Japan and considering the idea of sailing around the world.
Our class reading book this term that we will be studying during our whole class guided group reading sessions is the classic novel - 'Kenzuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo
In March we also hope to have our annual 3 day trip to PGL where the children will take part in a variety of adventurous activities.
Summer Term - 'The Arrival' - A look at the fantastic picture book and a look at immigration and 'Our Sustainable Earth' - Living in my world: Caring for places and environments and the importance of being a global citizen
During the Summer Term we are planning to take the class to the beach to celebrate them moving on to pastures new!
Reading books, spellings and homework
All children are provided with a reading book from our reading scheme. They will be asked to keep a record of every book they read. They will be heard read by the class teacher during whole class and guided group reading sessions. They will also be encouraged to choose a book that interests them from the reading corner for independent quiet reading sessions. If they are enjoying a book at home, they are welcome to bring it in to read in school. I will also be setting weekly reading, spelling and topic related activities on Purple Mash.
I hope you will also continue to listen to them read at home as this is still a vital part of developing their skills and love of reading.
In the spring term they will be expected to prepare and present an individual 2-3-minute speech to the class on a topic of their own choice! This will be assessed.
They will also continue to have a weekly times tables test, and it is really beneficial if they practice these at home. Activities to support them in learning their times tables can be found on our class page on the school website and on Purple Mash.
The children will work on learning spelling patterns and spellings during weekly SPAG lessons (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
They will have a weekly times tables test through our 99 club and it is really beneficial if they practice these at home. There are links to support their learning on this page and there are also activities on Hwb and Purple Mash
P.E kit/Uniform/Forest Schools
Under the current circumstances it is recommended that the children wear their P.E kit to school on the day that we have P.E to avoid having to change in school. In Sapphire class we will have P.E on a Monday. Children should come to school in trainers, shorts, joggers, t shirt and a warm hoodie or jumper for colder days. We will be using the outdoor learning environment as much as possible! Long hair must be tied back, and no jewellery should be worn. Forest schools will also be on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure the children have the appropriate clothing and footwear. We would like to avoid the children sharing wellies as much as possible so please can they bring their own to school. They can be named and left in school if that helps.
We encourage the children to wear our school uniform every day other than when they have P.E.
Tuck and Water Bottles
We are a healthy school and encourage healthy snacks at break time. At present we are unable to provide tuck in school so if you would like your children to have a snack at play time please can this be provided and sent into school with them. Only healthy snacks please – I have listed a few ideas below.
Fruit, vegetables – chopped carrot, cucumber, peppers etc, crackers, yogurt, bread sticks or pretzels.
PLEASE CAN YOU NOT SEND ANY NUTS INTO SCHOOL TO AVOID ANY ISSUES WITH ALLERGIES. THANK YOU
We also understand the importance of children drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the school day, especially in hot weather so a re-usable water bottle with their name on is encouraged. This can be kept in class and re-filled with fresh water throughout the day.
Expectations of Behaviour
Your children will be given the opportunity to explore and discover in a variety of settings. Throughout the year our expectations of behaviour remain consistent. All pupils should treat each other with respect and speak to each other in an appropriate way. The children will be expected to behave and be ready to learn. Good listening and behaviour will be rewarded with Dojo points and positive reinforcement. Any disruptive behaviour will be sanctioned through a restorative approach. We firmly believe that all children are entitled to learn in an environment where they feel safe and free from distractions and that they learn the affect any bad behaviour has on themselves and their peers. We expect exemplary behaviour from our children and we treat them with fairness and respect.