Welcome to Year 6

My name is Mrs Minto and I have the pleasure of teaching the Year 6 class. We would like to give you some details about the work and activities we have planned for your children this term.

We have launched our Summer Term topic ‘Active Planet’ with our successful ‘Space Day’ on Friday 3rd May. Thank you all very much for your support and I hope the children enjoyed it. This is a science based topic and we will be looking at ‘Space and the Solar System’ and then moving on to natural phenomena such as hurricanes and volcanoes.

We will also be incorporating a Design & Technology project, linked to the topic. The children will also have a large say in what they would like to learn about, as we continue to develop ‘Pupil Voice’ across all areas of the curriculum.

The week beginning the 3rd June will be our ‘STEM’ week and the children will be taking part in lots of scientific enquiries. We will also be looking at different careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and we will invite guest speakers to talk about their careers in these fields. If you know of anyone who would like to come in and talk to the children during this week, please contact us at the school. 


On Friday 15th February we spent the afternoon down the local nature reserve (LNR) coppicing the trees and making large bundles out of them. These bundles are going to be used to support the banks of the stream running through the LNR.


Updated: Summer Term 2019

The children will complete their National Reading Test on Thursday 9th May. We will be completing a debate for our oracy task linked to the topic. The children will then study explanations and write a detailed explanation of the movements of the Earth which leads to day and night and our seasons. 

They will also complete a newspaper report on an alien landing! Our focused text this term is Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and we will also be studying The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

We will be doing daily revision sessions on all the concepts taught so far this year, in preparation for the online procedural test on Wednesday 15th May and the GL end of year maths assessment. These include the four rules of number (+,-, x and ÷), the link between fractions, decimals and percentages and units of measure. 

We will also continue doing lots of reasoning practice and problem-solving activities, in meaningful contexts. The children will complete their National Reasoning Test on Friday 10th May. We will also be looking at negative numbers in contexts such as temperature, and using different scales to read units of measure accurately. 

Our science topic is ‘Space’ and the children will be studying the solar system and the planets in our solar system. They will measure how the length of a shadow changes throughout the day, which will lead to writing an explanation about the movements of the Earth. After half-term, they will be looking at natural phenomena such as extreme weather and volcanoes, which affect different parts of the world.

Religious Education
This half-term’s Value is FORGIVENESS which is an act of will, motivated by love. The Value after half-term is RESPONSIBILITY when we will focus on the talents God has given us. These themes will be covered in class, Worship and assemblies and referred to in our everyday dealings with pupils. 

The children will also be learning about The Resurrection, Ascension Day, Joseph, St Paul and the Early Church, designing a forgiveness machine, Pentecost, Trinity, Confirmation, creating hymn lyrics and examining the role of the church as a building, as a family and as a worldwide community.


Updated: Summer Term 2019

E-safety week starts on Monday 24th June. Throughout the term, we will also be studying Creative Multimedia and Modelling.  

The children will continue to practise Welsh language patterns on a daily basis and learn language patterns associated with the past tense and the third person using extended sentences.

P.E. (Physical Education)
The children will continue with swimming lessons every Thursday. These will be at 11am at Cwmbran Leisure Centre this term. Hopefully, the weather will be good and the children will be able to do P.E. outdoors too. The pupils will be doing athletics, in preparation for our Sports Day on Thursday 20th June and a Welsh baseball unit of work to develop their ball skills.  

Please ensure that your child has suitable P.E. kit in school, for these activities. 


D & T/Art/Music
The children will complete a Design & Technology project linked to Active Planet. They will also be studying a music unit of work entitled Journey into Space.

Updated: Summer Term 2019 

Homework and spellings
Homework this half-term will be a project about an aspect of Space. The children will need to complete their projects by Friday 24th May. Spellings will still be given out every Monday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Monday.   

Other Information
Please can you ensure that your child’s school uniform is clearly labelled. We have a growing pile of lost property and we are unable to identify who it belongs to.

  • The pupils will be in Gilwern from Monday 10th June to Friday 14th June. 
  • The Diocese Leavers’ Service is on Wednesday 19th June at St. Mark’s Church (pupils only).
  • End of year school reports will be sent out on the Friday, 5th July. 
  • The Upper School production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will be performed on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July. 
  • The Leavers’ assembly is on Thursday 18th July at 9:15am.
  • The last day of term is on Friday 19th July which will be a special Leavers’ Service at St. Gabriel’s Church at 1:30pm (parents are welcome to attend).

What can you do to help?
Please can you continue to support your child by reading every day, learning the weekly spellings and times tables, as well as completing homework on time.  In the meantime, if you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

We hope you find this information useful. Thank you in anticipation of your continued co-operation and support.

We would welcome anybody who has expertise in any of the areas that we are studying this term to come in and share your experiences with us!  In the meantime, if you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Diolch yn fawr,
Mrs Minto